Yes, it's time for more Jam.
I don't know about you, but all this talk of jam and photos of jam sure are making me hungry.
In just a few weeks, it will be time for the Ubuntu Global Jam. Have you planned your event yet? Have you posted it to the Ubuntu LoCo directory? Read how to do it here.
Not planning to jam this year? You can still participate by posting your favourite jam photos. Help spread the meme. Let's put jam all over the planet.
image (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) olgucz
If I had a dollar for every person who I've heard say it, I'd be a rich man. Well maybe not quite as rich as a famous benevolent dictator, but close ;)
If you haven't read Charlene's post please check it out for good background on why we're going with this in Vancouver, at least for now.
Now, try it out. Walk up to a stranger and ask: "Ubuntu. What is it?" Let's get everyone in the world asking this question. Let's jolt them into thinking about something new.
It's recursive. It's fun. It's mysterious.
It's Wednesday. What could that mean? Jam!
I know what you're thinking. "Randall, you're nuts." Well, bear with me. There's some logic in this.
Every Wednesday, Jono Bacon, (our resident rock star and Community Manager) hosts his flashy "At Home With Jono Bacon" videocast. It's performed live at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 6pm UTC in front of an audience (that's you).
Jono loves jam. Please tune in, and please bring lots of jam, and 'jammy' questions. Overwhelm him with jam. Ask him to jam on his guitar, with jam. Tell him I sent you ;)
image (CC BY-NC 2.0) Darwin Bell
Guess what? I got a fever! And the only prescription.. is more jam!
Ubuntu friends and supporters: You are needed! The Ubuntu Global Jam is happening very soon.
You can help bring Free Software to the everyone you care about. How you ask? Organize an Ubuntu Global Jam event.
Anyone can do it, you don’t have to be a developer or technical. You don't have to be a member of an Ubuntu LoCo. Just think up an event and provide a place for Ubuntu fans in your area to get together.
Simple jam recipe:
1. Pick a venue (can be a pub, bar, community centre, library, restaurant, or coffee shop) near you.
2. Pick a day between 2nd – 4th September 2011.
3. Add your event to the LoCo Team Portal. (If you are not part of a LoCo team, or can't find one in your area, please contact me in the comments!)
4. Tell your local area about it, blog about it, tweet it, and spread the word!
Let's start making Jam :)
image (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Josh Liba
Tell all your friends. This is going to be fun!
Recently Jam is on my mind...
What does this have to do with Ubuntu? Everything!
Got a nit? Something about Ubuntu not quite right?
The Ubuntu Global Jam is your chance to bring your local community together to make Ubuntu better.
How can YOU make Ubuntu better? That's up to you. Perhaps your community is good at translating? Documenting? Marketing? Partying? Coding? Bug fixing? Blueprinting? Drawing? Video creation? Deleting stale wiki pages? Drinking coffee? Making jam! <-- yes that's valid too.
As Jono aptly pointed out: "There really is no limit to what you can do to help. The Ubuntu Global Jam is a great opportunity to get together and meet other Ubuntu fans and contributors, make new friends in your area, and help to make the next Ubuntu release the best it can be so we can bring Free Software to the masses."
Jono also mentioned that we're aiming to set a new record for this Jam season. I'm taking his number and I'm inflating it because that's what I do.
In his introductory post, we had 6 events registered. Let's see what our Jam-o-meter says today:
Cool! We've doubled the original number. We're still in the "red" though.
Full instructions for participating and joining the Jam can be found here. Let's get jamming! Let's make the needle move :)
Our first-ever, all new, trail-blazing, crazily-hyped Ubuntu Community Week (Oneiric edition) is over. Did you catch it? Did your aunt?
I want to thank all of our presenters and community leaders for taking time out of their busy schedules and for making Ubuntu a priority. They are Omar Almahmoud, Alan Pope, Paul Tagliamonte, Laura Czajkowski, Alan Bell, Nathan Haines, Joe Liau, Laura Czajkowski, Chris Crisafulli, Charlene Tessier, Jono Bacon, Leandro Gómez, Martin Owens, Christophe Sauthier, Elizabeth Krumbach, Paolo Sammicheli, and Cheri Francis.
I am always amazed by and honoured to be a part of this community. A community where everyone sets aside their differences, rolls up their sleeves and pitches in without expecting anything in return other than perhaps that feeling one gets from contributing to something that's improving the world.
I hope you will read them.
Was UCW-O perfect? No. Was it flashy? No. Did it bring in millions? Heck no.
Did it rock? Yes! Did it tilt the earth's axis? A little. Did we set a precedent? We sure did.
UCW was a start. A start on a long journey forward that we need to take together to grow by a factor of TEN. We need to step outside of our traditional Ubuntu boundaries. We need to think up creative events and mechanisms that will appeal to those on the other side of the chasm. And, we need to give those who are already with us the tools they need to inject energy and enthusiasm into their communities.
Mark Shuttleworth (sabdfl) alluded to this yesterday (in a cameo accidental appearance at UCW). We (the free software open-sourcey kernel-y, GNU-like people) have conducted a 20 year experiment. We need to take the results and learn from them. We need to get smarter and adapt. I am with him.
A pledge: Future Ubuntu community events will be bigger, stronger, and will have much more electric guitar. Mark my words. And, please read that twice.
Thank you everyone. Onward...
A BONUS CARD!
As Paul Tagliamonte mentioned yesterday, he was thrown a curve ball that delayed his participation in UCW.
In the true spirit of teamwork, Cheri stepped up and made sure the session happened on time and on budget, energizing teams all over the world and narrowly averting a community meltdown. Thank you Cheri!