Ubuntu Open Week Starts TODAY!!!

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 sessions are 1-hour long and allow for questions and answers. If you aren't familiar with setting up and IRC Client, don't worry – at the top of the wiki page there is a link to the IRC channels (Figure 2).

When you click on the link, you should get the screen shown in Figure 3.

Clicking the connect button in the center of the screen takes you to the two IRC channels in which the sessions are being taught (Figure 4). Once you are in the channel you will have a IRC NICK (the name used in the channel) assigned (such as OpenWeek#). You can change your NICK by typing /nick whatever-you-want-to-be-called, then click Enter and you should see your new nickname appear. For example, I would type /nick akgraner so that people would see me as akgraner in the channel.

You might wonder, as I did: Why two channels? #ubuntu-classroom is where the session will be presented. #ubuntu-classroom-chat is where people comment and ask questions.

If you have a questions for the session leader, you would type QUESTION: How do I ask a question? That way it is easier to grab the question for the session leader to answer. Don't worry, though – if you hang out in the channels, people will help you out. The Ubuntu Community is just awesome that way!

What are you waiting for? Join the fun all week – November 2-6 – from 1500UTC to 2200UTC in #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat on Freenode, or just follow the steps above.
See ya there!


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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