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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women%27s_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 ubuntuwomen.competition@gmail.com 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, carlie@linuxjournal.com 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/