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The HUG DAY|
Did you ever close your eyes and felt like "hundreds of couloured balloons float down from the ceiling - it instantly feels like a very Special Day to You - You feel like you're part of something very special"? That's what a HUG DAY feels like.
You're lucky: Tomorrow (Now in some parts of the world) is Ubuntu's HUG DAY. If you ever thought of contributing, to do nothing complicated, just help out a bit. This is the right time.
And this time it will be big, because some of Ubuntu's initiatives will be there too. So if you're familiar with either
- the GNOME desktop
- packages of the MOTU science team
- the KDE world
- or X.org
- or any other part of Ubuntu
and want to help one of those teams out, people will be there to help you get going.
If you want to make Ubuntu Dapper a better release, it will be easy for you, this is a good introductory read.
Will have the full 24h Live Session on #ubuntu-bugs on irc.freenode.net!
It's cold in Berlin|
Update: It got colder (but still can't beat the guys that commented on the entry):
We're going to switch to Malone as our only bugtracker soon. Although the bug information will be preserved and Bugzilla's data fed into Malone, we shall have a Bug Day to give us a head start and make sure we're in good shape for the switch. If you want to help us clean the dust a bit, Wednesday, 11th of January is your day!
Bug triage is boring, right?
You always wanted to be part of an Ubuntu team, but didn't find the right one? You think looking at bugs is complicated, mind-boggling and doesn't make a change? You think it's annoying and tedious?
Bug Triage in Ubuntu is different. It's fun! Why? Because along with the boring categories
everybody else has, we have much more exciting ones as well:
If this makes bug triage more exciting to you, but you don't know what you should do on Wednesday, 11th of January, look at this. We'll be at #ubuntu-bugs on irc.freenode.net all night and day and rock the show together with YOU.
My 2nd birthday and how I celebrated it|
For Christmas I was in Trier (at my parents place) and met a huge bunch of old friends. Christmas seems to be the perfect time to meet people from school at random. Although I worked from there (3 or 4 days), I managed to get home at 5 in the morning at a couple of nights still.
On the 26th I went back to Berlin via Mainz, to collect Nicole, who wanted to celebrate New Year in Berlin. Driving through the Hunsrück (a low mountain range), it was already snowing like mad and some people in front of me didn't manage to go up the hills. The hired car didn't let me down. YAY! After having been near Mainz the navigation system decided to route us through various little villages in Eastern Germany (we heard of traffic jams and accidents in the radio later on). Glad to be back on the highway, we speeded up again. After some kilometers, we were getting mad over some guy taking up like five minutes to overtake another one, they both sprayed snow and water on our windshield and we were happy to overtake. Funnily enough this all happened near 'Eisleben', which could be translated to 'ice live' or something. At a speed of 140 km/h, I felt that the car broke away slightly because the street was covered in ice, I managed to keep it steady and slowed down carefully, but after some split seconds a car appeared in front of me, I had to avoid another car and so we were turning around madly. The street was in a slope, so it took some very exciting seconds for us to stand still again. Not only didn't we hit another car, we didn't hit the crash barrier as well. The best thing (I couldn't remember it afterwards) was, that I said: 'Just keep cool.' to Nicole while this all happened. We drove to the side and talked to other people, who just stopped and had witnessed the scene. One of them landed in the ditch and had some nasty dents in his car. We all felt like having had our 2nd birthday.
On the whole way back to Berlin we were a bit more careful and saw quite a lot of cars who landed on top or had just crashed. I'm truly grateful nothing happened to us.
The following days were really nice and on New Year's Eve we celebrated with a couple of friends, Daniel Elstner among them. My brother showed up too, and it was a big surprise to see him, because he told me he had to work that evening, I was very happy. He also took a lot of pictures.
Although I just managed to buy the ingredients some minutes before the shops closed, I made Wantans and duckling breast in red curry that evening. It felt great to be cooking again, but I didn' think of making pictures. :-)
When the fireworks started, it was growing louder and louder and Thomas (my brother) managed to do some great pictures. This was my hour. Since it was loud anyway, I didn't mind to turn up the music and give a display of the new hobby, I have since two-three months. I took my Drum'n'Bass records and although I was a bit drunk, I managed to play quite well.
I used to buy records and play them (only a few times), some 8 or 9 years ago and the itch never left me. So when I walked through Berlin, I rediscovered that idea and went into the next record store, after I felt lost for some minutes, I enjoyed myself quite a lot. In the meantime, I practised in some of my free time and it's been an excellent form of relaxation to me. So if you're looking for somebody to play some nice tunes in your club for two hours or something, drop me a mail and I'll send you a demo tape.
At four or five we all went to bed. It was great.
I have never been happier to see the Ubuntu community grow around me.
The MOTU team is rocking hard as ever, pushing changes into Ubuntu's Universe and at the same time re-evaluating work flows, processes and the way to look at things. This is very important to me, because it means that this team is not fixed and immobile but copes with new challenges nicely. In a quick session, we decided that REVU should send out mails on a mailing list (as a quick fix until REVU2 is there) - this will speed up our general work flow impressively. We will be able to get reviews done quicker (teaching effect) and packages in quicker (BLING effect). In other news, we're currently discussing how to achieve an Open MOTU Day, which will hopefully make it easier for people to join the ranks.
The Media team had its first meeting and after it we're sure Media support in Ubuntu will be better and the development of it more focussed. On a side-note Testing was mentioned as the key to a better state of applications in general. I'd really like to invite you to help testing Ubuntu and make Dapper the best release the world has ever seen. This page has instructions on what to do and where to start. (It will soon contain media-related tests as well.)
Speaking of Testing: the result of serious testing are detailed, separate bug reports. Our bug team got more and more active in the last weeks and we want to have you all joining in our Pre-Christmas Clean-Up, the HUG DAY on December, 21st. We want to drive them regularly, so we help sustain our Bug Team, which works across Team Borders - as you can see: the Kubuntu, Desktop, MOTU teams are all in this together. If you like the idea and want to read a bit more about what's going on, head over here.
The Desktop Team are doing an awesome progress and the Ubuntu Desktop News give a colourful piece of evidence. An awesome observation to make is that in a nice atmosphere contributions bring on more contributions: Ubuntu Desktop News in Brazilian Portuguese.
I personally always admired the efforts of one team in Ubuntu: the Doc Team. The team was not necessarily one of the most natural developments, but still: there here and they do an incredible job. If you want to help them, read this announcement: we're trying to always get in the newest bits of documentation so you can enjoy it, look at it and if you find a way to put it better, they'll be happy to accept your contributions. Test the Docs!
Another team getting off the ground is the Accessibility Team. Together we are roughly getting an idea, of what problems in Ubuntu's Accessibilty features are and we're trying to test and improve them as good as we can. We already made contacts with other teams and if you want to get involved, we're happy to see you with us.
I'm very happy to be part of all this and to see new ideas and new developments emerging around me and thanks to the FRIDGE editors for mirroring this out into the world. :-)
A bit overenthusiastic, I announced the Ubuntu bug day for tomorrow. We will rather meet on Thursday, November 24th in #ubuntu-bugs on IRC and if you ever wanted to know, how a Ubuntu HUG day feels, be sure to read this beforehand. See you around!
Matthias Klose (doko) and I did the Ubuntu booth at Berlinux. Our booth was crammed between the GNOME and the Skolelinux one. Sven Herzberg (herzi) ran the GNOME one and was supported by Thomas Keup, who had the brilliant idea of running a coffee stand, which attracted quite a lot of people, who grabbed a Hoary CD with each coffee.
We didn't have any lazy minutes at all and were quite successful. People were excited about Ubuntu and Edubuntu (which we showcased too) and apart from old users enjoying Ubuntu and new users asking about Ubuntu, we had some queries about business questions.
On the first day (Friday) there were quite a lot of students and people from the other stands; on the second day we had families and business people on both of those days. It was nice to see that 12 year old kids were interested and 70+ people too. Although our talk (slides here) was at 17:00 on Saturday we had around 60 people in the talk, some of which were interested in Berlin local activities, one interested in getting new sounds into Ubuntu and one new Desktop Team player.
The whole two days were exhausting but very funny, we had fun with the Debian, the GNOME, the KDE guys, the Skolelinux guys and many more. I'm glad we were there and with some more local involvement, we'll be up to forming a LocoBerlin too.
Ubuntu Bug Day|
Today is Ubuntu's Bug (Hug?) Day. You're all invited to #ubuntu-bugs, where we'll clean up Bugzilla and Malone. If you want to be a part of this and feel all the love of Sébastien Bacher and Vincent Untz, be sure to be there.
Xubuntu hero Jani Monoses will hit my place later, so we can get heavily into bug cleanup ourselves, too.
Must reads are http://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay and http://wiki.ubuntu.com/HelpingWithBugs
Christina in Vienna|
My sister recently moved to Vienna and judging by the pictures, she's quite enjoying herself over there.
Sorry, only small pictures, they are on a fascistic page, which requires an account. GRMBL!
Living in Berlin|
I'm in Berlin since three weeks now and I can't get enough of it. It's where I always wanted to live and it's even better than I imagined: there are countless extraordinary bars and restaurants - each of which you could put into a random city and it'd be the city's place to be. Food and beverages are cheap: I had the most delicious pizza for 1,60€.
But there's more than that: apart from special places (like bars at the dock of the bank with raft-like places to sit in the sun, jamaica-like beach bars, charming parks with people from nearly every subculture), the most unusual things happen: just today, when I walked out with Murphy along the Paul-Lincke-Ufer (watching the sun bathers, people having breakfast, some guys playing boule), I saw a guy taking four parrots for a ride - he had them sitting on the handle bar of his bike. A week ago there was a "fight" between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. In the morning I already saw people in garbage sacks and when I had had dinner in a superb Indian restaurant, I saw some more of those guys, covered in dirt and some police cars approaching; when I heard a roar of jubilation, I thought I'd check. I paid and on the Oberbaumbrücke (it's exactly between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg) there were two fighting groups wearing protective clothing (garbage sacks) and some had swords of a foamed material and shields they made out of election posters. They threw at each other whatever was in there reach, mostly fruit, half sacks of flour - the noise and the smell was overwhelming but everybody enjoyed the "fight". Each groups' goal (which consisted of people from all kind of age groups and subcultures) was to fight the opposing group back into their district. Kreuzberg lost and a guy, who could have been my dad, told me (littered as he was) that was due to the Friedrichshainer's use of illegal "weapons" and sure enough, I saw them throwing apples and potatoes, which, erm, might really hurt. "Keiner ist gemeiner, als der Friedrichshainer." I learnt that day. (In german, It rhymes and means "nobody's meaner than somebody from Friedrichshain".) It was big fun, even the policemen were as calm as I never saw policemen before - everybody enjoyed himself/herself and this is happening twice a year.
Friday night, I had a long walk and I guess Murphy didn't agree with me on the length, but in like three hours, I went past all this: Kreuzberg Museum, Axel-Springer-Haus with ads for the Bild newspaper *vomit* (they filmed a scene over there, the amount of artificial light in the night and rain was impressive), Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichsstraße, Gendarmenmarkt (with a most exquisite chocolaterie), Unter den Linden (where I went past (this, this, this, this and many other things), I payed a brief visit to the Museumsinsel, went over to the Oranienburger Strasse, where the sheer amount of hip cocktail bars drove me mad - the atmosphere I sensed there almost seven years ago was a completely different. Only Tacheles remained as it always was. I had a beer, walked back to Hackesche Höfe, had a bratwurst, walked over to the Alex and took the underground back home. It was simply charming to see all of these places, not as a tourist hopping off a bus and driving to the next place, but closely connected. It's like parts of a mosaic find together. Maybe that was the point, when I finally realized, I had moved to Berlin, that I finally was there.
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