I mentioned "sustained contribution " in my last post; let's take a look at contributing to the Ubuntu Project. There really is something for every skill set. If you don't know how to do something and want to learn chances are there is a project, LoCo team member, or mentor for that skill somewhere in the Ubuntu Community.When I started looking at where I could get involved in the community I found the Get Involved page on the Ubuntu site under community participation that listed th... more »
Comment: Ubuntu membership is not new! It's been around for several years now. This interview is to let those who are new to the Ubuntu Community as well as those who are already contributing know a little more Ubuntu Membership Process. Happy New Year! I am looking forward to seeing all the places people can contribute to the Ubuntu Project. Today I wanted to take a look about what happens with sustained contribution to the Ubuntu project and what is available to those who actively contribut... more »
If someone asks you, "How do you contribute to the Ubuntu Project?" and your answer is "I don't yet," you might want to reconsider your answer if you're already blogging about Ubuntu. When you constructively blog about using Ubuntu and your experiences with the operating system, then you are contributing. To be perfectly honest, that's how I got started in contributing to the Ubuntu Project back in February 2009 with my very first blog entry about Ubuntu. Having a persona... more »
Have you read a blog post about Ubuntu and thought everyone should read it? Looking for a place to help out in the Ubuntu Community? Ubuntu Weekly News provides an awesome opportunity for you to contribute to the Ubuntu Community.During Open Week – Karmic Craig Eddy, one of the editors of Ubuntu Weekly News, led a session focused on what Ubuntu Weekly News is all about and how to get involved in the production of this Newsletter.I wrote about The Fridge in an earlier post, and you can find is... more »
UDS-L (Ubuntu Developer Summit) was held in Dallas, Texas, from November 16-20, 2009. UDS is where Ubuntu developers get together to plan the next release. In this case, the planning was centered on the next LTS (Long Term Support) release Ubuntu 10.04 (a.k.a., Lucid Lynx), which is scheduled to be released in April 2010. At UDS in Dallas I attended the Community tracks and learned a great deal about many aspects of the Ubuntu Community. The intense planning throughout the whole week seemed t... more »
Ubuntu Developer Summit is next week, November 16-20, 2009.Can't make it in person? Well that doesn't mean you can't participate. I couldn't make UDS – Karmic either, but that didn't stop me from participating. I participated remotely, and it was awesome. I learned how the process works and how a release takes shape. If you want to help shape Ubuntu 10.04 but can't make it to UDS, then remote participation is for you. Check out the UDS-L/Remote Participation Wiki and read all about how to par... more »
Ubuntu Open Week follows each Ubuntu release and this week is no exception. Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic Koala, was released last Thursday and now Open Week ushers in the newest release.This Ubuntu Open Week has approximately 40 sessions for you to choose from (Figure 1). There is a session for everyone, including Be your neighbor's Ubuntu Guru , Introduction to GIMP , Ubuntu Kernel , How to Write a Book , and much, much, more. This week offers a week-long tutorial about all things Ubuntu. Most sessio... more »
In this final interview in my Where Karmic's Karma Comes From series, we meet Matt Zimmerman, Ubuntu CTO and chair of the Ubuntu Technical Board. Matt brings each team together with his tireless efforts to ensure quality, professionalism, and polish to each release. Other recent interviews introduced managers of the Foundations Team, Mobile Team, Desktop Team, Kernel Team, Community Team, and Ubuntu QA Team. Amber Gra... more »
So far in this interview series, we've heard from managers of the Foundations Team, Mobile Team, Desktop Team, Kernel Team, and the Community Team. In this interview, we meet Marjo Mercado, Ubuntu QA Team Manager and the newest member of the Canonical Platform team. Amber Graner: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about what you do at Canonical and for the Ubuntu Project? Marjo Mercado... more »
In the first four parts of this series, we heard from Robbie Williamson, David Mandala, and Rick Spencer of the Canonical Platform team, and Pete Graner of the Kernel team. Now we meet Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager and community columnist for Ubuntu User . I meet Jono earlier this year and later reviewed his recent book, The Art of Community.Let's Rock and Roll then, shall we!? Amber Graner: Coul... more »

Follow along as Ubuntu enthusiast and Community organizer Amber Graner helps put the "You" in Ubuntu.

Amber Graner is an active Ubuntu community member and organizer who encourages everyone around her to participate, support, and learn about Ubuntu and Open Source. With a smile and a sense of humor, Amber reminds people that there is a place for everyone in the Ubuntu community – regardless of technical skill level (or lack thereof). She is constantly looking for people, places, and events within the Ubuntu community that help inspire Ubuntu users to participate actively within the Ubuntu community. Email Amber at amber AT ubuntu-user DOT com.


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