I’ve been slacking a bit when it comes to DJing land picked it up this year again. Some of my mixtapes are on a part of my blog that’s not syndicated, but I set up a page with all the posts. I just posted a new one today.
If you have followed my blog and what I’ve said elsewhere you might have noticed, I’m TOTALLY looking forward to the Ubuntu Global Jam.
The Ubuntu Berlinians will meet in Berlin’s c-base on 29th August from 12:00 to 18:00. Please come and join us!
Original announcement below:
Freie Software lebt vom Mitmachen und das ist gar nicht so schwer, wie man vielleicht erwartet. Zum vierten Mal ruft Ubuntu zum "Global Jam", bei der weltweit helfende Hände an einem Tag gemeinsam an der Verbesserung der freien Linux-Distribution Ubuntu arbeiten. Gesucht werden dafür nicht nur technisch versierte Entwickler, sondern alle Nutzer, die Fehler aufspüren, melden und prüfen wollen, Übersetzer, die Software in andere Sprachen übertragen oder die Dokumentation überarbeiten möchten. Für alle diese Schritte gibt es einfache Softwarelösungen, die einem viel Arbeit abnehmen und den Einstieg erleichtern. Alles was man braucht ist also: etwas Zeit, die Fähigkeit, englische Texte zu verstehen und Lust, einmal etwas an die Gemeinschaft zurückzugeben. Bei einem Jam arbeitet man gemeinsam an einem Ort, hilft sich gegenseitig bei offenen Fragen und Einstiegshürden und hat dabei übrigens nicht wenig Spaß. Der Berliner Teil des Ubuntu Global Bug Jams wird am 29. August von 12 bis 18 Uhr in der c-base stattfinden. Da die c-base im Moment keine Desktoprechner zur Verfügung stellt, sollten ein Notebook mitgebracht werden. Weitere Informationen gibt es auf http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/team/265/detail/. Adresse der c-base: Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin U-/S-Bahnhof Jannowitzbrücke Anfahrt zur c-base: http://wiki.c-base.org/coredump/AnfahrtsSkizze http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bild:C-Base_Map_1.png http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bild:C-Base_Map_2.png
- Berkeley, California, USA
- Birmingham, UK
- Novosibirsk, Russia
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Caldes de Montbui, Spain
- Dublin, Ireland
- Saudi Arabia
- Managua, Nicaragua
Lots of other teams are discussing their events right now. We in Berlin will definitely be part of the fun.
András Bognár also worked on new Ubuntu Global Jam badges:
Awesome! Let your friends know! Get planning! This will be a weekend full of awesomeness!
Earlier today I went to a goodbye party of a friend who’s going to Australia for a few months. Great things that happened:
- Party was outdoors, a few DJs played, great atmosphere, 100+ people at peak times
- Some of my awesome office mates were there, my sister too
- The police showed up and instead of shutting the party down, they told us where it was “OK” to have the party
- We moved all the equipment, the generator, drinks and everything else to the new place, which was nearby, everybody helped
- I played a 4 hour Drum’n'Bass set, which I (and others) were very happy with, they even collected money for the DJ – glad it was dark, so nobody could see if I was blushing
- I watched the sunrise by the riverside while the party was still going on
- I drove home on my bicycle
- A few guys stopped me to take a picture of them and as a thanks offered me their last beer
Oh how I love this city!
I’m very happy the Berlin team is going to participate in Lucid’s Ubuntu Global Jam.
We’ll meet on Saturday 27th March at 12:00 in Berlin’s c-base and have a great time working on all the things that make Ubuntu great, so if you like to hang out, test Ubuntu, ugprade Ubuntu, translate Ubuntu, document Ubuntu, hack on Ubuntu, triage Ubuntu bugs or do anything else, we definitely want you there. Also if you are working on Debian, join us so we can learn to cooperate better and learn from each other.
This is all about having a good time, so head to the LoCo Directory entry, login and tell us that you’re coming.
I just had another look at the list of Ubuntu 9.10 Relase Parties and it’s AMAZING. There’s tons of parties all around the globe and they all are truly deserved celebrations of all the hard work that thousands of people put into Ubuntu and Open Source more generally.
Make sure you add your party to the map.
In Berlin we’ll celebrate on Saturday in our favourite hacker-space location: c-base. Caspar already spilled the beans about it: Berliner Fenster, heroes of Berlinian metro TV make sure Ubuntu and our party get a mention:
If you cannot see the embedded spot, click on this link.
I’m so looking forward to the party and meeting everybody – it’s going to be awesome!
We are only one-and-a-half weeks away from bringing together awesome people to do awesome things across the globe – it’s time for the Ubuntu Global Jam.
The Ubuntu Berlin team is one of the lucky teams that are participating and I thought I’d talk a bit about what we’re going to do.
I’ve been in touch with a lot of other LoCo teams and some told me that they had trouble finding a venue. It’s true, if you have a lot of people attending and not a great place to meet, that’s a problem. In Berlin we’re lucky because c-base is awesome and we can use it on that weekend. If you’re less lucky you might want to try: schools, universities, libraries, pubs, a LUG, etc. If that all fails and you’re just a small group: host it at somebody’s house. (I told the story before: the first Ubuntu Berlin release party was in my appartment – OK, it was ~40 people, but the furniture and everything else survived.) Ubuntu people usually know how to behave themselves.
We are very lucky and are going to host a Packaging Jam, a Bug Jam, a Translations Jam, a Doc Jam and a Testing Jam. With Benjamin Drung around, I could imagine we might even have a Origami Jam. The trick was to split the work of preparing the jams on various shoulders: Caspar would dive into Translations and Documentation, Benjamin would do Packaging and I would do Bugs and Testing. This gives everybody enough time to properly read the documentation, play with the tools, look for good examples, download ISOs, etc. etc. etc.
Letting the world know
This time we are not doing as much noise as for our release parties as this event is targetted at people who want to help out! This is important, as some people might mistake this as an event where lots of talks will be held and so on. It’s about making it clear that there’s a distinction between “consumers” and “activists”. Of course you want to invite people who want to BECOME Ubuntu activists.
What we did was post to our mailing list, use the Launchpad “contact team” feature, we put it on the Ubuntu Berlin page, we invited Debian maintainers in the city to join us for the day (and have a beer afterwards), blogged, dented, tweeted, facebooked about it, so tried to make the maximum use of communication channels to let our team know: “we need you there and want to have a fantastic time with you”.
The preparations for the Ubuntu Global Jam are ticking on very very nicely. In case you haven’t heard of it yet: teams around the world are going to meet up on the weekend of October 2nd-4th and make Ubuntu better by doing whatever they do best:
It really doesn’t matter what you or your team are good at, as long as you meet somewhere, have fun and improve Ubuntu in some way.
If your city is not listed consider organising your own event – it really doesn’t take much organisation and it should be a lot of fun. We have great documentation on how to organise such an event aaaaaaaand we have another great session on #ubuntu-classroom coming up which is probably going to answer all your questions.
New exciting things are added to the mix:
- new tasks to help you get started
- David Morley worked on fantastic Testing Jam documentation
- David Siegel added some Papercut documentation and bug list
- hour by hour more teams are adding their Jam details to the wiki!
Everybody is helping out and so should you! The Ubuntu Global Jam will be fantastic, so let’s all get our teams organised, the Jams prepared and make Ubuntu Karmic rock and roll!
I didn’t see much news about the Ubuntu Global Jam in the last time and in the Berlin team, we took a bit of a break from regular jams. In a few days the Ubuntu Berlin team is likely to meet again and talk about how we can best accomodate all kind of people who want to work on Ubuntu directly, becaues that’s essentially what an Ubuntu Jam is: working directly on Ubuntu, with a lot of local people, having lots of fun.
The Ubuntu Jams page is in a much better shape now, not just giving you general tips on how to best organise a Jam event, but also with added information about Bug Jams, Packaging Jams and Translations Jams (Doc Jams coming soon).
If you are interested and would like to organise a local event and don’t know how or if you have new crazy ideas, I have good news for you: we’ll meet tomorrow: Thursday, 20th August 18:00 UTC in #ubuntu-meeting to clarify and discuss all of this. Hope to see you there and hear your story!