Hanging out

I’ve been using Google+ Hangouts for a while and some of you might have seen that Jono posted some evidence of these. Mostly I just used them for team calls with a fixed agenda or to keep in touch with friends. Yesterday I did a free-for-all hangout, using the new “named hangout” feature of Google+. It’s basically like a chat room with a fixed URL, where you can discuss whatever is on your mind....

March 9, 2012 · 2 min · dholbach

Today is a good day!

Today is a good day to join Ubuntu development. Here’s your own, personal checklist: You like doing some detective work. Reading some docs or using the terminal does not scare you. You might have tinkered with some source code before. You love Ubuntu and want to help improve it! Here’s how we are going to help you: We have a bunch of friendly people on #ubuntu-motu on irc....

March 9, 2012 · 1 min · dholbach

Ubuntu Development: answering ALL your questions

As part of our Fix-It Fridays we saw many many new faces joining the #ubuntu-motu IRC channel which always has many helpful developers who are there to answer questions and help if you should get stuck. Still it seems like some feel uncomfortable asking questions or getting their feet wet in this forum. After some discussion we thought it might make sense to have an additional low-key event where you can show up, get to know everyone and ask whatever you have on your mind....

March 7, 2012 · 1 min · dholbach

Welcoming Monday

Welcoming Monday is a lot easier if you have a great weekend to look back to. 32 LoCo teams in 23 countries definitely had a great time at Ubuntu Global Jam. The Fix-It Friday activity continued for hours and I thought it’d be a nice idea to go through just a few bits that came in and showcase what exactly was done, so it becomes a bit clearer what all constitutes as a “fix” for Ubuntu 12....

March 5, 2012 · 2 min · dholbach

A great way to start the Ubuntu weekend

This is going to be a real Ubuntu weekend. Not only is Ubuntu Global Jam kicking off today, but there is also Fix-It Friday going on and the Linaro/ARM teams are having an ARM Porting Jam. If you always felt like getting more involved in Ubuntu, this weekend might be just the right opportunity. The Ubuntu Global Jam page lists a number of events in all parts of the world, on the list of countries there are: Egypt, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Australia, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Canada, Mexico, USA, Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago....

March 2, 2012 · 2 min · dholbach

Great things coming together

A lot of really great things are coming together right now: tomorrow we kick off Ubuntu Global Jam for the 12.04 cycle, additionally we will have Fix-It Friday tomorrow! The Ubuntu developer community is putting a lot of effort into this event. There will be experienced developers who take the time to answer all the questions you have, help you fix problems, review code for you, use the time to clear up the sponsoring queue....

March 1, 2012 · 1 min · dholbach

Hitting the ground running

Since I heard it, I always like the idiom “to hit the ground running”. There’s no really good German translation of it, but the thought of arriving somewhere, knowing what to do and how to do it definitely has its charm. In practical terms it’s often hard, especially if there’s complicated rules, tools and processes. I won’t deny that there’s an interesting learning experience involved if you want to get into Ubuntu development....

February 29, 2012 · 3 min · dholbach

We had a great Fix-It Friday!

WOW. So this was our first Fix-It Friday and there’s still a few to come until release. Here’s what we collectively got through: Dmitry Shachnev requested a sync for retext. Michael Hall added a quick list entry for geany. David Baucum added a quick list entry for smplayer. bcbc fixed a bug in wubi. Paolo Sammicheli merged acm. Rigved Rakshit fixed a bug in live-build. Barneedhar Vigneshwar fixed a bug in software-center....

February 24, 2012 · 1 min · dholbach

Fix It Friday!

Every Friday… …we hack together with you… …on Ubuntu. It’s no Rocket Science… …but rather a lot of fun! Join us and… …you’ll make lots of friends! Here’s what you need to do: Read the first few articles. Join us in #ubuntu-motu on irc.freenode.net on Friday. Have fun and start making Ubuntu better!...

February 23, 2012 · 1 min · dholbach

Weekly Ubuntu Development News

I have been writing weekly Ubuntu development updates for about one cycle now. As many seem to like these updates, it’s time to raise the bar a bit. As I can’t do this just on my own, I need your help. After some discussion with the Ubuntu News team, we agreed that development news can now be submitted to the ubuntu-news-team mailing list by simply sending a mail there with “[dev]” in the subject....

November 21, 2011 · 2 min · dholbach

Survey Summary: Getting involved with Ubuntu development

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....

November 1, 2011 · 1 min · dholbach

Planning Ubuntu 12.04

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....

October 26, 2011 · 3 min · dholbach

Ubuntu Packaging Guide - we need help!

The Ubuntu Packaging Guide has made a lot of progress since its inception and we have a bunch of great articles together already, which make it a lot easier for newcomers to get a sense of direction and find out how to use the tools. Some of us have been filing bug reports about it recently, and it’d be great to get them fixed and out there. If you are new to the packaging world, but still want to help out, just say so in your merge proposal and we give it another fact check....

October 19, 2011 · 2 min · dholbach

Getting involved with Ubuntu Development - how easy is it really?

You were always interested in Ubuntu Development and gave it a try already? Perfect! With Ubuntu 11.10 almost out the door, we started the planning of the 12.04 (precise) development cycle and we would love to know how well our documentation is known and working today, so we can see what we can improve. Please give us your feedback in this short survey - it just takes a few minutes (if you’re not trying to write a novel in reply)....

October 12, 2011 · 1 min · dholbach

Looking for feedback: Sponsorship Process

I have written about our sponsorship process loads of times already. When new contributors have no upload rights to Ubuntu yet, this process ensures that we get the code reviewed and included in Ubuntu. In the cases you branch a source package, make changes, push to Launchpad and propose a merge. The other alternative is to add a patch to a bug report and subscribe the sponsors team. Over the last few releases we improved documentation, tools and processes and got more people involved....

June 28, 2011 · 1 min · dholbach