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David Planella


If you follow the Ubuntu channels, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have noticed that this coming weekend we’re organizing the Ubuntu Global Jam, a worldwide event where Ubuntu local community teams (LoCos) join in a get-together fest to have some fun while improving Ubuntu.

As we’re ramping up to a Long Term Support release, this is a particularly important UGJ and we need all hands on deck to ensure that it does not only meet, but exceeds the high quality standard of previous Ubuntu LTS releases. This is another article in the series of blog posts showcasing the events our community is organizing, brought to you by Rafael Carreras, from the Ubuntu Catalan LoCo team.

Tell us a bit about your LoCo team

Our LoCo is language-oriented, and by language I mean Catalan (a Romanic one), not Perl or Python. In fact, the Catalan LoCo Team was the first language-oriented LoCo to be approved back in 2007. We manage our day-to-day in three mailing lists: technical doubts, team work and translations and do IRC meetings twice a month. We organise Ubuntu Global Jam events every 6 months (with some minor absences) and of course great release parties every 6 months along with some other little ones in between.

What kind of event are you organizing for this Ubuntu Global Jam?

As always, we will translate some new packages, discuss translation items, a bug triage session, some install release work and even evangelization to some passing people, as we organise UGJ this time in a civic centre.

Is this the first UGJ event you’re organizing?

No, it’s not, we are running UGJs since the first one and I think we only missed last one.

How do you think UGJ events help the Ubuntu community and Ubuntu?

It’s a great opportunity for meeting people you only know by email or chat. Also, as we sit down together, there is little room for procrastination. Well, more or less, anyway.

Why do you think Jono Bacon always features pictures of the Catalan team when announcing the UGJ? Are we the most good-looking LoCo?

Yeah, definitely. It must be that.

Join the party by registering your event at the Ubuntu LoCo Portal!

p1010458 by Alex Muntada

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Docs jam

It’s Community Docs Jam today!

We want to fix the www.ubuntu.com/community page to better represent our community, and who better than our community to help providing that content?

So join us today, pick an area where you’re interested and give us a hand adding content. Join the Ubuntu Community Docs Jam ›

Image: Binded Document CC-BY 2.0 by Sean MacEntee

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Documents

It’s Community Docs Jam today!

We want to fix the www.ubuntu.com/community page to better represent our community, and who better than our community to help providing that content?

So join us today, pick an area where you’re interested and give us a hand adding content. Join the Ubuntu Community Docs Jam ›

Image: Binded Document CC-BY 2.0 by Sean MacEntee


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David Planella

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have noticed that this coming weekend we’re organizing the Ubuntu Global Jam, a worldwide event where Ubuntu local community teams (LoCos) join in a get-together fest to have some fun while improving Ubuntu. As we’re ramping up to a Long Term Support release, this is a particularly important UGJ and we need every hand on deck to ensure it not only meets but exceeds the standard of previous Ubuntu LTS releases. This is another article in the series of blog posts showcasing the events our community is organizing, brought to you by Andrej Znidarsic, from the Ubuntu Slovenian LoCo team.

Tell us a bit about your LoCo team

The Slovenian Ubuntu LoCo team was founded in 2005 and we try to spread Ubuntu mainly by translation work and help and support to Slovenian Ubuntu users who don’t have the means (either language or technical knowledger barrier) to solve problems themselves. Slovenian has been among the top translated languages for a while, which is quite impressive considering there are only 2 million native speakers and we don’t have a big pool to get translators from. We operate an IRC channel, website, forum, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ page. Offline we meet at monthly Ubuntu hours and we do Global Jams :)

What kind of event are you organizing for the upcoming Ubuntu Global Jam (UGJ)?

We are mostly going to focus on translations. This has traditionally been our strong point, as we exceeded 90% translation of Ubuntu about 2 years ago. Now we are focusing on translation quality and consistency. This time we want to put extra polish into translation for the LTS. In addition to that, a couple of people will focus on creating videos explaining how to perform basic tasks in Ubuntu (installing Ubuntu, Installing/removing software, Unity “tricks”…) and how to contribute to Ubuntu (how to start translating in Launchpad, how to report a bug, common translation mistakes in Slovenian). We will also be testdriving Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and report bugs we find on the way. More info can be found in our Ubuntu Global Jam announcement (in Slovenian only).

Is this the first UGJ event you’re organizing?

Nope. We have already organized 3 Ubuntu Global Jams. The first one was online only and the last two have been organized offline. We are quite lucky to have Kiberpipa, which has kindly been providing us a great venue with a lot of space and internet access. So we mostly need to do marketing of the event, coordinate transport and grab some pizzas :).

How do you think UGJ events help the Ubuntu community and Ubuntu?

The results of previous UGJs have typically meant about 4000-5000 translated messages for us which is amazing for one day. Good translation coverage helps to grow Ubuntu usage in Slovenia. We have also managed to report a couple of bugs which improved overall quality. More importantly, in average about 15 people attend our global jam, so we meet and hang out with people we usually only see online. This vastly improves team cohesiveness. In addition there are always some newcomers, which is fantastic for community growth. Also, it’s fun :).

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Ubuntu Global Jam participants

Wow, our ever amazing community has done it again. Since last time I looked at the LoCo directory, the number of teams participating in the Ubuntu Global Jam has nearly doubled.

There is still time to organise new events and join the fun next weekend – a great opportunity to meet your old and new Ubuntu friends and help improve Ubuntu.

So here’s the question, is your country or area represented in there? Let your region also make the difference by adding your event.

See you there!


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David

Join the fun at the Ubuntu Global Jam

Getting ready for the Jam

It’s less than two weeks before our ever amazing community joins around the globe to have a good time while improving the incoming Ubuntu release, 10.10, codenamed the Maverick Meerkat.

The Ubuntu Global Jam is a great opportunity to contribute to your favourite OS in any area you can participate in. There are plenty of proposed activities, such as Bugs, Testing, Upgrade, Documentation, Translations, Packaging, but it does not have to stop at that. Why not propose your own activities, or run meetings related to them? Marketing, advocacy… your imagination is the limit.

We want to hear about your events!

I'm going to the Ubuntu Global JamSo far there are already 14 teams registered at the LoCo Directory for the Ubuntu Global Jam. It would be really cool to have a representation from as many LoCos as possible, so if you are still thinking about running a jam, or if you haven’t added your event, why not go for it? There is still time!

Adding a new Ubuntu Global Jam event in the LoCo Directory is really easy: it should not take you more than two minutes to do it, it will give more visibility to your LoCo, help people find a jam near them, and assist you with the planning.

Here’s how you can add your Global Jam event:

  1. Go to loco.ubuntu.com – Go to the Ubuntu Global Jam event in the LoCo Directory
  2. Log in – If you already haven’t, log in to the LoCo Directory with your Launchpad ID
  3. Add the eventAdd your team’s event

That’s it, you’re now part of the rocking list of LoCos running an Ubuntu Global Jam :) .

I’m sure it’s going to be once more an awesome event. Don’t forget to show off how your team is rocking by taking pictures and telling everyone about it. We’d like to hear as many fun stories about the Ubuntu Global Jam as possible!

See you at the Jam!


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David

Ubuntu Global Jam LucidOk, the countdown has started for the Ubuntu Global Jam. It’s less than 10 days until Ubuntu teams around the globe show off some community power and join the fest to make our favourite OS even more awesome.

For the late-comers:

There are plenty of activities to choose this time (Bugs, Testing, Upgrade, Documentation, Translations, Packaging). Be creative!

And do remember to add your event to the LoCo Directory as well.

If you’ve never run a jam, do join us on IRC in #ubuntu-locoteams and ask questions, or even better, check out Jono’s videocast and the easy steps on how to organize and run one. We’ve also been running some training sessions on IRC you might find interesting.

As Rafael nicely put it, the Catalan team will be rocking it again this time round, with Translations, Testing, Upgrading and surely with improvisation

By the way, how many of you are going to be running translation jams? Has anyone got any tips or experiences to share? We’d like to hear them!


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David

The engines are already warming up for the Ubuntu Global Jam on the 26th to 28th of March weekend.

As our vibrant community grows, we’re also expanding the types of jams, to make sure everyone can pick one suited to their tastes. Here is our variety of flavours this time:

  • Bugs – find, triage, squeeze and help fixing those annoying little bugs.
  • Testing – with your testing Lucid is going to be a top notch release.
  • Upgrade – contribute making the upgrading to Lucid from Hardy or Karmic a smooth experience for everyone.
  • Documentation – spread the knowledge on Ubuntu and on participating in the Community, help documenting it.
  • Translations – join the awesome Ubuntu translations community and make the Lynx speak your language.
  • Packaging – follow the path of the legendary Ubuntu developers and learn how to package software.
  • Other – be creative! suggest your own type of jam! marketing, artwork, advocacy… you name it.

One very important point is to note that these are only suggestions, and not every LoCo will run every type of Jam. The main thing is to spend some good time hanging out with your friends while making Ubuntu rock harder.

You’ll find all you need to know about the jam at

If that weren’t enough, the awesome Jorge Castro will be running a series of training sessions to help you getting started if you’ve never run a jam before.

We’d like to see you there, see you and your people’s beautiful pictures and hear your stories, so remember to add your event and get ready for the jam!

Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexm/3978175164/ / CC BY-SA 2.0


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David

The Ubuntu Catalan team met yesterday to contribute with their own bit of awesome to the Ubuntu Global Jam.

We run a translation and a packaging/bug-fixing jam and we had an exceptional participation (about 20 people at peak time). Most importantly though, we had a good time.

But let’s just leave the pictures speak for themselves:

Ubuntu cat crew
The whole crew, showing off their good looks and rearranging the local urban furniture

Ubuntu.cat @ Citilab
The crew, busy rocking the place

Ubuntu cat people with Ubuntu shirts
Beautiful Ubuntu people wearing no less beautiful Ubuntu clothing – notice the evolution in the shirt’s designs throughout releases and parties

Want to see more? Watch the full picture set here.

The event took place at the Citilab computing center in Cornellà, near Barcelona, and we’d like to thank them along with all those who participated in the jam – you truly rocked!


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David


… now with Translations.

As you probably know, we are going to have a massive Ubuntu Global Jam, and we’ll be expanding it to Translations this time around.

So you wanted to get involved in Ubuntu and to deliver it to millions in their own language, I hear? This will be your chance:

  • WHAT: Ubuntu Global Jam: Translations
  • WHEN: the 2nd to 4th October 2009 weekend
  • PREPARATIONS: Third Thursday of every month (next meeting is Thu 18th June 2009 at 18:00 UTC) at #ubuntu-meeting on Freenode

I’ve started a section on running translation jams in our wiki, and I’ll be adding more content there in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for updates.

Wow, there’s even some folks who have already started translating the jam pages themselves!

Fantastic.

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