Archive for June, 2007

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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.

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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.

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Xubuntu Tribe 1

June 6, 2007

The Xubuntu Tribe 1 release page has been finished (I’ll link to it when Tribe 1 has been released) and Gutsy is looking very nice so far. However, the Xubuntu project does need help. The Tribe 1 page took me a few hours to create and with many more hands it could have been finished in a fraction of the time. Writing the document was not particularly intense, it was tedious. So if any writers or reviewers want to volunteer to help the Xubuntu marketing effort, please drop me a comment or an email.

Secondly, I am supposed to lead an overhaul of the Xubuntu website however I’m not particularly proficient in Drupal, so if someone who likes that sort of thing wants to help, please let me know as well. I’ll be looking at options we have and talking to the other developers shortly about this. I’m not calling all the shots…yet 🙂

Lastly, the ISO testing for Xubuntu is being lead by Jim Campbell once again. He has recently emailed the Xubuntu developers a call to testing. If you have wanted to get involved with Ubuntu, testing releases is a great way. If you have a spare machine to test on, that would be a great way to test. Or you can run the .iso in a Virtual Machine, you may still find a bug (actual installs are preferred however).

So, ways to help Xubuntu: Writing / Reviewing. Webpage redesign. Test CDs.

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Bughelper + Clue Files

June 1, 2007

Ubuntu has a lot of open bugs. According to the latest Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter there are over 30450 open bugs. Gheez, that is a lot. So I have written a very long blag about a bug tool we have, bughelper and its practical applications in the world of bugsquashing.

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