The next Ubuntu Developer Summit is coming up next week (27-29 August 2013) and you can already see a nice set of topics coming together in Launchpad. The schedule will, as always, be available at summit.ubuntu.com.
Jono Bacon and I are going to be track leads for the Community track, so I wanted to send out an invitation to get topics in, especially for bits concerning the Community track. If you are a team lead and had feedback from your team or you want to bring up a discussion topic where you are interested to help out with, check out our docs on how to submit a session for UDS. Please note: this is not a game of “this is what I think somebody should discuss and do for me”, so if you plan to bring up a session topic, be prepared, have a good idea of what might be on the agenda, reach out to people who might be interested in the topic, so you have a good set of participants and contributors to the project available.
If you just want to attend and listen in and contribute to sessions on the schedule, you can just do that as well, check out uds.ubuntu.com which has all the information on how to tune in. Register here. Can’t wait to see you all next week!Read more
Our UDS in Copenhagen was the busiest for me ever, but I enjoyed it a lot. There was heaps of energy, good ideas and many good conclusions for the Raring cycle. One thing I really enjoyed was the Leadership Mini-Summit.
We had it at UDSes two times before and what I feel we did better this time around was that we had more concrete examples of Ubuntu teams, their leadership and the challenges we face. It gave us a great opportunity to be together, brainstorm and learn from each other.
I volunteered to give a brief summary for all those who could not attend this time around. The following points are all based on my memory and our notes of the event. Lots of other brief conversations happened there as well.
Many other topics were discussed as well and it was great to see how we, once we sat together, solve problems together and inspire/help each other. Thanks a lot everyone for turning up.
The work items we agreed on were:
Thanks again and good work everyone!Read more
For me this Ubuntu Developer Summit (http://uds.ubuntu.com) is going to be very special. As always I look forward to meet all you great people again – it’s like meeting “the other party family” again.
A number of development-related sessions are on my list as always and they are going to be very interesting.
We are going to kick off with Ubuntu Development Videos, a session where we’ll discuss how to update our Ubuntu Development videos. This is long overdue, and it might be especially interesting, because I received this very special request on IRC:
<bobweaver> dholbach, if you or others make video tutorial of how to package a updated one I will make video of me shaving my head
Let’s make it happen together!
The next question we’re going to ask ourselves is “What new devs should be doing“. We had some success in the last cycle with proposing a number of categorised tasks to new contributors. Let’s build on that and figure out how we can tell new contributors which tasks they can focus on to have a seamless experience which eases them into our community.
In the last cycles it has become a tradition to look at our Packaging Guide and figure out how to improve it. We are very glad to have received countless fantastic contributions in the last few cycles. This puts us into a great position to provide newcomers with help and with expert up-to-date articles. Here we’ll talk about phasing out the old packaging guide and how to improve our support for translations.
The Developer Advisory Team is alive and kicking and has reached out to many new contributors the last cycle. Still there’s a bunch of things we can improve further. If we want to welcome new folks with open arms and get the best out of their feedback, we need a strong DAT. Help us out.
One thing which never failed to inspire me was whenever work of new contributors was showcased. It’s important because we not only want to show our gratitude by showing off great work done by new people, but also to show others that doing Ubuntu development is no crazy rocket science.
New Exciting Stuff
Readers of my blog have probably figured out by now that I got interested in Automated Testing recently. Personally I think it’s one of the best way to be involved in Ubuntu development, because you essentially ensure (theoretically forever) that a given piece of functionality works. To define how we are going to get more people involved in this initiative, let’s meet at the “Automated Testing Community” session.
Also stay tuned for another special announcement with regard to this.
The Community Track
As Jono is busy becoming a father, (All the best man! Big hugs from here!) I will take care of business at Copenhagen and lead the Community track. We have many many exciting things lined up. The Community Roundtables with huge amounts of interesting topics. And sessions about Ubuntu IRC, Ask Ubuntu, juju, translations, Edubuntu, Lubuntu, the Ubuntu Youth team, Ubuntu Accomplishments, more juju, Ubuntu TV, the Ubuntu Data Mining project, the Debian healthcheck, Ubuntu on Air sessions, the Ubuntu Women team, Xubuntu and many other presentations, discussions and meetings. You can very easily see: the Community Track is where it’s at!
One thing I’d like to highlight is the Ubuntu Leadership Mini-Summit because I feel it’s critical to our success as the Ubuntu project that we figure out how we can lead our respective areas of the community efficiently and learn from each other. Drop by and let’s talk.
You can already see: this UDS is going to be quite busy for me, but it’s also clear that it will kick arse.Read more
It’s time for some Ubuntu Development Events for those of you who are raring to go get started for 13.04 development.
We will be starting the fun today at 13:00 UTC with Ubuntu Open Week. Luckily I still managed to book a double session, so we’ll have plenty of time to get you started and introduced to Development team and what we do.
The Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) will be happening form 29th October to 1st November in Copenhagen and we will have some workshops there as well. If you’re in town, make sure you drop by. Watch the Packaging Guide User Testing and the Get Started with Ubuntu Development workshops. For us it will be great to see how people use the Packaging Guide and what we need to fix. For you it will be great to have people around who are going to help you if you should get stuck. Also it will be a great time to catch up and get to know each other. Thanks a lot to Benjamin Drung (and others) who are going to help with these events.
There will be plenty more activity at UDS which I’ll blog about soon too.Read more
… for planning things, but also for getting things done.
In-between sessions I had discussions with many many folks and I’m happy to say there was renewed and much interest in the Packaging Guide.
Heroes like Andrew Starr-Bochicchio, Leo Iannacone, Joseph Mills and others have contributed suggestions, code, ideas and text bits to improve the packaging guide, and that’s on top of what was discussed in the session we had.
During the session we identified a number of areas of focus. In no particular order, there’s:
Also in many other sessions, the Packaging Guide was usually deemed the best place to educate new contributors about how things work, which is great.
What happened this week (outside of sessions) already was:
This level of activity is fascinating and bodes well for a great 12.10 cycle.
What I love most about the guide is that everybody can help us if you have just a little bit of interest in Ubuntu Development. Let’s have a quick look at some bugs you could help out with, if you’re interested.
Here’s some ‘bitesize’ bugs, I hope we can you interest in:
Update: I forgot to mention John Kim, who has contributed a bunch of bug reports with his experience. Great work, John!Read more
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