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On Friday "We're Going to Jam!" Ubuntu On Air

A special episode of "Ubuntu on Air" entitled "We're Going to Jam!" will be presented this Friday Feb 22nd 2013 at 20:00UTC. (Time conversion is here: http://ur1.ca/cvbn5 )

During this session, I will be fielding your questions about the "Ubuntu Global Jam", as well as providing tips & tricks for hosting (or being part of) a successful event. I will be joined by guests who have organized Jams and will reveal their secrets. We'll talk about ideas for Jams, including Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet.

I hope you'll watch and participate too! The session will be online at:

http://ubuntuonair.com.

Thanks and "see" you soon!

Please forward this message to anyone you feel would be interested and out to your social nets too...

Ubuntu Global Jam - With Phones! With Tablets!

Would you like to see (or show) the Ubuntu Phone or Ubuntu Tablet in person? Come to the Ubuntu Global Jam!

The Ubuntu Global Jam happening on March 1, 2, 3 (2013) is your chance to see (or to show others) how amazing Ubuntu is on these devices.

I have received confirmation that the flashing instructions will be ready before (and in preparation for) the Jam weekend, so get ready! Do you have a "Galaxy Nexus" or a "Galaxy Nexus 4" phone? Do you have a "Nexus 7" or "Nexus 10" tablet? Bring them!

Up until now, most readers of Ubuntu Planet (and most journalists too) have only seen these devices in videos. The Ubuntu Global Jam is our chance to change that.

Be an Ubuntu Advocate. Give a great demo. (If you are planning to bring your phone or tablet to the event, please add the word "phone" or "tablet" or both to the event description at http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/global/2221/detail/ )

Be an Ubuntu supporter. Find people in your town/city that enjoy Ubuntu and spend some time with them.

Don't see an event near your city/town? You can help fix that! Please add your event to the LoCo Team Portal http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/global/2221/detail/ so the world can start seeing all the amazing things that you're doing for Ubuntu.

Thanks in advance for participating in the Ubuntu Global Jam!

Ubuntu Global Jam - More Events!

Eleven fantastic teams have already announced their intention to participate in the The Ubuntu Global Jam (Raring Ringtail edition)!

Don't see an event near your city/town? You can help fix that!

The Ubuntu Global Jam is happening Friday March 1, Saturday March 2, and Sunday March 3, 2013.

Please add your event to the LoCo Team Portal http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/global/2221/detail/ so the world can start seeing all the amazing things that you're doing for Ubuntu.

More information is here:
http://randall.executiv.es/raring-global-jam

Thanks in advance for participating in the Ubuntu Global Jam!

Will It Route?

Chances are that if you're a LoCo team contact you've received an email message from me recently *encouraging* you to get your team signed up for the Ubuntu Global Jam. Or maybe you didn't...

Horror of horrors! You have an email issue.

Are you a "Team Contact?" Does your @ubuntu.com address still work? Check it. Fix it!

Are you a "Team Contact?" Are you cloaking your email address? Hmm. That would make you less than "contactable". ;) Fix it!

And by extension, if you are an Ubuntu Member it's a grand idea to check your email settings in Launchpad to ensure that yourlaunchpadID@ubuntu.com routes to some address that you check periodically.

This concludes my Public Service Announcement on routable email addresses. Happy messaging!

Ubuntu Global Jam - Events are Starting to Appear!

The Ubuntu Global Jam (Raring Ringtail edition) is coming! Four absolutely amazing teams have already announced their intention to Jam. Thank you!

I would like to encourage you to register an event for your team for the upcoming Ubuntu Global Jam. Remember, it's happening

  • Friday March 1, 2013
  • Saturday March 2, 2013
  • Sunday March 3, 2013

Please add your event to the LoCo Team Portal http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/global/2221/detail/ so the world can start seeing all the amazing things that you're doing for Ubuntu.

More information is here:
http://randall.executiv.es/raring-global-jam

Thanks in advance for Jamming, Ubuntu style!

Ubuntu Global Jam - Call for Events!

The Ubuntu Global Jam (Raring Ringtail edition) is coming! This event is an incredible opportunity for the Ubuntu community to unite together to improve Ubuntu.

Everyone is able to contribute to the Jam, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved. Are you curious about how to make a real difference to Ubuntu? This is a great chance to make that difference.

I would like to encourage you to register an event for your team for the upcoming Ubuntu Global Jam occurring on these dates:

  • Friday March 1, 2013
  • Saturday March 2, 2013
  • Sunday March 3, 2013

This part is important! Please add your event to the LoCo Team Portal http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/global/2221/detail/ so the world can start seeing all the amazing things that you're doing for Ubuntu.

Good documentation about how to create a successful Global Jam event is here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGlobalJam

A short video explaining the most basic steps is here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITk8PGBkMXQ

Gathering Ubuntu people together is always fun and I'm sure you are going to have a great time with your team! Thanks in advance for participating in this cycle's Global Jam event. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

How to Win the War


Ubuntu Evangelists! Do we want to win? It's time.

A simple yet powerful (marketing) message appears to be resonating in the circles that I travel in. I'm writing today to encourage you to adopt it and then to report back your success(es).


Ubuntu is not just software.Ubuntu is not just software.

It's much more. It's a new way of thinking about how technology fits in our lives. It provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in its production. It respects us. It doesn't deride us and call us "users." In short, it's more human.

I don't think we'll ever win the "war" by trying to make the prettiest, fastest, or featury-est phone/tablet/computer/TV/wristwatch out there (though that certainly helps get us into the game and makes others scramble). We shall win by embracing a philosophy that puts people first and by publicly declaring that fact with both words and actions.

Now, name one technology company (proprietary or not) that can beat us at that game. ;)

Abuse By Proxy

It's really tough to leave an abusive relationship.

No, I'm not talking about relationships between humans, I'm talking about the relationship between humans and the technology that is done to them by other humans (that are in a position to know better and to do much better). I'll call this "pre-meditated abuse by proxy." (You could also call this predation.)

A co-conspirator (that's a term I reserve for friends) of mine recently wrote an article about the difficulties he had convincing a business contact to consider Ubuntu as a sensible alternative to the extremely uncomfortable (and expensive) computing systems that were in use, and by their own admission, barely functional.

When offered a free (Ubuntu) alternative, as well as free installation and support, the contact said "No thanks", repeatedly.

Baffling? Not really. When one frames this situation properly it all begins to make sense. She's not ready. I would normally just dismiss this as a textbook case of "Tip#4 for Ubuntu Advocates"1 but my co-conspirator made a more profound observation, and I think he's onto something.

People stay in abusive relationships2 (with their technology) for a number of reasons:

  • Fear
  • Believing Abuse is Normal
  • Embarrassment
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Denial

Here are some choice quotes from his article:

"Every time her proprietary operating system beats her and her colleagues down, they just accept it like it’s okay."

"I then had the creepy revelation that it’s like the physically abusive boyfriend who beats the girl and after each beating apologises."

I highly recommend that you read his words, as he's really a great story-teller. While you're at it, leave a comment.

Perhaps it's time to shine the spotlight on what (some) technology is doing to people, and to end this "pre-meditated abuse by proxy."





Citations:
1. "Tip #4 for Ubuntu Evangelists" http://randall.executiv.es/tip4
2. "Why Do People Stay in Abusive Relationships?"
http://www.loveisrespect.org/is-this-abuse/why-do-people-stay-in-abusive-relationships

Credits:
a. Thanks "wayneoutthere" for inspiring this article and for the permission to paraphrase it.
b. Thanks "hang_in_there" for the image.CC BY 2.0. http://www.flickr.com/photos/59632563@N04/6238711264/sizes/z/in/photostream/

It's 2013! Quick! Phone All Your Friends!

Happy New Year everyone!

The year is off to quite a fun start. You've likely seen the announcements about the Ubuntu Phone (without needing any robot). Finally. Ignore the fact that a lot of "the press" (that is sponsored by competitors - check the ads) isn't quite getting the significance of this. (That's a topic for a future post.)

For us, here's Mark explaining it all in a very clear way:


http://www.viddler.com/v/ac8413f3

So, now we have a phone and a tablet, with the exact same interfaces that match the desktop. And soon a TV. No need to learn new interfaces across devices. One interface that spans everything. One project that spans everything.

Please tell all your friends, especially those who think Ubuntu is just software. Heck, call a reporter and explain what Ubuntu really represents.

Randall's prediction: 2013 will be the year we introduce people to systems that work for people, and not vice-versa.

Ten Tips for Ubuntu Evangelists (and Advocates)


If you've been following my series of tips, you might have wished for demanded one concise summary that you could send advocates-to-be. Here it is!

Enjoy Ubuntu every day,
Skip the technical minutia that causes 90% of people to tune you out,
Pronounce Ubuntu the same way Nelson Mandela does (oo-boon-too),
be Selective when choosing an advocat-ee,
Direct people towards their local community instead of trying to be an Ubuntu soloist,
Never Compare Ubuntu to "competitors",
Know Ubuntu well,
Tell interesting stories,
Give great demos, and
Resist the change resistors!
































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