Ubuntu Hour - Coffee, Company, Ubuntu, and You!

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 to be fueled by the collaborative efforts of both the volunteer and paid contributors to produce the best Operating System (OS) possible and have "Linux for Human Beings" for both the Desktop and Server.

The energy, excitement, and enthusiasm lasted the entire week, although by Friday it was mixed with bouts of exhaustion and giddiness as humor abounded. Over the next few weeks I plan to share with you some of the things we discussed in the Community Tracks and how you can get involved in the Ubuntu Project.

Introducing The Ubuntu Hour

In the Community Event HowTo session, Canonical Global Support team member Fabian Rodriguez brought to our attention the idea of the Ubuntu Hour. What is The Ubuntu Hour?

The Ubuntu hour is based on a few simple principles:

  • You live or work near a place with Internet access where you can go for 1 hour every week or every other week
  • You wear something with the Ubuntu logo or have an Ubuntu sticker on your laptop (if you bring a laptop)
  • When/if you show up, you agree to the Ubuntu Code of Conduct
  • Anyone can start an Ubuntu Hour, anywhere, anytime

There are already Ubuntu Hours happening in

  • Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Longueuil, QC, Canada
  • Barcelona, Europe
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Dublin, Ireland

Interested in having an Ubuntu Hour near you? Just head over to the wiki, add your information, and let people know that you will be there. No set schedule – just an hour around Ubuntu. I think I might need a good cup of coffee in the near future, so I foresee an Ubuntu Hour cropping up in a town near me soon. Let's invade some coffee shops and spend an hour in great company, drinking great coffee, and enjoying a great operating system – Ubuntu!


Ubuntu Hour

I know the Ubuntu Hour was also discussed in the "LoCo Member Recruitment Workshop" session just preceding the "Community Event HowTo" session.

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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