Tag Archives: Randall Ross

Randall Ross: Ubuntu Edge: a.k.a. The Fruit Slicer! **

I must admit, I was *startled* by the announcement of Ubuntu Edge today. Bold. Disruptive. BRILLIANT!

Please join me in thanking Mark, Jane, Jono, Rick, Alan, Jorge, Robbie, Daniel, Dave, Nicholas and all of the fine folks at Canonical and “not at Canonical” for all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears that have gone into getting Ubuntu this far. A move like this takes guts.

With this in place, Ubuntu is poised to do to the phone industry what it has done to the PC industry. Or, in other words:

“Let’s slice some fruit and have a great time!”

Do you want to help? Consider contributing your money here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge?c=home

Don’t have the funds right now? Consider getting involved in helping design and build the phone by joining the Ubuntu Phone Team’s mailing list:
https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-phone

But talk is cheap. I contributed ideas, bug reports, and money. Did you?

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”


Image http://www.flickr.com/photos/malabooboo/ (CC BY-NC 2.0)
** My son came up with the “Fruit Slicer” title. How neat is that!?

Did you know that “Ubuntu is not just software?” 😉

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet Ubuntu

Randall Ross: Community Leadership Summit 2013 – Opening

With preparations complete, the opening session started. Jono walked attendees through the background, goals, and format of the summit.

Like other years, the summit format was to be conducted in an “unconference” style. Attendees were asked to consider hosting a session and to indicate their proposed session on a session card. Then, one by one, the proposals were pitched to the audience to get people excited about all the lively discussions ahead.

Proposals complete, the remaining task was to get them on the day’s schedule. Here it is!

Day 1 totally designed by community leaders from around the world – great minds from as far away as Kenya and New Zealand.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet Ubuntu

Randall Ross: Community Leadership Summit 2013 – Setup

In the wee hours of Saturday morning and running only on caffeine the crew was hard at work getting CLS 13 ready for the hundreds of attendees from around the world. I managed to snap a few impromptu photos with my Ubuntu Phone between setup duties.

The intractable schedule board! It’s amazing how the seemingly small details take so long to finish. Here, the crew puts finishing touches on the day’s session schedule. It took four of us over an hour to make this:

My crew-mate and I were instructed by Jono to “tape down anything that people might trip over.” After carefully scouting the rooms for loose cables, we discovered a previously overlooked but huge hazard and dealt with it…

Mission accomplished.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet Ubuntu

Randall Ross: Community Leadership Summit 2013 – It Is ON

After many (4) years of wanting to attend, and having various road-blocks to doing that, I’m finally here!

I’ll be sharing some updates as I get time between sessions and after each day.

In the meantime, if you are an Ubuntu person and here too, please find me and come and say hi! I’d love to meet more of our fine community.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet Ubuntu

Randall Ross: Ubuntu Global Jam – An Early Call for Events!

BatchedInbox Configurationreal difference to Ubuntu and to have a great time in the process. Everyone is able to contribute to the Jam, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved.

I would like to encourage you to

Register an event early!

Sure, we’re still months away, but the sooner we get planning, the bigger and better this Jam will be.

The Ubuntu Global Jam is scheduled to occur on these dates:

  • Friday September 13, 2013
  • Saturday September 14, 2013
  • Sunday September 15, 2013

This part is important! Please add your event to the Ubuntu Team Portal http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/global/2315/ so others can find your event and so the world can start seeing all the amazing things that you’re doing for Ubuntu.

Good documentation about how to create a successful Global Jam event is here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGlobalJam

A short video explaining the most basic steps is here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITk8PGBkMXQ

Thanks in advance for participating in this upcoming cycle’s Global Jam event. If you have any questions, please feel free to

get in touch!

Thanks jliau for the spiffy new Jam logo. Good jam on that globe!

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet Ubuntu

Randall Ross: South America! Are You On the Map?

Who amongst you likes maps? Any cartographers out there?

Anyways, in my quest to map every Ubuntu group in the world, I present South America.

Are you living in South America somewhere? If your country is shaded orange, there is an Ubuntu group present.


Is your country represented?
Is your province (or state)?
Is your city (or town)?

Ubuntu can and should be everywhere in South America. There should be solid orange in every country, and lots and lots of city dots. There are countries without Ubuntu groups. There are some large cities that I expected to see on the map but didn’t.

On a positive note, I was happy to see some state teams in Brazil. That’s progress!

If you’re reading this and notice you’re not “on the map”, then I’m here to help you get on it. Please send me an email and

Let me know!



Notes:
Ubuntu São Paulo is a state-wide team in Brazil.
Ubuntu Ceará is a state-wide team in Brazil.
Ubuntu Santa Catarina is a state-wide team in Brazil.


Where did I get the data? http://loco.ubuntu.com.
Inkscape rocks!

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Randall Ross: Africa! Are You On the Map?

In my quest to map every Ubuntu group in the world, I present Africa.

Do you live in Africa? If your country is shaded orange, there is an Ubuntu group present somewhere.

Is your country represented?
Is your province (or state)?
Is your city (or town)?

Ubuntu can and should be everywhere. There should be solid orange and lots and lots of city dots. There are too many countries without Ubuntu groups. There are some large cities that I expected to see on the map but didn’t.

If you’re reading this and notice you’re not “on the map”, then I’m here to help you get on it. Please send me an email and

Let me know!



Where did I get the data? http://loco.ubuntu.com.
Inkscape rocks!

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet Ubuntu

Randall Ross: Hey North America! Are You On the Map?

Some fun making maps today! I have begun mapping every Ubuntu group in the world.

Please take a look at North America. If it’s shaded orange, there is an Ubuntu group present somewhere in that territory.

Is your country represented?
Is your province (or state)?
Is your city (or town)?

You know how I feel. Ubuntu can and should be everywhere. There should be solid orange and lots and lots of city dots. You do live in a city, right?

If you’re reading this and notice you’re not “on the map”, then I’m here to help you get on it.

Let me know!


Quebec is a province in Canada.
Vancouver, Chicago, Dallas, and Washington DC all have city-based Ubuntu groups.
Where did I get the data? http://loco.ubuntu.com.

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Randall Ross: This Is Ubuntu Community!

When you think of Ubuntu community, what comes to mind?

Do you think of people huddled over keyboards, staring at dimly lit screens and IRC channels? Do you think of programming? Do you think of squabbling? In-fighting?

I don’t.

When I think of Ubuntu community, I think of people who love to get together to celebrate the world’s most collaborative project. I think of people who share the ethos that “we are all one.” I think of people giving up their Saturday afternoon to do something to spread Ubuntu to those who have never heard of it. I think of the person seeing Ubuntu for the first time and falling in love with technology again.

Last week, I kicked off the first meeting of the “Ubuntu Evangelists,” a new swat-team of Ubuntu folks who know how to instill passion in others and how to raise the enthusiasm for Ubuntu in the circles they travel. And, a side-effect of this meeting was my new friend Rudy in Paris sharing this fun video. Give it a watch and then tell me in the comments that Ubuntu is anything other than amazing!

Thank you Rudy for spreading enthusiasm and showing other Ubuntu people what this is all about!

Are you an Ubuntu Evangelist? Do you want to see Ubuntu everywhere in your lifetime? When cut, do you bleed Pantone 1665?

Join us! Spread your passion for Ubuntu. Help tilt the earth’s axis. We’re here: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-evangelists


Do you have a photo or video of your Ubuntu community having fun? Share it with me in an email or comment here.

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Randall Ross: And There Was Jam

Just before that GUI (giant Ubuntu icestorm) gripped the interwebs, there was a massive event called the “Ubuntu Global Jam.” If you’ve been following along on “Amplify the Signal” (rather than fixating on soviet space stations, software release management jargon, and losing the big Ubuntu bi-annual love-ins) then you might have caught the story that this cycle’s Ubuntu Global Jam was a big one.

It’s an interesting dichotomy. Interweb fiction versus AFK fact. When one looks at what’s being said about Ubuntu on the web, one might get the sense that Ubuntu’s community has collapsed (or is about to), that people are defecting all over the place, and that Ubuntu has somehow “lost it’s way.” Really? Come on!

I’m here to report that nothing could be farther from the truth. Here are some facts from the ground campaign, where all good battles are won:

1) Our local Ubuntu group has reached the highest membership levels in our history, and we’re still growing!

2) People come to our events with enthusiasm and happiness knowing that they are near others that enjoy Ubuntu and that they can share their discoveries with each other.

3) People are excited to learn that they can get involved in Ubuntu. They think it’s incredible that they are a part of something big. They have an “Aha” moment when it clicks why “Ubuntu is not just software.”

4) People generally don’t give a “rat’s ass” about display server stacks, rolling releases, and other computer science minutia. Most people just want an enjoyable interaction with their technology and Ubuntu delivers solidly on that. Tech journalists, keep reporting stuff that doesn’t matter. It makes us giggle and snort, usually uncontrollably. 🙂

5) People who use proprietary technology systems (our competitors) are stuck going to stores in malls for help and support, essentially renting “community” from their technology landlords. That’s profoundly sad. I am relieved and happy that Ubuntu is alive and thriving in my city and a great place to experience community the way it was meant to be: in the spirit of sharing a gift.

6) The people (mainly journalists) who are deriding Ubuntu, saying that “Ubuntu has a community problem” are the same people that don’t show up for local Ubuntu events, don’t bother to get to know Ubuntu contributors, Ubuntu’s culture, and generally never gave a flying leap about Ubuntu in the first place except perhaps where it intersected with their pet project – page clicks. Are you an Ubuntu Advocate? Please do me a favour and tune them out. If you find that too difficult, at least don’t spread what they are saying. Ever. Let their pages rot on the site where they were published.

So, what does the real “on the ground” “AFK” Ubuntu community really look like? I’m glad you asked! Here’s a little glimpse:

Smiling faces. Loving Ubuntu community!

Dear readers, I’ll follow up with a few more details shortly… Until then, keep building real Ubuntu community in your town or city.

The Jam never stops.


image CC BY-SA rrnwexec

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Tiago Hillebrandt: Ubuntu Global Jam Brazil 2013

Ubuntu Global Jam Brazil 2013

Last saturday we have performed the Ubuntu Global Jam on Brazil. All the event was virtual, following the same format of the Ubuntu on air, where we had a hangout that was being transmited via YouTube and people talked to us via IRC.

We had an audience of about five hundred people on YouTube and about one hundred on #ubuntu-br IRC channel during this Global Jam. The event was great and I like to thank each person that was present to help and make the Brazilian jam perfect. And in special I like to thank the guys that without them our event would not have been so good: Ivan Brasil Fuzzer, Tiago Salem Herrmann, and Zandre Bran 🙂

Dedicated page for Ubuntu Global Jam Brazil 2013 on Ubuntu Brazilian Community website

You wasn’t able to watch the Global Jam on last saturday? No worries, you can watch the conference on the video published at the end of this text

To finish I like to thank Randall Ross for send some emails asking and supporting the Ubuntu Global Jam on Brazil :-)

Tracks

Click here to read IRC conversation log from the day of the Global Jam.

YouTube Video

Ubuntu Global Jam Brazil 2013

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