Friday, June 19, 2009

Ubuntu Global Jam - October 2-4, 2009!

The Ubuntu Global Jam is scheduled for the weekend of Oct 2-4, 2009.

This Jam can be *anything* ubuntu you and/or your LoCo wish to make it.

* Bug Jam

* Install Fest

* Doc Day

* Testing

* Presentations

* Teaching

* Brainstorm about future LoCo events

* Other (just about anything else you can think of to get people together under the common theme of Ubuntu and Community)

Why is this a good thing? How is it different for a Global Bug Jam, Packaging Jams, Translation Jams or Docs Jams? What can I do? How can I help?

Great questions - Lets tackle them all. Bug Jams are where people get together identify, file, triage, or fix a bug. Packaging Jams are where people get together to work on the bundle of software, i.e. open office, and show those packages some love and attention or in other words maintenance. Translation Jams are where people get together to Translate many of the 1000's of applications that need to written in a language other than English. Documentation Jams are where the the people get together to update the documentation in the distro. (wiki's are a great example). (of note not everyone participates in person, some people just work on these items on a given day from home or other remote locations but the goal is a common theme on a common day, tackling a common objective)

How can I help, what can I do? If you even have a remote interest in Ubuntu there are things you can do. Find out when next ubuntu LoCo meeting in your area is and let them know you are interested. If there is not a LoCo in your area look for the LUG group and let them know about this day. If you can't find either of those then jump into the #ubuntu-locoteams channel or even leave a comment here. But there is much more that can be done when people get together on this Ubuntu Global Jam Day. Trade slide presentations, tutor someone, get permission from the businesses in your area to add Ubuntu CD's and on this day place them in those areas: Libraries, Book stores, Coffee shops, and Local Colleges, etc...but you get the idea. Let all these places know what you are doing, find out if different groups want to come in throughout the day and hear about and see Ubuntu in action. Since this is going to be a weekend of all things ubuntu let your imaginations run wild. Maybe someone can teach people how to make the ubuntu cookies. There are so many way to participate.

Anyway Mark your calenders so you can participate in the Ubuntu Global Jam on the weekend of October 2-4, 2009. Bring the community together under the Ubuntu theme and spread the Ubuntu Spirit! Most of all Have Fun!