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Planet Awesome! Poll #3

Is your Planet awesome?

Please click through for Poll Question #3. Thanks for participating.

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Background:
I am asking some basic questions in order to gauge the audience, relevance, and usefulness of Planet Ubuntu. I have my opinions, but I would like to see what the data says.

All poll results will be summarized and published here.

Who should be allowed to post on Planet Ubuntu? (Select your most restrictive choice.)

Anyone at all
6% (12 votes)
People who use free software
6% (13 votes)
People who use Ubuntu
11% (22 votes)
People who contribute to Ubuntu
28% (59 votes)
People who are Ubuntu members
27% (56 votes)
People who are prominent Ubuntu members
4% (8 votes)
People who are employed by Canonical
0% (1 vote)
People selected by Mark or an official Canonical representative
18% (38 votes)
Total votes: 209

Planet Awesome! Poll #2

Is your Planet awesome?

Please click through for Poll Question #2. Thanks for participating.

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Background:
I am asking some basic questions in order to gauge the audience, relevance, and usefulness of Planet Ubuntu. I have my opinions, but I would like to see what the data says.

All poll results will be summarized and published here.

Please state how you feel about this statement: "Planet Ubuntu is a useful resource for Ubuntu information."

Strongly agree
23% (69 votes)
Agree
42% (125 votes)
Slightly Agree
18% (52 votes)
Neutral
5% (16 votes)
Slightly Disagree
4% (13 votes)
Disagree
4% (13 votes)
Strongly Disagree
3% (9 votes)
Total votes: 297

Planet Awesome! Poll #1

Is your Planet awesome?

Over the coming days, I will be asking some basic questions in order to gauge the audience, relevance, and usefulness of Planet Ubuntu. I have my opinions, but I would like to see what the data says.

All poll results will be summarized and published here.

Please click through for Poll #1. Thanks for participating.

Which statement applies to you?

I am an Ubuntu Member
33% (84 votes)
I am NOT an Ubuntu Member
67% (171 votes)
Total votes: 255

Ubuntu Local Communities Rock! I Want to Help Make them Rock More!

Dear Ubuntu Community,

It's official. You rock! Help me help you rock more by supporting my nomination for LoCo Council. The new LoCo council (s)election is scheduled to occur SOON!

I have created a section on my wiki page that summarizes what I have been working on to grow and spread Ubuntu, and the underlying philosophy behind my work:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RandallRoss#Supporting_Documentation_For_Ubuntu_...

If you have seen or met me at a UDS, a vUDS, a local community meeting, or anywhere else and like what I do, I hope you will take a minute or two to endorse me. I have created a "Testimonials" section and a couple sentences there from you would go a long way in helping others (who may have never met me) understand why adding me to the council is an "idea whose time has come"...
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RandallRoss/testimonials

Thank you in advance and I'm looking forward to serving Ubuntu local communities around the world (in a more official capacity) and helping to make the Ubuntu community the most awesome place to be!

Cheers,
Randall
Ubuntu Buzz Generator

Ubuntu Global Jam - Call for Events!

The Ubuntu Global Jam ("Saucy Salamander" cycle edition) is quickly approaching! This event is when the entire Ubuntu community comes together to make a real difference to Ubuntu and to have a great time in the process. Everyone is able to contribute to the Jam, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved.

Several teams have already registered an event. Have you?

I would like to encourage you to

Register an event NOW!

We're only a couple weeks away!

The Ubuntu Global Jam is scheduled to occur on these dates:

  • Friday September 13, 2013
  • Saturday September 14, 2013
  • Sunday September 15, 2013













This part is important! Please add your event to the Ubuntu Team Portal http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/global/2315/ so others can find your event and 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

Thanks in advance for participating in this upcoming cycle's Global Jam event. If you have any questions, please feel free to

Get in touch!

Update! Did you know there's a Saucy Salamander Cafe in Maryland? http://www.saucysalamander.com/ourcafe.asp Now you do. Maybe Ubuntu people from all over the world should gather there and Jam. Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Thanks jliau for the spiffy new Jam logo. Good jam on that globe!

IT's Innovation Opportunity: Ubuntu Edge

My front-row seat in the internal (to companies) Information Technology (IT) world provides an interesting vantage point, one that is at times disappointing. In the past few years, internal IT has struggled to maintain its relevance in the face of cheaper (and better) cloud-based service providers armed with GPL'd software. Internal IT's cost structures are out of whack, and IT executives know it. The solutions they have built on proprietary products sold by monopolists are brittle and increasingly expensive. The solutions they have built on internally written closed source comes with a huge technical debt, and that debt is now due.

So what's an internal IT executive to do? Internal IT has trapped itself in a death spiral and now must find a way out, or simply disappear. The business leaders they support aren't dumb and they aren't impressed. A CIO's admission of their past (and present) mistakes would amount to political suicide.

Here's the path forward:

Innovate.

Some IT executives understand this, or at least claim to. Here are some quotes from the lips of IT executives I've met along my journey.

"We are innovating."
"We are building a culture of innovation."
"We are delivering value to the business through innovation."
"We will demonstrate industry leadership through innovation."

Sounds good so far. But here's the problem: They aren't. The words are simply words on a presentation deck. The methods remain the same, or in some cases even get worse; more proprietary nonsense, more lock-in, more double-speak. Millions of dollars spent on no outcome.

Are you an IT executive? Are you saying similar things yet not demonstrating anything innovative? Here's Randall's advice, free of charge: You are in clear and present career danger. Your employees aren't dumb, and neither are your business stakeholders. It's time to "Walk the talk."

If you're an IT executive and looking for a really quick way to demonstrate your commitment to innovation, and a way to steer clear of this trap, then join the most innovative technology project on the planet: Ubuntu Edge. That's right. Ubuntu Edge!

When you join the Ubuntu Edge project you are helping to shape a technology future that is inclusive, and a future that will serve your business leaders well by leveraging the power of crowds of really smart people, without all that nasty lock-in. You will also be showing your employees that they can work on something fun and empowering.

Here's the link to get involved:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge/contributions/new?perk_am...

Any questions?

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This article was partially inspired by Bloomberg's recent announcement of financial support for Ubuntu Edge. No CIO's were harmed in the making of this article. Names have been omitted to protect the careers of those quoted.

Ubuntu Gets Two More "P's": Lucky 7!

"Ubuntu is not just software."

In an earlier post, I introduced you to the Five "P's" of Ubuntu. After a lively quiz I hosted at Ubuntu Vancouver's "Cup of Ubuntu" event this past Saturday I learned that there are actually
two more P's that I hadn't thought of.

Behold Ubuntu's Seven P's:

Ubuntu is a:

Philosophy

that inspires

People

to participate in a massive collaborative

Project

that creates a rich and solid

Platform

that supports useful and freedom-respecting

Products

that the whole world can enjoy. This is creating a global

Phenomenon

and a new technology

Paradigm.

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Thanks UVLC!

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