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UDS-P Day 5

UDS-P Day 5

It’s a sad day, it’s the last day, and I’m still running around like a headless chicken trying to get to meet people I’ve not seen or need to resolve some issues which have come up during the week with the people that are there and in hands reach! Today was the day we confirmed and finalised action items, a day to say goodbye to old and new friends I’ve gotten to know this week.  It’s been great!

The final day kicked off with hanging out in the folks in the community round table. During this final round table  we got around to summarising  many of the topics that we will aim to focus during the Precise cycle and these are the areas we will focus on and get behind and work on.

  • Create and  share opportunities for all levels of skills to help everyone make Ubuntu great.
  • Support , motivate and encourage our leaders and governors to be successful to deliver leadership that furthers the community.
  • Create a better environment of gratitude and appreciation towards our community and Canonical
  • Have a constructive critical environment, where you protect it against anti-social and unconstructive behaviour.
  • Make sure our community are approachable to help our community to contribute and be successful, he us to help others.
Next up was the Community Bug Involvement session, I found this interesting as a person who has done testing  both in my day job and in Ubuntu. There are a few reasons why this session took place, but it boils down to people assume issues are bugs, not everyone realises it could be a configuration issue or something else not working. It’s not a bug till it is confirmed a bug.
  1. Firstly to get involved people are pointed to the ReportingBugs page when they want to report a bug and told to go from there.
  2. It’s not easy to read, it’s long winded, and it’s not really user friendly to understand.
  3. As we grow more people start to use the bug tracker not just to log bugs but this is where they are going to get support which is because they don’t know the issue between a bug and an issue and they don’t know where else to ask for help.
We looked at ways to make support easier to find and shortening the basic ReportingBugs page, all the information is there, but it just spans a very long page and people are not using it correctly.

I attended the next session Ubuntu Accomplishments and Trophies out of curiorsity as me personally I don’t like trophies but was interested in what was being planned and discussed.  The idea being that there would be a number of goals that could be achieved by people but not all people could ever unlock the achievement , but also there would be no pressure put on a person or a team to take part. I’m still not overly convinced on it’s merits but I am interested to see how it pans out.  I can see how they want to drive motivation in the community, but I’m not sure how dangling a carrot in front of people will work. I do wonder will it breed an over competitiveness between some people which could be good, but it could also lead to demonstration to others which is my big fear.

I did some more LoCo Council work for the next session as it’s been very good being here and able to meet people who had questions and it’s nice to bounce ideas off one another and help them with some of the issues they are dealing with.
After lunch today I got to meet and hang out with the Community Council today for an informal met up and come up with a plan for the cycle.  It’s no different from any other governing body and it’s nice to have some goals  to achieve.  If we have nothing to aim for  we won’t improve.  The CC is full of new blood and as leadership was a massive topic at UDS we’re going to be looking at that by bringing each board/council in for a monthly check up over the cycle and just checking in our leaders to make sure things are running smoothly and if we can help in any way offer assistance.

My final sessions was Ubuntu Government Campaigning, this topic came up in Mondays session and Alan Bell had done a brain dump into the etherpad.  It was a good informal discussion where we learned how other teams had been successful in getting Ubuntu into schools.  It was good to hear peoples ideas, and we did think having more case studies of successful stories out there to help locoteams and also encourage new people to try it in their business.  How best LoCo teams could attract and talk to local government representatives, talking to them about Ubuntu and showing them the case studies.

That was it, sessions were all over. The week has flown past.  We had a final wrap up session kicked off  by Jono Bacon who led a moment of silence for André Gondim.  I did find it slightly odd not to hear from all the track leads as usual to hear their plans for the coming cycle from the work they had decided this week.  We did hear from Arm, Desktop and Server, Rick and Jono which was great to hear the plans they are going to be focusing on.

There was an after party, ice cream and hugs goodbye to friends old and new and it was lovely to be here this week.  The week has come and gone so fast but also been really productive and I look forward to the coming months and seeing how the community are going to work on future plans!
Photos from the party are on pix.ie

Members of the Ubuntu LoCo Council

Elected to the Ubuntu Community Council

Elected to the Ubuntu Community Council

I’m somewhat gobsmacked here.  I and 6 others have been elected to the Ubuntu Council.  There were many excellent candidates and all are deserving.  Thank you to all those who voted and took part in the election.

I look forward to working with the rest of the council and working on future plans and if you want something raised let me know as I’ll be poking and prodding and hoping to improve things where I can.

The results of the elections are HERE


What is also great to see is, there are 3 women on the Ubuntu Community Council well done to Lyz and Amber.

Ubuntu Women taken at UDS in Dallas




Why the CC

Why the CC

May as well come straight out and say it, I’ll be looking for nomination and support as I would like to take a place on the CC.

No I’m not mad (although I am Irish), I love being on the LoCo Council and that’s not changing as I love to work with loco teams, trust me it’s interesting, motivational and extremely heartening to see and hear the stories of what teams and members do.  I’m also on the EMEA, which in itself gives me an insight into how our community is changing, where people are coming from, how they interact with the community, internally, with Canonical, upstream and on the projects that give us our user experience of Ubuntu, Launchpad, and my saving grace of back up Ubuntu one.

So why would I like to add the CC to my list of monthly meetings eh not to mention more email in my inbox. Well I think we can do better, we can always do better, the current CC are great don’t get me wrong, but I think we’d be foolish to say we can never stop trying to improve or open up a better dialogue between groups.

I would like to see better community between Canonical Organisation and the Greater Ubuntu Community, sometimes I feel announcements come too late, we learn of things when they land in Ubuntu or when a change has been made yet not been conveyed more publicly.

Not so long ago I signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct I hold that to quiet a high standard, both by my actions and interactions with people. I believe it truly is what makes our community stick together. It encourages people to get involved, empowers them to want to get contribute more to the project which is how we grow our community.

The CC like the LC works with people teams and issues that are sometimes difficult, controversial and does need mediation.  I think my experience on the LC here has helped me learn how to deal with these areas and how also communication and working closely with people clears up ambiguity and gets things resolved.

For me to be elected to the CC would be another way for me to help the Ubuntu Community, but also another way to give back what I already believe in, working in the Ubuntu community promoting Ubuntu and helping the community grow is what I do truly want to do and I’m good at it.  I’m good at getting things done, organising and getting things in motion, sometimes through no fault of anyone, things can sometimes fall on the long finger, I’m cattle herder and I tend to push things along and if I was fortunate to be elected, the cattle prod would be used at times to push things along that are brought to our attention.

Lastly, it’s not a case of being elected or not.  For me it’s a chance to help you the Ubuntu community and if not it’s not going to change or alter my involvement in the community, I’m not going anywhere any time soon!

Thanks Laura