Ubuntu Developer Week kicks off today

Today is a very special day. I’m sure that if you live in the Northern hemisphere you can feel it already: Spring is right around the corner. In addition to that it’s one of the most awesome weeks of the release cycle: It’s Ubuntu Developer Week! The best thing of it is: you haven’t missed anything of it yet. Today is day 1! Let’s have a look at the schedule together and see what’s cooking today:...

February 28, 2011 · 2 min · dholbach

Ubuntu Development videocast is back

I took a bit of a break from videocasts because I got busy with other stuff, but from now on I’ll try hard to be more regular with the shows. :) What I’ll talk about today is the upcoming Ubuntu Developer Week, how to best go about fixing bugs in Ubuntu and lots of other bits and pieces that have been happening in the last few weeks. If you have any other things you want me to talk about, register at ustream....

February 24, 2011 · 1 min · dholbach

More feedback from Ubuntu Dev first timers

Here’s another story from the land of new Ubuntu Development contributors. I had a conversation with Nicola Ferralis. Nicola had worked on a number of packages and had this to say: Dear Daniel, Thanks very much for your note. If you don’t mind, let me give you my perspective on the Ubuntu development from a user perspective. I started off as a simple user. It took me some time to figure things out, namely, deb packaging....

February 18, 2011 · 3 min · dholbach

More feedback from Ubuntu Dev first timers

Continuing the story from first timers in Ubuntu Development, here is what Weston Miller has to say: I’d say overall the process was simple and enjoyable. The IRC channels were very welcoming and were where I gleaned the most help for the fix committing procedure and any other snags. The only place that I would say needs improvement is the bug identification process. I was unable to find any simple process to easily identify simple bugs I could resolve except by triaging them myself....

February 16, 2011 · 2 min · dholbach

Get ready for Ubuntu Developer Week

Go check your calendar… if you have no concrete plans for the time from Monday 28th February until Friday 4th March yet, make sure you add a note in your calendar. It’s Ubuntu Developer Week again. If you haven’t been to an Ubuntu Developer Week yet, no problem. This is how it works: it is a week full of one-hour sessions on IRC, where various topics around Ubuntu development are presented, sometimes in the form of talks, sometimes in the form of seminars, where instructions for hands-on training are given over IRC....

February 11, 2011 · 2 min · dholbach

Feedback from Ubuntu Dev first timers

Jono sort of stole my thunder on this one, but here’s a bit more detail about what I’m doing and why it’s really exciting. :-) At our last sprint in Dallas, after some discussion Jono gave me the advice to actively start reaching out to new contributors. I set up a list of people who just got their first change uploaded to the Ubuntu archive. I wonder why I didn’t have the idea earlier, but it’s great!...

February 7, 2011 · 2 min · dholbach

Ubuntu Packaging Guide

If you ever were interested in Ubuntu Development, I’m sure you came across the Ubuntu Packaging Guide. It served us well, but it became harder and harder to maintain. Because some parts are used in other wiki articles as well, we are making heavy use of includes, some other parts are slightly confusing as well. We had a long discussion at UDS and came up with a plan. The idea was to write the articles in a task-based manner....

February 4, 2011 · 2 min · dholbach

Interviewing Jani, Michael and Oliver

As part of the Ubuntu Development videocast, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Jani Monoses, Michael Vogt and Oliver Grawert yesterday. We are all together here in Dallas and I successfully managed to drag them out of meetings and away from work and talk to them about Ubuntu Development and how they got involved. Unfortunately we kind of messed this up. Up until 8 minutes, 10 seconds you will only be able to see us gesturing, there’s no sound....

January 14, 2011 · 1 min · dholbach

Dallas Video cast special

It’s been a while since the last Ubuntu Development video cast. This week I’m in Dallas with a lot of other Ubuntu developers, so it’s a great opportunity to talk to them, find out what they’re working on and what their take on Ubuntu development and getting involved with it is. If you want to find out more about Natty and Ubuntu Development in general, tune in 13th January, 22:00 UTC ¹ - yep, one hour after the show of Translations mastermind David Planella....

January 12, 2011 · 1 min · dholbach

Christmas video cast

As I mentioned earlier, today I’m working with Ara, Matthias, Michael and Yaiza at Büro 2.0 and we just finished a very funny video cast together. Matthias ‘doko’ Klose made sure to arrive AFTER the video cast was done, but rest assured he can not evade. In recompensation he brought Father Christmas hats, so to you here’s from the Canonical Berlin team: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 16, 2010 · 1 min · dholbach

Video cast Christmas special

Normally I would’ve done the next video cast next week, but with slowly approaching Christmas everybody has probably better things to do than watching Daniel rambling on about Ubuntu Development. So we’ll instead do the “Christmas special” this week. Tomorrow, 16th December, 12:00 UTC. This time I won’t be sitting at home in front of bookshelves, but I’ll be at Büro2.0, Berlin’s fantastic Open Source coworking place. I’ve been working from there for about a year now and I love it....

December 15, 2010 · 1 min · dholbach

Below the magic 40

I’m incredibly happy with how the patch pilot programme is working out. We’ve been making steady progress at reducing the number of items up for review. Looking at the sponsoring queue there are still a few older items that we should clear out. I’m convinced it would make us feel better about the state of things and make it easier for us to stay on top things. Old patches often don’t apply any more, require more work, etc....

December 14, 2010 · 1 min · dholbach

"Getting Set Up" videocast

In last week’s videocast we talked about “getting set up” for Ubuntu Development. Everybody had a gpg key, ssh key, all the tools, a pbuilder and settings in Launchpad sorted out afterwards, which was great. If you want to have a look at the video again, you can do so. Up until now I didn’t find a good way to show links/terminal output yet. Are there any suggestions to do this in a better way?...

December 13, 2010 · 1 min · dholbach

Ubuntu development screencast: tune in!

Thursday, 9th December at 16:00 UTC* I’ll be online with another installment of “Ubuntu Development with Daniel Holbach”. If you haven’t seen the last session yet, I’d encourage you to do so, it was an introduction to Ubuntu Development. This time we’ll talk about getting set up for Ubuntu development. I’ll show you how to install all necessary tools configure them correctly introduce yourself to the Ubuntu infrastructure On ustream there’s a chat window next to the video, but you can only participate in the discussion if you sign up....

December 8, 2010 · 1 min · dholbach

Pointers to making Ubuntu better

So you like Ubuntu, enjoy “making things work again”, like to work with others, don’t mind reading a bit of documentation, you’re exactly the person we need. If you were always wondering “what can I work on?” I suggest you have a look at http://harvest.ubuntu.com/opportunities/. If you have a look at the page you’ll see that it’s divided into two parts: on the left side you can control which kind of development opportunities are shown: you can limit the results to packages (or package sets) and to certain types of opportunities....

December 1, 2010 · 2 min · dholbach