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Daniel Holbach

I’m looking forward to next week, as

Going-To-Akademy-2016On Wednesday I’m going to give this workshop

So if you are interested in learning how to publish software easily and directly to users, this might be just for you.

Snaps are self-contained, confined apps, which run across a variety of Linux systems. The process of snapping software is very straight-forward and publishing them is very quick as well. The whole process offers many things upstreams and app publishers have been asking for years.

The workshop is interactive, all that’s required is that you either have VirtualBox or qemu installed or run any flavour of Ubuntu 16.04 or later. I’m going to bring USB sticks with images.

The workshop will consist of three very straight-forward parts:

  • Using the snap command to find, install, remove, update and revert software installations.
  • Using snapcraft to build and publish software.
  • Taking a look at KDE/Qt software and see how it’s snapped.

A few words about your host of the session: I’m Daniel Holbach, I have been part of the Ubuntu community since its very early days and work for Canonical on the Community team. Right now I’m working closely with the Snappy team on making publishing software as much fun as it should be.

See you next Wednesday!

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Daniel Holbach

I’ve been slacking a bit when it comes to DJing land picked it up this year again. Some of my mixtapes are on a part of my blog that’s not syndicated, but I set up a page with all the posts. I just posted a new one today.

If you have no plans tonight and you’re in Berlin, come to the GNOME3 Launch Lounge (Facebook event page) in c-base tonight. I’ll be playing there as well. :-)

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Daniel Holbach

If you have followed my blog and what I’ve said elsewhere you might have noticed, I’m TOTALLY looking forward to the Ubuntu Global Jam. :-D

The Ubuntu Berlinians will meet in Berlin’s c-base on 29th August from 12:00 to 18:00. Please come and join us!

Original announcement below:

Freie Software lebt vom Mitmachen und das ist gar nicht so schwer, wie
man vielleicht erwartet. Zum vierten Mal ruft Ubuntu zum "Global Jam",
bei der weltweit helfende Hände an einem Tag gemeinsam an der
Verbesserung der freien Linux-Distribution Ubuntu arbeiten. Gesucht
werden dafür nicht nur technisch versierte Entwickler, sondern alle
Nutzer, die Fehler aufspüren, melden und prüfen wollen, Übersetzer, die
Software in andere Sprachen übertragen oder die Dokumentation
überarbeiten möchten.

Für alle diese Schritte gibt es einfache Softwarelösungen, die einem
viel Arbeit abnehmen und den Einstieg erleichtern. Alles was man braucht
ist also: etwas Zeit, die Fähigkeit, englische Texte zu verstehen und
Lust, einmal etwas an die Gemeinschaft zurückzugeben.

Bei einem Jam arbeitet man gemeinsam an einem Ort, hilft sich
gegenseitig bei offenen Fragen und Einstiegshürden und hat dabei
übrigens nicht wenig Spaß.

Der Berliner Teil des Ubuntu Global Bug Jams wird am 29. August von
12 bis 18 Uhr in der c-base stattfinden.

Da die c-base im Moment keine Desktoprechner zur Verfügung stellt,
sollten ein Notebook mitgebracht werden. Weitere Informationen gibt es

Adresse der c-base:
Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin
U-/S-Bahnhof Jannowitzbrücke

Anfahrt zur c-base:

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Daniel Holbach

Guess who has all registered for the fun already:

  • Berkeley, California, USA
  • Birmingham, UK
  • Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Caldes de Montbui, Spain
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Managua, Nicaragua

Lots of other teams are discussing their events right now. We in Berlin will definitely be part of the fun.

András Bognár also worked on new Ubuntu Global Jam badges:

Awesome! Let your friends know! Get planning! This will be a weekend full of awesomeness!

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Daniel Holbach


Earlier today I went to a goodbye party of a friend who’s going to Australia for a few months. Great things that happened:

  1. Party was outdoors, a few DJs played, great atmosphere, 100+ people at peak times
  2. Some of my awesome office mates were there, my sister too
  3. The police showed up and instead of shutting the party down, they told us where it was “OK” to have the party
  4. We moved all the equipment, the generator, drinks and everything else to the new place, which was nearby, everybody helped
  5. I played a 4 hour Drum’n'Bass set, which I (and others) were very happy with, they even collected money for the DJ – glad it was dark, so nobody could see if I was blushing
  6. I watched the sunrise by the riverside while the party was still going on
  7. I drove home on my bicycle
  8. A few guys stopped me to take a picture of them and as a thanks offered me their last beer

Oh how I love this city!

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Daniel Holbach

I’m very happy the Berlin team is going to participate in Lucid’s Ubuntu Global Jam.

We’ll meet on Saturday 27th March at 12:00 in Berlin’s c-base and have a great time working on all the things that make Ubuntu great, so if you like to hang out, test Ubuntu, ugprade Ubuntu, translate Ubuntu, document Ubuntu, hack on Ubuntu, triage Ubuntu bugs or do anything else, we definitely want you there. Also if you are working on Debian, join us so we can learn to cooperate better and learn from each other.

This is all about having a good time, so head to the LoCo Directory entry, login and tell us that you’re coming. :-D

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Daniel Holbach

Photo Story (for Robert Collins)

So Robert doesn't believe me...

So Robert doesn't believe me...

there's only little barriers

there's only little barriers

too far to walk over to the bridge and cross that

too far to walk over to the bridge and cross that



dunno how these got here

dunno how these got here

I wasn't the only one who had the idea

I wasn't the only one who had the idea

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Daniel Holbach

Koala Parties!

I just had another look at the list of Ubuntu 9.10 Relase Parties and it’s AMAZING. There’s tons of parties all around the globe and they all are truly deserved celebrations of all the hard work that thousands of people put into Ubuntu and Open Source more generally.

Make sure you add your party to the map.

In Berlin we’ll celebrate on Saturday in our favourite hacker-space location: c-base. Caspar already spilled the beans about it: Berliner Fenster, heroes of Berlinian metro TV make sure Ubuntu and our party get a mention:

If you cannot see the embedded spot, click on this link.

I’m so looking forward to the party and meeting everybody – it’s going to be awesome!

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Daniel Holbach

We are only one-and-a-half weeks away from bringing together awesome people to do awesome things across the globe – it’s time for the Ubuntu Global Jam.

The Ubuntu Berlin team is one of the lucky teams that are participating and I thought I’d talk a bit about what we’re going to do.

The Venue

I’ve been in touch with a lot of other LoCo teams and some told me that they had trouble finding a venue. It’s true, if you have a lot of people attending and not a great place to meet, that’s a problem. In Berlin we’re lucky because c-base is awesome and we can use it on that weekend. If you’re less lucky you might want to try: schools, universities, libraries, pubs, a LUG, etc. If that all fails and you’re just a small group: host it at somebody’s house. (I told the story before: the first Ubuntu Berlin release party was in my appartment – OK, it was ~40 people, but the furniture and everything else survived.) Ubuntu people usually know how to behave themselves.

Jam Organisation

We are very lucky and are going to host a Packaging Jam, a Bug Jam, a Translations Jam, a Doc Jam and a Testing Jam. With Benjamin Drung around, I could imagine we might even have a Origami Jam. The trick was to split the work of preparing the jams on various shoulders: Caspar would dive into Translations and Documentation, Benjamin would do Packaging and I would do Bugs and Testing. This gives everybody enough time to properly read the documentation, play with the tools, look for good examples, download ISOs, etc. etc. etc.

Letting the world know

This time we are not doing as much noise as for our release parties as this event is targetted at people who want to help out! This is important, as some people might mistake this as an event where lots of talks will be held and so on. It’s about making it clear that there’s a distinction between “consumers” and “activists”. Of course you want to invite people who want to BECOME Ubuntu activists. :-)

What we did was post to our mailing list, use the Launchpad “contact team” feature, we put it on the Ubuntu Berlin page, we invited Debian maintainers in the city to join us for the day (and have a beer afterwards), blogged, dented, tweeted, facebooked about it, so tried to make the maximum use of communication channels to let our team know: “we need you there and want to have a fantastic time with you”.

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Daniel Holbach

The preparations for the Ubuntu Global Jam are ticking on very very nicely. In case you haven’t heard of it yet: teams around the world are going to meet up on the weekend of October 2nd-4th and make Ubuntu better by doing whatever they do best:

It really doesn’t matter what you or your team are good at, as long as you meet somewhere, have fun and improve Ubuntu in some way.

If your city is not listed consider organising your own event – it really doesn’t take much organisation and it should be a lot of fun. We have great documentation on how to organise such an event aaaaaaaand we have another great session on #ubuntu-classroom coming up which is probably going to answer all your questions.

New exciting things are added to the mix:

Everybody is helping out and so should you! The Ubuntu Global Jam will be fantastic, so let’s all get our teams organised, the Jams prepared and make Ubuntu Karmic rock and roll!

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