Monday, April 5, 2010

New Blog New Site

I have started a new blog and moved everything over to that blog. I hope you will continue to follow my blog at the new site.

akgraner  - normal is just a setting on my dryer at

Thank you again to those who have followed me on this blog and again I hope you will follow me over at my new blog!

:D Amber

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Women In, Near, and Around Ubuntu - Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day - Part 1

Last year at this time, I had only been involved with Ubuntu and the Open Source community a little over a month. All things Ubuntu and Open Source in respects to my personal involvement were new, exciting and awesomely overwhelming and I hate to admit it but, I did not blog about anyone for Ada Lovelace Day 2009.
That said I have to admit in the last year I have been given the opportunity to meet and get to know so many amazingly talented and skilled women who are in Open Source and more specifically the Ubuntu Community. The women I am writing about make the work and contributions they provide to Ubuntu, Open Source Projects, and initiatives to increase the visibility of women in open source, seem effortlessly awesome! 

In, Near, or Around Ubuntu - not all of the women who are listed below belong to the Ubuntu Women Project, but I wouldn't have gotten to know any of them but for my involvement in Ubuntu - so in my book they all belong In, Near, or Around Ubuntu. Irregardless of their proximity to Ubuntu each one has inspired, encouraged, educated and challenged me to become a better me throughout this last year and I'm hoping that they continue to do so in the future. "Thank You" can't begin to express my appreciation and I am not sure I can even express properly the admiration I have for their abilities and accomplishments in the Ubuntu and Open Source Communities. Follow along as I to try to express my gratitude and share a little about each of these women in hopes that you too can understand, appreciate, and come to admire these women and why I consider these women my mentors In, Near, and Around Ubuntu.

Akkana Peck (akk) - I had the opportunity to meet Akkana at OSCON last year though we had talked/chatted in IRC prior to that. Akkana is an excellent public speaker and funny as heck too! Anyone who can make me laugh and understand GRUB a little more in under 5 minutes is awesome in my book. (side note - Her mom is cool too!!!) When I meet her at OSCON and then saw her again at SCaLE 8x - I told her "I want to be more like you. You have a quiet confidence about you that I would love to have." We laughed, you know that laugh that says, "Bless your heart! Good luck with that." I am too much of a loquacious people person to be associated even remotely with the word "quiet", but Akkana she says a lot without ever saying a word. I admire that quality more than people know. Akkana, in addition to being an active Ubuntu Women Project team member, is also an active member of the Ubuntu California LoCo Team as well as one of the leaders of the Silicon Valley California Chapter of Linux Chix. Akkana is also the person who inspired me to stick with GIMP and keep trying. I am not an expert at it, like she is (I mean she wrote the book), but I no longer say I hate it and I am using it almost everyday now. - Thanks Akkana! I can't wait to hear more of your talks, especially those really funny 5 min lightning one, as well as participate in another of your IRC GIMP classes (ps Open Week starts May 3rd - just sayin :-D ). Akkana's Blog can be found here.

Belinda Lopez (dinda) - I was able to meet Belinda while attending UDS-L in Dallas Texas only a few short months ago. (Gosh it seems like forever now, but I digress). Belinda is also someone I had chatted with in the Ubuntu IRC channels as well as interviewed for Full Circle Magazine. While preparing to interview Belinda I asked her if she could send me some interesting links (blogs, wiki page, articles about her) that I could read over to make the interview a little more personal and one of the links she sent me was her CV. I gotta' tell ya' reading it was totally WOW moment! I mean it's not every day I get to talk to someone who worked at NASA. Belinda works for Canonical as the Training Project Manager, and is very passionate about all the possibilities there are for elearning opportunities and Ubuntu. I love elearning - you can't beat attending class in your PJ's while drinking hot chocolate out of your favorite mug! Belinda is one of the driving forces behind the online training opportunities that Canonical offers and that is just cool. Having taken the desktop class that is based on Ubuntu 7.10 and looking forward to the one based on Ubuntu 10.04, I can appreciate even more of the role Belinda plays in making this happen. Belinda is an active member of the Ubuntu Texas LoCo team and enjoys talking to the community about Ubuntu. Belinda is, in addition to being an elearning goddess, hilarious and helpful. I am looking forward to our paths crossing again (Texas Linux Fest - just sayin') Thanks Belinda! I can't wait to talk online training, share some laughs, and see what else you can teach me aboutUbuntu. Belinda's Blog can be found here.

Elizabeth "Lyz" Krumbach - (pleia2) - Lyz was one of the very first people I spoke to in the Ubuntu IRC channels. I have to admit Lyz really has the patience of a saint! I mean she has to - a year ago - Ubuntu IRC channels, Forums, Mailing Lists , not to mention those beloved wiki pages and I were not sharing any love - I was then and in many ways today still identify with the novice NTEU (Non-Technical End-User) persona. I think I must have PM'd her 15 times a day (I think I am down to like 5 now :-D) to ask everything from "How do I register my nick *again*?" to "Wiki Pages hate me! How do I (insert anything to do with a Wiki page)" to "Hey, we're setting up an Ubuntu Booth at SELF will you be there?" Lyz has really encouraged to try new things in the community. If it had not been for her I would not have given my very first BOF session while attending my very first Linux Fest ever! Lyz was a very active part of the Ubuntu Pennsylvania LoCo Team before moving the California, now she enjoys the warm California sun and is active in the Ubuntu California LoCo Team. Lyz is also a member, and not just any member either as she is the first female member, of the Ubuntu Community Council. In addition to that role she actively participates on the Ubuntu Women ProjectUS TeamsCommunity Learning ProjectUbuntu Classroom and Beginner Teams . - WOW! Lyz ROCKS! What else is there to say! Thanks Lyz! You do a lot for Ubuntu and greater Open Source Communities I am not sure how you manage it all but I am glad you do! Hope our paths cross again this year as you're encouragement, mentoring as well as a few sanity checks mean the world to me thanks. Lyz's Blog can be found here.

Laura Czajkowski - (czajkowski) - Laura and I had started talking/chatting in IRC either right before or during UDS Karmic (, Laura was able to participate in person and I was able to participate remotely. I *finally* had the opportunity to meet Laura in person at UDS-L in Dallas Texas. To say we had a blast and hit it off would be an understatement. Laura is a very active Ubuntu member. She contributes to many areas of the Ubuntu Project through her participation in the Ubuntu Women Project, the Ubuntu LoCo Council where she is not only a member, but the first woman LoCo Council member as well. Add the Ubuntu Ireland LoCo team, the Ubuntu NGO Project as well as organizer of the Ireland OSSBarCamp to her growing list project participation. To say she is busy is probably an understatement. Laura is a go-getter, she likes getting things done, and "getting on with it" as she puts it. She is not one to "let moss grown under her feet" that is for sure. Laura is always is always willing to lend a hand or an ear. She also helps quench any of those flames of self doubt and is quick to say, "You can do this?" Tis lovely." One of the qualities about Laura that I admire is that even when we disagree (and yes contrary to popular belief I do disagree with people ), the cool thing is we speak our minds, and move on - no hard feelings and usually with some food for thought all the way around. Whether you need a laugh (just ask her to say, "I'll throttle ya'!"), a kick in the butt, or information on planning events, Laura makes the best go person. Thanks Laura! You not only encouraging me, but countless others in the Ubuntu Community. You are really been a source of knowledge for how to do stuff in the community. Also, thank you for sharing you knowledge of event planning as well. I hope we get a chance to hang out and hash out new ideas for Community involvement this year. Laura's Blog can be found here.

Leigh Honeywell - (hypa7ia) - I have yet to meet Leigh in person but I hope I get a chance to someday. I like putting IRC nicks and faces together. The first time I really had a change to chat with Leigh was when I interviewed her for Full Circle Magazine. Leigh wears many hats - from University of Toronto student working to complete an Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Equity Studies, to international super hero fighting MalWare and issues that surround that, as in her day job she does everything from testing the security of clients' applications, to validating the effectiveness of commercial security products. Leigh is also a co-founder and board member of I think it is AWESOME - really *AWESOME* - the stuff she builds. Heck, I can tear stuff apart, but she tears stuff apart and re-purposes it ways I don't even think of. It's prety darn cool! Leigh is actively participate in the Ubuntu Women Project where she helps with the IRC channels, the Forums and mentoring Ubuntu users, contributors, and developers. Leigh has often helps me run through ideas from brainstorming to implementation, helps critique and polish presentations, as well as me giving honest and open feedback as well as encouragement. Thanks Leigh! I really appreciate your mentoring, support, feedback as well as your contributions Ubuntu and the greater open source community. Leigh's Blog can be found here.

Mackenzie Morgan - (maco) - I met Mackenzie at SELF in 2009. Mackenzie is one of the first folks who offered me feedback on my blog posts, tips on how to be a better Ubuntu User, and how to navigate the community better. Mackenzie recently became an Ubuntu MOTU, and is active in several areas of the Ubuntu Community. In addition to MOTU, her active Ubuntu community involvement includes the Ubuntu Women Project where she is and IRC Op and Forum Moderator for the UW Project, she also an active member on the Ubuntu DC LoCo Team, and a Kubuntu developer as well. Mackenzie manages to contribute to Ubuntu while balancing the schedule of a full time college with Ubuntu contributor. She is quick to help those in need, she is a willing to mentor women who want to become MOTU's, and she also helps develop new sign language technology signs ( I hope I said that right). Thanks Mackenzie! I really appreciate our conversations that are laced with excitement, encouragement, feedback, and ideas for improvement to the Ubuntu and Open Source Communities as well as to me personally. Mackenzie's Blog can be found here.

Stay tuned Part 2 of Women In, Near and Around Ubuntu will include some more amazing women whose contributions to Ubuntu and the Open Source communities inspire me as well. Maria Randazzo, Melissa Draper, Michelle Hall, Rikki Kite, Emma Jane Hogbin and Leann Ogasawara.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Don't Forget to Participate in Ada Lovelace Day!

Invitation to Participate



March 24, 2010

 On Ada Lovelace Day, the Ubuntu Women Project is encouraging you to blog about the achievements of women in technology and science. 

We are especially asking you to highlight women within the Ubuntu Community whose  achievements and contributions have inspired you or others.  So between now and next Wednesday (yep it's just around the corner) think about 1) who you want to write about -  it can be more than one person 2) write your post, 3) schedule it for publication, and let's tell the world the about awesome achievements and contributions of women within the Ubuntu Project and Community. 

If you haven't done so already please visit the Finding Ada website and make your pledge to Blog on March 24th, 2010.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

One of *those* days! Ever been there?

Have you ever had one of *THOSE* days? You know, one that just seems to go on and on and on and.....  well you get the idea.  That's my day er um week.

I like to write about the good stuff, or if I do write about the not so pleasant, annoying, or just bad stuff I try to find the silver lining or a least throw in some humor.  Not sure if anyone saw how my evening went on Friday in my Parking-spot Predicament Post on my Family: Graner Style Page but that's a good start on seeing the what I mean by my "week".

I did a clean install of Lucid on my Dell 1330 last week.  I have to tell you I am loving it.  I had one issue with my mouse hanging -  I could move the mouse see the cursor but clicking on anything did nothing, so I would have to reboot. Any who pgraner heard my not so pleasant remarks about how this was happening over 20 times a day since I installed Lucid, and asked me, "What are you talking about? Why are doing that [rebooting]?" So I showed him.  He mentioned it to his team because they had heard of this error but had not been able to reproduce it.  I could a gizillion times a day - I guess I am just talented like that (scarcasim).  Andy Whitcroft was kind enough to ping me on IRC and asked me about it.  He asked me to boot the computer in "i915.powersave=0" mode and see what happens.  I did and guess what. I didn't have that issue anymore!

I even learned how to file a bug. Since I did not have the nice little thingy that shows up in the panel that told me I had a crash report I couldn't use "apport" to collect what I needed. (and it seems that everytime I do use apport to file a bug it tells me I can't because some package somewhere is not up to date even if I just updated minutes before) Andy asked me to file a bug about my issue.  It pained me to say I don't know how to file a bug any other way.  So Andy, Tim Gardner, and Jeremy Foshee all gave me pointers on how to file the bug.  So I went to  The link that Tim had given me took me to the tutorial on how to file a bug on the site.  However it is a good place to start if you are new to filing bugs like me  - :-)

Once I filed the bug and it was given a bug report number I could then go back to a terminal window (yeah yeah yeah  - I am learning to use the command line but the cool thing is you don't have to to file bugs, but I don't know much about all that as I don't file bugs much and everytime I do it's a bit painful - most of the time)  Any way - back to my bug.  So once I had a bug report/bug number I could bring up a term window and using the command line I could the use  - apport-collect .  Once I ran this it collected the information for that bug, it asked me a bunch of questions and bam - I was able to include other infomation that Andy and those folks could use to fix the problem.  I was so excited that I learned how to do that without asking pgraner for help. I did however notice two things in the questions boxes one of the questions was "Can you reproduce this bug?" or something like that and the answers were "yes" and "no".  Well it was no when I was was booting in the i915.powersave=0 mode, but yes if I set it back the way it was.  hmm I wanted a "maybe" box with an area to write that into :-).  Also when asked how often was this happening it listed "once a day" and there was no "several times a day" option.  Could have used that option as well.  However, it was a pretty enjoyable experience filing a bug.  I might have to do some more of that.  Considering tomorrow is a bug day for gwibber and I love gwibber I might just have to help out tomorrow :-) (More on that later)

You would think all would be right with the world now woudn't you?  Computer is hanging any more and I now know how to file a bug, I'm running Lucid and what could be better :-/ well I am so glad you asked!

I got up this morning only to find my harddrive on my Dell 1330 died.  I don't mean it was hanging, I don't mean the data was borked, I mean will not even boot, won't even mount a liveUSB stick.  Notta, nothing, nowhow - :-(   It was one of those mornings where I wanted to just say, "I quit!"  I was not a happy camper at all.  Luckily I still have my MacBook Air and it has Lucid on it.  I just needed to get to my backed up info on the server.  It was still a but painful and I am still missing a couple days worth of stuff since the last time I backed up was about 4 days ago.  *sigh* - but all in all not too bad.  So I will just backup my stuff at night before I go to bed and hopefully this won't happen ever again.  :-)

Not sure I have a silver lining to all this except, I have learned to laugh with my daughter (parking spot post) in times of stress, I learned to file a bug, and I am getting pretty good at ssh'ing into the server to find my stuff, as well as installing a computer and putting it back to the way I like relatively quickly.

My TODO list is now screaming my name, but I'll get to that in a few.   I feel much better now :-)  more later...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Call for input on Lucid Lynx Beta 1 - Technical Overview

Over on the Ubuntu Marketing Mailing list earlier today, Steve Langasek issued a call for input, below is what he had to say:

The first beta of Lucid Lynx is coming up next week, on March 18.  It would be good to have a refresh of leading up to this with more input from people who can say what's great about Lucid instead of just people like me who spend our time enumerating all the things that are wrong with it. :-)  What's great about the Ubuntu 10.04 beta that you want our users to know?

Take a look at the wiki and see if you can help answer slangasek's question -"What's great about the Ubuntu 10.04 beta that you want our users to know?"

Friday, March 12, 2010

You-in-Ubuntu: When will Ubuntu 10.10 get a name?

You-in-Ubuntu: Checking out the history of the "Funky Fairy" naming system!

As the Ubuntu Community is gearing up for the release of Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx, there are those, myself included, who are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the code name of Ubuntu 10.10?
I went looking around the wiki's to see what I could find out about how each release gets it's name. I found a greatDevelopment Code Names wiki. Here's what I found out.

To read the full article please visit: You-In-Ubuntu.
image is by Olivia Galbraith and is available for download @

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hug Day/ Bug Day - Targeting Ubiquity

This week's Hug Day will focus on Ubiquity!



WHERE: Ubuntu IRC Channel - #ubuntu-bugs on freenode [DOT] net

DATE: Thursday, March 11, 2010

TIME: All Day

PURPOSE: Squashing Ubiquity bugs

Friday, March 5, 2010

Artists Needed

Guess who is looking for artists? - Ubuntu User Magazine!

So You Think You Can Draw?

One of the many things we've enjoyed about working on Ubuntu User magazine is the new illustrations we get for each Ubuntu release. Our artist, Curt, is ready to pass the torch on to a new illustrator. If you'd like to have your art considered for our next issue of Ubuntu User, submit two sample drawings of a "Lucid Lynx" by March 22, 2010, 5pm CST (GMT -6). - ROSE Blog: Rikki's Open Source Exchange - Rikki Kite
If you are interested check out the call for artists on the Ubuntu User and Linux Pro sites.

You-in-Ubuntu Blog - Ubuntu: Linux Illuminated

The future is looking bright for Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx, beaming with a brilliant new look and polished performance.

Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx will be bringing more than faster boot times and open drivers to users this spring, it will radiate "Light" throughout the community with a face lift for the future.

As for me - I like the new "light" theme not only for the new look of the Ubuntu Brand, with polished new features, lightning fast boot times, and ease in use, but also what it means for the Ubuntu Community. If Light as mentioned in the wiki is -- Visually, light is beautiful, light is ethereal, light brings clarity and comfort -- and from 2004 to 2010 Ubuntu has been "Linux for human Beings" -- I would now ask has the time come where we can say - "Ubuntu - Linux Illuminated" one user at a time.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Catch-up *sigh* :-D

I am spending the weekend getting caught up on so many things. I have not forgotten about blogging on this blog, but having my You-in-Ubuntu Blog over at most of the Ubuntu specific stuff is going there now. However later tomorrow I will have more stuff for here as well.

So I'll have some pics and stories from SCaLE 8x coming soon. :-)

I was just missing posting here so I thought I would give a heads up - I haven't forgotten about it. Also I am working a new wordpress blog. I need to get the logo and theme finished and then transition over to it. Exciting stuff :-)

Anywho more to come later this weekend - stay tuned!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Home, Events, and Ubuntu :-)

A bit of the summary of things since my last Blog Post - :-/


To say I have been busy the last few weeks is an understatement at best. However, I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing, unless I don't stop to smell the roses in my life - my family, and they are awesome! My husband has traveled continuously for the last 5 weeks, stopping at home long enough to repack a bag, have meal with us and back out - we've missed him. My kids, they are awesome. There have been a few days I had appointments for various things and gotten home after they did, (They are teenagers so old enough to home for a few hours alone) and on those occasions, I have returned home to find they worked together to straighten up whatever it was I had missed doing that day. Gotta luv it when teenagers clean without being told - that is so awesome.

I've been spending more time with the kids after they get home from school, and after their homework has been completed taking time to laugh, watch a movie, talk about the day, play a game . I am not sure why but the kids were even more humorous than usual. I love laughing with them. Of Course they still throw in the occasional joke about "Ubuntu stole my Mom" or teasing me about "fine then I am installing " depending on the point they trying to convey it can range from other Linux distros to windows. That should be in the book of how kids of geeky Linux parents rebel. :-/

So I've been stepping away from my computer for a few hours, especially when they are home from school in the evenings and trying really hard not be on at night while they are still awake. This past weekend I took the kids out to eat, then to the mall, and to the movies. I was doing more than just smelling the roses I was attending to my garden. The fragrance is so much sweeter, when care is taken in the nurturing of them and yes they are in those teenage years so we still have some thorns that snag us everyone once in a while. We laughed, and talked about all the things that are on the calendar and they even added a few more things. In short we had fun!

We are still remodeling the house and due to the weather conditions our Kitchen installation had to be postponed a couple of weeks until the ground could dry out enough for the delivery trucks to make it up to the house without tearing up the driveway. Painting the living room, Kitchen, and dining room will get completed this week.


SCaLE 8x
I have been working with the SCaLE 8x coordinators, and the CA Loco Team for the Ubucon event at SCaLE. I am giving a talk at the WIOS event at SCaLE - A Year NTEU the Ubuntu Community and the FLOSS World. I will also be giving one at the Ubucon at SCaLE - Every NTEU is someone's Guru - How to encourage the NTEU* in your organization. I'm also trying to see how many ubuntu community folks will be there and see if we can't grab a picture while there. I am looking forward to seeing the CA LoCo team members, Akkana Peck, Emma Jane Hogbin, and many many more folks in about 10 days or so.

(NTEU - Pronounced like In-To - stands for Non-Technical End User)

Southeast Linux Fest
I have also been working helping with the Southeast Linux Fest, as there will be an Ubucon there this year as well. The Call for Papers is still open so I don't know if I have been selected for the main event at SELF yet, but regardless it will be a great event and the Ubucon should rock. There will be an Ubuntu Booth at this event as well, any Ubuntu LoCo team who are planning on attending please feel free to volunteer your time to help staff the booth or help with the Ubucon. Please feel free to email suggestions for topics or submit a session for the Ubucon. Please include SELF Ubucon in the the subject line.

Atlanta Linux Fest
I have also been busy with Atlanta Linux Fest planning. There should be an announcement shortly as to the date and location of this event. The numbers from last year have pushed ALF beyond the capacity of all donated space we had. Good problem to have right. :-)

I have also joined in on FOSScon, and FOSSevents discussions and planning. Though I can't claim to contribute much to these, but I am enjoying participating where I can. More on this in a separate post.

Did I mention I love event planning! :-)


Not nearly enough. Though several posts are in some form progression I really need to polish them and get them added to both this blog , which is my personal one, and my You-in-Ubuntu blog, as there are several interviews in need of posting for my - People, Personalities, and Planners: Who's behind your FOSS events? series, Not to mention sending out questions for ongoing events. So you have events related to ubuntu, things that are happening in the community that Ubuntu Users can get involved in and contribute too - let me know let's get the word out. :-)

I enjoy blogging to, I really had know idea all the cool stuff you can find to talk about. Don't you just hate it when life interferes with all the fun stuff you like to do. (just kidding - well maybe)

Ubuntu Projects
Ubuntu Women Project
The Ubuntu Women Project is moving forward. As the team has defined that the "official " team member list will come from Launchpad. Subscribers to the mailing list and forums as well as those who are in the IRC channel are encouraged to join the LP team in order to participate in any voting issues. Also members on the Team on LP who are subscribed to the mailing list are encouraged to do so as well, this is another step ensuring communications of all current activities are disseminated to team members. Once the team defined who would vote, a condorcet vote was sent to the LP team members and a decision on the IRC channels was made. Almost all blueprint goals for the Lucid cycle have been meet and soon it will be time to look toward UDS-M.

The International Women's Day Competition will end in just a few weeks. February 22, 2010. If you are a women or know a who uses Ubuntu encourage them participate in this Competition.
There's a great prize pack, sponsored by Canonical, Linux Pro Magazine and Ubuntu User Magazine also included in Jono Bacon's newest book, The Art of Community.

If you a woman in the Ubuntu Community and not a member of the Ubuntu Women Project please consider joining. There are women who's skills range from the highly technical to the just installed ubuntu and everything in between. So whether it's spring boarding into community contribution, developing a talk for an event, planning events, advice on dealing with sexism, or how to encourage women to get involved in Ubuntu and Open Source and more - the Project aims to provide an opportunity for women who want to be involved in the Ubuntu community thereby increasing the diversity in Ubuntu-Linux. Go here to learn more.

LoCo Leadership Series

At UDS-L, the idea for a LoCo Leadership Series was rolled out. It was The goal is to have Chapters 1-3 completed by UDS-M. Chapter 2 has been written now Chapters 1 and 3 need to completed. If you want to help with that email me.

Ubuntu USTeams - New interview series targeting approved LoCo teams. These interviews will be posted on the USTeams Website, and the goal is to have the 1st one completed and ready fr March 1st. Looking for a place to help out and like to getting to know people in the community interviewing them is a great way and I already have some questions to start with if you are worried about how to start.

NC LoCo Team
Luv it - Ubuntu on a local level. The team is really working hard on becoming an approved LoCo team. There are now Ubuntu Hours in Winston Salem and a regular basis, and the folks in the Asheville area are looking at setting up regular Ubuntu Hours. Members of the LoCo team are working on building up the wnclug group as well. Right now it has an IRC channel on freenode (wnclug) and a mailing list. If you are in NC and you are interested in all things ubuntu please considering joining the team.

Ubuntu Weekly News
This is my Saturday/Sunday activity. It's fun seeing all the stories folks find to add to the newsletter and helping summarize them. The news team rocks! If you have links to articles or blog posts you would like to see included please send email to:

Oh I am sure there is something else I've been working on but it escapes me at the moment :-) Here's to another awesome week!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

International Women's Day - Competition!

Ok all women who use Ubuntu it's time to tell the Ubuntu Women's Project your story of how you discovered Ubuntu. I'll post the links to the announcement and other various places it has been announced below.

If you are a woman who uses Ubuntu then here's what you are asking you to do:

1) Write down your story and email it to us (email address in the announcement)

2) In Late February the community votes on the stories and we pick one winner from the group to receive a prize package. This winner will be announced on March 8th, 2008.

3) Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager, will select a name at random from the entries to receive a prize package. Jono will pick the winner from "the hat" live via his videocast.

4) The winners will be featured on The Fridge and Ubuntu User - You in Ubuntu site. All submissions will be posted so people can see how women discover ubuntu.

***Prize packages are being sponsored by: Canonical, Linux Pro Magazine and Ubuntu-User Magazine. Package includes but not limited to: Ubuntu backpack, Ladies T-shirt, Ubuntu Key Chain, 1 year digital subscription to Linux Pro Magazine or a 1 year print subscription to Ubuntu User Magazine, and a copy of The Art of Community. Thank you all so much for your gracious support and sponsorship.

Below is the 1st announcement from the Mailing List in it's entirety:

Firstly, some introductory reading for those who are not familiar with
International Women's Day: and

Ubuntu-Women has tried in the past to find some way to celebrate this
event, but as far as I can remember it has never really amounted to much
other than some chattering on IRC. So let us try a bit harder for 2010!

We have all come to Ubuntu in our own special ways -- every single one
of us differently to the next. Yet one of the most common questions we
get asked is "How can I get $woman to use Ubuntu?".

Obviously we cannot really answer that question, but we would dearly
love to have a collection of stories by women about how they discovered
Ubuntu. Such a repository would allow us to demonstrate that there's no
one definitive answer, and at the same time maybe provide the gift of
inspiration to women who are interested -- showing them that it's really
not so unusual to be Ubuntu fans after all.

We are not expecting any particular length, but do remember that these
stories should be suited to perusal at leisure and not require someone
to allocate hours of their day to read. Anywhere between a few
paragraphs and a OO.o Write page is ideal.

There will be two (2) prizes up for grabs. One (1) prize pack will be
given to the story that the community votes is their favourite. One (1)
prize pack will be given to a randomly drawn entrant. Jono Bacon, the
Ubuntu Community Manager will be drawing this entrant in a videocast,
and announcing both winners to the world on March 8th.

Please email your stories to by UTC
23:59 22nd February 2010.

By submitting a story, you acknowledge that it will be posted on the
Ubuntu Women website under the Creative Commons Attribution
licence. If you prefer that your story be posted
under a less restrictive licence such as Creative Commons Attribution
or Public Domain, then feel free to let us know when you submit.
All stories are to be non-fiction and of a family-friendly nature. The
organisers also reserve the right to interview prospective winners over
the phone or other voice chat at their discretion.

We will celebrate International Women's Day by announcing the winners,
who will receive gift packs (which are still in negotiation -- we will
announce when it is confirmed!).***

Good Luck!

p.s: Please pass this along to *any* women you know who *use* Ubuntu --
the more the merrier!

Also take a look at Melissa Draper's post, she does a great job of explaining the steps involved as well. Thanks Melissa for initiating and being the driving force behind this competition. You rock! :-)

The Fridge and You-in-Ubuntu has also featured the International Women's Day - Competition.

So what are you waiting for - Women using Ubuntu send in your "How I discovered Ubuntu" stories today! :-)


Monday, January 18, 2010

Ubuntu Weekly News #176

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #176 for the week of January 10th – January 16th, 2010 is now available here

In this issue we cover:
* Ubuntu 10.4
* Lucid Lynx Alpha 2,
* Ubuntu Developer Week,
* Ubuntu User Day, new Ubuntu
* Women leadership
* Free Culture Showcase.
* Ubuntu Stats
* The Planet
* In the Press & Blogosphere
* Community and Ubuntu Live Videocast
* Ubuntu Women project growing in Strength
* Upcoming Meetings & Events
* Updates & Security

* And much, much more!

This issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

* John Crawford
* Craig A. Eddy
* Dave Bush
* Amber Graner
* Liraz Siri
* And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly News, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Linux Journal editor, Shawn Powers, Loses Home and Pets in Fire Today.

Linux Journal has set up a ChipIn page for the Powers' Family. Below is the 1st post on the site in it's entirety:

Help Shawn Powers' Family
Everyone's beloved, crazy, big-hearted Linux Journal editor and Indian Lakes school district system administrator Shawn Powers, has lost his family home today to a fire. We have limited data about the extent of damages at this time, but can report that all people (his amazing wife, Donna and three girls) are all ok. Unfortunately his animals were all lost in the fire.

We'll report more as we hear it, but in the meanwhile wanted to set up a fund to help the Powers' family get back on their feet as quickly as possible. Please, if you can, every dollar will help. Computer equipment donations, we know, would also be greatly appreciated and the folks at Linux Journal will help coordinate any equipment donations (e-mail publisher Carlie Fairchild, for details).

And in the meanwhile... all the thoughts, prayers and best wishes to the Powers family.

The site has links to where updates are being posted, where the money goes and the link to where you can donate to the family. If you can help please click here.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Southeast Linux Fest - UbuCon, Overnight Rooms and Registration

Register for the Southeast Linux Fest today. SELF is scheduled to be held on June 12-13, 2009 at the Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance Park in Spartanburg, SC.

The Marriott Renaissance Park is holding a block of rooms for those attending SELF and they are going quickly. Over 700+ people are projected to attend SELF this year, so what are you waiting for? Register for SELF today and make your over night reservations today by clicking here or call the Marriott at 1-800-327-6465, the group code is: slxslxa

The SouthEast LinuxFest is a community event for anyone who wants to learn more about Linux and Free & Open Source software. It is part educational conference, and part social gathering. Like Linux itself, it is shared with attendees of all skill levels to communicate tips and ideas, and to benefit all who use Linux/Free and Open Source Software. LinuxFest is the place to learn, to make new friends, to network with new business partners, and most importantly, to have fun!

Recently confirmed is an UbuCon at the Southeast Linux Fest! The UbuCon at SELF will be split up just a little. There will UbuCon events on Friday and Sunday and will be FREE to all who want to attend. We are still ironing out the details of speakers, so stay tuned I'll post the information as it happens.

UbuCon events, Friday, June 11, 2010, from 2-6pm in the SELF conference area
UbuCon events, Sunday, June 13, 2010 from 9am-Noon in the SELF conference are

Have you thought about a topic. SELF has opened the request for papers - If you are already planning on attending, think about submitting a talk for SELF.

Are you interested in volunteer opportunities at SELF or the UbuCon the drop me a line with you name, phone number, and IRC nick also include which network you are on if it is other that Freenode, to akgraner [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

More information on SELF and Southeast Linux soon!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Many Thanks! - Ubuntu Women Project - Leader Appointed

Earlier today Lyz Krumbach sent an email to the Ubuntu Women Project mailing list announcing that the Ubuntu Community Council had appointed me as the interim leader of the Project. I was speechless! I appreciate those of you who gave testimonials for not only me but for Melissa Draper and Penelope Stowe as well. Melissa and Penelope both have some amazing goals and vision for the team and I can't wait to see the team adopt and incorporate all these as we update and follow the roadmap to a successful growing Ubuntu Women Project.

The great thing about a team is that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, talents and time, technical abilities, interests and opinions. That is the greatness of effective teams - demonstrating and articulating how all those differences come together to form a cohesive unit. Does this mean that it's always sunshine and roses - nope. However, it means that we all are working toward the same goals.

The next 6 months are all about building a solid project on the corner stone that was set in 2005, the footers that were poured in 2006, and framework that as been added to date. The tools are there: IRC, Forums, Wiki's, Website, and the planet, but the real support comes from the team! More importantly it is the people who make up the team. Having the best tools, and ideas are nothing without motivated, dedicated, enthusiastic people to use those tools and implement the ideas - and the Ubuntu Women's Project has amazing people on the team.

With the team working together obstacles become opportunities, stress becomes success, and mountains are moved. We have already seen this happening since UDS, more discussion in the Channel, more activity on the mailing list, more incentives being rolled out, participation in the meetings is increasing and the excitement and buzz for the Project is growing.

Lyz's post does a great job of summing up the next 6 months. She writes,
Amber will be holding this position for the next 6 months to help guide us through our Lucid Cycle RoadMap and we will work to establish a formal voting team for the project. After 6 months the leadership position will be re-evaluated and with the voting team in place the team we will work toward a formal election as we determine the best leadership structure for the team moving forward.

Thanks again everyone, and I can't wait to see where the Ubuntu Women's Project goes from here. :-)

Friday, January 8, 2010

What a way to start off a year! Slashdotted, SCaLE talk submission, and UW Leadship Process WOW!

My "You-in-Ubuntu" blog on Ubuntu User Magazine Online was slashdotted, ok so the poster got the facts a little wrong :-/ but it's all good (they changed the title and added a note to denote the main fact they left out) . (Thanks Lyz for letting me know!)

Then I was looking for something from a post back in February '09 (seems like so long ago now), when I started this exploration of FOSS via Ubuntu, where I jokingly said in a blog post, "I know, I know, Linux should just naturally come before ANYTHING (right?), but I haven't gotten there yet. :)" Well I am still not hacking code, but I am to the point where the whole family (including Pete) will leave the room if I say "Ubuntu, Community, Blog, Ubucon, or LoCo Team" :-/ Wow what a difference time makes! I was so nervous when I started blogging, then getting involved in the community. There are still moments, but the community is still so welcoming and inviting that whatever nervousness I am feeling it goes away quickly.

I submitted a talk for SCaLE 8x WIOS event - I hope it gets picked up. Though I still get nervous when I am doing stuff in the Greater Open Source Community. I decided in 2010 I was going to try some new things and that the only way to learn was to do.

Speaking of doing things myself, and Melissa Draper, and Penelope Stowe all nominated ourselves to be the leader of the Ubuntu Women Project. On January 9, 2010 at 0001 UTC the Ubuntu-Women Project Leadership nominee wiki's were handed to the Community Council. The Testimonial phase ended - thank you so much to everyone who gave testimonials to not only me but to all of us. The Community Council will review the nominees from January 9-15, then appoint the interim leader of the group. (this appointment is for an initial term of 6 months)

After 6 months, so sometime in July 2010, the team will decide to either keep the appointed leader, or call for nominations and cast a vote for another leader (s) as the team will have established the procedures for both the election process and voting.

Wanna join the team stop by the #ubuntu-women channel on freenode, visit the website, or if one of the Ubuntu-Women team members belongs to your LoCo team ask them to tell people about the Project at your next LoCo meeting. :-)

It's great to see the Ubuntu-Women Project team getting energized, and moving the project to the next level. Good Luck to Melissa and Penelope, and me :-) as we watch our inboxes for the CC's decision on or before January 15!

Here's to a great weekend... :-D! And even better next week!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Ubuntu Member, Interview with Nathan Handler

You-in-Ubuntu - Just posted, new interview with Nathan Handler. Nathan gave the Ubuntu Membership session during Karmic Open Week. Wanna see what Nathan had to say? Take a look at the You-in-Ubuntu post. :-)

Monday, January 4, 2010

SCale 8x - Women In Open Source Event

SCaLE 8x - WIOS (Women in Open Source) Event - Call for Papers ends on January 15, 2010. If you or someone you know can attend and would like to speak please make your submissions on or before January, 15, 2010. Thanks everyone!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A reflection on 2009 and a Look at 2010 - :-D

I was looking back over my shoulder at 2009 and turned to face 2010 and realized - WOW!

I started going back through by blog posts and personal journal entries to see how to summarize 2009 - in a word - BUSY!

Here is some of the highlights and reflections on 2009 and my adventures in Ubuntu.

I decided that I finally wanted to make the transition from Mac to Linux. What fueled the change - and intrepid CD and an Ubuntu T-shirt that read, "Linux for Human Beings". I sorta laughed when my husband came home from a Sprint in the UK and said. "I have something for you." I looked at the CD and the Shirt and said, "yeah right". However, I had wanted to use Linux for years, but *always* without fail had to turn to my husband to fix things and help me, so I tended to always fall back to the Operating System I was the most familiar with. While my husband was busy working on various Linux distributions , I was moving slowly from DOS to Windows to Mac, then in Feb 2009 landed pretty smoothly into a Linux distro I could feel comfortable with - Ubuntu. I haven't looked back, every once in a while I brush off the Mac, and use it for something. I don't dislike Mac, I just like using Ubuntu better.

I started blogging about this transition into the world of Ubuntu, and the community that supports it. Though I had been blogging about family events, it was far from anything even remotely technical. The point that seemed very hard for people to understand until they actually meet and talk to my husband and I, was that I wanted to do this on my own and he stayed out of it and I got to figure things out. I wanted to find my own way through the community. So my involvement is for the most part very separate, with very little overlap. A really empowering moment - I can use Ubuntu, and I don't have to ask him (my husband) for help. There is a community out there for that, and I set out to learn and become involved and contribute to and in what I saw demonstrated as a very welcoming, helpful, and inclusive community.

But I couldn't stop with just one transition, while I was busy learning about the Ubuntu and Open Source Communities, events, personalities, teams, projects, IRC, mailing lists, forums, we as a family were planning a major move back to my home town. I was moving back home almost 20 years to the date I left to join the Army in 1989. So in June, after the kids got out of school we packed up the house and moved. We began very heavy renovations on the house as well. (Still a work in progress).

Between packing boxes and Ubuntu, there was a host of other activities that were happening in conjunction, I was also busy being a stay at home mom, wife, I was busy with classes I was taking as well as a few I was volunteering to teach, another new opportunity to grow and learn presented itself. I was invited to review a new book on Community. I didn't know what to expect exactly in this process. I learned deadlines are my friend, and that the view I had of the concepts that applied to Open Source communities were the same that applied to most all the volunteer communities I had been given the opportunity to support, give to, as well as learn from in the past. (Thanks Jono! The Art of Community - check it out) This was really exciting and at times a bit demanding, but so worth it!

As I was busy learning about all the Open Source Conferences, Fests, Summits, and other various meetings a person could attend. I decided I would attend them and as long as I was going should get involved in them where I could. Figuring to attend these events as a Ubuntu Local Community Team member, and work a booth. Then there were opportunities to have impromptu talks called BoFs or Birds of a Feather sessions. I thought what the heck I'll try that as well. Southeast Linux Fest was my inaugural fest, and I loved it. From there it was on to Community Leadership Summit, OSCON, Atlanta Linux Fest, Ohio Linux Fest, Ubuntu Release Parties and the highlight of events and participation was attending Ubuntu Developer Summit as a sponsored contributor.

Amongst all this, I was learning about Ubuntu Membership and the oh so wonderful world of wiki's. I was encouraged to create a wiki, and start adding the things I was working on in the Ubuntu and Open Source Communities to that wiki. I learned that in the Ubuntu Community you don't have to hack code to be a contributor. I often referred to myself as an non-technical end user (NTUE (pronouced like IN-TO) for short). I got tired of typing non-technical end-user and went looking for an acronym, I couldn't find one so decided that people create stuff every day and thus was born the NTEU (IN-TO). I looked at myself as someone who was "in-to" Ubuntu but did not really want to hack code, at the end of the day I really just wanted my computer to work. (however, now, I am beginning to enjoy seeing the ends and outs of how things work, finding out the processes, and contributing and/or learning how to contribute to new areas of the Ubuntu Project - it is all somewhat amazing)

It was about this time the reality that I was transitioning into another decade in my life happened. The milestone of making it through my 30's, and smiling into my 40's hit me. Though 40 did not hit me like truck like my 30's did; it was quite the contrary, 40 seemed like an absolute perfect number to me. I went to London to celebrate my birthday, while there I got to meet many of the Canonical staff that help to make the Ubuntu Project, the Linux distribution I am enjoying using and contributing to. The joy of being in London for not only my birthday, but the fact that the release of Ubuntu 9.10 was being released on my birthday, made my celebration even sweeter.

Somewhere amongst all the movement, and transitions, Rikki Kite, of Linux Pro Magazine, found my blog, and wrote about it. Rikki soon become a mentor on many levels outside the Ubuntu Community. It was pretty amazing to see that Rikki is highlighting women in Open Source and all the contributions women all over the FOSS world were making. I was telling my husband that I wanted to "do something", maybe even go back to the corporate world. It was during OSCON, that I got to help staff the Linux Pro Magazine Booth, and I loved it. There is something great about meeting new people, and talking to them about a magazine I enjoy. During 2009 Linux New Media launched a new Magazine, Ubuntu User, and Ubuntu User Website and in October I was given the opportunity to see if I would like to Blog for them about entry points and ways to get involved in the Ubuntu Community. I am still learning and working my way through this process, but I am really looking forward to You-In-Ubuntu 2010.

Some of the other highlights of 2009 for me was helping plan the Atlanta Linux Fest and the Ubucon, helping with the Community Leadership Summit, pitching and beginning the process of an annual Ubuntu User Conference as well as working on the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Ubuntu Women Interview Series for Full Circle Magazine, as well as Ubuntu Open Week. Also contributing articles to the US Teams website, becoming involved in The NC LoCo team, as well as The Ubuntu Women Project.

Time flies when you are having fun and 2009 definitely flew by. :-)

Thanks everyone who made my 1st year (Feb 2010) in Ubuntu such a great experience and success. The Ubuntu Community and the people who encourage, challenge, and inspire me to look around, share, inquire, contribute, and just be me, are such a source of energy, excitement and enthusiasm. I hope in 2010, I give back to the Ubuntu and greater FOSS communities as much as you all have given and shown me. I know this is just the beginning as there is so much more to learn and be part of. I say it all the time - Community Rocks!!

What does 2010 look like - Amazing! I have no idea what will be in store, but looking over my shoulder at 2009, I can only imagine what 2010 will bring. There are events to attend (and plan), people to meet, stories to write, blogs to post, and contributions to make - as the Ubuntu Project and Community is an every evolving and growing work in progress, so am I. Here's to an incredible 2010 for all!! :-D \O/