UDS Remote Participation

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 participate.

There are things I would suggest:

  • Use a Headset, this way you block out all the white noise and can hear people even when they whisper.
  • Make sure you are comfortable – in a chair, lying in bed, or sitting at your desk. Comfort is a must!
  • Log into the IRC channels ahead of time (like an hour before the sessions starts).
  • Make sure Icecast works for you. I tested this out about 30 minutes before the start of UDS each day. Most of the time there wasn't anything to hear that early, but when they did turn on the sound I knew I was in the right place.
  • Check the schedule each morning about 30 minutes before the sessions start.
  • If you want to take notes, then make sure you load Gobby and play around with it before UDS. Instructions are on the Remote Participation wiki.
  • Take breaks – when the people physically at UDS take breaks, you should take one, too.
  • Eat and Drink – don't get so excited in participating that you forget basic needs.
  • If you following along in a session and you are commenting, what if no one seems to notice your comment? Find at least one person in the session that you can PM if you think no one is paying attention to the IRC channel.

And some handy helpful links:

Another great source of information on UDS Remote Participation is on my friend Laura's blog. Laura does a great job of outlining how to participate
If you have questions that aren't answered by the wiki pages I provided or in Laura's post, then leave me a comment here or just email. Let's make this LTS (Long Term Support) release the best yet!


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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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