March 10, 2009

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Packaging Training

Nicolas Valcárcel and I just had a quick discussion about regular Packaging Training sessions. Based on the experience with the past MOTU Q&A sessions and Ubuntu Developer Week and Ubuntu Open Week sessions, we’d like to propose the following idea and invite developers who are keen to train and help getting new developers started.

  • Have weekly one-hour sessions in #ubuntu-classroom that consist of a short demonstration and offer plenty of time to ask all kind of questions.
  • Have multilingual developers in #ubuntu-classroom-chat-{de,es,fr,it,..} who can answer questions for those newcomers that are not too familiar with the English language yet.
  • Rotate the time, eg. 1st week 6:00 UTC, 2nd week 12:00 UTC, 3rd week 18:00 UTC, 4th week 0:00 UTC.
  • Have a blog on planet that announces the next session (topic and if any preparation is required).
  • Make use of https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PackagingGuide/Recipes and expand it as we move on.
  • Ask participants to either add topic requests to a wiki page or mail one of the organisers.
  • Add your idea here.

What makes use believe that this might work out well:

  • success of UDW and UOW sessions, especially the multilingual ones
  • initiative spread on more shoulders
  • very short sessions, so no too big burden to prepare them
  • regularity

Please let Nicolas and me know if you’d be interested in participating in the effort and please add comments with your feedback.


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