Friday, May 29, 2009

UDS: Remote Participation - Reflection - Apologies!

Part 49 The Ubuntu Chronicles: Amber's Adventures in the Community

UDS, Ubuntu Developer Summit - Remote Participation - Reflection
-and Apologies!

I have had a chance to re-evaluate some things I said and thought back in March, 2009. I had a perceived view of what a developer was and took exception to the wording in the description of who and what UDS is for, and who exactly is a developer... What I learned this week was that everyone who gives back in someway helps develop the Ubuntu Project. I will write more on that in another blog.

Folks - I was WRONG! I totally missed the boat in my blog posting Community v "community" in March 2009. I just didn't understand. So now after attending the UDS sessions remotely let me give a better evaluation. I guess personal growth in a community setting can have some painful lessons.

So here are my growing pains.

Canonical/Ubuntu folks - you do walk the walk and talk the talk!
I saw "not for end user" on the UDS documentation in March...and kinda lost my mind...Hat in hand, I'm sorry! I was WRONG about there being an ubuntu of two communities...
Canonical, Thank You for sponsoring such an amazing event, and distribution!

Ubuntu is not by techies for techies, it is by a Community for a Community. The people who contribute are as unique as snowflakes and contribute in more ways than I can describe.

UDS is not a social, give me your business card-give me free stuff- advice-drop name conference. This is a working, planning, developing the next release summit! Having said that, end users *can* participate as long as it is for the benefit of the release. This isn't about what can I get from Ubuntu, but rather, what can I give to make Ubuntu better. I am embarrassed to admit I thought that UDS excluded the end user... Far from it...the Summit seeks to make the Ubuntu Project and experience better for all users! Again my Apologies. (oh my face is red here!)

With that, I can't wait see what Karmic Koala, Ubuntu 9.10 will be like. Based on the information in all the tracks and sessions at UDS, KARMIC WILL ROCK! I hope you will continue to help me grow in this community as I learn more each day. When I started this, the goal was to write about what I was learning and experiencing and be as up front as possible. Even when the person I have to take exception with is me. Now I need to go find some ketchup and eat this crow. THANKS EVERYONE!

Have a great Day! More Later :-D!

Just Me, Amber :-D

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

UDS: Remote Participation - Day 3 - Making the Ubuntu Experience that much better!

Part 48 - The Ubuntu Chronicles: Amber's Adventures in the Community

UDS (Ubuntu Developers Summit) for Karmic Koala, Ubuntu 9.10 has moved past the halfway point. Only 2 days left!

The remote participation kinks have been worked out and things are moving along. It's really great to experience being part of this release.

The tracks I am following for the most part are Community, Desktop, and some a Kernel session here or there.

Well three days later and sleeping only a few hours each night are taking there toll on my memory. UDS starts at 0300 EST. That's kinda early, but the remote participation so far has been for the most part a positive experience. Though I really should pay closer attention when I want to say something at 0330am. The way it sounds in my head and they way it reads on the screen are two different things. (An early shower and tons of caffeine are on the list in the morning before I even log in :-D! )

Here are the topics and tracks* I had an opportunity to listen to.
*unless other wise noted they are community tracks

*Improving Loco Teams
*Refocusing the Ubuntu Spirit
*Free Culture in Ubuntu
*Finding Tasks for the New Developer
*Meet Your Users - Desktop Track

*Improving Ubuntu Open Week
*LoCo Directory
*Social From the Start Gwibber Integration - Desktop Track
*Helping Ubuntu with NGO's
*Code of Conduct Boundaries

*Wednesday Roundtable
*Parental Controls - Desktop Track
*LoCo Council Review
*Better Suspend Resume - Kernel Track
*Debian Relationship Check
*LoCo Team Conference Packs

As you can see by the session titles there are some really great discussions, plans and decisions are being made, and I am excited to see what the forward momentum of these sessions accomplish for the next release. It is an opportunity to see the full developmental cycle for a given release in action.

The Community Tracks (Community Team) are really focused on the ubuntu experience and doing what it takes to make it a success around the globe, for the individual member and the community as a whole. It doesn't matter if you are a community member who has been MOTU (Masters of the Universe) for years, or whether you just installed Ubuntu yesterday, everyone wants your experience to be encouraging, engaging and empowering.

The Community Team takes all the feedback, information, needs and wants, reviews it ands sees what they need to improve on asking themselves constantly, "Does this work?" "Does this make sense" "How can we improve that." "Do we need that?". Whether you want to learn how to file bugs, fix them, write documentation, become a MOTU, translate documentation, plan events, or something in between; they are there to take the awesome energy of the users and channel it to make the ubuntu experience that much better.

If you want to read about these sessions from the people who are at UDS check out Planet Ubuntu. These folks give you a better write-up than I could - :-D!

I am so glad that I decided to take part in the UDS sessions through remote participation. If you can't go just remember you can still be part of the release planning. How cool is that? Take a look at the wiki.

Enjoy and have a AWESOME day! :-D!

Monday, May 25, 2009

UDS: Remote Participation - My Initial Thoughts

Part 47 - The Ubuntu Chronicles: Amber's Adventures in the Community

After receiving some comments about putting the subject of the post as the title, I decided to go ahead and change the way I title my Blog Posts. I didn't quite understand how they look on the feeds. Now that I researched it I see what they were talking about - Thanks everyone for the feedback hope the new way of labeling each post is easier. :-) I enjoy the feedback, it's the only way I can improve. :-D! and learn!

I am curious to see how I feel about remote participation in real time this morning and if my opinion changes throughout the week. I hope I grow to really appreciate it and see just how much everyone, but of special interest to me is the average user, can get out of UDS through remote participate. I think I just might be surprised. I'll let you know on Friday. :-D! (I was pretty critical because of the wording of the UDS documentation and who could/should participate then jcastro mentioned the remote participation so I'm going with it. So far other than the typical kinks that happen on day one of big events it's really good.)

Getting Ready and learning how this all works

It is 0230am and I woke up, picked up my computer which I left beside my bed so I didn't have to go far to get ready.. :-). Sent a text message to pgraner to say good morning, so he would know he didn't have to call me to tell me to wake up. ;-) (Not so much a morning person any more and I really didn't want to wake the kids or the dog. No fun walking the dog at 0230).

Then I opened the UDS Remote Participation Wiki
next I joined #ubuntu-devel-summit on freenode
next I made sure, twitter, gwibber, and Facebook were all in working order. Checked the schedule, tested to make sure I could hear audio. With everything I knew to check (which isn't much) but I checked what I knew. Now I am just waiting for everything to begin.

I am still not sure how I will know, how to participate but I am sure I will figure it out as I go. If for some reason I can't then I will just ask. :-D!

So now I wait.

Ok so apparently there was some sound issues, caused by network issues at UDS. I was a little confused at 1st. I looked on the schedule to find what room the plenary session was in so I could find audio for it in icecast. It was room 6 on the list and it wasn't listed on the schedule as room 6 but only plenary. So I had to go through all the rooms until I found the one that had noise. However, it wasn't until they switched out the mics and I could hear! did I realize I had the right room. :-D I was a little confused, then I refreshed the page right before the plenary session was due to end and the room number on the schedule matched the room numbers on the icecast list. Cool! I was beginning to understand.

So at some point all the audio went away. They were having trouble connecting to launch pad and stuff in Spain. Could have had something to do with all the people trying to connect at one time. What I got to hear was pretty cool. I even managed to install Gobby, just so I could see what it was. But the bits and pieces from the IRC channel, gwibber, twitter and didn't give a true sense of the discussion, without the context of the audio.

So I am chalking all the sound issues and stuff up to working out the kinks on the first day of a big conference/summit. It happens, so it's all good.

I guess the thing is to remember to be flexible as the kinks get worked out. I was asking a ton of questions, not because I was trying to be a pain, but because I was trying to figure out was it my system or the network. I waited a few minutes when the whole icecast audio for a room would disappear before I asked. If it was me then people would say something like "nope I'm fine." but as it turned out it was the network not just me. I was trying to get all those questions out of the way before the sessions started. Thanks everyone!

I had never used icecast before, never seen gooby before, and with the sound coming and going it was a bit confusing. However by the 3rd hour the audio seems to be working, and I am enjoying the community sessions. So even though I didn't get to go, I am still benefiting from the sessions.

So if you weren't able to go, look over the schedule and see which sessions appeal to you and block out an hour somewhere in your day. You can participate too. I'm sure it's not the same as being there but at least you can be a part of it. If nothing else just listen. I'm really enjoying the community sessions.

Well I am sure I will be posting more later. Enjoy :-D!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Ubuntu Desktop Training (elearning) course

Part 46 - The Ubuntu Chronicles: Amber's Adventures in the Community

A month (hmm maybe even longer) or so ago I was looking to see if Canonical had any online courses for Ubuntu beginners/desktop users (or average end users) and if so were they stand alone or did they build the skill set up to getting certified as let's say an Ubuntu Professional or something like that. I know that other companies that sponsor Linux distributions offer stuff like this. I decided to look and see.

I found out that there is an Ubuntu Desktop Training (elearning) course. I found it when I went to the Canonical Store. Go there and you will see on the left side of the window there are different categories of items you can purchase: Wearables, Accessories, Kubuntu, Cd's and Dvd's, Special Offers, Software, Training, and Supported Services.

I chose Training to see what it had there. There are three items there: Deploying the Ubuntu Server Edition, Online Ubuntu Desktop Training,
and Ubuntu Desktop Course - Offical Book. I clicked the Online Ubuntu Desktop Training.

Once I clicked the online Desktop Course I got this:

From there I went to the Ubuntu Online Training Page by clicking the red link on the page.

When I got to this page there is the option to try 2 of the 10 sessions for free. (it's a blue link on the page, you need to click there) So I decided I wanted to. Seemed easy enough. However, there is a registration that is required. (no credit card or anything, payment isn't needed unless you decide you want to take the full course) You will need to have an OpenID. That is how you will be able to sign into the class. Once you sign in you will get a screen that confirms you are registered and then you need to click the continue button.

From there you can decide what you want to do. You can either purchase the full course or take the introductory offer.

I chose the Enter Introductory taster, clicked on the link to open the course and up pops a screen with some music and away I went.

The course is based on Ubuntu 7.10 and it says that the course is more effective if 7.10 is installed (I wasn't going to install something I would only need for this course). I have 9.04 installed and I still found the information relative. Of course I only took the two free sessions. Also in the introduction it says that if you take the all the courses it should only take you 4 hours. The voice that talks to you through the course is not obnoxious either. (I have taken some elearning classes where the voice was like fingernails down a chalkboard, this voice wasn't like that at all). You can stop and start the sessions as your time allows and the course is good for 1 year after you register/purchase it. So you have approximately a year to get through all the sessions.

For someone who is just starting out using Ubuntu and is the average end user this course is easy to follow. It would make a great gift for a family member (or wife, hint hint pgraner) or friends who are thinking about trying it. Let them use your computer and take the class. (I am setting up my dad's PC with Ubuntu for Father's Day, and giving him these classes. He has never taken an online course and until 3 or 4 years ago never used a computer. Now he uses a Mac and tapes community events and makes people DVD's and CD's. He enjoying learning new stuff too. This should be fun. I'll keep you posted.) I happen to really enjoy online classes. I enjoyed the free sessions here as well. I would like to finish the rest of them too. When I do I will let you know how all the sessions are when I complete them. :-)

So in short it's easy to get started. The only tricky part to someone who is new that have seen so far is setting up the openID account, but even setting that up isn't too difficult. If you are giving it as a gift to someone then I am sure you could help your friend or family member out with setting that up in launchpad. :-) Take a look and try it out. Hope you or your family will enjoy it too. It's a great way to give someone an overview and introduce them to Ubuntu with some hands on training, before you hand them a CD or a computer and say here ya go.

The only thing is that unless I had gone a search for it, I am not sure I would have heard or found out about the classes from anyone. I think maybe someone mentioned them during open week but I can't remember if they did. (Seems like I would have remembered that since I took the two free session weeks before open week) I am not sure if it's that you have to pay for the classes that keeps people from talking about them, or that it is based on 7.10, or if it's that people don't know they are there, but whatever the reason I am glad that I found them and I will be glad when I finish the whole course as well.

More later...:-)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Southeast Linux Fest

Part 45 The Ubuntu Chronicles: Amber's Adventures in the Community

Southeast Linux Fest will be the first Linux fest I have ever been too. :-) I am excited to see what I have been missing all these years. The Southeast Linux Fest will be held in SC at Clemson University on Saturday, June 13, 2009.

There is a great line up of speakers and exhibitors. I am a little bias because my husband, Pete Graner will be speaking about the Ubuntu Kernel. (That is so above my head but I think what the kernel team does is cool.) Also the Ubuntu Podcast crew will be there - woo hoo! So will members of NC, SC, GA, and FL Loco's working Ubuntu South East LoCo teams' table. How cool is it to meet more community people! Not just the Ubuntu community but other communities as well. :-D How cool is that?!

There is an awesome line up that starts with Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier from openSUSE giving the morning keytnote and concludes with Paul Frields of Fedora addressing the group in the evening keynote. Also at the conference will be speakers from Digium, Sun Microsystems, Red Hat, Google, The KDE project, The Linux Gaming Industry, Slackware, Qimo, and more. There is a complete list and links to all the speaker profiles and links to each company and project listed on the Southeast Linux Fest site.

Hope you find something on the agenda that interests you and you can make it there. So mark your calendars and head to SC on June 13th. See ya there. :-)

More later! :-)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Misc Stuff - LUG'S, LoCo's Podcasts and more...

Part 44 - The Ubuntu Chronicles: Amber's Adventures in the Community

Misc Stuff....

I went to my very first LUG (Linux User Group) meeting last week (May 14th). I enjoyed meeting new people, and understanding that there is a common current that drives the group's forward momentum - an interest in Linux in some form or fashion! For more info on the TriLUG in the NC click here. There is information on the past meetings, upcoming meetings and much much more. Check it out!

SPEAKING OF MEETINGS: The Ubuntu NC LoCo team has a meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 7pm in #ubuntu-us-nc on FreeNode - hope to see you there.

Thanks to my Twitter friends - I am discovering podcasts. I found out that there is an Ubuntu, and FLOSS weekly podcasts. I spent Sunday and earlier this morning catching up and seeing what other podcasts might interest me. (there is more than I thought out there I think my search needs to narrow a bit)

I heard about ubuntuone in the NC LoCo (#ubuntu-us-nc) channel about a week ago (Thanks Ken VanDine!) . I went and clicked on the request an invite button. Once again, I didn't understand how the invitation system works and after a couple of days I went to the LoCo and Ubuntuone Channels and asked how long does it take to get the invite back. I then went to Ubuntuone to ask, and james_w told me he thought that if someone shared a file with you could set it up. So James shared a file and I went to work setting up Ubuntuone. Thanks to James and his suggestion I now have an account. I hope it's working right. I have no clue if that is the way it is supposed to work or not but... - Woo Hoo - Thanks James.

I didn't want to move all my files to Ubuntuone I only wanted to place a copy there. Why does it move the files not copy them. I was told that it was because it was a local file I was putting them into. Hmmm local (my computer, right?) then I asked, well does that mean it is taking up twice the space on my computer? no one answered. I also thought the goal was to put them on a "cloud" somewhere? So I am still as confused as when I started. However, I want to learn more and figure this out. So I am taking a deep breath and trying this again later.

OK so I am an icon junkie - why I don't know I just like them. I must say the icon for Ubuntuone is cool. It's the Ubuntu Logo spinning between two clouds. I hate to admit it, but that icon alone has me wanting to know more about it. (some days I am so sighs)

I have so many more things I am just excited about... UDS (Ubuntu Developer Summit) is coming up next week and I have been told there are open sessions so I'm going on a hunt to see what I can find and see what sessions interest me. :-D

I really thought I would strongly dislike the whole IRC thing, but I find for the most part, I am learning a great deal more by just asking questions. I am still a little gun shy about just asking my questions. I am afraid they won't be worded right or something. However, I won't learn anything new if I don't say anything. - So just ask - I have found, for the most part, that if someone doesn't understand the question, then they ask me some more questions so they can understand my need in asking and help come up with a solution or at least point me in the right direction. :-D

Have a supersplendifferious day!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Jono Bacon's lastest book, The Art of Community - ROCKS!

Part 43 - The Ubuntu Chronicles: Amber's Adventures in the Community

Jono Bacon's latest book, The Art of Community - ROCKS!

A few weeks ago I was given the awesome opportunity to review The Art of Community. I was surprised, excited, and humbled. However, as I read each chapter I realized that whether it is an Open Source Community, a Parent Teacher Group, or a Church Group, or your favorite book club, this book has something for you. Communities are Communities!

Some people know, I am new to both the Ubuntu and Open Source communities, yet through my life I have had opportunities to be part of other communities and I wish I had The Art of Community then. My participation and learning process would have been a bit easier. However, my learning process just got a little smoother.

The Art of Community will take you to the heart of what it takes to be part of, govern, deal with conflict and even what to look for in a community manager. Each chapter flows into the next, yet if you want to focus on a single topic, such as Creating Buzz or Events, each chapter will work well as a stand-alone guide.

The Art of Community will take you, as it did me, on your own personal journey through the most common themes of community such as "Where do I start?" "What do I do now that I am part of a community?" "How do I plan an event?" "I have a problem, now what?" "I want to start a team how do I?" - just to name of few. The Art of Community answers these questions and much, much, more.

Ready for the definitive community howto book? Then The Art of Community is for you. So what are you waiting for order now. Click here. If you pre-order don't forget to add the "I have pre-ordered" to your websites, and

I just wanted to give you a hint at what to expect. I found each chapter to be a trigger for all sorts of ideas. The wheels are turning and smoke is coming out of my ears. Ok, there is no smoke, but I was overwhelmed out the amount of information that Jono has assembled into this book. I hope you will find it as exciting and useful as I have and will continue to! Enjoy!

More Later :-)!

Art Of Community Website Button

The Ubuntu Chronicles: Amber's Adventures in the Community :)

Part 42

Linux Fests and more...

Over the years I have watched my husband talk about and attend the different Linux Fests. I would just smile, wave, and wish him well at the events with a "Have a good time, see you when you get back."

I started using Ubuntu in February. As I asked questions and heard about the events that happen in the Open Source community I wanted to know more about them. What happens at a Linux Fest, who attends them, and not just who but what is the story behind the person? What makes them passionate about their part of the community and Linux as a whole? Every person's experience is as unique as a finger print, and people are fascinating!

My husband, Pete will be speaking at a couple of Fests in the area and I wanted to go. Before Ubuntu Open Week, I was just going to go and watch and hang out with him and meet people that said they were going. (I can't wait to meet some of the people that answer my question and chit chat with me in the #ubuntu channels on Freenode. However, after Ubuntu Open Week, I went to some of the websites and starting seeing which LoCo's were going to be where and when. Then started asking, "Do you need extra hands?" So if you want to go and be part of something, look up what's near you and see what looks like a good fit for you, then put the power of the internet to work. :-)

Summer is filling up. I have the opportunity to go to a few fests and hopefully a summit. I think the cool thing is that the events aren't about just one distribution of Linux, but many coming together in one place. How cool is that! I can't wait to see and hear *all* the presenters, not just my hubby.

Below are the ones as of today I am planning on attending, should everything work out. So if you are going to be there, give me a shout, I would really like to say "Hi", and "Thanks for taking the time to read my rants and raves and offer all the great comments, tips, clarification and help." I really like putting faces and names together. :-)

Southeast Linux Fest,Check out the site.

Community Leadership Summit, July 18-19, 2009 in San Jose, CA
This event is all about Developing Community. I am fascinated. The Community Leadership Summit is a great lead into OSCON (Open Source Conference) 2009, being held July 20-24, 2009 in San Jose, CA, so If you are attending OSCON and can swing it, go a few days early and join in on the Community Leadership Summit. I am not attending OSCON, but I heard it's a great event as well.

BarCampRDU, August 8, 2009 in Raleigh, NC.
One our NC LoCo and TriLUG member was telling me about it, and I thought how cool. So I can't wait to see how this works.

Atlanta Linux Fest, September 19, 2009 in Atlanta, GA.

Whew! When I see everything listed in one place, I think my summer is going to be a little busy. In June we move to a little town in NC where I grew up; I love it. When I left for the Army in May 1989, I had no idea it would take me 20 years to move back home.

When I tell people I enjoy being back home, it's not just about the house I grew up in, it's not just my family, it is the entire community. When I feel at home in a place, then community feels like family! I love my family and I love the area I grew up in. I am familiar with the surroundings, the families, and I can't wait to meet the new people that have moved into the area over the last 20 years (The funny thing is my family and I will be the "new people" for a while) and reconnect with my childhood friends and hang out with the coolest family in the world. (OK I might be a bit bias there. :-))

My mom and I went this weekend and put flowers on the graves of family members for Homecoming at one of the Churches in the town. It was great to stand there and remember my relatives, which for me goes back to great-great's. My kids were amazed and curious about the great-great-great grandparents, aunts, uncles and more. They, my kids, began to realize that they have family members who's military service pre-dates World War I. Awesome!

For those who aren't familiar with a church Homecoming, it is one Sunday out of the year when the families of the church, come home, visit with the church community and family, walk through the cemetery and tell the stories of who is whom, and just come together under the theme of love and family. Oh and it seems like everyone brings food. If you leave hungry it's you're own fault. :-) People just feel loved by everyone because of the link they have to the past and present and they look for the hope of the future.

I guess I said all that to say, the feeling of Community happens all around me. The Ubuntu community is just an extension and reminder of how great the feeling, not just the location of community is.

Enjoy! More later...:-)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Ubuntu Chronicles: Amber's Adventures in the Community :)

Part 41


I just added the gmail notifer see post 40. Thanks to some tweaking I think it's finally a finished post. (Thanks again everyone)

I mentioned in earlier posts that I was adding the new indicator applet back to my panel on the desktop, and how didn't know if I really was going to see the added benefit from using it.

Well, I stuck it (the new indicator applet) back up and thought, "OK I'll see if this is for my own good or what." I don't know how all this works or why I should use something. I only know if the fit is right for me. Well now that I have the gmail notifier, it fits. :-)

It's kinda nice having gwibber, pidgin, and gmail all under one icon. (Ok Ken VanDine you win!! :-) I'll keep it, but can you make look like a Koala for Karmic? It is my birthday! You know I am kidding right. ;-) )

I am so glad there is a great community of users who are happy to help and teach me and others. I am still cutting my teeth and toughing my skin, but I am learning!

Life is good.

Even though I can't type as much as I want to because I just found out that what they (the orthopedists) thought was a Rotator Cuff issue is really an impinged (pinched) ulnar nerve. So I have to go on Monday for a bi-lateral nerve study. Then on Friday I go back to the orthopedists to determine the next course of action. (surgery I think - UGH!). Have any of you had the surgery to release the ulnar nerve at the elbow? Can you let me know what I am looking at from a person's view point and not the Dr.'s. Also, I was told that a nerve study is not the most comfortable thing in the world. Any thoughts?

Oh yes, there was one other thing - I wanted to add the twitter gadget to my blog like I have seen on a ton of other sites where my last x number of tweets will show up. I looked on the list for Blogspot and I am not sure which on I need. Help? :-)

Well more later, gotta' a few things to finish up today... Thanks!! Again, I can't wait to hear from you all. Have a great Day!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Ubuntu Chronicles: Amber's Adventures in the Community :)

Part 40

Adding a gmail notifier to the new indicator applet or just to the panel if you don't use the indicator. :-)

qense gave me the directions for this in my last post comments, but since I hadn't heard of it (there are a lot of things I haven't heard of) I went on a hunt. I went to ask Brad Crittenden (Launchpad Team) and Ken VanDine (Desktop Team) if they knew about it. Brad had not heard of this but he checked it out for me, then Ken came along and said there was a PPA (Personal Package Archive) from Tom Vetterlein and life suddenly got easier. (For me anyway, Brad had already checked on the ease of me installing it the other way and I was beginning to wonder if I was about to try something over my head) Also, Thanks Mackenzie for the tweaking of steps 6 and 7, much appreciated!!!

Here's the cool factor of a helpful community, Brad was kind enough to walk me through how to add the PPA. Thanks so much Brad! You rock!

Here are the steps (Brad correct me if I got these wrong.) Also the commands have single quotes around them. You need to use the commands minus the quotes.

1. First you have to search for the PPA. You need to go to

2. Next you click on PPA lozenge (I would have called it a gray box) It's on the right middle of the page in the gray boxes (lozenges) under the the Translations tab.

3. There is a search box : Show PPAs matching. In the box enter 'gm-notify' (without the qoutes) and click search

(here is the direct link:

4. There should be only one (1) result. This PPA is by Tom Vetterlein. Click on this result. (Tom's name is in Blue Click Tom Vetterlein)

5. At this point you will need to open a term window. You need to

'cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d'

6. Next type 'echo "deb jaunty main" | sudo tee -a gm-notify.list'

7.Next type 'echo "deb-src jaunty main" | sudo tee -a gm-notify.list'

(steps 6 and 7 the information in the double quotes "deb hhtp...jaunty main" are the two line under apt sources.list entries in the box. I didn't want to open an editor so I used the above command instead of the editor so you could just stay at the command line.)

8. Next you need to import the key for Tom Vetterlein's PPA by typing
'sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 04f71c22'
(that number at the end is the unique identifier for Tom's PPA key that signs the PPA. Each PPA has a different signing key.)

9. Now you need to tell apt-get where to find the packages by typing

'sudo apt-get update'

10. Now you need to 'sudo apt-get install gm-notify'

11. Once Installed you need to run '' then answer the questions in the GUI (which is the box that pops up)

I followed these instructions on another computer and the gmail notifier is on the panel. I noticed on my everyday machine the indicator applet now has evolution in the list with pidgin and gwibber.

Of note I removed evolution and it wasn't in the list before today. So I am hoping it (gmail) is working correctly with the applet. There was box that popped to tell me something about my email, but it didn't stay on the screen long enough for me to read it. (I'm a bit dyslexic so it takes me a few seconds longer for stuff on the screen to register) If anyone can tell me what it says please do. Thanks in advance.:)

You may be asking why something like this would be important to me. It is because I don't use Evolution I use gmail. I tried Evolution and it just wasn't a good fit for me, but it may work for you. (I hope so) I am not giving up on it yet, I will revisit it again in 6 months or so.

Again , kudos to Brad Crittenden for helping me with how to do this. Ken VanDine, for pointing out the PPA, Tom Vetterlein for publishing the PPA, and qense for mentioning it. Oh and to my hubby (pgraner) and Jeremy (JFo) for having to listen to me as I tested the instructions. :-)

Enjoy! Look forward to hearing from you all. Thanks in advance...