Archive for May, 2007


One link for today

May 11, 2007

I found a little link that people may find interesting. Great work everyone, I look forward to using your fine product.


For all you Firefox users

May 10, 2007

I was looking around on the Mozilla Planet and I came across a link for people to clean out their profiles. Remember you can help by testing iceape (which will go into the Gutsy Gibbon) by adding gnomefreak’s repositories. For everyone interested in firefox clue file mentoring which I blogged about earlier, I have not forgotten you. I am in the process of finishing my final examinations for the year and have to prioritize my interests. All is well though in the Ubuntu camp though, I expect to hear good news tomorrow 🙂


More IRC tips

May 3, 2007

In response to Aaron’s post about using IRC, I have a more tips about asking for help on IRC.

* Be polite- 99.9% of us are volunteers and cursing because nobody is answering a question is frustrating and makes us not want to help. Its not a requirement that we help you, we do it for the good of our soul, to give back, etc. At the very least, be polite.
* Use the appropriate channel. This goes along avoid flybys that Aaron said. We have many channel for lots of things: Kubuntu, Ubuntu Development, Mozilla Team, Desktop Effects (Beryl + Compiz people), Spanish, even channels for LoCos. Asking your question in the right place will help you get responses faster. This link may help
* Stay on topic – Good grief, nothing is more frustrating to see activity in a channel that is not related to the topic of the channel. For example, the topic for Kubuntu starts as “Kubuntu Support Channel”. The chatter channel is #kubuntu-offtopic where everything is on topic. I run Irssi and my screen tells me when a new message is show in the channel. Sometimes, I will toggle between development and support channel and it makes people want to help less when the channel is full of information about the latest Nvidia card or YouTube video exchanges or things not on topic.
* Know your system – Please know what release you are on and your hardware. Just for reference, use uname -a to learn about your system (kernel included), lsb_release -a to learn about your release (Feisty, Edgy etc), and lshw to learn about your hardware. lspci is another good command. We can help fix your wireless if we know what card you have.

Remember to say please and thank you as well. 🙂



May 3, 2007

Mentoring is now available on Launchpad. This is something recently published on The Fridge and in the latest release notes for LP. Here is a link for Mentoring Management as well. What this means is that somebody will help you work on a bug (usually a complicated / time extensive one) and to show you the ropes. This is a great idea that I support and helps us collaborate well as free software developers.

I have a bug open on Launchpad about mentoring. What I hope to do is help bring a person into the world of bugs, bughelper, and clue files. The Mozilla Team is looking to expand and bring in new people who are willing to work hard. You don’t have to be the neither the best coder nor an expert in anything, just willing to work. Since we need people (as the bugsquad needs people all the time) we are willing to help make you a good bug worker. Also, there has been a lot of development on clue files and searching has improved so I hope we can use it to our advantage. Please leave a comment if you are serious about this or mail the Mozilla Team at
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I think of all the latest DRM post, I enjoyed Jim Campbell’s most.