Survey Summary: Getting involved with Ubuntu development
November 1, 2011
Some weeks ago, I asked for feedback in a survey about Ubuntu development. Particularly, how well we reach out and how Ubuntu development is generally perceived were focus points of the survey. The great thing is: we had ~350 people replying and we have lots of great feedback and ideas in the results. You can download the summary (including all the answers) here. Let’s use all the feedback to make Ubuntu development even easier.
Planning Ubuntu 12.04
October 26, 2011
I love planning a new Ubuntu release. It’s a great experience to take a few steps back and look at the biggest challenges and opportunities in your area of interest and try to identify the most promising. Personally, I want us to get better at involving interested Ubuntu users in the development process. We have gotten better and better over the years, but there’s still things we can do better. The fantastic answers in the survey I announced recently helped a lot to see the issues more clearly.
Stories and saying thanks
November 30, 2011
Don’t you love it when you get contributions to your project when you didn’t expect them at all? By reaching out to contributors, thanking them and welcoming them to the Ubuntu community you do a lot to encourage them and help them integrate into your team more quickly. Generally I feel this is part of our culture already. Discussions at UDS indicated what we probably could do better is: do this even more, try to be more personal, talk about it more, because it encourages others and motivates others who might still be a bit unsure about getting their feet wet, generally talk more about what we’re doing and what’s going on, to explain where you need help.