Ubuntu 10.04 LTS: Free Culture Showcase Winners!

We have two heroes of Free Culture who will have their pieces of art released on the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS CDs. Without further ado let me present you the two winners of this cycle’s Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase and what they have to say about themselves, their work and Ubuntu:

Audio: Colin Ross – Frustration Blues

Colin Ross
Colin Ross

I’ve been playing music since my dad started training me in classical piano at 5, and I’ve been making a living playing music–sometimes just barely–since I was a teenager. These days I play original jazz, blues, and new age music, as well as a lot of classic jazz and blues: standards and a lot of early folk and American roots music (the kind of stuff, like Robert Johnson’s, that is part of the public domain every way except legally). I live in Reno, Nevada and tour regularly in the Northwest and the northern Rockies. I’m also increasingly involved in palliative care-using music to touch, comfort and entertain people who are dealing with pain, cognitive problems, and other challenges.

I’ve recorded 5 albums, including two with my band. Frustration Blues is from Refried Boogie, an album of original piano blues that I recorded in my home studio on my vintage Steinway in 2005. I’m really excited to have my work go out to so many people. Once I realized what the web is for, from an independent musician’s
perspecitive–finding new listeners and serving as an interactive business card to help book more and better gigs, rather than selling music to the masses–it’s really helped me move to a new phase of my career, where I get to play the kinds of music
*I* want to play, and earn an audience based on that (rather trying to fit into a “lounge act” mold or the like).

My son is the Ubuntu user and he put me up to this. But one thing I like about the Ubuntu philosophy is the same thing I like about the Internet, that it gives people the freedom to do what they want to do rather than what other people think they should be doing.

Video: Andrew Higginson – Ubuntu Is Humanity

Andrew Higginson
Andrew Higginson

Andrew lives in England and from a very young age was drawn to Ubuntu by a stroke of luck. Although he is only 16, he has been using Ubuntu and Free Software for 4 years, thanks to taking a risk and moving away from proprietary software – he has not looked back since. Andrew appreciates Free Software because it allows him to do great things with very little. This donation of time and energy in the form of Free Software is something that Andrew tries to pay back, whether it is through producing artwork and media, or through the small bit of Python coding here and there. Although Andrew is currently busy with GCSEs, however between exams he likes to (occasionally) write on his blog and move from project to project, helping wherever he can.

About the entry:
“I always try to contribute to the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase and not being any form of director or cinematographer myself, I try to experiment with new techniques, rather than going for ‘mouth-watering composition’ or ’emotional yet dramatic lighting’ (since I don’t know how to do these things!). This year I was inspired by a few videos I saw and I decided to create a video that had a simple message and used simple techniques. Well it looks like it turned out okay and so I hope you enjoy it!”

Thanks a lot to the jury and everybody who participated. You all ROCK!

Ubuntu participates in Google Summer of Code

A lot of you noticed already that Ubuntu is going to participate in Google’s Summer of Code!

This is an awesome opportunity for students learning more about open source development and life in a Linux distribution and for the open source world as a whole.

If you want to participate make sure you generally

As a mentor:

As a student:

And now over to a more selfish part of the blog post: I handed in a project idea myself, which will deal with Harvest. If you know quite a bit about Django and web design and want to work on a great tool that will make contributing to Ubuntu Development easier, get in touch with me. I’m sure we can make Harvest rock even harder.

Ubuntu Allstars

Since the beginning of time… ok since we have UDSes there was the tradition to have a party at the last evening of UDS. At UDS Prague for the first time ever Ubuntu Allstars came together and it ROCKed.

If YOU are coming to UDS in Brussels and you play an instrument, and are interested in rocking out, please join the Ubuntu Allstars team and the mailing list so you can join in on the discussion.

Upgrade Jams – made easy!

We’re all gearing up towards Ubuntu Global Jam and I LIKE IT! More and more teams are signing up in the LoCo Directory. Once you managed to find a venue, tell a few friends, you’re basically all set. the Jams page has all the information you need.

One thing I’d like to point out specifically is Upgrade Jams. They’re probably the most straight-forward way to help out. Just upgrade, test and report what you find. With Lucid becoming 10.04 we have another LTS that is going to be supported for for 3 years on the Desktop and 5 on the Server, so we’ll have a lot of people upgrading and installing it, so we want to make sure it’s all in tip-top shape. The upgrade process is part of the experience.

I love to say this: straight-forward just got easier. One problem you’ll have with an upgrade jam is that you need lots of bandwidth. If you don’t have that you might want to set up a proxy or mirror or cache or something. The easiest I could find is squid-deb-proxy (a new feature, by Michael Vogt, in Lucid).

Basically on the server (or cache machine) you run:
$ sudo apt-get install squid-deb-proxy

And on the client (where you do the upgrade) you run:
$ sudo apt-get install squid-deb-proxy-client


As this feature is not in karmic yet, I backported it:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dholbach/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update

and install squid-deb-proxy or squid-deb-proxy-client.

I found it too hard to backport for hardy (which we support upgrades to →lucid too), so for a hardy upgrade you will have to set up the proxy information in “System → Preferences → Network Proxy” manually.

This is going to be awesome! 🙂

Lucid’s Ubuntu Global Jam in Berlin!

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. 😀

Ubuntu Global Jam – what’s it all about?

You want to know what the  Ubuntu Global Jam is all about? It’s easy.

Any of the Ubuntu Jams is a session where people get together locally (yes, in real time and in a real place) and do something to make Ubuntu better and have lots of fun. At the Ubuntu Global Jam we are going to have lots and lots of different kinds of jams around the world for a whole weekend. Make sure you add 26th to 28th of March to you calendar.

Part of our menagerie of Jams are:

It just depends on what you really enjoy doing.

It doesn’t matter if it’s just you and your friends meeting at your house for a jam or if you get together a giant LoCo team to rock out and jam, in any case, we want you to add yourself here.

If you’re all new to organising jams, you might want to do one or more of the following:

Ubuntu Global Jam

There’s a lot of people planning their participation right now. If you’re not on the list yet, have a look what others are planning to get some inspiration:

Just hop on #ubuntu-locoteams on irc.freenode.net and discuss it there. At 21:00 UTC today (10th March) Jorge Castro will give a session about to run YOUR jam. Awesome!

More good docs here and here.

Harvest… successfully revived

I meant to blog about Harvest a long time earlier already. With the help of fantastic people like Paul Hummer, James Westby and Dave Walker, we got to the point were almost all of the ideas we wanted to have in the new design are implemented:

It’s going to be online soon, but there’s still a few things that would be nice to have resolved. If you know a bit about Django, Web UIs, python or want to dive right in, I’d appreciate your help with making Harvest rock.

  1. $ bzr branch lp:harvest
  2. $ less harvest/INSTALL
  3. follow instructions
  4. help make Harvest rock! 🙂

Best Lucid Feature: edit-patch

Did you ever have to deal with source packages and found the variety of patch systems simply mind-boggling? I certainly have.

Enter: the unstoppable Michael Vogt.

If you are running lucid and don’t have ubuntu-dev-tools installed, install it now. Forget about all the crazy stuff and incantations you might need for random patch system X, Y or Z (it supports cdbs, dpatch and quilt at the moment), just type:

edit-patch <name-of-patch>

and it will do the rest for you, even remind you do make use of the patch tagging guidelines.

Michael simply rocks! Give him a hug and if you find bugs in edit-patch, file them.