User Days was created to be a set of chat-based classes offered during a two days period to teach the beginning or intermediate Ubuntu user the basics to get them started with Ubuntu. User Days sessions include:
- how to get help
- the basics of how to use the command line
- different ways to install software
- equivalent programs
- and much more!
You can check the full schedule here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UserDays
The best thing is, everyone can come! If you want to participate, you just need to join #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom chat on your IRC client, or just click here: Webchat.
We hope to see you next weekend!
Unfortunately 13.04’s Ubuntu Developer Week is over. All the logs and videos are linked from the timetable, so you can still enjoy the sessions again and again. We hope you had a great time and we will see you soon again in one of our Ubuntu development channels.
Here’s what happened on day 3:
- Automated Testing in Ubuntu & Automated Testing Technologies — Martin Pitt did a great job of summarising the current work in the Quality Assurance team. It’s getting more and more important to automatically assure us that software we rely on still provides the functionality we expect and nothing breaks. Check out the log and get an idea of how diverse the activities are and where you can get involved.
- Syncing your app’s data with u1db — Stuart Langridge has been involved in Ubuntu One since ages and knows how to make app authors happy. If you want simple data storage and syncing without headaches, have a look at u1db and Stuart’s introduction to u1db!
- Interacting with Debian’s Bug Tracking System — You explain things best if you talk about things you make use of every day. As Stefano Rivera is both a Debian and Ubuntu developer, this talk was quite easy to deliver for him. Debian’s Bug Tracking System is a central place of exchange between the two projects and Stefano’s session will surely make it clearer to you.
- Building Ubuntu images & The Ubuntu Nexus 7 images — Oliver Grawert has been building Ubuntu images for various platforms for quite a few cycles already, so he knows the problems you probably run into most. His sessions give some good insight into what’s involved in bringing Ubuntu up on all kinds of devices.
- Fixing packages to cross-build — As a member of the Foundations team Dmitrijs Ledkovs has gathered quite some experience cleaning up problems, including build problems in the archive for a while now. Check out the session to find out how to make packages build for other architectures most easily. Get involved in fixing these issues once and for all.
- Developers Roundtable — Benjamin Drung and Michael Bienia were kind enough to take on the last session of UDW and answer all the remaining questions regarding Ubuntu development. Be sure to check out the log as your favourite question might well be among the ones answered. 🙂
Oh, and before we forget it: join us in the Automated Testing Hackfest today!
Ubuntu Developer Week is passing by much too quickly, as always. Still it’s great to see how many new people get involved, find out more about Ubuntu Development and get involved. Day 2 was yesterday and brought us many great sessions. Here’s what happened yesterday:
- How to write apps for Ubuntu — dpm: David Planella was well prepared as always and gave some good insights into what it takes to take an app from idea to a working app. He got quite a number of questions during the session, so I guess we can expect more apps coming to Ubuntu soon. 🙂
- Ubuntu App review process explained — coolbhavi: Bhavani Shankar explained the next step in terms of apps and demonstrated how a typical App Review works. Unfortunately the session was interrupted by a bot misbehaving towards the end, but lots of questions were still answered.
- Finding memory leaks — achiang (Hangout!): Memory leaks can become huge problems in no time, and sometimes it’s not easy to debug or fix them. Alex Chiang is passionate about fixing them and provided a great session about how and where to start.
- Testing with autopilot — balloons: Nicholas Skaggs and Thomi Richards are becoming the autopilot double-act (you will likely see them in tomorrow’s Automated Testing Hackfest as well). They gave a very nice introduction into autopilot and how to use it to test UI elements properly. Be sure to check it out and make good use of it.
- Unity integration — mhall119: Michael Hall, the author of “Hello Unity” and things like “singlet” knows how Unity works and how best to integrate your apps with it. It’s these finishing touches which make your app stand out and give the users the nice feeling of a seamless experience.
Here’s what’s on for today. Hope to see you all there!
- 15:00 UTC – Automated Testing in Ubuntu — pitti
- 16:00 UTC – Syncing your app’s data with u1db — aquarius
- 17:00 UTC – Interacting with Debian’s Bug Tracking System — tumbleweed
- 17:30 UTC – Building Ubuntu images — ogra
- 18:00 UTC – The Ubuntu Nexus 7 images — ogra
- 18:30 UTC – Fixing packages to cross-build – xnox
- 19:00 UTC – Developers Roundtable — bdrung & geser
This is the last day of this cycle’s UDW, so make sure you let your friends know and show up yourself. Join in!
Each cycle, the Ubuntu Classroom team holds an event called the Ubuntu Developer Week. Here, you can be part of different workshops, where you will be able to learn about the different tools and processes in the Ubuntu Community, in respect of Development.
This cycle, the Ubuntu Developer Week will be held from Tuesday, January the 29th to Thursday, January the 31st, which is exactly a week from now. Sessions will include an introduction to Ubuntu Development and to patch systems, workshops on working with upstreams, writing applications, finding memory leaks and testing, and some explanations about the App Review process. It will all finish with a Developers Roundtable, where you will be able to hear experiences from other people, as well as sharing your own experiences. More information about the event and the full schedule can be found here.
Sessions will start at 15:00 UTC, and finish at 20:00 UTC. You can check the event timing on your local time zone here.
All classes will be given on #ubuntu-classroom on irc.freenode.net, and discussions and questions will take place on #ubuntu-classroom-chat on irc.freenode.net. If you have any questions, please make sure to prefix it with the word ‘QUESTION:’ (in capitals and without quotes) for the bot to take it.
If you think anyone may be interested on the event, make sure to share the links, and we’ll see you there!
In just eight years, Ubuntu has become one of the most popular Linux distributions in the world with millions of users and a thriving community. Ever wondered what all the fuss is about? How have we achieved such a great feat in such a short space of time? Here’s where you can find out. Ubuntu Open Week is a week of IRC and On Air! tuition and Q+A sessions all about getting involved in the rock-and-roll world that is the Ubuntu community. We organise this week for the beginning of a new release cycle to help new contributors get involved.
Ubuntu Open Week takes place in #ubuntu-classroom on irc.freenode.net (#ubuntu-classroom-chat for questions) for IRC, and www.ubuntuonair.com for On Air!.
This cycle it will start on October 24th, and finish October 26th each day with sessions from 13 to 18 UTC, having a special Ask Mark! session on Thursday, at 10 UTC. All sessions on Wednesday and Thursday will run as usual, on IRC (links above), and on Friday, we’ll close up with some Ubuntu on Air! sessions, so you can actually see the instructors.
During the “Ask Mark” session, community members are invited to ask Mark Shuttleworth (sabdfl) questions about the Ubuntu project. You will ask your questions in #ubuntu-classroom-chat with the prefix QUESTION: and JoseeAntonioR or philipballew will be selecting specific questions to pass along to Mark in the main #ubuntu-classroom channel.
Then, from October 24-26th from 13:00 through 18:00 UTC, we will be hosting several sessions from different teams, including the Development, News, Flavors (including Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu and Ubuntu Studio), Translations, QA, LoCo, Women, Accomplishments, IRC, App Development, Desktop, Manual and MOTU teams.
To check out the full schedule and learn more about the event, visit the Ubuntu Open Week page on the Ubuntu wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek
We hope to see you there! But if not, as always, logs will be available after each session, and linked to the schedule at the end of each day.
The Ubuntu Open Week is one of the big Classroom events we have each cycle. This time, it will be taking place from the 24th to the 26th of October, and sessions will last from 13 to 18 UTC. For those of you who do not know what this is all about, it is a community-oriented and community-driven event where people from different teams explain what work they do in the community, so you can choose the areas you like the most, and help us grow as a strong community. You can find more information about it in https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek.
Now, we are looking for instructors. But before explaining anything, let me remind you that for this cycle, as accorded during UDS, we will be having 2 days of lovely-IRC sessions (Wednesday and Thursday), and we’ll be wrapping up with a day full of On Air! sessions (Friday). So, based on that, we are looking for people who have been involved with a team for a long time, and would like to explain clearly how things work on it. That way, people around the world would be encouraged to join in what they like the most.
If you want to take a slot, just grab it, but make sure to let me (JoseeAntonioR on #ubuntu-classroom-backstage on freenode, joseeantonior at ubuntu dot com) or Philip Ballew (philballew on #ubuntu-classroom-backstage on freenode, philipballew at ubuntu dot com) know, by pinging us on IRC, or sending us an email. Please make sure to pass on this announcement to anyone who can be interested on being part of this event. Thanks for your interest!
Thanks a lot to all the presenters at Ubuntu Developer Week! Thanks a lot also to everyone who joined the sessions and who helped set them up. This UDW was another great success. We had up to 300 people sessions around at peak times, lots of great questions and lots of excitement. It’s events like this where you can get a better sense how Ubuntu development works, can see Open Source development in action and get to know the people.
All the logs of the sessions are now available from the Ubuntu Developer Week page. Thanks again everyone!
Here’s a run through the sessions of the last day:
- Getting started with app development and Intro to translations in Ubuntu – David Planella talked about two topics very close to his heart, Apps in Ubuntu and Translations in Ubuntu. Within 30 minutes each, he managed to give a nice overview and also to address all incoming questions.
- Adding test cases with UTAH and Q&A about test automation – UTAH is the Ubuntu Test Automation Harness and Gema Gomez-Solano explained in quite some detail how it works and why this changes how we put Ubuntu together a lot. She also explained how to get involved by adding new test-cases. Please have a look at the logs and help out!
- Getting started with Ubuntu WebApps – Alex Launi and Alex Abreu did a great job explaining how Ubuntu WebApps works and how to get started implementing your own. It’s great to see how easily the Desktop and the Web can get closer. Be sure to check it out.
- u1db: synced data for your apps on many platforms – The Ubuntu One team has been cooking something really nice for us and Stuart Langridge showed trivial it is to get up and running with your own databases. It’s a great and very natural way to use, store and sync data, in any application.
- Developers Roundtable – Benjamin Drung and Scott Kitterman were around to answer all kinds of development-related questions and did a nice job of easing everyone into a comfortable atmosphere. Particularly talking from their own experience is nice to read.
Ubuntu Developer Week always flies by much too quickly, but there will be more events related to Ubuntu development, so stay tuned.
Day 2 is over and what a fantastic day it was! Without further ado here’s the summary of day 2:
- Introduction to Quickly – Michael Terry rocked it. As he is one of the maintainers of Quickly it was easy for him to give a nice overview of our favourite app development tool and answer all questions which came up.
- Getting help to start with Ubuntu Development The developer advisory team and beyond – As member of the MOTU team and the Developer Advisory Team, Bhavani Shankar knows what kind of questions and concerns new contributors have. He did a great job explaining how the DAT tries to help newcomers and explain what to watch out for when getting involved with Ubuntu Development.
- Fixing small bugs and forwarding the patches upstream – Stefano Rivera filled multiple pages with content during his session and explained very nicely where to find easy tasks to work on and which typical bug fixing initiatives are going on in Ubuntu and Debian.
- libmessagingmenu – As a new member of the Desktop infrastructure it was great to see libmessagingmenu explained by somebody who put lots of work into it. Thanks Lars Uebernickel – now it should be easier to integrate with libmessagingmenu for interested developers.
- Ubuntu Juju Tips and Tricks – With Ubuntu’s focus on the Cloud world, we had to have a session about Juju. Read the log and see how Mark Mims went into detail about how to get the most out of it.
I’m sure you’re as sad as everybody else, but today is the last day of Ubuntu Developer Week. Don’t despair though, there’ll be many many more. Here’s what’s up on the schedule for today:
- 15:00 UTC: Getting started with app development – David Planella has been working with the App Developer community for quite a while, so he knows the pitfalls and problems you might run into when writing your first app.
- 15:30 UTC: Intro to translations in Ubuntu – David has also worked with the Translations community a lot, so stay tuned for a great session on making software speak all kinds of languages.
- 16:00 UTC: Adding test cases with UTAH – Quick introduction to Ubuntu Test Automation Harness. How to get involved, and how to get support from the development team or contribute.
- 16:30 UTC: Q&A about test automation – Answers for anyone with questions about starting a new automated suite, where to start with automation (with or without UTAH) of package testing, feel free to come over and ask. If there are no questions there won’t be any answers either!
- 17:00 UTC: Getting started with Ubuntu WebApps – Getting the Ubuntu Desktop closer to the web was a huge undertaking, but totally worth it. Ubuntu is just so much better with all the goodness being closely integrated. Alex Launi and Alex Abreu are experts on the topic.
- 18:00 UTC: u1db: synced data for your apps on many platforms – If your app deal with any kind of data, you might be interested in hooking it up with Ubuntu One DB. Stuart Langridge will tell you exactly ho.
- 19:00 UTC: Developers Roundtable – Do you have questions about Ubuntu development? Here you have the best opportunity to ask everything you want to know, because we will have a number of developers there who can answer your questions for you.
We hope to see many of you around today as it’s the last day. Tell your friends and bring them and your questions. Join in!
Day 1 of Ubuntu Developer Week is over – it was brilliant. Lots of people, last I looked it was close to 300 and many many excellent questions. Here’s a quick run through the sessions we had yesterday:
- Introduction to Ubuntu development – The even was started by Daniel Holbach, who gave a one-hour introduction to Ubuntu development. Many of the things you need to understand first were discussed, but lots more as well. Especially the Q&A parts are an interesting read.
- Getting set up for Ubuntu development – After a very short break, just enough to get a cup of tea, the session continued and we talked about all the tools a developer typically needs and how to set them up properly. This as well raised many good questions. Reading through the log you can get a sense for how our attendees were interested in getting started.
- Something about ARM – Oliver Grawert was up next and started off with a brief history of how the efforts around ARM evolved in Ubuntu. The rest of the session was very much about questions and answers and by getting through them all, it was very easy to understand how busy a place ARM in Ubuntu is.
- Ubuntu Development for the Youth – Bilal Akhtar gave an excellent session about contributing to Ubuntu and answered many very common questions and was able to put many minds at ease. If you should be still unsure about Ubuntu development and if it’s a good idea to get involved, read the session log.
- Using and porting to Python3 – Barry Warsaw could have filled three hours about Python3 without problems. The session was very interesting as he managed to highlight both challenges with porting from 2 to 3, but also what we have to gain.
Very soon we will kick off day 2 which has this for us in store:
- 15:00 UTC: Introduction to Quickly – Michael Terry is one of the people behind Quickly, so he’s a pretty good person to get you started writing your first app for Ubuntu. Prepare yourself for a pleasant journey towards your first app.
- 16:00 UTC: Getting help to start with Ubuntu Development – The developer advisory team and beyond – Bhavani Shankar has been part of Ubuntu Development for a very long time and part of the Developer Advisory Team for almost all of its lifetime. Join his session for an overview of what the DAT is doing and some tips to get started.
- 17:00 UTC: Fixing small bugs and forwarding the patches upstream – Stefano Rivera is both, an Ubuntu and a Debian developer, and has contributed to both for an extended period of time. He’d love you to help fix small bugs in both, so join in, ask your questions and get involved.
- 18:00 UTC: libmessagingmenu – libmessagingmenu is one of the key components on the Ubuntu Desktop and Lars Übernickel a person who knows everything about it. His session will give you a good idea how it works and how to integrate with it easily.
- 19:00 UTC: Ubuntu Juju Tips and Tricks – juju has taken the DevOps world by storm, because it was never easier to massage your knowledge about the deployment and administration of services into charms and to administer many many systems very easily. Mark Mims will be here to tell us more about it.
As you can see, we brought together all kinds of Ubuntu developers to give you a taster of the richness of our community. Tell your friends and bring them and your questions. Join in!
One of my favourite parts of the cycle is about to start in just a few hours: Ubuntu Developer Week is about to kick off today. If you’re interested in Ubuntu Development, you’re in for three days of talks and workshops. Join in and be part of these sessions today:
- 15:00 UTC: Introduction to Ubuntu Development – If you are completely new to Ubuntu Development, this is a session you will want to attend. Daniel Holbach will give you a good overview how things work and you will have heard about all the essential bits.
- 16:00 UTC: Getting set up for Ubuntu development – In this session you will learn which tools you need and how to configure them best. Afterwards you will be ready to go to start working on Ubuntu packages.
- 17:00 UTC: Something about ARM – Heard a lot about ARM devices recently? We’re sure you have. Everybody’s excited about Ubuntu’s new first-class citizen. Learn more from Oliver Grawert what it takes to make Ubuntu run on these.
- 18:00 UTC: Ubuntu Development for the Youth – Bilal Akhtar is one of Ubuntu’s younger Ubuntu developers and has been involved in making it easier for other young contributors to get involved. Attend the session and be convinced that anybody can start getting involved! 🙂
- 19:00 UTC: Something about Python3 – Barry Warsaw has been involved in Python for a very long and he’d love to see everything ported to Python3. In this session Barry will give you a few really good reasons to look into Python3.
Join us in #ubuntu-classroom on irc.freenode.net and get involved! You won’t regret it.