Another fantastic release out. Loads of great new features and loads of amazing and hard work done by a lot of teams. Thanks a lot everybody! You ROCK! I’m proud to work with all of you!

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Sharing knowledge

Our community has loads of incredibly clever people. Most of them spent years working in the Open Source world and have a lot of experience solving problems and handling all kinds of tools.

We need to get much better at passing on that knowledge. Whenever I’m visiting a friend who does something with Open Source chances are high that I’ll be all “OMG, I didn’t know you could do XYZ so easily!!!”

The reason we started the Packaging Training initiative is because we want to solve these and other problems. The idea behind this was easy:

  • at least one session once a week
  • rotate times, so everybody around the globe can participate
  • no pressure, if it’s just a short demo with time for Q&A afterwards, that’s cool
  • keep logs around for later on
  • have channels where new contributors (who are not 100% familiar with English) can ask questions in their mother tongue

In the past we had fantastic sessions and people from all kinds of teams presenting. Here a few examples:

If you ever found yourself in situtations like these: 1) Somebody is totally excited you told them about some tool that is one of your favourite in your toolbox, 2) You think “Why don’t people use XYZ instead of ABC? It’s much easier!”, make sure you talk to us. Please share your secret of success. ūüôā

If you’re interested in helping with the coordination of Packaging Training, we want you too. This is what we do:

  • Find new speakers, for four talks a month.
  • Announce them here.
  • Collect logs.

Interested? Want to help out? Talk to us.

Summer of Code 2010: Accepted Ubuntu projects

Google just announced the projects that were accepted. So what’s next?

If your project is on the list, you’re now entering the community bonding period (until May 24th). This means that you’re not expected to hack on the project right now, but get to know the project and how it works. This is how Google puts it: “Rather than jumping straight into coding, you’ve¬†got some time to learn about your organization’s processes – release and¬†otherwise – developer interactions, codes of conduct, etc. We also¬†figured it would be easier to socially engage with your fellow¬†developers when the pressure to ship isn’t looming in your vision. I¬†know few folks who didn’t lurk in a project’s IRC channel for weeks or¬†even months before submitting their first patch, let alone saying hello¬†and getting to know the other folks in the channel.”

If you’re a mentor or student, make sure you read this:¬†

Here’s the Ubuntu Summer of Code projects that were accepted by Google.

  • The Great Clipboard Fixing Galore Project
    Student: Sarah Strong
    Mentor: Ted Gould
  • Android U1: Ubuntu One client for Android
    Student: Michal Karnicki
    Mentor: Stuart Langridge
  • services-admin configuration and Upstart-ification
    Student: Jacob Peddicord
    Mentor: David Bensimon
  • Harvest user interface improvements
    Student: Dylan McCall
    Mentor: Daniel Holbach
  • USB-creator Improvements
    Student: Dmitrijs Ledkovs
    Mentor: Evan Dandrea
  • Home user backup solution/Deja Dup improvements
    Student: Urban Skudnik
    Mentor: Michael Terry
  • Bug Triaging Improvements for Launchpad/Arsenal
    Student: Kamran Khan
    Mentor: bryce harrington
  • Ubuntu One for the KDE workspace
    Student: Harald Sitter
    Mentor: Jonathan Riddell
  • Testdrive Front End
    Student: Andres Rodriguez Lazo
    Mentor: Dustin Kirkland
  • Software Center Improvements
    Student: Peter Gardenier
    Mentor: Matthew Thomas

Regional Membership Boards need YOU

We are going to extend the nomination period for the Regional Membership Boards Asia/Oceania and EMEA until Friday 30th April 12:00 UTC. (The Americas Board is all set in terms of nominations.)

On 2010-05-05 the terms of the following members of the Regional Membership Boards will end:

  • Asia/Oceania: Andi Darmawan, Emmet Hikory, Luke Yelavich,¬†Melissa Draper, Robert Collins, Zak B. Elep,¬†ŗģÜŗģģŗģĺŗģöŗĮćŗģöŗĮĀ (amachu)
  • EMEA: Alan Pope, Dennis Kaarsemaker, Mark Van den Borre,¬†Matthew Helmke, St√©phane Graber, Szilvester Farkas

You can either nominate yourself or somebody else. Please add some information about yourself to the mail. (Expiring members can be re-nominated too.)

To nominate, please send a mail to the board you are nominating for. Try to explain your nomination. All nominations will be forwarded to the Community Council who will make the final decision.

  • ubuntu-membership-board-emea at
  • ubuntu-membership-board-asia-oceania at

We have the following requirements for nominees:

  • be an Ubuntu member
  • be confident that you can judge contributions to various parts of¬†our community
  • be available during typical meeting times of the board in question
  • insight into the culture(s) and typical activities within a¬†geographic region covered by the board is a plus

Here a slightly longer version that explains a bit better what kind of community members we are looking for: Those sitting on membership boards are people who are insightful. They are current Ubuntu Members with a proven track record of activity in the community. They have shown themselves over time to be able to work well with others and display the positive aspects of the Ubuntu Code of Conduct. They should be people who can discern character and judge contribution quality without emotion while engaging in an interview/discussion that communicates interest, a welcoming atmosphere, and which is marked by humanity, gentleness, and kindness. Even when they must deny applications, they should do so in such a way that applicants walk away with a sense of hopefulness and a desire to return with a more complete application rather than feeling
discouraged or hurt.

Thanks in advance to you and thanks a lot also to the dedication everybody put into their jobs as board members.

Bugs with patches, and how to get them sorted out

We have a lot of open bugs with patches.

There are many many reasons for this:

  • Some of the patches are just random files and not real patches.
  • Some of the patches change huge amounts of code and nobody wanted to make the call “this is good to go into Ubuntu” yet.
  • In some cases it’s not clear where the patch came from.
  • etc.

We are going to attack this problem soon and Nigel Babu and others spearheaded the effort by putting the “Ubuntu Reviewers Team” in place and setting up a process how best to handle those patches.

For May 5th we are planning to have a Patch Day and I’m sure that over time we’ll refine the process and how the team works.

For now we’d need your help reviewing the docs and testing the review procedure. Please give nigelbabu at ubuntu dot com (or me – dholbach at ubuntu dot com) feedback about your experience with the process or your questions about the procedure.

You can also have a chat with us in #ubuntu-reviews on

Lucid Parties

Ubuntu: For Desktops, Servers, Netbooks and in the cloud

In just a few days we’ll see another member of the Ubuntu menagerie to the door: the Lucid Lynx. Time for us to celebrate our good work as a team.

If you’ve never run a release party before, check this guide out. It should make a lot of things a lot clearer.

Once you and your team are clear on where to have the party, who to invite and what to do, head to the LoCo Directory and add the venue and the event there. Party people will be able to comment the event and add their RSVP information.

Awesome! I’m looking forward to seeing lots of parties from all around the globe on there. Seems like there’s 14 already registered, I’m sure there’s a bit more possible. ūüôā

Regional Membership Boards!

One thing I always loved about the Ubuntu community is that whatever you did to contribute to Ubuntu, you could become an Ubuntu member and be part of the big circle of friends quite easily. In the earlier days of the Ubuntu project the Community Council was handling the approval of Ubuntu membership and I loved meetings where you heard inspiring stories of what people had contributed to Ubuntu.

Over time those meetings, inspiring as they were, got a bit long. It got up to four hours every now and then. That’s why we set up the Regional Membership Boards who take care exlusively of membership approval and they are doing fantastic work.

Now the first term of many of the RMB members is coming to an end.

  • Americas: Cody A.W. Somerville, Elizabeth Krumbach, Mike Basinger,¬†Pedro Villavivencio, Richard Johnson
  • Asia/Oceania: Andi Darmawan, Emmet Hikory, Luke Yelavich,Melissa Draper, Robert Collins, Zak B. Elep,¬†ŗģÜŗģģŗģĺŗģöŗĮćŗģöŗĮĀ (amachu)
  • EMEA: Alan Pope, Dennis Kaarsemaker, Mark Van den Borre,¬†Matthew Helmke, St√©phane Graber, Szilvester Farkas

We’re looking for new members! (Old members are welcome to re-apply too.)

If you are interested in helping those boards out, read this post carefully and send your RMB an email:

  • ubuntu-membership-board-emea at
  • ubuntu-membership-board-asia-oceania at
  • ubuntu-membership-board-americas¬†at

Being passionate about some things

If you like Open Source software you’ll very quickly find your attention drawn towards certain projects, certain packages, certain tools and pieces that make the Open Source world so great. I guess there’s only a very few people who find themselves attracted to *everything* and treat *everything* with the same attention.

If you were always wondering, how you can help the Open Source world and help Ubuntu, here’s an idea: there’s millions of users of Open Source software (most use one of the big distributions), there’s thousands of Open Source projects. What would you think about acting as a tie between the two gigantic groups.

It’s exactly why we set up the “Adopt-An-Upstream” initiative. We want you to act as a tie between an Upstream project and Ubuntu and its users. We both have a lot to gain from each other and together we make the lifes of a lot of users a lot easier.

So if you already

  • read changelogs of an upstream project
  • are addicted to blog posts about your favourite piece of software
  • build the newest upstream source regularly
  • know bug numbers of the projects by heart
  • (or if you’re on the way to saying YES! to at least one of the above)

we want you. is an excellent guide to finding out how to be an ambassador, a tie, a bridge, call-it-what-you-want between two projects.

Help us out! Stay awesome! Make the world a better place!