Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day

It’s 20th November 2016, so today marks another Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day. The idea for the event was put together by Ahmed Shams in 2011 and it’s simple but brilliant: once a year (at least), take the time to thank some specific people for their work in Ubuntu. As I’m at UbuCon Europe this weekend, it’s incredibly easy to pick somebody whose work I’m grateful for. Today I’d like to thank all the event organisers in the Ubuntu world....

November 20, 2016 · 1 min · dholbach

I Am Who I Am Because Of Who We All Are

I read the “We Are Not Loco” post a few days ago. I could understand that Randall wanted to further liberate his team in terms of creativity and everything else, but to me it looks feels the wrong approach. The post makes a simple promise: do away with bureaucracy, rename the team to use a less ambiguous name, JFDI! and things are going to be a lot better. This sounds compelling....

November 24, 2014 · 3 min · dholbach

Making it easier for LoCos to share news/stories

The idea At the last Ubuntu Online Summit, we had a session in which we discussed (among other things) the idea to make it easier for LoCo teams to share news, stories, pictures, events and everything else. A lot of great work is happening around the world already, but a lot of us don’t get to hear about it. I took an action item to schedule a meeting to discuss the idea some more....

June 27, 2014 · 1 min · dholbach

Got any plans for the weekend?

This weekend (4-6 April) the Ubuntu community is celebrating another Ubuntu Global Jam! The goal, as always, is to get together as a team and make Ubuntu better, get people involved and have fun. In the past we all focused on packaging, fixing bugs, translations, documentation and testing. The most recent addition to the mix are App Dev School events. The goal of App Dev Schools is to have a look at developing apps for Ubuntu together....

April 2, 2014 · 2 min · dholbach

Teaching Ubuntu App Development

At the vUDS in November we talked about having events where local communities could learn more about app development for Ubuntu for the first time. Since then we have come a long way: We have some really nice materials set up. The first events were held in a number of places around the world. We got feedback and improved our docs. Before the Ubuntu Global Jam and the release parties for 14....

March 24, 2014 · 3 min · dholbach

Parabéns e muito obrigado!

I’m particularly happy to announce that the Brazilian team managed to get their translation of the Ubuntu Packaging Guide up to more than 70% of completion, which is the magic threshold to get it accepted and posted on developer.ubuntu.com. This means that our current list of available languages is: English Spanish (99%) Russian (85%) Brazilian Portuguese (74%) You can view the individual forms of the Packaging Guide in Brazilian Portuguese here:...

March 19, 2013 · 2 min · dholbach

The Packaging Guide finally does speak Spanish

We have achieved a huge milestone in the development community. For years we wanted translatable packaging and development documentation. It’s there. If you head to http://developer.ubuntu.com/packaging/ you can see the following: The Ubuntu Packaging Guide (Spanish) – would you like to learn how to package or become an Ubuntu Developer? Here’s a comprehensive, topic-base guide that explores and describes the main concepts of packaging. It is available as a single HTML page (Spanish), a PDF document (Spanish), or in EPUB format (for eBook readers) (Spanish)....

December 5, 2012 · 2 min · dholbach

Making Ubuntu better: the Italian team

From 2nd-4th March 2012 we will hold an Ubuntu Global Jam again. This is an event where Ubuntu teams around the world come together, meet locally and together make Ubuntu better. We have a number of events and teams already lined up, among them: the Italian team. I had a chat with Andrea Grandi and Paolo Sammicheli, here’s how they organised everything. How did you organise the event? Paolo Sammicheli: Andrea is the president of the Pistoia LUG....

February 21, 2012 · 3 min · dholbach

Django App for Team Reports

At UDS Natty in one session we talked about our current team reporting infrastructure in the Ubuntu community. Some participants explained that they found it hard to use and set up and that it required the user to be familiar with the wiki markup, etc. There were lots of ideas kicking around like have a nice and small web app that had some kind of wysiwyg editor allow sorting by month/year, team, team category have public and private reports (for boards that report to another governance board) have irc bots feed actions into the web app etc....

November 1, 2010 · 1 min · dholbach

Open Source People Appreciation Day, ctd.

During my holidays I made it, among other beautiful stops, to the wonderful city of Esfahan. While I was there, Software Freedom Day was being celebrated at the University of Esfahan. I met Ehsan Shahrokhi a day earlier and he gave me the opportunity to give a brief talk at SFD. Like all the other experiences I made in the country, it was absolutely fantastic. Everybody was incredibly welcoming, everybody was extremely friendly, very helpful and just wonderful....

October 1, 2010 · 2 min · dholbach

What I do

In the first weeks when I started contributing to the Ubuntu community about six years ago, I was constantly amazed at a number of things: how friendly, encouraging and motivating people were: in a very short time I made lots of friends, people who are always there for me and I’d always be there for (extended family :-) - kind of) how much I learned in a very short period of time (a state of constant “a-ha!...

August 31, 2010 · 4 min · dholbach

Ubuntu Berlin Jam

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. :-D 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....

August 24, 2010 · 2 min · dholbach

Next weekend: Ubuntu Global Jam

If you haven’t registered your Ubuntu Global Jam event yet, do it now! As you all know loads of teams around the globe meet this weekend and do great Ubuntu and Open Source work together. Ubuntu Jams are all about making Ubuntu and the open source world in general rock even harder. No matter which part of it you’re interested, be it Translations, Testing, QA work, Packaging, Docs or anything else, we want you to have fun with your local team!...

August 24, 2010 · 1 min · dholbach

Ubuntu Global Jam… state of things.

Guess who has all registered for the fun already: 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!...

August 10, 2010 · 1 min · dholbach

Awesome work others have done

I wanted to follow up on Jorge’s great blog post for a longer while already. He said: Lately I think we’ve gotten in a collective funk of “here’s what I think about this.” followed by “Oh yeah, well here’s what I think of that”, and “Allow me to retort!” and then getting stuck in a rabbit hole of distractions. So screw that, let’s share some stories[…] Needless to say: Jorge is spot on!...

August 10, 2010 · 2 min · dholbach