Wednesday, December 30, 2009

UbuCon at SCaLE 8X

So it's official there will be an UbuCon at SCaLE 8x. (February 19-21, 2010 in Southern California) There will be approximately 7 hours of Ubuntu related topics on the 19th of February. (Working on getting it added to the special events page on the SCaLE website, stay tuned). What is an UbuCon you might ask.. In this case it will be 7 hours of talks, demos, etc all based on a connection to Ubuntu. Here's what UbuCon Atlanta had to offer at the Atlanta Linux Fest last Sept and you can find more information on the UbuCon wiki as well. There is also an group for Ubucon's as well.

The awesome California LoCo team will be taking the reins and running with the UbuCon. Now comes the fun part, what do people want to hear about? What Ubuntu related talks would you like to hear about. Are you attending SCaLE 8x and would like to present a talk at the UbuCon? Maybe you aren't attending SCaLE but you have ideas for topics you would like to see covered at an UbuCon as there are more being planned for other events in 2010.

Like I mentioned the California LoCo team will be gathering these suggestions, ideas and submissions. Please send click here to sent them to Nathan Haines (nhaines), who make sure the UbuCon team can review them. Please include a summary of what your session/talk would include. Also if submitting an idea for a session please include as much information as possible. All submissions must be in by the 15th of January and a decision on the UbuCon Schedule will be finalized and all speakers/contributors will be notified by January 22, 2010.

Again special thanks to the California LoCo team and their awesome leadership and to Gareth and the other SCaLE planners for working together to make an UbuCon at SCaLE possible Community events and those who make this stuff happen are awesome! Thank y'all!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ubuntu Women Leadership Nominees - Call for Testimoninals

Just wanted to take a moment and remind folks of the Ubuntu Women Leadership Appointment process and the milestones we are now approaching in this process.

- The Open Call For Nominations opened on 10 Dec 2009, but nominations close today, 23 Dec, 2009. (If you haven't added yourself then today is the last day today so)

- Though some folks have already started adding Testimonials for the nominees and that is GREAT the deadline for all testimonials is 8 Jan, 2010. These testimonials are for the Community Council to help make their decision. The testimonials will paint a picture that the person wikis and launchpad don't, they round out the picture of the person and show the support of the community. This is not only important in this Ubuntu Women leadership process but anytime you are asked to give a testimonial for others. 8 Jan, 2010, is when the Community Council will start reviewing the wiki's and consider who they will appoint for the position of Ubuntu Women Leader.

- Here is the really exciting date, 15 Jan, 2010, this is when the Community Council will have their decision made and issued to the Ubuntu Women Team and the Ubuntu Community.

In full disclosure though, the process is self nominations and I have nominated myself, and am enjoying participating in the process and the friendly rivalry. So if you haven't had a chance to add a testimonial to my wiki yet and you think I'm a good fit for the leadership role then please do so before the 8th. - This is all very exciting and it is an exciting time for the Ubuntu Women Project as a whole.

Even more exciting than that is the energy that has risen in the group the ideas that came out of UDS, seeing people get more involved and feel good about being part of what I think is going to be a great year for Ubuntu Women and Women in Open Source as a whole.

I've had the opportunity to write about Ubuntu Women over the past few weeks with:

Ubuntu Women Meeting: A Brief Summary and a Few Thoughts
UDS and Ubuntu Women

We have blueprints we are working on, roadmaps that are being looked at with fresh eyes, revisions and new ideas being added to our resources pages, and of course adding governance and working on the team channel(s), just to name a few, all this by team members who are energized, enthusiastic and encouraged about the project and everything we want to accomplish in 2010. Amazing stuff!

We now have Ubuntu Women Team members on the LoCo Council (Laura Czajkowski) and on the Community Council (Elizabeth Krumbach). Now with formal leadership coming into the Ubuntu Women Project - and all the new ideas and initiatives that are being discussed for what the Project, Team, and Team Members can all do to make not only the Ubuntu Women Project better, but the Ubuntu Community as well. Take a moment read over the notes and let's hear your comments, suggestions, even concerns and most of all don't forget all testimonials need to be in by Jan 8th, 2009.

Here's to 2010 and Ubuntu Women - Onward and Upward!

Friday, December 18, 2009

To Renewed Friendships and Tomorrows

I am sitting down today with a heart of gratitude, graciousness, and just plan old happiness!

Back in June I wrote about moving back home after being away for 20 years and with the exception of 2 people I had not had the opportunity to reconnect with my friends from High School.

Last night I had what some would say was an opportunity, but I have to call it a gift, and one I didn't even know I wanted - I got to sit down, slow down, reconnect, and renew friendships with 4 of the most special people in my life. These friends are the ones that you just own all the stuff you did in school with. These are the ones you cry with. These are the ones whose sentences you answer before they finish and end with "yeah about that". We owned our pasts, and opened up to one another as if no time had passed. I needed that. It was like stepping back in a moment, and then going forward to present day.

It was important. I had felt very off balance after moving home questioning at times had I made the right decision. YES! From the moment we moved back I felt like a weight had been lifted, but I had no idea the burdens I carried were heavier than I ever imagined. Last night those rolled away as well. I can't say I regret things in my past as they have made me the person I am today, I am stronger, wiser, more compassionate, loving, caring, because of those things, the bitter things of my yesterdays, make my today's sweeter, and my tomorrow's more fragrant.

There are those moments, like last night, when you just know, that someone greater than yourself had a hand in the planning, the coming together of a single moment in time. I can't speak for the whole group of us, but to me, God gave me a gift last night, a gift where time stood still for a few hours, and I found time never changed my place in their hearts, the hearts of true friends, old friends, good friends, and the window in my heart once again open, and a fresh sense of purpose and being blew in. Sometimes it's not the homily (preaching) from the ambo (altar) that are the best - sometimes it the simple yet sincere words of others that make all the difference in the world.

We cried, we laughed, we pondered, we shared, we remembered and renewed something we didn't even know we had lost - each other.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Another Craft project - I love my hobbies

Shawl and Hat that I made. Various colors of purples, and very soft but heavy enough to keep you warm. - Cozy!

I think it's cool to keep some balance and work on other things other than Ubuntu. I had some friends ask me what about the other stuff you work on. So I thought I would show them some of the other stuff I work on during my quiet times.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ubuntu Hour - Fun in Winston Salem, NC

An Ubuntu hour was held in Winston Salem, NC on Saturday. It was a lot of fun as discussions were held between the 6 that ranged from kernel issues to what to I need to do to become and Ubuntu member. Mark, and Dewey were from Winston Salem, Jeremy, Daniel, and I drove about 3 hours to get there, and Adam drove about and hour and a half to get there. We had a great time. Here's some pics of the hour.

Tux found a quiet spot to enjoy the coffee and listen to everyone gab. But as you will soon see he got in on the meeting as well.

Left to right - the person who is cut off in the pic is Daniel, the Dewey, Mark, and Adam. The conversation looked intense but I am not sure what was really being discussed in this shot.

As you can see Tux joined the conversation and before long smiles were everywhere.

Daniel was showing off the reading material available to the group.

Tux Up close and personal - I pause for a moment because this particular Tux is one that my friend, Laura, from the Ireland LoCo team gave me at UDS. I hope to see Tux travel to some more places during 2010 and tell some stories. (He said the coffee was good but the Ubuntu LoCo members were the real entertainment.

Tux was giving Daniel some kernel advice since Daniel was trying to help Dewey with some kernel issues during the ubuntu hour. See Ubuntu people have either a TUX on their shoulder or a the Ubuntu Logo (Circle of Friends) still haven't figured out which is meant to be the angel or the devel (pun intended).

Mark and I talking about who knows what. I think membership or one of the NC LoCo Team projects - who knows it was all fun.

Jeremy in the corner I think hiding from all the people.. No really he was working on kernel bugs but that is a whole other story.

Tux again supporting Dewey's laptop and sharing the Linux Pro Mag stuff with everyone.

It was a great morning and well worth our 6 hour round trip drive to be there to support the team. GO NC LOCO TEAM ( I see an Ubuntu Hour closer to my house next time). :-) Thanks MagicFab for the suggestion of Ubuntu Hours - :-)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

HICKTech: Increasing Web Traffic Class

I had the great fortune of being about to participate in another wonderful and educational HICKTech tele-class give by Emma Jane Hogbin. This time the classes were about Increasing Web Traffic.

How did I get to participate in this class - simple - I signed up for her eZine newsletter. In her newsletter Emma offers great ideas and advice.

This class offered me ideas about tags, how to increase traffic to my blog, though this class talked about getting information out about services or a product - the same information can be applied to other sites that aren't selling anything.

Do you want increase traffic to your site? Wanna get more mileage out of your blogs and websites then HICKTech and Emma's classes are just want you need. She offers these classes at reasonable rates, common sense and down to earth approach make it perfect for "mortal" bloggers and website owners. What are you waiting for? Check out HICKTech for yourself. There is something for every technical skill level. Emma teaches to all levels and her wealth of knowledge is taught in a way where no one will leave the class "not getting it". She will explain each concept until there are no more questions or until the concept is understood to the satisfaction of the person who asked the question.

Whether it's a conversation about wood stoves, conferences, or in one of her classes I always walk away from the chats or classes a little better than when we started them. Emma is one of those rare personalities and friends that if you want an honest conversation and answers presented in ways that will make you feel good even when you disagree then Emma is is that person! I count myself very lucky to have met Emma at the Community Leadership Summit and to continue the conversation and friendship that was started there. Thanks Emma!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Ubuntu Women Meeting: A Brief Summary and a Few Thoughts

The Ubuntu Women Project meet on Wednesday Dec 9, 2009. The meeting was full of excitement, energy, tension, and progress as you can read about in the logs . 29 people participated in the meeting and it was AWESOME!!!

The call for self nominations for the Ubuntu Women Project Leadership position is now open. These nominations will go before the Community Council (CC) as the 1st leader of the group will be appointed by the CC. This leader will be in place for 6 months then there will be a 6 month review by the team and it will be decided to extend the term or call for elections from the team at that point. If there are any members who you feel would be great for the leadership position encourage them to complete their wiki and add it to the list, there is some really great talent in the group and the more options the CC has means the more variety group will have. This is so cool. More information about that can be found in the Logs or the Notes.

There is a long list of items that will be done over the next month and into January. The leadership and governance part was decided on and the procedure to put formal leadership in place has started. This is really great news. As the leader will have a council (for lack of a better word) to support them and work with them on getting projects and action items completed.

The Channel discussions (on if a second channel is needed, which channel will be logged and the policies, procedures, and documentation) and Vote were postponed as the team members felt more time was needed to research options and come up with procedures. Between now and January the Project members will be documenting and suggesting what these procedures will be. Again this is really great news as the team comes together to make the decisions and suggestions and write the documentation that surrounds the channel(s) guidelines. Should lead to some really good conversations and discussions.

I think the thing that excites me the most about the Project is seeing how the people, women especially, of different backgrounds, experiences, technical skill sets and opinions can come together, acknowledging and accepting those differences while still keeping the team moving forward. I am so glad no-one thinks anyone needs to be a "cookie cutter" mold of anyone else. It's just great. We have a really great team and more women are joining all the time not that it is limited to women, but we are all about encouraging women. It is a wonderful project to be part of and an exciting time in the Ubuntu Community as we as a project have grown to the point were formal leadership and governance is needed.

I am really optimistic about what is going to happen in 2010 and am looking forward to seeing where the Project goes from here. Onward and Upward!!

Ubuntu Hour in Winston Salem, NC

Who: NC LoCo team but everyone who wants to attend is invited.

What: Ubuntu Hour

Where: Krankies Coffee,
211 East Third Street, Winston-Salem, NC

When: Saturday, December 12, 2009

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm EST

This will be the first Ubuntu Hour in NC - I am so excited and hope more people will start planning an hour with coffee and LoCo team members just to get together and talk about all things Ubuntu or just hang out because everyone has an interest in Ubuntu.

There will be a group of us from Western NC driving to Winston to support this event. How AWESOME that we are supporting each other in this really cool get together. It will be about a 2 hour drive but we are all looking forward to it. If you are in and about the Winston Salem, NC area and you want to join in on the fun please do.

See you there on Saturday! Thanks Mark for organizing the event. Daniel, Mike, and Jeremy thanks for agreeing to head to Winston with me for the event. Road Trip!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Progress on Personal Goals! \0/ Go ME! :-D

A week or so ago I posted a blog an entry about personal goals. I am happy to say I am making progress on those goals.

- Lost 10 pounds since UDS - GO ME!
- Walking 2 plus miles several times a week - GO ME!
x Didn't make it to Mass - :-( (not happy about this one) - needs improvement
- Not ready for a 5k yet, but each step I am getting closer. - GO ME!
- Signed up for a class after the 1st of the year - GO ME!
- Committed to one day/night a month to spend with Pete, just to two us - no computers, no ubuntu, (it's harder than you think - I can't be quiet about it (Pete can and does) you'd think it would be the other way around - right?) - DATE NIGHT - GO US!
- Committed to one night a week (usually Friday) Family Fun Night (we used to do this every week but once we moved it got added to the sidelines for some reason) - The kids still enjoy hanging out with us (we think that is cool). We want them to pick what they want to do and who they want to have over. This usually involves music, board games, rock band, or real instruments, junk food, and lots of laughs (usually at the expense of mom :-/). - GO US!

Contacted some areas in the community where I might be able to volunteer a day a week? but to be honest - there are some commitments on my own doorstep I have to take care of 1st.

* Namely taking care of my family and home
* Making sure to Put the Computer down when the kids come in the door from school and concentrating on them. Other stuff can be worked on after they go to bed and quality family time is over.
* Finish projects around the house as we are still in the process of remodeling and getting things in order.

(this above "*" items are things Pete and I work on together, we are a team to support, help each other, motivate, encourage, and challenge each other to make the team better and stronger - 17 years of marriage and it's still a work in progress!)

Volunteering is a great thing, but balance is so much better. And as I was telling a friend yesterday, contributing (in the case of this conversation to UBUNTU, but works for any volunteer contribution that you are working on) is not a competition, nor it should be. That is the beauty of volunteering, you do what you can when you can and you stay in contact with the others you volunteer with so they know who and when to ask others who are waiting to help out as well to do so. I was telling her this in the context of I will do what I can, but I won't feel guilty for putting my family first. Some days I have to remind myself of this. Like many moms (or women in general) who have a lot on our plates we often feel guilty because we can't do it all, when we want to in the way we would like. Some would argue I should not put as much on the plate, nope I just gotta know the right serving size that works for me and which menu items work the best together at during what part of the day. Some days breakfast gets all the attention and Lunch is a shake and dinner is a leftovers.. Depends on the day but in the end it all balances out - in theory it should. :-D!

I am now using both a google calendar a good ole paper calendar! So I write in my Calendar as there are times when my phone doesn't have coverage and I need to add an appointment, or I don't have my computer with me. Then I highlight the appointment as I add it to the google calendar. I am not sure I can ever be completely paperless but I'm a little closer - GO ME!

So progress personal progress is coming alone.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Alan Bell: On Becoming an Ubuntu Member

I had the opportunity to meet Alan at the Karmic release party in London. He is a wonderful addition to the Ubuntu Membership but also just an awesome Community Contributor. He recently sent an email to the Ubuntu Women mailing list outlining his thoughts on the process of becoming a member. I had a chance to speak with Alan about it and asked him if I could publish the email in full on my blog. To my delight he said yes! Also included is the archive link so you can see the awesome discussion that came from his email. Thanks Alan and I hope everyone else can appreciate his time and effort on this email as I and members from the Ubuntu Women team did as well.

Last Tuesday I was accepted by the EMEA regional membership board as anUbuntu Member, which is pretty cool. The reason I finally got round toputting myself forward is because I
wanted to understand the process abit better. This is some background and my current understanding of the process, and some of my previous misunderstandings.

I have been working with others on the #ubuntu-women IRC channel to gain an improved understanding of the proportion of women in Ubuntu to establish firstly if there is an
under representation that needs to be fixed. We found lots of anecdotal evidence to suggest there was, but not much hard data. I was also a little unsure of the objectives of the group, obviously to increase the numbers of women, but by how many? Measuring the number of women in a somewhat amorphous community is a difficult thing, who do you count? Someone who just uses Ubuntu? Do you count my daughters who do their homework and play Frozen Bubble on Ubuntu? Fortunately there is the Ubuntu Member process where people who have made a sustained and significant contribution to the community are recognised. Those who are accepted are added to a group on Launchpad so they are nice and easy to identify. I took the list of names from Launchpad and made a Google docs spreadsheet with the list, everyone on the #ubuntu-women IRC channel was invited to edit the sheet and help figure out who was female. Not an easy task, but by looking at profiles, wiki pages, blogs, flickr photos and asking people on IRC we completed the list. The final result was 23 women out of a total of 520 members, or 4.42%. I have subsequently done some further analysis on the dates people were made members and I started a page of interesting graphs and statistics at if anyone wants an invitation to the spreadsheets that drive the data or the python-launchpadlib script that collects it then mail me. I would quite like to not be the only maintainer of the data going forward.

So the membership process, it starts with filling out a wiki page about yourself. This is not a comfortable thing to do. I started mine quite a while ago and kept adding to it when I did something interesting - this was probably a good idea.

Anything you do can go on your wiki page, the approval board will look for stuff they want to see and ignore stuff they are not interested in - more on that later.

I made no effort to do proper wiki markup on it, it was just a list of stuff. I had no testimonials section, because I felt an empty testimonials section would look a bit sad, this was an error - if you have no section then there is nowhere for someone to add one. Laura Czajkowski helped me sort this out at the last minute, which leads me on to:

Get someone to help you well in advance. Ask them if they think your wiki page is ready. Get them to help find you testimonials (it is way easier to ask on behalf of someone else than directly)

When your wiki page is looking reasonably full of stuff you can add your name to the regional board agenda, but when you add your name to the agenda don't be first in the list, let a few other people go before you. The approval meeting goes in the order the names are added.

It is not a job interview! There is no job at stake, no money at stake, nothing of significant value in the list of member entitlements. You are probably not going to go through it for the incentive of receiving an IRC cloak. You are not doing it for the published benefits but because you are a part of the community and the procedure of the community is that we recognise those who contribute in this way.

It is not a job interview! They are not interested in your background, technical or otherwise. You are not being interviewed to decide whether you are *allowed* to join the community, you are being interviewed to see if you have *already* joined the community. This should affect the stuff you put on your wiki page and what you say in the interview. If you help people in IRC channels say so, if you are on various mailing lists then say so, if you use the forums say so. If you have written code or done some packaging that is good too, but you may be pushed towards the MOTU process (MOTU is a nested team in Ubuntu Members)

Rejection is an option, and it isn't final. Rejection doesn't mean "go away, you are full of fail" it means "contribute a bit more stuff, document it better, get some more testimonials and come back in a month or two" it is an easy option for the board to choose, they are not missing out on the opportunity to accept you, just delaying it a bit.

Attend a few approval board sessions on IRC before you put yourself forward - like I didn't. Figure out who on the board is the most harshly critical, figure out what responses they like and don't like.

Make sure you have supporters in the IRC meeting who will speak up on your behalf and mention things you have done that you have forgotten about yourself - that really helps.

In the end, despite all my errors, I got through with only minor scrapes and bruises. At the meeting on Wednesday 8PM UTC #ubuntu-women there is an agenda item to discuss the stats on Ubuntu Members and whether the group wants to influence them and what the SMART objectives should be for them.

Alan - Archive link

Thanks again Alan!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Just another craft project...

Just another quilt...

Ubuntu and Craft projects

I just finished up a blanket for some friends in the Ubuntu Community who are expecting a baby soon. I used Brown fleece and white thread. (adopting the new color theme). I crocheted the edging all the way around. (It's one and a half yards long). I was trying for the "kids drawing/crayon" effect with the logo and lettering. I don't think it's too bad for my 1st attempt.

Goals, goals and more goals

So after much thought, deliberation, debate, and anxiety, I thought what the heck I will just write about this too. I'll figure it out as I go.

I just got back from UDS (Ubuntu Developer Summit) and each track has goals and has blue prints to keep them on track and task for the Lucid Cycle. Which made me think about some personal goals I have, and I came back thinking I can just add my personal goals to a 6 month cycle as well. (In my mind this sounds pretty cool, but who knows what it will be as I get underway with it all).

For a long time I have been wanting to revamp my Blog, move it over to wordpress, change up theme a little etc. Add some more NON-Ubuntu stuff (as all my family and friends do not share my passion for Ubuntu - and I can't for the life of me figure out why.. :-P ) I figure by UDS-M, I should have that worked out.

I also wanted to get more involved in volunteering in my community where I live. Next week I am researching my options on that front. I am passionate about so many aspects of where I live and I figure I can concentrate on one of those at a time per 6 months. I think that when you live somewhere you should be involved in that place, know what is going on, and try to make it a better place, contribute to it, and live it better than you found for the next generation, all while teaching the next generation to be good citizens.

We (Pete and I) have been so busy since we moved in June. Between his travel and mine, and the kids school projects and stuff, not to mention remodeling the house (which we are still doing in our spare time. I can't wait to say look what we accomplished as a family, when it is all finished), there hasn't been much time to concentrate on my personal goals. So aside from all the other stuff I like to do these are a few I want to work on the next 6 months:

- Continuing working toward a degree in Theology
- Get more involved and active in Church again. (Since we moved I am not sure how I lost focus there but oh boy have I - sigh :-/)
- Get in shape
- Run a 5k race (I know it's not that long on a race but a goal of mine non the less)
- Get more involved in the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns

I never ever ever EVER thought I would miss running. When I got out of the Army a million years ago, I said "no one will ever make me run again". I hated it. Now - I miss it. So I am starting slow with just a 2 mile walk/run kinda thing and working my way up. So if anyone has some training pointers on working up s-l-o-w-l-y to the 10 mile point I would love to know.

So there I go...just talking about what I want to do over the next 6 months. The hardest part of this list will be the in shape part. I mean round is a shape but not the one I want to maintain. (yes I am joking as this is a very personal goal, but sharing goals tends to make me accountable and keep me on track). I am also nervous about sharing the success and failures of these goals, but I figured that Blogging about Ubuntu keeps me on track so blogging about all the other stuff just might as well.

I don't think this will be a post I add to the planet. Even though the planet is supposed to be about a glimpse into the members lives beyond the Ubuntu Project. I think I'll keep this to those who just subscribe to my blog the in ways other than the planet.

So wish me luck and let's see if I can have some balance, between work (yes I have a very part time gig at the moment), Family (husband, Kids, extended family), Home (I am a stay home mom, the house what I like to maintain) , Hobbies (this includes Ubuntu), Church (I really miss teaching, but I need to regain some focus), and Personal goals (list above). That's a lot to balance and I think I can do it. Everything in moderation and I should be good to go. Some days I am sure I'll be so out of balance I will have to laugh to keep from crying. So Laugh with me, and send some encouragement my way. :-D

I can't wait to see what I accomplish personally in the next 6 months as well... Maybe you have some goals you want to accomplish in the next 6 months - lets encourage one another and see what we can help each other with.

Thanks in advance for the encouragement. Can't wait to hear more from everyone

Thursday, November 26, 2009


I know Thanksgiving is a US Holiday, but I just wanted all the people in my life to know how Thankful I am for everything in my life as such I thought I would share two of my favorite quotes on the subject of Thanksgiving.

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice."

-Meister Eckhart

"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.

-W.J. Cameron

I try my absolute best to find something to be thankful for each and everyday. I try to say thank you and appreciate all the people in my life, and remind them daily how important they are to me and this includes the Ubuntu Community and those in it who help mentor and guide me on this journey.

Again, thank you to all my family and friends, new and old, know I am thinking of you all and am grateful to have you in my life.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

UDS and Ubuntu Women

At UDS there were 3 sessions dedicated to the progression of the Ubuntu Women Project. I was excited and still am about the fact that the group has grown to the point where we are beginning to have measurable goals for each cycle. That to me is WIN!

We created a Blue Print and then created specs around the goals we want to complete during the Lucid cycle. I am so excited about seeing how we as a team can meet these goals and move forward and bring people, especially women into the Ubuntu Project

Lyz Krumbach, Laura Czajkowski, Mackenzie Morgan, not to mention the numerous women from Canonical who showed their support for the Ubuntu Women Project; were awesome. Also great was the people who were in IRC and participating remotely. Lyz (Community Council Member), Laura (LoCo Council Member), and Mackenzie (MOTU) all had great points and their enthusiasm for the project was contagious as well.

Ubuntu Women is focusing on recruiting, supporting, encouraging and retaining women in the Ubuntu project, and does so by providing positive role models, mentoring, encouragement, and resources for women within the Ubuntu community. Ubuntu Women's political activism is small-scale, within the Ubuntu Project, and its work is mostly done through encouragement and support, not through confrontational rhetoric. (Thanks skud for helping me find the words to define these goals and focus)

I hope you will take a look at the Blue Print, and the Specs and get just as excited as I am about bringing more women into the Ubuntu Project and seeing the Ubuntu Woman Project Members work together as a team to accomplish these goal. Please drop me an email, join the channel (#ubuntu-women on Freenode), mailing list, team, or comment here and see how you can become involved and help us accomplish this goal.

Many thanks to all those who mentor, support, and encourage me in this endeavor into the Ubuntu Community and F/LOSS world. Let's pay it forward and have not only the best distribution but community as well! :-)

Onward and Upward!!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Places to Participate.. :-) The Ubuntu Community ROCKS!

In March, of this year, I began to look around at where in the Ubuntu and Open Source communities I would fit it. In the a little more than 6 months time I have found all kinds of places and I am not done searching yet.

* Reviewed, Jono Bacon's latest Book, The Art of Community
* Participated in my very 1st Linux Fest - Southeast Linux Fest
* Participated in Community Leadership Summit
* Helped staff a booth for Linux Pro Mag at OSCON
* Helped Plan, Staff and execute Atlanta Linux Fest
* Attended Ohio Linux Fest
* Started working on an Ubuntu User Conference
* Involved in NC LoCo Team
* Involved in Ubuntu Weekly News
* Involved in Ubuntu Women Project
* Involved in Full Circle Magazine
* Blogger for Ubuntu-User Magazine
* Participated Remotely in UDS- Karmic

and now I'm in the Airport waiting to fly to Dallas, TX to participate in UDS-Lucid. So if you are saying but I'm an NTEU (non-technical end user) what can I do? Guess what I am an NTEU as well. :-) Anything is possible and I am loving all this. Think you can't find a place? There is always a place in the Ubuntu Community for people who want to help. Send me an email lets get you started on your journey as well, if I don't know the answer I'll do my best to point you in the right direction, and we can learn something new together. I wouldn't know what to do without the help and support of the Ubuntu Community it's just a great place to get started in Open Source. The people are terrific and the OS well it's AMAZING! One of the best parts of being involved in the Ubuntu community you have the potential to help shape and mold each release into the the collaborative magic that becomes the "Linux for Human Beings" that is UBUNTU.

I'll have to let you know how this week goes and I can't wait to see what goals get set and how Lucid shapes up. This journey is far from over I am still getting started. Thanks everyone let's see what the next release holds. :-) COMMUNITY JUST ROCKS!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

UDS Remote Participation

I had such a positive experience participating in UDS remotely I wanted to write a blog post about it, but my friend, Laura Czajkowski, has written a great post on the subject on her Blog, Czajkowski, Ramblings, Ravings and Rantings . She does such a great job of letting you know how to get involved Below is her post, used with permission. Thanks Laura!

How to participate remotely and get your points heard

Aloha, so UDS is around the corner and I’ll be attending it. I’m really looking forwarding to meeting some of the folks that I met last May and also new people. UDS Lucid is taking place in Dallas Texas, which is going to be 6 hours behind Irish time folks. But that shouldn’t be a reason not to take part remotely.

Remote participation is encouraged, via IRC, Lifestream Gobby and Live Stream. There are a number of EXTRA channels to join as each room at the venue will have a different track topic in it every hour. So it’s not by Stream type so you do have to keep an eye on the time table. I’m posting today so you know in advance. The Overall discussion, including plenary: #ubuntu-devel-summit on freenode.

Discussion Channels – The tracks are shuffled around different rooms, so the irc channels are /per room/, not per track. Here are the channels, which corresponds to the room of the session in the schedule.

  • #ubuntu-uds-waverly
  • #ubuntu-uds-stanford
  • #ubuntu-uds-madison
  • #ubuntu-uds-esmeralda
  • #ubuntu-uds-mayflower
  • #ubuntu-uds-riviere
  • #ubuntu-uds-vinoy
  • #ubuntu-uds-presidente
  • #ubuntu-uds-riogrande
  • #ubuntu-uds-lonestar1
  • #ubuntu-uds-lonestar2
  • #ubuntu-uds-lonestar3
  • #ubuntu-uds-alamo1
  • #ubuntu-uds-alamo2

For Icecast – see the link here

A stream of all Ubuntu and UDS posts made to, Twitter, and Flickr can be found at or if you just want to follow a certain track here is a list of them

Gobby is my new best friend, having used it last May I found it an excellent resource and try and use it whenever I can. Everyone can take part using this, so an ideal way is to have the IRC channel open, or stream coming in and having the gobby document open. You can see extra thoughts been added here, or reasons for comments made in the channel, you can also add your thoughts here.

  • Gobby is being used at UDS to collaborate on the specifications that are being written and to facilitate remote participation.

To take part, please install Gobby (available in universe) and tell it to connect to You will be presented with a list of documents being edited. During any session or meeting, and particularly at the end of one, please do make a local backup of your documents. WARNING: There is a new gobby in karmic, gobby-infinote, we will NOT be using this at UDS since we need for people on older releases to participate. Ensure you are using the “gobby” package.

Finally, to take part I’d suggest a few things, have the channels joined before hand, a browser open with the timetable on it and remember each Room will have a different track topic in it at different times. If you have the icecast running, perhaps wear a set of headphones so you can hear better without distractions. If you’re in a channel and someone is talking and they are faint do write on the channel asking them to SPEAK UP YOU CANNOT HEAR THEM! you won’t be the only one!

If you make a comment on IRC and you want it to be conveyed to the people in the room, tell someone, perhaps make it bold so it stands out if it’s a busy discussion. But do poke again if it was missed and you want it conveyed.

Use gobby, and take part, you are a part of the community also, you’re comments are needed to help shape Lucid. Save the document afterwards locally if you like so you have a reference for it, I found that useful 2-3 months down the line when I wanted to refer to ideas that came up last May.

One other thing, on freenode you are limited to join a maximum of 20 channels. If you need to join more you need to join #freenode and ask a staffer there to allow you to join 20+ .

Also all of the information and more is here

Originally posted on

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ubuntu Open Week in a Nutshell

Ever wonder what all the excitement about? Did you miss a day of Ubuntu Open Week or maybe a session you really wanted to participate in? Let's review this week of EDUCATIONAL EXCITEMENT, COLLABORATIVE CURRCULA, and INCLUSIVE INSTRUCTION.

Ubuntu Open Week had 40 hours of session, with each session hovering at about 300 people per session. Imagine a week long 300+ conference somewhere. If you have ever attended a conference of this size you can appreciate the significance this many participants from across the world coming together across multiple timezones, without the expense of hotel rooms, travel, AV needs and food. Online conferences such as Ubuntu Open Week afford people the ability to learn in the comfort of their own homes or office.

The way people participated in Ubuntu Week was to the IRC Channels on Freenode via the Ubuntu Open Week wiki or through their IRC Chat client of their choice. The channels needed to participate were #ubuntu-classroom where each session was taught, and #ubuntu-classroom-chat where people could talk about the ongoing session and ask questions to the Presenter. Participants were encouraged to ask questions in the #ubuntu-classroom-chat channel using the following format: QUESTION: Then state their question. The purpose for using the "Question: question stated" format is so that the person who is either presenting or helping the presenter can find the questions easily and paste them in the #ubuntu-classroom channel.

Lets review what Ubuntu Open Week is (from the Ubuntu Open Week Wiki)

Ubuntu Open Week is a series of online workshops where you can:

  • learn about the Ubuntu landscape
  • talk to some of the key developers from the Ubuntu project
  • find out about the Community and its relationship with Canonical
  • participate in an open Q&A with Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu

Nathan Handler gives an awesome summary of the Day one activities in his Blog: UOW: Summary Day 1 - OutLook Day 2. For a Summary of Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5, I followed in the style of Nathan and tried to give summaries of each day. Both Nathan and I have links to the Logs for each day.

Again if you missed any part of Ubuntu Open Week the check out the wiki. If you want a quick summary of the sessions check out the links above.If you want to know more about each session and those presenters then a look at the Ubuntu Open Week Booklet is just the thing you are looking for. Also the Wiki for this event can be found here, and the Logs for the week can be found here.

A big shout of "Thanks" goes out to ALL the presenters, and participants who made Ubuntu Open Week - Karmic amazing, exciting, and just awesome. Hope to see everyone back again in May 2010 for the next Open week and next time bring a friend or two.

Ubuntu Open Week - Summary Day 5

The last day (Day 5) of Ubuntu Open Week, (Friday, November 6, 2009) was as CLEAR, CONCISE, COLLABORATIVE, and full of CURRICULA.

The sessions on day five were as engaging as those on day one. All the sessions were hovering around 300 with the exception of the "Ask Mark - sabdfl"session which at some points during the hour were +350. If you missed some or all of Ubuntu Open Week - Day 5, let's see what you missed.

The day started with a session on Xubuntu - Lots of Kittens and Mice by Charlie Kravetz, Xubuntu Quality Assurance Lead. This session was all about what Xubuntu is and what makes it different from Ubuntu and what benefits using this derivative has. Information given also included how you can get involved if Xubuntu is for you.

Next on the line-up was Jorge Castro, Canonical Community Team Member, with How to run Ubuntu+1. Jorge explains what is Ubuntu+1, I'll tell you in this case it's Lucid Lynx, Ubuntu 10.4. So Jorge goes into detail on how to use and test an Ubuntu Development Release. If are wanting to run the next Bleeding Edge Release of Ubuntu this session is for you.

Mark Shuttleworth followed Jorge in the "Ask Mark - sabdfl" session. In this session Mark answered questions from the community. This was a fast passed QA session. That proved to be awesome and fun to take part in. If you have always wanted to know things like "What is your average day like" or "What's your opinion of ChromeOS?" and much more be sure an check out this session.

Next was Kernel QA - The Life Cycle of a Kernel Bug by Leann Ogasawara of the Canonical Kernel Team. Leann discusses the life cycle of a bug in three parts:
1: Report the Bug 2: Triage the Bug 3: Fix the Bug. If fixing kernel bugs is on your radar, and you want to know more about this, then this session is for you.

BethLynn Eicher, (a distro agostic professional system adminstrator) followed with a session on Resolving Bug One. BethLynn, is working on solving Bug #1 - Microsoft has majority market share. If you are wondering how you can contribute to solving this issue please take a look at the session logs.

After the Bug #1 discussion was a session on Introduction to the Ubuntu Documentation Project by UK Lawyer, Matthew East. In this session Matthew lets those who want to contribute to the project via documentation, what is meant by Ubuntu Documentation and how you can get involved. This project could always use more help so if documentation is something you might be interested in check out this session.

Ken Vandine, Kernel Desktop Team, then gave a session on Introducing the Telepathy Stack.
This session was about the Telepathy real-time communications framework, not about instant messenger preferences. Ken also explained all the Telapathy real-time communications framework components and how they work together. Interested in Telepathy, check out these logs.

Last, but not least, Jorge Castro was up with Feedback and Ideas for Ubuntu Open Week. This session was where people took the time to give feedback on how to improve the overall quality of Ubuntu Open Week. Take a look to see what people had to say on Ubuntu Open Week.

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to make Ubuntu Open week the success that it was. Hope to see everyone in May when Ubuntu Open Week rolls around again. :-)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Ubuntu Open Week - Summary Day 4, Outlook Day 5


As Ubuntu Open Week is wrapping up and with only one day left, there is already evidence throughout the community of people applying there new found, or improved knowledge and skills. Whether it is people working on wiki's for the next membership meetings, LoCo teams becoming energized as renewed excitement and enthusiasm spreads throughout each team. Or maybe it's just that more people are now aware of some new point of entry of project that they can share with others when explaining here are some things anyone can help with and more.

Let's see what was covered on Day 4 and if you missed how you can get the information -

To kick the day off MOTU's, Daniel Holbach and James Westby, gave a 2 back to back sessions on Getting Started in Ubuntu Development followed by How to fix bugs in Ubuntu. In the first session Daniel and James discussed getting your development environment set up so development can begin and some best practices surrounding that. In the follow on session they dive into real life activity and they even fix a few bugs. New to development or want to get started on it - these sessions are for you.

Kurt von Finck and Jussi Schultink both Members of the Ubuntu IRC Ops Team, lead a session on Basics of and Behavior in Ubuntu IRC channels. The session was divided into 2 parts 3 parts if you count questions. Jussi discussed what IRC is and how it works and some tips for those who are new to IRC. Kurt then discussed how the Ubuntu channels operate and netiquette in those channels and where to go for help if you need it. Then they both tackled the questions. New to IRC or or maybe you just need to know where to get more information on Ubuntu IRC channels. This session is perfect for you.

Dustin Kirland, of the Canonical Server team the jumped in to talk about the KVM and Virt-Manager in his session. In his session Dustin discusses, Virtualization in Ubuntu specifically, using something called KVM. Dustin explains what this is, and how to make sure your CPU supports Virtualization Technology. This technology seems one of the hot topics right now to find out more about it and it's implementation take a look at these logs.

Following Dustin was Stéphane Graber (LTSP developer and Ubuntu liaison with Revolution Linux) with Welcome to the new Edubuntu. In this session Stéphane discusses what Edubuntu is, it's history. He also discusses the short, middle, and long term goals of the project. If Education for Children of all ages preschool to university, interests you and you like the idea of pairing that with Ubuntu check out these logs.

Wrapping up Day 4 was Elizabeth Krumbach, Ubuntu Community Council Member and Debian and Ubuntu systems maintainer with a Philadelphia based company and Mackenzie Morgan, Ubuntu Member, and Test Engineer for a Virgina based Consulting Firm. Elizabeth and Mackenzie presented back to back sessions on Women in Open Source. Elizabeth in her Women In Open Source - Issues session identified those issues. Mackenzie in her Women In Open Source - Encouragement session discussed the encouragement and inclusion part of the involvement process. If you want to know how to be more inclusive, by getting not only women but more people in general involved, or you want to understand the issues better take a look at these sessions.

What's on the horizon for day 5, for Ubuntu Open Week - well let's take a look:

On Tap for Day 5, Friday, 6 Nov, is the following lineup.
Remember all session Times are in UTC.
UTC Conversion Chart

1500 - Xubuntu - Lots of Kittens and Mice - knome and charlie-tca

1600 - How to run Ubuntu+1 - Jorge Castro

1700 - Ask Mark - sabdfl

1800 - Kernel QA - The Life Cycle of a Kernel Bug - Leann Ogasawara

1900 - Resolving Bug One - BethLynn Eicher

2000 - Introduction to the Ubuntu Documentation Project - Matthew East

2100 - Introducing the Telepathy Stack - Ken Vandine

2200 - Feedback and Ideas for next time - Jorge Castro

If you want to know more about the session leaders check out the booklet. Do you want to see the line up for Friday, or maybe just some more information about Ubuntu Open Week then check out the wiki. Hope you see you all in the IRC channels on Freenode where Ubuntu Open Week is taking place: #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat. What are you waiting for 1 more days of Open Week left, don't miss out on all the great sessions, all the fun starts 1500 UTC - plan to be there! :-D! and twitter tags are : #uow
Don't forget to dent and tweet about your adventures in Ubuntu Open

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ubuntu Open Week - Summary Day 3, Outlook Day 4

Day 3 of open week was INTERESTING, INSIGHTFUL, INSTRUCTIONAL and INTENSE. The day moved along quickly as the sessions showcased the dedication that the community has to the Ubuntu project. Today's sessions were also hovering at or near the 300 people for most of the day. There have been several people who this was either their 1st time participating or their 1st time leading/facilitating sessions. Hats of to those who have participated so far and those who we will see Thursday and Friday.

Here's a rundown of today's sessions just in case you might have missed them. If you missed a session please find the time to go back through the logs as there is some great information stored in there.

John Johansen, Canonical Kernel Team Member, kicked off open week in his session about AppArmor. Answering questions from, "What is AppArmor?" , "What is the future of AppArmor?" and even "Why would the "normal" user care about AppArmor" and much much more.

Next up was Jono Bacon with a Leadership Workshop. Jono in his open remarks tells us the goal of this session: "the goal of this session is to share some advice and tips for becoming an effective leader in a community - if you are the leader of a community team, this session should be useful to you". So if you are interested in becoming or already in a leadership position then definitely grab take a look at the log for this session.

Following the leadership workshop was DKcross with his Making Screencasts session. DKcross did a awesome job of defining screencasts. Then walked the participants through how to make and edit a screencast using "Recordmydesktop". Screencasts and screenshots are very different, I found out. So if want to know a little more about or maybe need an introduction to making screencasts this session is a must for you.

David Planella then stepped into the classroom and his session - First steps in translating Ubuntu. David reminds the participants of a key part of the Ubuntu philosophy that "every computer user should be able to use their software in the language of their choice." David explains the basic requirements to being about to work on translations then dives into how you get started.

Kubuntu Netbook Edition session was on tap next and Scott Kitterman along with , Marco Martin, and Artur de Souza talk about the combination of KDE, Kubuntu and netbooks. Scott et all talk about hoe the development of Kubuntu Netbook edition, what the plan for the future, and how people can get involved. Kubuntu and netbooks is a match made in heaven for you the check out this session.

Intro to GIMP by Akkana Peck was up next. Though all the sessions of the day were great and well attended, I was anxiously awaiting the start of this session. GIMP and I have this love/hate thing going on, well we did until this class. Akkana introduced the participants to the awesomeness of GIMP giving resources and instruction on how to improve that skills. If you want to know more about GIMP then this session is for you.

Murat Güneş, gave a session on Giving Useful Feedback. In this session, Murat covered good practices in providing feedback to developers, in bug triagers, and to designers and other areas that are Ubuntu specific.For this session Murat kept the feedback discussion and best practice centered on bug reporting, development and design discourse. If you file bugs and want to see what information to or not to include in a bug report or if you do QA testing then take a look at this session. Very informative.

The day concluded with Nathan Handler's overview of the Ubuntu Membership process. Nathan explains "Ubuntu Membership is a way that the Ubuntu community recognizes people who have made substantial and sustained contributions to Ubuntu". He then talks about pro's to membership and the process for Ubuntu Membership. If you are wanting to know more about this process and are wanting to become and Ubuntu Member then this is your session.

On Tap for Day 4, Thursday, 5 Nov, is the following lineup.
Remember all session Times are in UTC.
UTC Conversion Chart

1500 - Getting Started in Ubuntu Development - James Westby and Daniel Holbach

1600 - How to Fix Bugs - James Westby and Daniel Holbach cont.

1700 - Basics of and Behavior in Ubuntu IRC channels - Kurt von Finck and Jussi Schultink

1800 - KVM and Virt-Manager - Dustin Kirkland

1900 -Welcome to the new Edubuntu - Stéphane Graber

2000 - WIOS - Issues - Elizabeth Krumbach

2100 - WIOS - Encouragement - Mackenzie Morgan

2200 - TBD

If you want to know more about the session leaders check out the booklet. Do you want to see the line up for Thursday and Friday, or maybe just some more information about Ubuntu Open Week then check out the wiki. Hope you see you all in the IRC channels on Freenode where Ubuntu Open Week is taking place: #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat. What are you waiting for 3 more days of Open Week left, don't miss out on all the great sessions, all the fun starts 1500 UTC - plan to be there! :-D! and twitter tags are : #uow
Don't forget to dent and tweet about your adventures in Ubuntu Open Week

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ubuntu Open Week - Summary Day 2, Outlook Day 3

Following in the steps of nhandler here...

Ubuntu Open Week Day 2 proved to be as EXCITING, ENCOURAGING, and EDUCATIONAL as Day 1. At every hour the number of participants in #ubuntu-classroom was hovering at or above 300 people. AWESOME turnout out.

Today the sessions included some great topics and lively discussion surrounding each of the well attended sessions. There were some AMAZING questions, which always makes for GREAT sessions!

If you missed the sessions today, then you might be wondering what you missed. Well keep reading the line-up today was:

Ubuntu Moblin Remix (UMR)- Bill Filler and Paul Liu - gave a well attended session all about the ends and outs of UMR. Answering things like "What is Moblin" and and more specifically "What is UMR in Karmic". The session was based on the Ubuntu Moblin Remix Wiki for Open Week.

Writing A Book - Emma Jane Hogbin - gave a great talk what it takes to write a book. This session is based on her own experience in writing the book, Front End Drupal. In this sessions emmajane walked the participants through 3 main topics
* So you think you want to write a book?
* Distribution
* my Tookit
"So if you think you want to write a book?" Check out this session it might be just want you need to say "yes, I think I can!"

Getting People involved in your LoCo Team - Jono Bacon - Always a heavily attended session as more and more LoCo Team members want to know how to get more people involved with their LoCo team or how they can motivate the members they already have. Jono gives ways to send out the invite in a whole host of ways as well as making sure the team is always on the path of forward progression.

Byobu - Dustin Kirkland - I have to admit when I saw this session I was like "how the heck do you pronouce that?" and I don't think I was the only one as one of the 1st links Dustin gave was that very answer. He then went on to explain what Byobu is and how it works. If Screen-Profiles as it was called in Jaunty is your thing, then you should enjoy Dustin's session on Byobu

ISO Tracker Testing - Ara Pulido - Since February I was wondering how can a person help test and be part of the development process. If you, like me were wondering the same thing then Ara's session is for you. Wanna help test the development images for each release? Ara's sessions walks you through what you need to do to get started. Maybe you are a seasoned Ubuntu User and want to know where you can help on the project - ISO Tracker Testing is another area to join in on.

Learning Project - Elizabeth Krumbach - In this session Elizabeth goes into yet another budding area of the community - the Ubuntu Community Learning Project (UCLP). Elizabeth goes into detail on this grassroots-community driven educational tool. She explains the goal of UCLP project , what formats they are using to build the classes, what some of the classes are, who the classes are geared toward, and how you help.

Writing Secure Code
- Kees Cook - In his session, Kees, gives a quick overview on ways to try to keep software more secure when you're writing it. Kees gives the general best practice reviews and starts out by answering "Where do I start?" Kees adapted this session from a talk he gave at Oregon State University. Kees defines what he means by "security" and gives links, offers discussion, and examples of "Writing Secure Code" Do you write code? Check out Kees session.

Getting KDE 4 Ready for LTS - Jonathan Riddell - Jonathan in his session talks about Kubuntu, KDE 4 and who to get this ready for April when the next LTS Release (Ubuntu 10.4, Lucid Lynx) happens. He explains what KDE 4 and Kubuntu has to offer and explains how you can help get Kubuntu/KDE4 ready for the next release.

On Tap for Day 3, Wednesday, 4 Nov, is the following lineup.
Remember all session Times are in UTC.
UTC Conversion Chart

1500 - AppArmor - John Johansen

1600 - Leadership Workshop - Jono Bacon

1700 - Making Screencast - DKcross

1800 - First steps in translating Ubuntu - David Planella

1900 - Kubuntu Netbook Edition - Scott Kitterman

2000 - Intro to GIMP - akk

2100 - Giving Useful Feedback - Murat Güneş

2200 - Ubuntu Membership - Nathan Handler

If you want to know more about the session leaders check out the booklet. Do you want to see the line up for Thursday and Friday, or maybe just some more information about Ubuntu Open Week then check out the wiki. Hope you see you all in the IRC channels on Freenode where Ubuntu Open Week is taking place: #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat. What are you waiting for 3 more days of Open Week left, don't miss out on all the great sessions, all the fun starts 1500 UTC - plan to be there! :-D! and twitter tags are : #uow
Don't forget to dent and tweet about your adventures in Ubuntu Open Week

**** PLEASE NOTE****

CHANGES to the Ubuntu Open Week Schedule

For those of you who were planning on attending the "Ask Mark" Q&A session with Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical CEO and Founder of the Ubuntu Project, there has been some changes to the schedule. Due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts, the "Ask Mark" Session has been moved to FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009 at 1700UTC.

Canonical kernel team member, John Johnansen's session on AppArmor has been moved to the Wednesday, November 4, 1500 UTC time slot. Many thanks to John Johansen for being able to step into that slot.

Click here to see the revised schedule on the Ubuntu Open Week Wiki

Also for a great summary of Ubuntu Open Week Day 1 can be found over on nhandler's blog. Thanks nhandler for the write-up. You Rock!!

Can't wait to attend the rest of the sessions this week and I hope to see you all in the IRC channels (#ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat) on freenode. :-D!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Walk Around London!

A walk around London is an amazing thing. Depending on the times of day you are walking around you can get pushed along with the momentum of the crowd or you have wide open spaces to enjoy and very leisurely stroll. I took a walk to Trafalgar Square and enjoyed every step of it. Maybe 20 minutes from the Hotel we are at. I didn't even need a jacket as I am told it was unseasonably warm that day. I took some pictures on my way back to the hotel and thought I would share some of them will you all.

I was here 2 years ago with my family. I enjoyed it, but were a bit hurried as everyone had something they wanted to see of do. This time I am just taking things in; in no particular order and just seeing things as I see them. It's a different perspective. I am enjoying the time alone with my thoughts and being able to sorta take a break and prioritize things and move other things completely off the list - I am regrouping, resorting, and remembering what is really important to me.

So enjoy the pics I took on my walk back from Trafalgar Square.

Big Ben


Sovereign Entrance to Parliament

View looking to my Left as I crossed the Bridge, looking across the river at the London Eye.

View looking to my left across the river at Parliament and Big Ben

View of Millbank Tower looking to my right as I crossed the Bridge (Canonical Office is on the 27th Floor)

MillBank Tower from across the river as the sun was setting

Another view of Millbank Tower as the sun was setting

The Boat were we have eaten and just chatted with friends a few nights

Some cool carvings in from of the hotel.

There was my view one afternoon as I enjoyed walking about London. :-D Seeing things and meeting new people.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Karmic Koala, Ubuntu 9.10, Days from Release!

Finding a few quiet moments in London to reflect on what I was doing 6 months ago and where I was at in my journey into the world of Open Source via the Ubuntu Project, I realized, "I've come a long way baby!"

However, the journey is still in it's infancy, I don't think I am crawling any more, now I am toddling along. I still fall, skin my knees, end up with a few bumps and bruises so to speak, but I am learning how to walk if you will.

I am in London this week, and I had the opportunity to see the view from the Canonical office, 27th Floor of Mill Bank Tower and it is as amazing as the OS Project, Ubuntu, they sponsor.

Amazing uh?

Thursday, will be the Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic Koala release Party and I can't wait!!

If you are looking for a party in your area check out the list of parties around the world and join in the fun. If there isn't one in your area the there is still time plan one.

Thank you so much to everyone who has gone through the crawling stage of this journey, and are now helping me toddle through the Ubuntu and Open Source Communities. Thanks for lending a hand of support and feedback. I really appreciate it and I'm looking forward to seeing what the next 6 months hold. :-)