Ask Mark, Wednesday, 23 November, 1500UTC
Every Ubuntu Open Week we have a session called “Ask Mark”, where Mark Shuttleworth answers questions from the community in IRC.
Due to scheduling conflicts this didn’t happen last Open Week, so we’re holding a special standalone event on IRC where people can ask Mark questions.
Ask Mark will take place in #ubuntu-classroom at 1500UTC on Freenode. You’ll need to join that channel, and #ubuntu-classroom-chat, where you will ask questions, which will then get passed onto a bot and onto Mark.
Some tips for asking questions:
- Mark operates at a macro level of the project, so questions like “How do I get Flash to work?” or “Why did you pick this specific version of the kernel to ship in 11.10” he’s likely to not know the answer to that. So unless you want a “Go ask the person who runs that team” answer try to ask questions about Ubuntu at a higher level than asking about plumbing.
- Make your question count - put some thought into it, plenty of people will be asking good questions, so don’t waste an opportunity by asking something like “Where can I download 11.10?”
- Here are the archives of the past sessions if you want to see what has been asked before if you want an answer.
- It can get chaotic with the amount of people asking questions, so please be patient.
Here’s the classroom wiki page with information on how to participate if you need more detail. Hope to see you there!
I’m as transparent as aluminum.
We try hard in Ubuntu to be transparent. We publish our blueprints on our plans before we even get to UDS:
- Each session at UDS has an associated etherpad: http://summit.ubuntu.com/ on the schedule, the plenaries are streamed live on http://video.ubuntu.com/live/. Some select sessions are video’ed and put on the Youtube channel, though we don’t have the resources to tape them all.
- Every single team’s goals is outlined on status.ubuntu.com.
and so on. Our teams provide IRC transcripts of all their meetings. Here’s the entire history of the Desktop Team’s meetings, and here’s the set from the Kernel team. And here’s a set from the Release Team. All our meetings are open to the public, and people are encouraged to participate.
Up until this cycle, Mark Shuttleworth has done an open Question and Answer session on IRC every 6 months for the past 5 years. And it’s not just Mark, we’ve subjected Rick Spencer (current head of engineering management at Canonical) and Matt Zimmerman (CTO for Canonical for years), as well as Kate Stewart (release manager) to open user questions on IRC.
(Mark was on holiday during openweek this cycle, but we’ll make it up to you).
We do try our best to respond to user ideas on Brainstorm, but for obvious reasons we cant’t scale so well at that, so we do our best to hit the top ideas every 6 months.
Despite these efforts, it can be frustrating to hear that Ubuntu is making decisions without input from “the outside”. How do you think we can improve our transparency?
IMO I think we do a decent job of being transparent, and people who follow Ubuntu know what to follow, but this might not be so obvious to people who are new. So maybe we’re awesome at being transparent, but not so much at communicating, which is fine, we can fix that.
For my part, this cycle I’m going to put my personal TODO list out there in the public. I used to use my own internal GTD-like thing but I’ved moved to Trello so here’s my every day TODO list:
- My general Community team board - this is my every day stuff. Everything from claiming my expenses to hanging out with Clint.
- My plans for cloud.ubuntu.com
- Our plans for IRC classrooms
Immediately you’ll notice that my TODO list totally doesn’t match my assigned blueprints. That’s because after UDS I went on a trip immediately and then we had a holiday on Friday, so at this time my TODO list and my assigned blueprints don’t match. And you’ll also notice that my user page on status.ubuntu.com isn’t updated yet. It will be up to me to update all of these to make sense. So yeah, you can see how behind I am, I haven’t even consolidated my tasks from UDS with my TODO list yet. On some of these TODOs you’ll see that I share them with other people.
And you can follow along with me as I work on this cycle. Follow my trello boards, find me on IRC, follow me on G+, follow my status reports, whatever works for you. I am going to make a concerted effort to make what I do as public as possible. I’ve outlined some ways that other teams outline their progress. Like I said, I think we do a decent job of being open, but maybe we need to do a better job at making that obvious to people, how can we improve this?
Power blues got you down?
Colin King has started a wiki page with kernels that include a proposed fix to the infamous power regression bug.
If you’re experiencing this, follow the instructions on the page and report back by adding your laptop to the page.
Many thanks to Matthew Garrett for the proposed fix and for explaining the entire EFI/power thing to me at the bar at UDS. It’s always good to hang out with an OG at a conference.
Awwwww yeah …
How I roll …
OpenWeek Summary for Wednesday
Here are the logs from yesterday’s OpenWeek sessions:
- Advanced dualboot (Win/Ubuntu) config sharing a lot of stuff! - Tiago Carrondo
- How to contribute translating Ubuntu — David Planella
- Volunteer Leadership -What does it take? - akgraner
- Writing your first Ubuntu app — David Planella
- Social Networking in Ubuntu: What’s new? - KenVanDine
And here’s the schedule, and don’t forget today at 1700 we have engineering manager Rick Spencer fielding your questions about Ubuntu!
Mobile schedule for UDS
The guidebook mobile schedule for UDS-P is now ready, install it here:
And just search for UDS in the application. Then you’ll have the UDS schedule, events, sponsorship information, and maps in your pocket:
The schedule updates every 10 minutes, and there’s a convenient QR code on each schedule page so at UDS itself you’ll be able to just take a shot of one of the scheduling monitors, or from the QR codes we’ll have plastered around the venue.
OpenWeek Summary for Tuesday
NOTE! We are starting a bit early today at 1300UTC, and also
today tomorrow we have Rick Spencer’s Q+A. Rick is the engineering manager for the Ubuntu Platform, so he’s got good working knowledge of Ubuntu as a whole, so bring your hard questions!
Here’s the logs from yesterday’s sessions:
- Getting Started with Ubuntu Development - Daniel Holbach
- Is your system Ubuntu Friendly? Contributing to the community hardware testing program — Daniel Manrique
- Ubuntu Brainstorm: Will your idea change the world? - Cheesehead
And here’s the schedule for today!
OpenWeek Summary for Monday
We had some great sessions yesterday, here are the links to the logs:
- Introduction and General Ubuntu Q&A - Jorge Castro
- Contributing to Ubuntu at a Local level: A Roadmap - Randall Ross
- Getting the most out of LoCo Teams Portal - Michael Hall
- Juju: DevOps Distilled - Clint Byrum
We’ve got some nice content for you today too, starting at 1400UTC:
- Daniel’s going to do a 2 hour block on how to get started with Ubuntu Development
- Contributing to the Ubuntu Friendly program (this is a great project, it takes about 15 minutes and anyone can do it, it’s a great way to give back to Ubuntu.
- and Ubuntu Brainstorm, will your idea change the world?
Looking for some LoCo Team Portal Developers
Being able to find each other is a key part of building community. I mean, what’s the point of having a release party if no one knows where to go? This is why we have tools for bringing people together. We call it the LoCo Team Portal. It’s a portal where local community teams can claim their space, list their events and meetings, as well as allowing people to show their interest, check out where events will be, register their interest, and so on.
It’s got nice map integration too, tell me this isn’t nice:
Nice huh? It’s all in Python and django, and Chris Johnston’s looking to see if anyone is interesting hacking on it with him. You can find their info here: http://loco.ubuntu.com/about/
Let’s make it personal.
One thing Jono’s talked about in the past is how to make Ubuntu more personal. One of the things that suck about the internet is that we’re all behind monitors and keyboards, and it’s hard to remember that there’s a human being on the other end of the line.
Things like Google Hangouts are helping too, it lets us just talk and be more like we are in real life than typing in an IRC window. We totally suck at not learning from social networks and making it …. MORE FUN:
Wow, how horrible. Ok, well, I guess that guy is boring, but what about as a group?
Well, Launchpad does have a team picture view, but I can never figure out how to use it because LP for some reason makes it so hard to set your avatar that most people don’t bother. Also, I think we’re going about it the wrong way. Too sterile. Now what if I told you you could work with these people:
Wow! That’s a dynamic group of people! I already know a bunch more about those people just by those pages than a list of their PGP keys. And if you didn’t know Graham already, you’d totally want to hang out with that guy.
Now, I’m not saying everyone should go delete their home page on Launchpad and use about.me. Let’s look to see what Mozilla’s doing:
Hey, now that’s more like it. Structured, but fun. I can see the people I work with, and remind myself about how ridiculous that moustache is. It makes it more personal, reminds me that we’re part of a large team. Mozilla makes the code to mozillians available. Maybe what we need to do is to integrate something like that with the LoCo directory.
It gives people a place where they can say “I’ve done this!”. Make it so we can thank people right on their page. +1 them, leave a comment. “Man Nigel, you really saved my buns last cycle by working on summit, you’re legend.”
Oh neat, a person’s amazon wishlist right on there? Awesome, let me buy them something, or flattr them, or whatever.
Anyway, some food for thought for UDS.
Open Week Schedule Finalized, come get some
We’re all set to go for Open Week. We’ve got some great sessions lined up.
We’ve got contributing at a local leve, loco team portal, juju for devops, getting started with ubuntu development, ubuntu friendly, ubuntu brainstorm, translations, writing your first app, leadership, social networking via gwibber, bug hunting, ubuntu orchestra, xubuntu, advanced dual booting techniques, Ask Ubuntu, Acessability in Ubuntu, and then I wrap it up with my session on how to use Unity like a boss.
Through unfortunate timing, Mark will be on holiday next week, so we’ll have to make that up to you. But hey, after 4 years of answering user questions every cycle, we let him slide.
Tell a friend!