Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Ubuntu Chronicles: The Saga of Amber and Ubuntu

Part 32

WOW! Brainstorm, Classroom, and MOTU...

(It's been a few days, I haven't stopped learning, it's just mom stuff, and my University Classes needed some attention.)


OK - I attended my very 1st Ubuntu-Classroom session this morning. It was a session on packaging. I am so new to all this, the links explain it better than I can. I didn't ask any questions I just watched to see how it all works, but I am fascinated. I am looking forward to the next class in the series of Packaging Classes. Check it out and mark your calendars.

Even though I didn't understand all the terms it gave me a better idea about what goes into making sure things (the OS) work, and how it gets put together. Amazing. I feel like I am learning a new language. Great stuff. Even for the very novice user, the people in the channel are very patient and welcoming.

The Logs from the Class are available if you missed the class this morning. You might find this interesting and just what you've been looking for to add your Ubuntu knowledge base.

I'm even setting up a second machine to test my knowledge and understanding. Please don't think you *have* to do that. I like my machine that I use everyday the way it is and I know it's only going to get better, however, I know my knowledge is limited right now and I have the potential to break something, that I can't fix. (the likely hood of that is high right now, but I want to learn more, and the best way is to just do) I think that goes with anything, I have to pick a starting point and go for it.

As I mentioned before in an earlier post, I was having a hard time with the Ubuntu Brainstorm pages (not getting to them just making sense of them). I am going to try to get involved more with this and learn the process from an idea to implementation (or not and why). There are mentors for this area too. There is also a great blog there, that is full of things to do, participate in, etc. I have been reading through the ideas, and becoming more familiar with the Brainstorm section this time with a fresh approach. Maybe I was just a bit overwhelmed the first time through. I like the idea of the Brainstorm, it's a great start, I just don't know enough about it to use it as it is meant to be, so I'm going to learn! :)

There is also another great area I learned about: MOTU. "Masters of the Universe (MOTUs) are the brave souls who keep the Universe and Multiverse components of Ubuntu in shape. They are community members who spend their time adding, maintaining, and supporting as much as possible the software found in Universe." - from the MOTU - wiki page. Doesn't that sound exciting? I'm not there yet. I'm just reading about it, but I am sure there are more experienced seasoned community people that have awesome skills and can start on the road to becoming a MOTU. (I have to say, I love the term, I was a He-Man and the Masters of the Universe junky as a kid.:) I know I'm showing my age, I was an '80's kid)

I have said it before, but it is absolutely AMAZING how much "stuff" gets accomplished in the Ubuntu IRC channels on Freednode. I bet the same goes for the other distro communities as well.

I think great people, with great personalities, make a great product, with a great price. Linux :) Ubuntu in my case. However, the Universe that makes up the Open Source community and all of the distro's are full of really incredible people.

What are you waiting for? - Try it, become involved, and help make it better, leave a bit (or byte) of your personality in the Ubuntu world so others can benefit.

Enjoy! More as I learn...