Archive for July, 2007


Getting on the ball with Xubuntu Docs

July 28, 2007

While I sit and waiting for my coffee to get ready, I decided to update. I have plans to meet up with Jim Campbell again today to hack on Xubuntu docs. The Documentation Team has a lot of interest in mentoring and building a more extensive, comprehensive documentation for the end user. Xubuntu fits into in an interesting way: it is a small build with limited packages installed by default and as such the documentation needs to reflect this. At the same time, we want to provide enough documentation for the end-user to expand their system if they wish. The doc work is going slow as Jim and I are both learning DocBook/XML and its looking like we have learned enough to build momentum. The main idea behind this release is to move Xubuntu toward Topic-Based Help and making sure it is all set up.

On another note, I plan to start and finish up the Mozilla help article that I wrote about earlier. The SUMO initiative is going online in about a week so I want to make sure it is finished up by Tuesday.


The Chicago LoCo rocks.

July 26, 2007

This is what one of our guys put on his plates after he moved to Virginia:

Kubuntu FTW


Link + Story of the Day

July 26, 2007

The reason I was so happy to see Dell offering systems preloaded with Ubuntu was their commitment to improving the state of drivers. Well apparently Dell, like the most of us, want improved ATI drivers. I want them open-sourced but I won’t hold my breath.

One day I volunteered to help a project because I really liked the project and improve it. I got a nice email from the project leader who asked for my information, they sent me a free shirt for helping the project out. I won’t say which one because my point is that you never know who is looking out for its contributors. It was a nice surprise to be given something in return for work, I honestly didn’t expect anything in return. Well I got my teeshirt today and now I have two of them from the same project.

I recently changed the look of my web page. It looks nice imho and I have to say the WordPress community has been really helpful to me when I’ve asked questions in their IRC channel (#wordpress on Their help makes me want to stay on WP for a long time.



July 24, 2007

I was recently called an “Ubuntu Fanboy” in a recent blog post which dealt with my experience with Windows Vista. The commenter among other things said I wasn’t looking hard enough, misleading people about XP not being supported, and an Ubuntu fanboy. Well in subsequent comments I clarified that there weren’t any computers Online, we can’t find any that we are happy with (direct quote). In the post I forgot to mention that I wasn’t the only one looking, my best friend also couldn’t find anything we liked. I also mentioned that there are a few vulnerabilities that are open in XP (such as the recent security vulnerability that caused for the release of Firefox which affects IE. Leaving a computer vulnerable to attack is not “support” in my point of view, so I think my point is still valid. But this isn’t me versus Vista and I wasn’t creating lies to make Ubuntu look better, in fact I written before that I dislike the us versus Windows mentality.

Yet, I can’t help but be slightly disturbed by the idea of being called a fan boy of Ubuntu. Do I consider myself a fanboy? Wikipedia says “Fanboys remain loyal to their particular obsession, disregarding any factors that differ from their point of view.” But I don’t think this is true, I see some uses for Windows, I know several people who refuse to let go of Windows for their games, Mathmatica, Photoshop, AutoCAD etc etc. Sure there are some free replacements but have you ever really tried to run Mathmatica-replacements instead of the real thing? So no, I don’t consider myself a fanboy but I do consider myself a strong proponent of Ubuntu. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m here for the community. Aptitude is nice, but I can use Debian. 6-month based releases are nice, but plenty of projects do regular releases as well. The community really seals the deal and is the reason for the wild success of Ubuntu. People seem to think in some way we are just mindless drones that just talk about Ubuntu, work on Ubuntu, write Digg posts about Ubuntu etc. Well thats true to a point but we aren’t mindless :-). There are some great minds at work cranking out great tools like Migration Assistant which is what people want, its tools like this that make people go crazy on Digg. So do I consider myself a fanboy? No. But I’m also not blind to what we I see around us, I see a ton of people excited about our work because there is a lot to be excited about. I’m thinking some people are just haters that can’t stand to see Ubuntu in the news day in and day out. I can sympathize to a point because I used to be like that (circa Breezy) but I doubt these people really give Ubuntu a chance to experience why its on everybody’s lips. Some people like Gentoo, some people like Foresight Linux, some people like Debian, and a lot of people like Ubuntu. I primarily care about GNU, KDE, and Linux. Whichever flavor people chose is all good to me.


Help Upstream!

July 22, 2007

I was reading the Mozilla Planet and it seems the good folks over there were looking to create a simplified version of their knowledge base called SUMO in an effort to make unified documentation for the community. While they have quite a bit of support, as I understand, the goal is to make a centralize location for community support. So what they did was call for volunteers for 62 articles and had gotten 28 of the articles assigned. Being the good contributor that I am, I signed up for one article on the Article Tracker and I suggest all you Mozilla heavy-weights do the same. Sure its only one article but I have have a lot of things going on right now in my life plus I am directing my documentation efforts toward Xubuntu (I swear my patches will start coming in soon).