Archive for June, 2007



June 29, 2007

Today the GPL version 3 was released.

\o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/!! <- A crowd of happy hackers.

The full notes are found on the FSF webpage. Love it or hate it, the GPL is the most popular free software license in the world. It is one of the building blocks for great software like Ubuntu or Amarok or emacs etc etc.

To support the FSF, please consider supporting freedom and joining the FSF. Unfortunately, I have not joined yet, which I intent to do after I pay some bills (college is expensive), which makes me a bit of a hypocrite…gah.

I’ve donated to the FSF to give back for all they great work they do. I’m against saying you should…but you should 🙂

Today is a good day.


Not a long post, I swear.

June 28, 2007

So it appears that the Xubuntu release notes got finished in time. Many thanks go to Jim Campbell for helping me out. Speaking of Jim, the plan is for him and I to meet and hack on Xubuntu docs tomorrow (technically today). Should be a productive time.

It seems I can’t avoid Jim, because I will be seeing him again on Sunday at the Chicago Ubuntu LoCo meeting we are having. It will take place at College of Dupage and there is a lot of information on a wiki page . We will be joined by John Meinel of Bazaar fame, and Mario Limonciello who is not famous for anything yet :-). It should be a very rocking meeting and I hope quite a few people can make it.


Long post.

June 26, 2007

I was very fortunate to attend BarCamp Chicago this past weekend. Alas I had a prior commitment so couldn’t attend Sunday. However, Saturday was a few of the Chicago LoCo guys showing up (picture) . The talks very good, I especially enjoyed Tristian’s talk and I took furious notes. I was happy to hang out with the Chicago GNU/Linux User Group some more, I had been unable to do anything in Chicago because of school. It looks like the Chicago Tech scene is growing well. There was a bit of documentation hacking that went on but the atmosphere was more conducive to talking than hacking.

I learned a great deal about Foresight Linux: the dedication that team has to upstream collaboration is very cool and their package manager Conary is also very intriguing. As I understand it, Conary downloads and installs the diffs of a package, not a whole new file. There is also a local history to roll back versions, which is very neat. I wish I had been to the talk on Sunday.

I was able to give my talk on “Getting Involved in F/OSS software” which I felt went over well for having written it on short notice. It was very hard to see my notes in the darkness of the room and after a long day. I did feel that it went well but I wish I had more time, I had to squeeze it in because I didn’t want to give it at 9 pm (which I ended up doing). Nonetheless, there should be an ogg to download soon (i’ll post a link if I think it’s any good.)

Recently in the Ubuntu Forums, gnomefreak put up a Call for help for the Mozilla Team. We are looking for people to help the Mozilla Team in the following areas: Bug Triage, Fixing Bugs, Package Testers (we have preview archives for things like the most recent of Firefox 3 which need heavy testin), Wiki Maintenance, Bughelper Clue File Maintenance and general Quality Assurance. Please leave a comment in the Forum, on our Mailing List, or IRC channel #ubuntu-mozillateam and we can hack. Our current team is good but we could always use more eyes and keystrokes.

Lastly, I am excited for the Tribe 2 release of Xubuntu. The Release Note page has been created, but I will be editing it locally. Tribe 1 will be released ~Thursday.

As you may know, Xubuntu is the Ubuntu build with a light and small Desktop Environment. Our development team is also small but it could be bigger (in fact we want it to be). So if you are looking to get involved in a F/OSS project, consider joining the Xubuntu dev folks.

I conclude at that, I realize there are two calls for involvement in one post. but that’s okay with me. Thanks for reading, the next one will be shorter.


Short update

June 22, 2007

A long time ago, Melissa Draper wrote a blog about some of the hidden talents people have in the Open Source community. I left a comment about my skateboarding habits. So as most people may not know, yesterday was “National Go Skateboarding Day.” This was what I spent my Summer Solstice doing and it was a great time. I was unhappy that I was far too late to go to my appointment to do Documentation work and missed a meeting of the Mozilla Team, however I decided to take the day off. My apologies to Jim and the Mozilla Team.

Bughelper was patched with the latest states for Launchpad which only took about a day. This is a good thing.

I have to start thinking about my presentation on Saturday at BarCamp Chicago. Its titled “Getting started in F/OSS projects” and should be good.

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Crazy times

June 19, 2007

I’ve had an eventful last few days. I was able to attend a tech talk being hosted by Google which was very interesting. The talk about SVN was pretty good. I was able to meet some more of the Chicago GNU/Linux user group. I’ve hung out with the LoCo guys a bit but its nice to get to know the GLUG people more.

This weekend will be BarCamp Chicago 2007 which is looking to be a very cool event. I will be giving a talk about getting involved in Free / Open Source projects (my focus will be Ubuntu because its what I know) and I have to build up for it. It should be interesting.

Lastly, my main computer (omg-gnus) went down last night. I think it was the motherboard that failed. I was able to switch HDDs with my brother’s computer and now I have a working Linux system with my information. Nevertheless, it seems I have to find a back up solution. My plan is to test out my components and possibly sell them off. I have been looking to replace my tower with a laptop so I can do things like write during long trips and meet in cafes to develop. Hopefully this is a mixed blessing.


Mentoring update.

June 12, 2007

A few months ago, right around the time that the Launchpad beta page introduced mentoring, I wrote post about an offer to mentor. I put a bug report up on Launchpad and got some great responses. I emailed away everyone who had an email address that was interested and did get one person who stayed interested. As I examined myself as a mentor, I feel I did a good job (someone ask Jen becuase I’m afraid of the answer 🙂 .) More importantly, I feel this type of collaboration should be going on in the community. In many ways, I stayed around in the community because Richard (a.k.a. nixternal) helped me get started on bugs, contribute to the LoCo and more or less show me the ropes. Jono Bacon once said something in his Herding Cats talk something to the effect of “putting a webpage up and contact information doesn’t build community, it just gives people a place to look.” Not his exact words, I listened to the talk several months ago, but its true. The pages we have for bug work give us a good guide but they don’t really help build a great team rather they give the team guidelines. Having an IRC channel won’t make a team great, but rather collaborating and working hard while enjoying themselves will.

Anyways, back to mentoring. Mentoring is a great way to help bring someone in and make them familiar with what they are doing. My post about bughelper might be a good start but it won’t answer all the questions Jen may have had while writing the clue file for Firefox. Only over several hours of Q & A spread over a few weeks was she able to understand better the details of what we were doing. The result we (mostly Jen with my guidance) were able to build a clue file that originally took about 3 crashes to one that looked for over 25. We probably won’t have to touch the clue file for a while, unless it is to take fixed bugs out and should help our work flow a better. Today, I ran across a bug and asked Jen to build a new clue file and she went ahead and did it. So now dansguardian has a new clue file, and bughelper-data should benefit from it. Now there are more people working toward the greater good. Mentoring works.


Tribe 1 Released!

June 7, 2007

Ubuntu and its related projects released Tribe 1 today. Martin Pitt sent a nice long email to the Ubuntu developers announcement mailing list about the release. Feel free to read up on that for more detail.

Release note are available for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu.

If you want to download the CD, disc images are available for Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Xubuntu.

Be warned that these discs are not stable. They should not be installed by someone not comfortable with fixing broken systems or anyone who needs a stable machine. If you are interested in testing Ubuntu, reporting and fixing bugs or using the bleeding edge, these images may be for you. Welcome to Tribe 1.