This blog post is the sixth in a series of many that I will be posting about UDS, the Ubuntu Developer Summit.
Day 1 of the Ubuntu Developer Summit was, in a word, *amazing*. Here are some of my highlights:
We learned (from Mark) that Ubuntu is destined to run on all form factors by 14.04: phones will dock to tablets which will dock to or become even larger screens, and they will even dock into you car or your television. Exciting stuff! Others have blogged about it and the keynote is all over the web by now, so I'll move on.
One thing that caught my ear is that this cycle (12.04) will include a renewed focus on the "Power User" experience. I think this is a brilliant move. We need to embrace the power user community while we continue to take Ubuntu to the mainstream. "Power Users" are our base. They contribute to Ubuntu a lot. So, it makes sense to create a compelling product that makes their job (of developing great software) easier.
Jono hosted the kick-off session where a bunch of us community folks tabled agenda items for the rest of the week. The big focus will be on discussing and addressing concerns brought to light by the Member Survey. We'll also be conducting a mini-summit within UDS to explore leadership issues.
Recognizing Community Contributions
The key take-away from this session was that we continually need to strengthen the "culture of thanks" that exists in the Ubuntu project.
Lots of ideas were tabled for discussion such as:
- A "Thank You" button in the Ubuntu Software Centre that anyone can click to send thanks to those who created or contributed to the software.
- Writing more stories about individuals in the project that have done something nice for us.
- Adding some language to our values/mission to encourage recognition
- Leading by example. Have leaders in LoCo's and other parts of the project make a concerted effort to recognize others.
- Interviewing more Ubuntu contributors to get the message out about all the great things they are doing to help the project.
- Re-using the Ubuntu Community Week collector card idea to highlight people in the community that are doing great things. (This was something I proposed, and I'll be releasing the source files and some instructions shortly. Please watch for an update on this blog.)
Gwibber Plugin for Google+
The awesome Ken VanDine hosted this session to get the discussion going on how Gwibber can interact with some of the unique features of Google's social platform. (e.g. Circles)
I think this is a good first step, but I'd like to see us extend this thinking to services like DIASPORA* and put our attention there as that seems to be where the newest coolest (and free-est) social features appear first. If we're there, we're ahead. Ken seemed receptive to the idea, and I think that if a few more people out there could start looking at it, we'd have a shot. Two things we need:
1. A DIASPORA* API.
2. More developers who *get* Gwibber and DIASPORA*
Regardless of whether we implement Google first, or DIASPORA* first, or at the same time, I think we should always be aware that we need to build in a way that makes it easy to adapt new services. With Ken at the helm, we're in good hands.
An aside: A while ago, Ubuntu Vancouver created the first ever guide to Gwibber. We (Ken and I) need people who can bring this guide up to next release: 12.04 so that we'll have a well-documented Gwibber for LTS and years to come! I know I can count on some of the team in Ubuntu Vancouver for help, but what would be really cool is if some of you reading this could pitch in too. Thanks in advance.
... to be continued.