Rudra Saraswat

About me

Hi, I’m Rudra Saraswat, a 13 y.o. tech nerd who loves to develop for Linux, maintains a homelab and uses Ubuntu and Arch. I’m an official Ubuntu member and the Creator and Project Leader of Ubuntu Unity (an official Ubuntu flavor), Ubuntu Web, UbuntuEd, Gamebuntu and the other projects listed in the Projects section below. I love playing the musical instrument Tabla and I’m a Tabla Graduate (Bhaskar). I also love swimming, playing Lawn Tennis and Snooker.

Social

Projects

No.Project NameMore Information
1Ubuntu Unityhttps://twitter.com/ubuntu_unity
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2020/05/12/a-surprising-new-remix-of-ubuntu-2004-revives-the-unity-desktop/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_Unity
https://9to5linux.com/canonical-accepts-ubuntu-unity-as-official-ubuntu-flavor-starting-with-ubuntu-22-10
https://www.phoronix.com/news/Ubuntu-Unity-22.10-Official
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/ubuntu-unity-22-04-linux-desktop-distribution-productive-elegant/
The original Ubuntu Discourse thread
2Ubuntu Webhttps://twitter.com/ubunweb
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/linux-finally-has-an-impressive-cloud-like-os-in-ubuntu-web/
https://www.makeuseof.com/ubuntu-web-chrome-os-alternative/
3Unity7https://9to5linux.com/unity-7-6-desktop-released-as-the-first-major-update-to-unity7-in-6-years
https://www.theregister.com/2022/07/01/ubuntu_unity_desktop_updated_after/
https://9to5linux.com/unity-7-6-released-for-public-testing-as-the-first-major-update-to-unity7-in-6-years
https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/ufj0b8/unity_is_back_first_major_release_in_6_years/ (top trend on r/linux when I released it, with 120k requests on the release day)
4Unity for ArchUnity 7.6 ported to Arch Linux –
https://9to5linux.com/you-can-now-install-ubuntus-unity-desktop-on-arch-linux-heres-how
https://unity.ubuntuunity.org/blog/unity-for-arch/
5unaThis a client for the MPR or makedeb Package Repository, which is analogous to Arch Linux’s AUR but is for Ubuntu/Debian. Repo is at – https://github.com/AFK-OS/una/blob/main/README.md
6Gamebuntuhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2022/01/31/linux-gaming-gets-a-big-boost-from-a-12-year-old-ubuntu-developer/
https://twitter.com/gameonubuntu
https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/gamebuntu/25544
7Modrenhttps://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/modren-a-modern-linux-store/
https://twitter.com/RudraSaraswat1/status/1523706921349713920
8Ubuntu RemixesThis project allows for the creation of new Ubuntu-based distributions. Ubuntu Unity, Ubuntu Cinnamon and Ubuntu Web Remixes use it. (https://gitlab.com/ubuntu-unity/ubuntu-remixes)
9UnityXThis is the future successor to Unity7 – https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/restarting-unity-development-in-2021-progress-report/20217
10UbuntuEdhttps://twitter.com/ed_ubuntu
https://9to5linux.com/meet-ubuntued-20-04-an-educational-ubuntu-flavor-for-kids-schools-and-universities
11lolThis is an alternative server for Ubuntu Snap Store – https://youtu.be/rGgmwcdxr88

Sessions and streams

  1. Sponsored invitee and speaker at the Ubuntu Summit held in Prague, Czech Republic on 7-9th November 2022 – https://events.canonical.com/event/2/contributions/88/, https://events.canonical.com/event/2/contributions/108/, https://events.canonical.com/event/2/contributions/136/
  2. Sponsored invitee and speaker at the Ubucon Asia Conference held in Seoul, South Korea on 26-27th November 2022 – https://2022.ubucon.asia/sessions/unity7_dev_contrib/
  3. I kicked off Ubuntu’s events at FOSDEM (one of the biggest open source developer events in Europe) in Feb, 2022 and gave talks on my projects (https://twitter.com/ubuntu/status/1489361109912064000).
  4. I was interviewed by Kailash Nadh, CTO, Zerodha at IndiaFOSS Conference held in July 2022 (https://youtu.be/jcwyb_LUVjY, https://twitter.com/FOSSUnited/status/1547233569143398400).
  5. I was a Speaker at last year’s Ubucon Asia Conference (https://2021.ubucon.asia/).
  6. I am a host on Ubuntu’s official channel – Ubuntu OnAir (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9M9xcRtvvA, https://twitter.com/ubuntu/status/1468315151086624768).
  7. I was interviewed by niccolove of the KDE Plasma team in May 2022 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc6gGs2kM4c
  8. I was interviewed by Destination Linux Network’s Front Page Linux in July 2020 – https://frontpagelinux.com/news/linux-plusplus-issue-21/

News articles

No.News sourceArticles
1Forbeshttps://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2022/01/31/linux-gaming-gets-a-big-boost-from-a-12-year-old-ubuntu-developer/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2020/05/12/a-surprising-new-remix-of-ubuntu-2004-revives-the-unity-desktop/
2Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_Unity
3TechRepublichttps://www.techrepublic.com/article/ubuntu-unity-22-04-linux-desktop-distribution-productive-elegant/
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/linux-finally-has-an-impressive-cloud-like-os-in-ubuntu-web/
https://www.techrepublic.com/videos/ubuntu-unity-brings-back-one-of-the-most-efficient-desktops-ever-created/
4The Registerhttps://www.theregister.com/2022/02/04/rudra_sarsawat_ubuntu_projects/
https://www.theregister.com/2022/07/01/ubuntu_unity_desktop_updated_after/
https://www.theregister.com/2022/04/26/ubuntu_unity_and_ubuntu_cinnamon/
https://www.theregister.com/2022/05/04/unity_trinity_desktops/
https://www.theregister.com/2022/08/19/less_mainstream_xbuntu/
5Phoronixhttps://www.phoronix.com/news/Ubuntu-Unity-22.10-Official
6Linux for Everyonehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYjTxM9K05s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAbD99Zk2Jc
7Destination Linux Network (Front Page Linux)https://frontpagelinux.com/news/linux-plusplus-issue-21/
8The Linux Experimenthttps://youtu.be/ugAB_ug9MZg
https://youtu.be/EM_xsIFKaXc
https://youtu.be/3zfNFSi1Pag
https://youtu.be/CRTPfLOnoRU
9Lundukehttps://youtu.be/PToujSBlvJ0
10Distrotubehttps://youtu.be/rGgmwcdxr88
https://youtu.be/HhWGaz4VMGM
11MakeUseOfhttps://www.makeuseof.com/ubuntu-web-chrome-os-alternative/
12Slashdothttps://news.slashdot.org/story/20/11/22/0226213/ubuntu-web-remix-distro-offers-firefox-based-chrome-os-alternative
https://m.slashdot.org/story/399332
13DistroWatchhttps://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=showheadline&story=14552
149to5Linuxhttps://9to5linux.com/canonical-accepts-ubuntu-unity-as-official-ubuntu-flavor-starting-with-ubuntu-22-10
https://9to5linux.com/unity-7-7-desktop-environment-promises-redesigned-dash-and-panel-widgets
https://9to5linux.com/unity-7-6-desktop-released-as-the-first-major-update-to-unity7-in-6-years
https://9to5linux.com/you-can-now-install-ubuntus-unity-desktop-on-arch-linux-heres-how
https://9to5linux.com/unity-7-6-released-for-public-testing-as-the-first-major-update-to-unity7-in-6-years
https://9to5linux.com/ubuntu-unity-22-04-lts-released-with-flatpak-and-flathub-support-new-default-apps
https://9to5linux.com/meet-una-a-full-featured-mpr-aur-fork-helper-for-debian-and-ubuntu-based-distros
https://9to5linux.com/gamebuntu-1-0-launches-with-a-complete-redesign-to-let-you-install-only-what-you-need
https://9to5linux.com/ubuntu-unity-20-10-officially-released-for-the-raspberry-pi
https://9to5linux.com/ubuntu-unity-remix-20-04-unofficial-flavor-sees-first-stable-release
https://9to5linux.com/unityx-10-desktop-environment-makes-great-progress-now-features-a-new-sidebar-design
https://9to5linux.com/hands-on-with-ubuntu-unity-20-10-on-the-raspberry-pi-4
https://9to5linux.com/ubuntu-unity-21-04-released-with-new-unity7-theme-linux-kernel-5-11
https://9to5linux.com/ubuntu-unity-22-04-1-released-with-the-latest-unity-7-6-desktop-environment
15It’s FOSShttps://news.itsfoss.com/unity-7-7-dev/
https://news.itsfoss.com/unity-arch-linux/
https://news.itsfoss.com/unity-7-6-testing/
https://news.itsfoss.com/unity-remix-official-flavor/
16WebProNewshttps://www.webpronews.com/ubuntus-canonical-throws-its-weight-behind-the-unity-desktop-again/
17Liliputinghttps://liliputing.com/2020/11/ubuntu-web-remix-is-a-linux-distro-that-puts-firefox-front-and-center-chrome-os-alternative.html
18Full Circle Magazinehttps://fullcirclemagazine.org/2021/01/29/full-circle-magazine-165/
19OldTechBlokehttps://youtu.be/DNOVqJhAF9Y
20Fossbyteshttps://fossbytes.com/ubuntu-web-remix-20-04-1-first-stable-version-of-chrome-os-alternative/
21MuyLinuxhttps://www.muylinux.com/2022/12/28/unity-7-7/
https://www.muylinux.com/2022/05/02/unity-7-6/
https://www.muylinux.com/2021/10/18/ubuntu-unity-cinnamon-remix-21-10/
22LinuxInsiderhttps://www.linuxinsider.com/story/distro-delights-new-release-mania-forking-kde-windows-in-a-bottle-176540.html
https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/feuding-developers-dueling-distros-make-linux-lineage-revival-legendary-176620.html