During my holidays I made it, among other beautiful stops, to the wonderful city of Esfahan.
While I was there, Software Freedom Day was being celebrated at the University of Esfahan. I met Ehsan Shahrokhi a day earlier and he gave me the opportunity to give a brief talk at SFD.
Like all the other experiences I made in the country, it was absolutely fantastic. Everybody was incredibly welcoming, everybody was extremely friendly, very helpful and just wonderful.
I loved the atmosphere there. Everybody was trying hard to contribute something good to the Open Source world. There was a large Ubuntu following and there were people of other parts of the wider community, but there was no bickering, complaining or distro, flavour, editor, or desktop environment wars going on.
Apart from that dedication there were two other things that really impressed me:
In just one day I made lots of new friends in Esfahan who are all determined to bring something good to the world. People who welcomed me in an incredibly friendly, hospitable way and with lots of good humour. Thanks a lot everybody!
It was easy to promise to come back one day again.Read more
Jorge and Allison blogged about their mentors and start into the Open Source world and I thought it would be a great way to thank at least some of the people who helped me get started. So I started thinking about who all helped me out in one way or the other in the last few years and I realised that there’s incredibly many people I should’ve been thanking years ago already.
There’s dozens of other people who helped me out, got me thinking and changed how I saw things, but I’ll probably save them for future blog posts.
Today it’s been almost exactly five years since I’ve been with Canonical and six years in the Ubuntu community. Everybody was fantastic to me and still is. Thanks a lot also to other folks who were there for me in the early days (Oliver Grawert, James Blackwell, Jane Fraser, and loads and loads of others).
You know who you are and thanks a lot for the time with you.Read more
In the first weeks when I started contributing to the Ubuntu community about six years ago, I was constantly amazed at a number of things:
After a few months I helped out new contributors myself, answered questions and tried to give them a similar experience as I had. Learning to do something great by experiencing it first hand. The great thing is that a lot of contributors already went ahead and became involved in upstream projects and Debian.
I’m extremely grateful I’m in a position where I can do this as part of my job.
I’ve been working on a few things in the last time that will hopefully give even more people that sense of opportunity and that sense of achievement soon. Please note that all of the items below are just happening because of “a little help from my friends”, I couldn’t have possibly pulled this off all on my own.
There’s quite a lot of other things where I could be helpful too to keep the ball in the Ubuntu community rolling: as member of the Community Council I do bits of organisation here and there, within Canonical I often answer questions about Ubuntu development processes to new starters and development-unrelated teams, I helped organising the Ubuntu Global Jam, Ubuntu Developer Week and other events, thankfully found a team to take over the “Behind MOTU” interviews, helped with the organisation of Ubuntu’s participation in Google’s Summer of Code, that plus calls, heaps of mails, small and big arguments keep me quite busy.
I feel very privileged being in this position and hope I’m instrumental to the open source world at large. One thing’s for sure: I still immensely enjoy it.Read more
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.
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 auf http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/team/265/detail/. Adresse der c-base: Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin U-/S-Bahnhof Jannowitzbrücke Anfahrt zur c-base: http://wiki.c-base.org/coredump/AnfahrtsSkizze http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bild:C-Base_Map_1.png http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bild:C-Base_Map_2.pngRead more
As you all know loads of teams around the globe meet this weekend and do great Ubuntu and Open Source work together. Ubuntu Jams are all about making Ubuntu and the open source world in general rock even harder. No matter which part of it you’re interested, be it Translations, Testing, QA work, Packaging, Docs or anything else, we want you to have fun with your local team!
I personally will join in on the fun in Berlin (announcement coming up soon) and will try to put a bit of work into Operation Cleansweep, a great initiative to get our backlog of patches under control. As you can see from this week’s report, it could do with getting some love:
Total bugs with patches: 2196 (-37) Reviewed patches: 420 (+11) --- Bugs with 'patch-needswork': 99 (+5) Bugs with 'patch-forwarded-upstream': 177 (+3) Bugs with 'patch-forwarded-debian': 62 (0) Bugs with 'indicator-application': 39 (-2) Bugs with 'patch-accepted-upstream': 56 (-1) Bugs with 'patch-accepted-debian': 10 (0) Bugs with 'patch-rejected-upstream': 18 (0) Bugs with 'patch-rejected-debian': 3 (0)
If you’re interested in reviewing patches, check out the review guide and help the reviewers team out.Read more
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!Read more
I wanted to follow up on Jorge’s great blog post for a longer while already. He said:
Lately I think we’ve gotten in a collective funk of “here’s what I think about this.” followed by “Oh yeah, well here’s what I think of that”, and “Allow me to retort!” and then getting stuck in a rabbit hole of distractions.
So screw that, let’s share some stories[…]
Needless to say: Jorge is spot on!
A lot of people have been doing ROCKing work in the last few weeks and I never took the time to thank them:
Make sure you join #ubuntu-reviews and #ubuntu-bugs on next Thursday (2010-08-12). It will be a great time to get involved in Ubuntu!
Stats from last week (we can do a lot better, so join us on Thursday and get involved!):
Total bugs with patches: 2286 (-27) Reviewed patches: 379 (-9) --- Bugs with 'patch-needswork': 94 (+1) Bugs with 'patch-forwarded-upstream': 163 (-5) Bugs with 'patch-forwarded-debian': 51 (-2) Bugs with 'indicator-application': 41 (-1) Bugs with 'patch-accepted-upstream': 49 (-3) Bugs with 'patch-accepted-debian': 11 (0) Bugs with 'patch-rejected-upstream': 16 (+1) Bugs with 'patch-rejected-debian': 2 (0)Read more
and I talked to a number of people already who are planning additional events. This will be SWEET!
While there’s numerous activities you can dive into on a Jam event, I’d love to see a lot of work being put into Operation Cleansweep. If dealing with patches is nothing new to you, you’d do Ubuntu and the broader open source community a huge favour.
Here the Cleansweep stats of last week:
Total bugs with patches: 2313 (+30) Reviewed patches: 388 (+10) --- Bugs with 'patch-needswork': 93 (+3) Bugs with 'patch-forwarded-upstream': 168 (+4) Bugs with 'patch-forwarded-debian': 53 (+2) Bugs with 'indicator-application': 42 (0) Bugs with 'patch-accepted-upstream': 52 (+2) Bugs with 'patch-accepted-debian': 11 (-1) Bugs with 'patch-rejected-upstream': 15 (-1) Bugs with 'patch-rejected-debian': 2 (0)Read more
… also known as Ubuntu Global Jam is coming up swiftly, so make sure you put 27th-29th August into your calendar and talk your local Ubuntu friends into participating.
Simple. It’s going to happen what you make happen. Whatever your team enjoys doing is great. The only requirements are: it needs to be fun and it should make Ubuntu better somehow.
Ok. What does that mean?
We had loads of different jams around the world already: events where people get together locally and make Ubutnu better by working on bugs, packaging, translations, documentation, testing, upgrading or whatever else they enjoy doing.
In the past we had events all around the globe, where new friends met for the first time, people learned from each other, people from other open source projects were invited and where everybody (most importantly) had a fantastic time.
If your LoCo team already knows when and where it’s going to happen, add the event to the LoCo Directory. We set up the event on loco.ubuntu.com already.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Jams has lots of information on how to to organise the event properly, and what kind of preparation your team mates should look into depending on what your team wants to do. Stay tuned for tuition sessions where you can ask all your questions. A good place for getting that information is of course loco-contacts or ubuntu-event-planners.
If you’re part of a LoCo team, please bring it up with your team, talk to them, find out what they like, meet and make Ubuntu rock even harder.Read more
And the last day of Ubuntu Developer Week is over now too. It’s a shame, but when can we do… watch out for the next one in half a year. In the meantime, there’s going to be a bunch of Packaging Training sessions as well, and Ubuntu Open Week, so it’s not like you’ll be twiddling thumbs the whole time.
Let’s re-cap Day 5:
Again I’d like to thank everybody for helping out with making Ubuntu Developer Week rock as hard as it did. 350+ attendees, 25 sessions, lots of covered topics and everything happened in a very seamless fashion. Awesome. Thanks again!
Make sure to check out the logs if you’re interested in anything particular, they’re all on the wiki.Read more
Day 4 of Ubuntu Developer Week is over and it’s a bit sad to see UDW draw to a close again. On a happier note: all the sessions yesterday were awesome. Let’s recap together:
So today is the last day of UDW. I know you’re as sad as I am, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy the last day. Here’s why:
Ubuntu Developer Week is not just amazing as always: this time it’s even better. The sessions are great, there’s loads of interesting details that were talked about but what’s even more important: we have loads of people attending who ask great questions and the first are already jumping in there and work actively on Ubuntu. That’s exactly what gives Ubuntu Developer Week it’s unique feel. I LOVE IT!
Yesterday was Day 3, so for those of you who did or could not attend, here’s what happened:
As always: thanks a lot everybody who makes Ubuntu Developer Week happening. You know who you are and you’re awesome!
Day 4 starts in just a few hours, so here’s what’s happening today:
Hope to see you there and please help spread the news!Read more
Another day of Ubuntu Developer Week has passed and what a great day it was. Let’s re-cap:
Again, I’d like to thank everybody who made this day a success.
We have Day 3 ahead of us, so let’s see what’ll happen today:
What a fantastic start of Ubuntu Developer Week. At times we had 350+ visitors and the amount of great questions was simply overwhelming. Awesome. I also noticed the first few participants actively helping out after the sessions. This makes me incredibly happy.
So here’s a re-cap of day 1:
Thanks a lot to everybody who helped to make Day 1 such a success. Awesome!
So what’s cooking for Day 2 you ask?
Totally looking forward to it!
… it’s Ubuntu Developer Week time!
Starting from 16:00 UTC today, we’ll have one week of awesome sessions revolving around development, packaging, hacking and in general making Ubuntu better.
I’m very excited for the event to kick off, so let’s see what day 1 has for us:
I hope to see you all there and be sure to tell your friends!Read more
Probably due to the soccer championship or the hot weather in some countries we had a slow week last week. Here’s the quick report:
Total bugs with patches: 2263 (-1) Reviewed patches: 331 (0) --- Bugs with 'patch-needswork': 86 (+1) Bugs with 'patch-forwarded-upstream': 133 (+6) Bugs with 'patch-forwarded-debian': 41 (+1) Bugs with 'indicator-application': 44 (-1) Bugs with 'patch-accepted-upstream': 47 (0) Bugs with 'patch-accepted-debian': 13 (0) Bugs with 'patch-rejected-upstream': 15 (+1) Bugs with 'patch-rejected-debian': 1 (0)
… which means: we need your help. Instructions are available and a warm welcome in #ubuntu-reviews certain.
Also: watch our for Nigel’s session at Ubuntu Developer Week about Operation Cleansweep on Wednesday 14th July at 16:00 UTC.Read more
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