[ubuntu-uk] Encrypted Message

Paul Sutton zleap at disroot.org
Tue Feb 5 17:07:04 UTC 2019

On 05/02/2019 10:58, Barry Titterton wrote:
> On 01/02/2019 6:09 pm, Paul Sutton wrote:
>> Hi All
>> Sorry if this is off topic, I was not sure where I could ask about this.
>> I am not sure if anyone can help with this directly but perhaps as a
>> community it is an opportunity to engage and perhaps recruit people who
>> can help with the testing / development process and spread the word on
>> Ubuntu, Free Software and GNU / Linux in general.
>> For the past few years I have been involved in running the Torbay Tech
>> jam in Paignton, Devon.  This simply was a tech event designed to
>> inspire people to learn about coding, and a place for like minded people
>> to meet up, chat, share and work on projects etc.  This event closed in
>> 2018, but fast forward to 2019 and it has been re-launched as the South
>> Devon Tech Jam, with a more formal structure and hopefully we can move
>> forward in a more positive way.  We will be running this once a month.
>> I am not sure how the community in the Uk get involved directly with
>> events.  I know there is a need for people to download and test releases
>> of Ubuntu, report bugs and problems and help fix them.  This is a lot of
>> work,and sometimes complex work but is a very important job.
>> One thing I do know is platforms such as Launchpad are both very
>> comprehensive but quite complex for beginners so having a good grounding
>> in this would probably save developers and others a lot of time trying
>> to get the right information out of anyone sending in test results or
>> bug reports.
>> I just wondered if: -
>> Anyone would or does do outreach to small events either from the Ubuntu
>> Community or from Canonical ? Engage with people so that people can
>> become effective at this job and, perhaps as this will build up
>> different skill sets, what sort of career path people are able to get in
>> to,  after all having something like Ubuntu Tester / Developer on a CV
>> should count for something, to a potential employer and this will
>> actually encourage people to get involved, (even if their initial
>> motivation is to help)
>> As Ubuntu is now more than a desktop / Server OS, but has moved in to
>> hosting Snaps,  Containers etc,  would someone be able to give talks on
>> that too.
>> Granted people can look this information up,  but there is actually
>> something effective about face to face engagement, that allows
>> conversation and networking between people.  Also if you talk to 10
>> people about Launchpad,  there is a chance 1 person won't remember
>> everything but between those 10 people they should remember different
>> aspects to then help each other later on.
>> There are plenty of opportunities to help but also many barriers to
>> doing so.  If we can find a way to break down those barriers then we
>> should be able to get more people confident enough to get involved.
>> I would perhaps hope to also reach out to local organizations who work
>> with Young people for example Princes Trust or Young Devon as being
>> involved with Free software opens up many opportunities. 
>> As we are only just starting up as an event.  I am not looking at
>> anything such as the above in the immediate future, but thought I would
>> set the ball rolling here, and just ask,  and see what is possible for
>> later on.
>> On a similar note if anyone living in the area would be interested in
>> such talks this could be a good opportunity to not have to travel too far.
>> Thank you
>> Regards
>> Paul Sutton
> Hi Paul,
> You cover quite a few points in your post but I feel qualified to
> respond to only a couple of them:-
> I have run stalls to promoting linux at several events in the north
> east, with mixed results:-
> - It was difficult finding enough volunteers to adequately man the
> stall, one person cannot do the job on his/her own especially if the
> event lasts two days.
> - The general public was found to be mostly completely ignorant of
> linux, but the interest shown was surprisingly good.
> - Creating the stall required a significant amount of time and money,
> which am not able to commit to.
> - I was not able to follow up on the events due to a mixture of personal
> and family issues.
> My local LUG has run occasional events, such as promoting
> security/privacy on line, but these are sporadic rather than structured.
> Paul, how do you fund and find man power for the Devon event?
> Secondly, I also find Launchpad quite intimidating to use. I have had a
> couple of bad (hostile) experiences when trying report bugs.
> Regards,
> Barry T

Hi Barry

Thanks for your reply.  Right now the South Devon Tech Jam has only just
started up running events (after months of work getting things in place
e.g insurance, policies etc) with a more formal structure, so it is
early days yet, but I just wanted to see what was out there.

I would like to try and promote FLOSS as much as possibly and am a
member of the Devon and Cornwall Lug, who meet socially.

The tech jam has access to quite a big space, which has sockets,
internet, projector + screen, so I think there is potential there to
reach out and for the free software community to advocate and recruit
people.  There is probably a lot of untapped talent here, making good
use of this and providing an easy way in to development / testing of
software would be good, 

Anyway I will keep in touch with this list   Talks on Ubuntu,
containers, snaps etc are just an idea at present.



Paul Sutton
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