[Ubuntu-US-CA] SVLUG Jan. 6th meeting (Wed.): "Ubuntu Linux"

Grant Bowman grantbow at gmail.com
Sat Jan 9 15:13:18 UTC 2010

Oops, I forgot to include is the Global Jam in March!


On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 9:22 PM, Grant Bowman <grantbow at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> Thank you Mark Terranova for presenting on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala
> last night at svlug!  It was a well attended meeting.  The information
> you used is a great overview of the new features in this version of
> Ubuntu released in October.
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KarmicKoala/TechnicalOverview
> Some of the questions last night had to do with Linux adoption in
> general.  As Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distributions
> right now it's understandable that these questions come up.  As
> volunteers we tried to field the questions as best we could.
> Discussion on these lists is encouraged.  Thank you to those from the
> audience that helped field some of the questions.
> There was a question about the Ubuntu Philosophy last night, what
> makes Ubuntu special or different from other distributions.  I wanted
> to point out the "Ubuntu Promise" from http://www.ubuntu.com :
> The Ubuntu promise
> * Ubuntu will always be free of charge, along with its regular
> enterprise releases and security updates
> * Ubuntu comes with full commercial support from Canonical and
> hundreds of companies from across the world
> * Ubuntu provides the best translations and accessibility features
> that the free software community has to offer
> * Ubuntu core applications are all free and open source. We want you
> to use free and open source software, improve it and pass it on.
> http://www.ubuntu.com/community/ubuntustory/philosophy
> The Code of Conduct was given as a key component of the approach that
> Ubuntu as a project takes to working together.
> http://www.ubuntu.com/community/conduct  Contributors are required to
> cryptographically sign this document.
> Overall, I feel Ubuntu is the most vocal proponent right now for Linux
> on the desktop globally.  With it's outreach to end users (such as
> translations) and contacts with hardware companies Canonical is
> playing a key role.  Despite advances, we still have few choices to
> purchase computers with Linux preinstalled.  US companies such as IBM,
> HP, Asus and others are fully aware of Linux but respond to customer
> demands more than abstract requests.  As we are on the west coast of
> the US, the wave of Microsoft business and marketing influence is
> difficult to combat without significant resources.  No one company
> alone (for the foreseeable future) will be able to provide a
> significant balancing influence even with more technically functional
> solutions available as open source software.
> With Ubuntu's roots in South Africa and based the UK the US presence
> of Ubuntu has been mostly left to what Ubuntu and Canonical call "the
> community" which is much larger in scale and structure compared to
> other distributions and follows from Ubuntu's Debian heritage.  There
> is no US based company backing Ubuntu as there is in the case of
> Fedora (Red Hat) and SuSE (Novell). That has effects. The Ubuntu
> community has manifested itself in many forms.
> * www.ubuntuforums.org is completely community driven, helping users
> help other users.  Groups of all sorts use the wiki.ubuntu.com pages
> for all kinds of uses.
> * www.launchpad.net (now running completely open source software)
> tries to more effectively bridge software project gaps for hosted
> projects and for Ubuntu itself.  It has expanded in many ways as a key
> technical and social advantage.
> * Ubuntu Developer's Summit is a free event for any interested party
> to participate.  Canonical sponsors a limited number of attendees.  It
> is held just after each release to plan for the following release in
> six months.  The Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx release was held in
> Dallas, TX from Monday 16 Nov - Friday 20 Nov 2009.  All ssessions
> have an IRC log and were shoutcasted.  Some sessions were video taped.
>   * https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UDS-L
>   * http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-l/
>   * http://ubuntu.mirocommunity.com/
> * Ubuntu Developer Week - week long IRC event coming up in Feb, 2010
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek
> * Ubuntu Open Week - end user week long IRC event coming up in May,
> 2010 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek
> * Community Governance - While Canonical is a company, Ubuntu is an
> open project that anyone can participate in.
> http://www.ubuntu.com/community/processes  One important part of this
> is welcoming new "Ubuntu Members," recognized contributors.
> http://www.ubuntu.com/community/processes/newmember  The council
> structures are well described in (now) Bay Area resident & Canonical
> Community Manager Jono Bacon's book available for download under a
> Creative Commons license. http://www.artofcommunityonline.org/
> Volunteer teams have formed in most US states and many countries world
> wide, each with a slightly different focus depending on who's
> involved.  I think the largest Local Community (or LoCo as they are
> called) is in France with legendary launch parties of over 2,000
> attendees.  In California the LoCo is found at
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CaliforniaTeam on the web and in
> #ubuntu-california on the www.freenode.net IRC network where we hold
> our meetings every other week.
> In talking about Ubuntu I find it hard to convey all these unique
> aspects of Ubuntu clearly & quickly to people of different levels of
> experience and knowledge of Linux in general and specifically Ubuntu.
> Comments welcome.
> Regards,
> Grant Bowman, Ubuntu Member
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CaliforniaTeam
>> From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
>> Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 22:16:35 -0800
>> Subject: [svlug] [svlug-announce] SVLUG Jan. 6th meeting (Wed.): "Ubuntu Linux"
>> WHEN:
>>  Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
>>  7pm-9pm
>>  TOPIC:
>>    Ubuntu Linux
>>    Mark Terranova
>>      Mark Terranova will be giving a talk about what is new in Ubuntu
>>      Linux's newest release - version 9.10 AKA Karmic Koala, and about
>>      the upcoming 10.4 "Lucid Lynx" release due out in April.  He will
>>      also speak some about his experiences with local tech stuff.
>>      Mark Terranova (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MarkTerranova) is a "West
>>      Coast Community-Developed-Software guy". Mark has regularly taught
>>      many types of computer classes, specialising in the benefits of
>>      Linux and cross-platform software.
>>      He has been involved with spreading Ubuntu for a while, having
>>      helped organize Ubuntu release parties and other tech events
>>      that make it fun - using beer, BBQ, and other ways to create a
>>      fun community - and has spent much time in Portland, Oregon
>>      working with FreeGeek.org (http://www.freegeek.org/).  Their
>>      unique style helped him learn how to involve more people in
>>      computing.
>>      This knowledge has helped him in his role as co-founder of
>>      Gidget Kitchen (GK, http://www.gidgetkitchen.org/):
>>      "Gidget Kitchen donates computers, generally using Ubuntu,
>>      to groups and individuals."  GK strives to make modern technology
>>      simple, empowering, and easy for everyone to understand.  The only
>>      requirement is "the ability to play well with others."
>>      Mark blames his interest in technical things and electronics on
>>      his father Michael:  "He gave me a Commodore 64 and helped me get
>>      my amateur radio license (N6TBD) at an early age".
>>  Symantec
>>  VCAFE Facility
>>  350 Ellis Street (near E. Middlefield Road)
>>  Mountain View, CA 94043
>>  Directions on how to get there are listed at:
>>    http://www.svlug.org/directions/veritas.php
>>  We've tried our very best for these directions to be accurate.
>>  If you have any improvements to make, please let SVLUG's volunteers know!
>>  webmaster at svlug.org
>>  If you just can't get enough, a smaller group usually goes to a local
>>  restaurant/diner after the meeting.  We'll announce the restaurant
>>  selection at the meeting.
>> We look forward to seeing you there!

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