Quincy the Quantal Quetzal Says:

Quincy's in a happy quantal state today!

The journalists that have previously been getting the release names of Ubuntu wrong are starting to learn and improve. Fewer hits of erroneous animals today, which is amazing given the fact that the unbelievably amazing Ubuntu 12.04 was just released yesterday and that was a golden opportunity to spread misinformation by calling it an animal name.

Perhaps Quincy is having an impact? I think so. Do you?

A Tearful Goodbye to Our Friend

The metamorphosis from animal to number is complete! Check out what our Pangolin has become here:

Or better yet, find (or create) your local Ubuntu enthusiast community and explore Ubuntu together, in person. "Ubuntu is not just software."

Quincy the Quetzal Says:


Want to play along? GIMP is your friend.
@ Ben: We're in Vancouver BC.

Hey Journalists! Know Your Ubuntu Names

Mark's Quantal Quetzal announcement. is all over the web, sort of.

And already, "linux" journalists everywhere are boldly and incorrectly reporting the name. (Ignore for a minute that Ubuntu is not "linux", any more than your friend's Toyota Camry is a 2AZ-FE.)

Here's an example of what I'm talking about.

Did you spot the error in the original article? Probably not. TL;DR?

The author states: "Mark Shuttleworth has just announced the codename for the upcoming Ubuntu release: Ubuntu 12.10 will be called Quantal Quetzal."

The statement should read: "Mark Shuttleworth has just announced the codename for the upcoming Ubuntu release: Quantal Quetzal will become Ubuntu 12.10."

It's a subtle but important distinction. Pre-release versions of Ubuntu are given animal names. Released versions of Ubuntu are given numbers.

Please read that statement twice before writing your next "linux" article. Oh, and dropping the "L" word sure would be an added bonus. This is not the 90's. ;)


Did you find an article with the same error? Please report the URL in the comments.

"Best of Jam": We Have a Winner!

The first ever "Best of Jam" photo contest has concluded.

With a decisive 36% of the vote, our winner is:

"Portland! Our first potato chip only event!""Portland! Our first potato chip only event!"

Our lucky winner will receive a very slick Vancouver t-shirt directly from downtown Vancouver compliments of me and as a little souvenir of Ubuntu Vancouver.

Thanks for playing! See you at the next Jam. Bring jam, and watch magical things happen...

Vote! "Best of Jam"

It's voting day!

Step 1.
Review the contestants. (open the link)

Step 2.
Place your vote! (open the link)

Thank you!

Who Will be "Best of Jam"? You Decide!

Before the Ubuntu Global Jam began, I announced the first ever "Best of Jam" photo contest. Quoting my original post:

Here's the fun part. If your photo is selected as the "Best of Jam" you'll receive very slick Vancouver t-shirt directly from downtown Vancouver compliments of me and as a little souvenir of Ubuntu Vancouver. Ways to win... Take fun photos. Smile. Pose creatively. Include Jam.

Drumroll please...

Photo #1: Jamming in Dhaka!Photo #1: Jamming in Dhaka!

Photo #2: "Our first potato chip only event!"Photo #2: "Our first potato chip only event!"

Photo #3: "Getting excited and making something. Is that the legendary Bilal?"Photo #3: "Getting excited and making something. Is that the legendary Bilal?"

Photo #4: "Intense jamming makes for a better Unity experience!"Photo #4: "Intense jamming makes for a better Unity experience!"

Photo #5: Simplifying our lives, with Jam and smiles!Photo #5: Simplifying our lives, with Jam and smiles!

Photo #6: "Someone is really annoying Charles. Who?"Photo #6: "Someone is really annoying Charles. Who?"

Photo #7: "Shaking hands and generating keys"Photo #7: "Shaking hands and generating keys"

Photo #8: "The happiest times are when we jam!"Photo #8: "The happiest times are when we jam!"

Photo #9: "Ubuntu is fun! That's why I am smiling!"Photo #9: "Ubuntu is fun! That's why I am smiling!"

Are they jamming? Are they having fun? Please vote for your favourite photo by clicking this link!

I'll announce the winner shortly. Thanks for playing!

Ubuntu Community Lexicon, Part 4

In case you haven't seen my "Ubuntu Community Lexicon" series, the earlier post and an explanation of the rationale is here. This post is a follow-up and a refinement.

Where is your place in Ubuntu Community?

There is something missing from that question. Did you spot it? It's an adjective. And for the purpose of this article, it's the distinction between online and "in-real-life".

Are you part of the Ubuntu Online Community? Or do you prefer to belong to the Ubuntu In-Real-Life Community? Admittedly, the Ubuntu Online Community is a bit of a blind spot for me. I interact much less often in Ubuntu IRC channels, Ubuntu Forums, Ask Ubuntu, etc. than I do in real life. Instead, I prefer meet Ubuntu friends and co-conspirators in person.

Having said that, a lot of what I see and read that says "Ubuntu Community" is really about the Ubuntu Online Community. I believe this is an artifact from the time when Ubuntu (the project) was small and dispersed and there was little opportunity for in-real-life meetings. Though these days (of being small) are gone, we're still managing a lot of the community as if it exists primarily online and we're optimizing for that. (Maybe even subconsciously.)

With that in mind, it is useful to integrate the notion of "online" into the Ubuntu Community Lexicon which I started developing and socializing at UDS-P. Perhaps this will help us deploy community management techniques that are more precise. And, by extension, maybe we'll gain some benefit that we can map to our "in-real-life" community development.

Enter research. By day, I'm an IT management professional. I also enjoy researching social aspects of computing (something I do as a hobby, believe it or not). While reading the International Journal of Managing Information Technology recently, I came across online community terminology that is helpful, which I will paraphrase from the original authors (see footnote) and adapt to our use case:

Outsider: A person who is unaware of Ubuntu forums, IRC channels, discussion boards, etc. and likely not interested in Ubuntu's online community.

Non-interested Knower: A person who knows about Ubuntu's online community but never browses its posts. S/he's currently not interested in the content but might be interested in the future.

Trouble Maker: A person who post "malwords" (unwanted input, derogatory posts, trollish content) that can hurt Ubuntu's online community by making other participants feel bad. Even if these individuals provide information they are undesirable because other people may leave if they are subjected to their vitriol.

Lurker: A person who just consumes without providing any new information. Their overall value to the community is roughly zero.

Non-contributing Participant: A person who does not provide any new/useful information, but consumes information or participates in other activities. They ask questions, give
feedback, and thank others. (You can think of these people almost as fans at a hockey game.)

Partially-contributing Participant: A person who contributes sometimes, but is mostly a consumer.

Contributor: Individuals who provide new information regularly as their main act.

Which group most closely resembles the people you know in Ubuntu's Online Community?

And, less obviously:
For whom do we want to optimize our online community? What steps, if any, are we prepared to take to innoculate it from those we don't want.

Food for thought. If you'd like to offer some ideas, the comments are open.


Remember: When we speak about community, lets use adjectives. Let's use more than one adjective if one isn't enough. Let's use precise language to help frame the problems we are trying to solve in the Precise cycle, and beyond.

The original paper is here:
"A Continuum of Participants in Online Communities" by Xuequn Wang and Yanjun Yu.

Last Call for Precise Jam Photos

We're near the end of the Ubuntu Global Jam Photo Round-up Extravaganza!

Meanwhile, here is another contender for "Best of Jam" photo, retrieved from a photo sharing site:

Mexico City: "Intense jamming makes for a better Unity experience!"Mexico City: "Intense jamming makes for a better Unity experience!"

Your photos of the Ubuntu Global Jam (Precise) aren't online yet? Here's your last chance. Post them somewhere, anywhere, and let me know where they are (in the comments). Your entry could be "Best of Jam".


Yet More Precise Jams

The great quest for photos of the Ubuntu Global Jam (Precise) continues. Even though there are some who would chastise the effort to find and to present photos of people having fun and generally enjoying themselves at a jam (sometimes even with jam), I move forward with zeal. ("Haters gonna hate jam.")

So, here are two more contenders for "Best of Jam" photo, spotted in another obscure corner of the web:

Sant Adrià de Besòs: "The happiest times are when we jam!"Sant Adrià de Besòs: "The happiest times are when we jam!"

Mumbai: "Ubuntu is fun! That's why I am smiling!"Mumbai: "Ubuntu is fun! That's why I am smiling!"

Captions? IMSU! (I made stuff up.) Any similarities to the actual event are a stange accident.

Do you know what was really happening? Share your story! Pick a photo and caption it in the comments. Imagine you jammed with your friends and made Ubuntu even better.

And, if you have a photo that you think qualifies for "Best of Jam", please add the URL in the comments. Only a couple more days to go!

Thanks for participating.

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