05/16/15

Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph

Xubuntu sweatshirt, Wily, & Debian Jessie Release

People like shirts, stickers and goodies to show support of their favorite operation system, and though the Xubuntu project has been slower than our friends over at Kubuntu at offering them, we now have a decent line-up offered by companies we’re friendly with. Several months ago the Xubuntu team was contacted by Gabor Kum of HELLOTUX to see if we’d be interested in offering shirts through their site. We were indeed interested! So after he graciously sent our project lead a polo shirt to evaluate, we agreed to start offering his products on our site, alongside the others. See all products here.

Polos aren’t really my thing, so when the Xubuntu shirts went live I ordered the Xubuntu sweater. Now a language difference may be in play here, since I’d call it a sweatshirt with a zipper, or a light jacket, or a hoodie without a hood. But it’s a great shirt, I’ve been wearing it regularly since I got it in my often-chilly city of San Francisco. It fits wonderfully and the embroidery is top notch.

Xubuntu sweatshirt
Close-up of HELLOTUX Xubuntu embroidery

In other Ubuntu things, given my travel schedule Peter Ganthavorn has started hosting some of the San Francisco Ubuntu Hours. He hosted one last month that I wasn’t available for, and then another this week which I did attend. Wearing my trusty new Xubuntu sweatshirt, I also brought along my Wily Werewolf to his first Ubuntu Hour! I picked up this fluffy-yet-fearsome werewolf from Squishable.com, which is also where I found my Natty Narwhal.

When we wrapped up the Ubuntu Hour, we headed down the street to our favorite Chinese place for Linux meetings where I was hosting a Bay Area Debian Meeting and Jessie Release Party! I was pretty excited about doing this, since the Toy Story character Jessie is a popular one, I jumped at the opportunity to pick up some party supplies to mark the occasion, and ended up with a collection of party hats and notepads:

There were a total of 5 of us there, long time BAD member Michael Paoli being particularly generous with his support of my ridiculous hats:

We had a fun time, welcoming a couple of new folks to our meeting as well. A few more photos from the evening here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pleia2/sets/72157650542082473

Now I just need to actually upgrade my servers to Jessie!

16 May 2015 03:09:35

05/11/15

Svetlana Belkin

Applying The Concept Of Membership To OKFN

Because I started my Online volunteering in Ubuntu Community, that means that is part of the Open Source community and there is something that I had a feeling that I worked towards (along with other things, of course).  That something is the concept of membership.  It’s the benefits of being recognized for significant, sustained, continued, credibility, the seriousness, and the commitment of my contributions rather than the tangle perks the Ubuntu membership gives me.

To my knowledge, the Open Source Foundation and other Linux distro communities (GNOME and KDE are two).   But for awhile, my thoughts of this concept moved onto the Open Knowledge Foundation Network (OKFN).  To me, OKFN is the meta-community of everything that is not Open Source (A.K.A working groups).  Open Science, Open Data, Open Access, and Open Economy are a few examples.  While I don’t know how many people are active within the working groups, I feel a concept of the membership could help the OKFN working groups.

My idea for this is, since most of the working groups are non-developers code-wise, that there can be a board for two timeslots to judge applicants.  Also, there is should be IRC meeting for questions and cheering during the meeting rather then using a mailing list.    I have no ideas what the perks could be.

I don’t know how well this idea could go within/for the OKFN but it’s still a possibility.

 

11 May 2015 00:37:46