An analysis of topics that need more amplification in a world of noise.

Phones In An Imagination-Starved World

In my "Why Smart Phones Aren't" series (1), I had expressed my hope that I would actually see a phone that is truly smart in my lifetime.

I challenged people to re-think what a phone should be and recommended that as a prime directive a phone should be "Respectful to its owner first."

Seems that I and Joe Liau are not the only two voices in the forest here. Bunnie Huang has weighed in with an excellent video along a similar theme.

Though the video is not about Ubuntu Phone (2), it should be. The Ubuntu Phone has begun to change the world, but we still have a ways to go. Perhaps spreading the idea that current market-leading phones are a "waste of life" will help.

Let's continue to disrupt an industry that has needed a good shake for at least a decade. Spreading this information helps.

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(1): http://randall.executiv.es/missing-the-point

(2): http://www.ubuntu.com/phone

Cool Conference Ideas

I just returned from a large, well managed conference in Portland (you know the one), and this was one of the ideas that stood out as excellent, at least in my opinion: Sticker Table!


People leave stickers, take stickers, and see stickers. It's a great way to give your project more visibility and it's also a great way to see what other projects are around, and possibly even at the show/conference.

Have you seen anything at recent shows that made you say, "Wow! Great idea." Please share in the comments or shoot an email to randall at ubuntu dot com.

Hey San Francisco! We're Modelling and Conducting!


On Sunday night (June 21st), the friendly folks that bring you Ubuntu, Juju, LXD, and a whole bunch of other goodness are hosting a special, pre-Dockercon event that's all about service modelling, orchestration, and making all the container-y Docker-y stuff work well with in the DevOps world.

Interested in systems architecture and design? This event is for you.

We have an panel of industry luminaries assembled to discuss things like:

  • What is the importance of service modelling?
  • What does orchestration really mean in real-world terms?
  • Where is the management of complex systems headed?

Expect lively discussion, debate, and a healthy dose of the future.

Additionally, we'll have lightning talks before the panel,

Best of all, it's free and light refreshments will be provided.

Register now! We're almost out of space...

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/conducting-systems-and-services-an-evening-a...

Hope to see you there.

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If you have no idea what this world of Docker, containers, orchestration, etc. etc. is all about, then I recommend a couple of articles to get your wheels turning:

http://blog.circleci.com/its-the-future/
http://blog.circleci.com/it-really-is-the-future

Spark'ing a Big Data Breakthrough in San Francisco!

If you are in (or can get to) San Francisco today (Tuesday June 16th) at 8pm, I hope you'll drop in to our social event to discover a really easy way to get Big Data solutions deployed onto your favourite public or private cloud. Meet the wonderful Canonical and Ubuntu folks that work on Juju and Big Data.

Though it's a social, we'll have a special guest appearance by our now famous Orange Box.

We're calling this event "Mine & Mingle". It starts at 8pm. Tickets are free. Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mine-mingle-tickets-17372270930

Introducing the Juju Charmer

Today, Ubuntu Vancouver is proud to release our newest ubuntu-themed cocktail: the Juju Charmer!

The Juju Charmer cocktail has been meticulously crafted to meet the highest quality standards of the Juju Charmers team and community Charmers everywhere. After a full development cycle including rigorous testing, an alpha, and a beta, and numerous reviews we've refined this cocktail to match the quality and consistency that one would expect from the best Charms. Best practices distilled and mixed!

We've also worked extra hard to ensure that the taste and colour of this beautiful cocktail is something that you, your friends, and your family can enjoy regardless of whether they've ever heard of ubuntu or juju.

In fact, when you enjoy a Juju Charmer together, you might just find that they get quite curious about the world's friendliest and most collaborative development project. They may even get curious enough to sample the freedom that you enjoy every day, thanks to ubuntu and juju.

So raise a glass and cheer "Juju" (joo-joo), or even "Ubuntu" (oo-boon-too) and watch heads turn. Watch people wonder what all the fuss is about.

A full-resolution image suitable for printing is available at http://www.ubuntuvancouver.org/jujucharmer. Why not print a few thousand of these cards and hand them out to bartenders everywhere? That's how ubuntu spreads.

:~$juju deploy spin

Enjoy!

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Special thanks go to Joe Liau, co-creator.
The creators wish to thank Marco Ceppi for his superb choice of rum and also Canonical's Juju Ecosystems team for graciously providing feedback and for adding enough units to ensure spin!

We're Going to Party in a Charming Way!

Folks, I've noticed many of you are either in Vancouver or on your way to party with us. That's a good thing!


Our party is tomorrow (Thursday May 21st). You've made the right decision to join us.

Tickets are going fast. I recommend that you grab some while you can.

Remember the Ubuntini? On Thursday, we'll be unveiling something the world has not seen (or tasted) yet; the perfect encore to our now globally famous Ubuntini.

Be there for the world premiere of our latest ubuntu-themed cocktail!

Wear orange, dress as a cosmonaut, or simply come as you are. We're going to dance, socialize and celebrate the community that is ubuntu.

See you soon.

Be Charmed, In Vancouver

Something is coming... this Thursday night.

Will you be there to witness history?

Not in Vancouver? Book your flights!

A disturbance in the force...

Let There Be Unicorns, Part 1

Ubuntu Vancouver recently came together to fold unicorns to help raise awareness of the Ubuntu Phone.

Joe from Ubuntu Vancouver shares his unicorn that is absolutely in love with flowers for the origami #fingertipchallenge.

We'd love it if you would like Joe's unicorn on Instagram.

My Freedom Zero <> Freedom 0

Was Richard Stallman wrong when he wrote the Four Freedoms? I would argue, and I am, that he views/viewed freedom through *his* lens, which is something that people normally do. RMS is a highly intelligent man, and accomplished programmer, and a thought leader for our movement. He is able to read source code. He is probably able to make any software work, if he were to apply his time and intellect or that of his staff.

Life in the "community trenches" has taught me a valuable lesson that I feel is obvious yet eludes most programmers: Not everyone is RMS. And, if you're reading this as a programmer, or someone who *gets* technology and its arcane underbelly, not everyone is you.

Software is useless if people lack the capacity (or means) to enjoy it. By that, I am referring to aptitude, though one could extend this line of thought to time, attention, and any other finite resource. For many, the barrier of adopting new (to them) technology is high, and maybe even unreachable.

Richard wrote "freedom 0" to be:
"The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose"

I propose that we consider an alternate "freedom 0", which I will call Freedom Zero:

    "The freedom to enjoy the benefit(s) of a program without the need for advanced knowledge of technology, undue effort, or expert assistance."

See the difference?

When we make software (and systems) that respect the fact that not everyone has the time, knowledge, aptitude, energy, etc. to enjoy it, then we begin to approach Freedom Zero

Technology (software or otherwise) that provides Freedom Zero is technology that *everyone* can enjoy; technology that knows no prejudices.

If you are advocating a particular program, operating system, or technology in general, please consider this question first.

"Can everyone I know enjoy it (even my most non-technical friends, relatives and neighbours) without the need for my assistance?"

If the answer is "no" then I suggest you re-think your motives.

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Note: RMS has neither reviewed nor endorsed this article.

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