[ubuntu-us-ma] Ubuntu'ers - What do you like to do?

Steve Bridges steve at voodooradio.org
Thu Jun 30 01:02:04 UTC 2011

Yes, Rio, we are a bunch of lurkers. I personally feel ashamed for not 
having chimed in as much, but I am one of those keep quiet unless 
absolutely necessary kind of subscribers. Also time constraints have 
forced me from reading mail from the list on a more consistent basis.

A quick intro. I currently am living in the Greater Springfield Area 
where there is not that many people that I have found locally that are 
using Linux. Heck a majority of the people I talked to didn't know what 
a podcast was 4 years ago when I was looking for equipment to produce 
one. If anyone is in this area, let me know, dammit. Most of the 
computer folk out here are on Mac OS or Windows. ;)

I have been using Ubuntu since Hoary Hedgehog but really went full blown 
when Karmic was released. I went from dual booting 9.10 and Windows XP 
Pro then took the plunge and have not turned back. I am currently under 
Maverick, not because of the reason that Unity is failing on some levels 
for users, but because there is a major bug with the Intel driver for 
the latest releases that disallows me to use my SVideo port to watch 
movies from my laptop to a TV, and some other glitches I noticed. I 
already submitted my bug report and now it's the old waiting game for it 
to be fixed. But that is beside the point.

This topic peeked my interest so here we go:


    * Listen to Podcasts (downloaded via gPodder)
    * Listen to Music (via Rhythmbox or Banshee depending on my mood)
    * Watch videos (both on the laptop screen and through SVideo out to
      my TV)
    * Produce a podcast (using Audacity) I haven't done one in a few
      months, but will be relaunching soon (http://www.voodooradio.org)
    * Upload my podcast through Filezilla
    * Create web graphics (GIMP and Inkscape)
    * Play Games (Humble Indie Bundle's games, Minecraft, Planeshift
      (from time to time), and more)
    * Let my 3 year old daughter play (gCompris, TuxPaint, Potato Guy)
    * Typical internet use (chat (XChat and Empathy), browse (Chromium),
      email (Thunderbird), etc.)
    * Create DVD's (dvdstyler)
    * Create Videos (kdenlive because I had so much issues with OpenShot
      and PiTiVi in the past) See my youtube channel
      (http://www.youtube.com/voodoostevie) for examples. The first 3 I
      made back on 2006 were under Windows Movie Maker, but all after
      that are using kdenlive.

What I want to do:

    * Home banking (HomeBank looks decent, but I haven't delved into it)
    * Learn to use Blender for creating video sequences and more.
    * Become more involved with LoCo or LUG's but I am relocating in the
      fall so will have to align myself with folks in the new area.
    * Set up a home network for media, file, and print services. Maybe
    * Relaunch my podcast (I know I mentioned that before, so sue me)
    * Learn to use Gimp and Inkscape better. Still stuck in the
      Photoshop way of doing things so I get frustrated a lot and it
      shows with some of my work.
    * Teach my daughter how to use Linux more (so far she is doing damn
      good. She hate's the mouse, but works the trackpad better than her
      Mom. She also launches apps she knows are for her by herself.)
    * Get my laptop's SVideo to work with Natty! (BIG ISSUE for me)
    * Learn HTML5 and increase knowledge with MySQL, PHP, Javascript,
      and CSS
    * Try out Kubuntu to learn to work under KDE more. (Gnome 3 isn't
      there quite yet and Unity seems a little quirky to me at this time).
    * Post more on my geek related blog (http://www.gogogeekboy.com)

I do quite a bit of things. And there is a lot more I would like to do. 
Anyone has comments about my stuff, feel free to let me know. I'm always 
up for talks and can be found on AIM, identi.ca, and twitter as 


On 06/29/2011 01:45 PM, Ralph deGennaro wrote:
> Hey all,
> I've been thinking (rare I know) about our status and lack of "umph".  
> And I have an idea.  Both as a topic in email, as well as perhaps one 
> for July 2nd.
> After reading through (well skimming) the many emails I've missed, I 
> see that we've been "delisted" as an official LoCo.  So, that's sad, 
> but it at least gives us a place to start.  More interaction, 
> activities and events seem to be the important pieces.  One thing to 
> do is focus inward for a bit; and then see how that can lead to 
> outward focused things.  BTW, I will get to my idea ...
> I see 83 people signed up for the list, and I doubt most of it is the 
> media outlets just itching to know what we're up to.  I'm thinking 
> with all those people, we have to have some common passions or 
> desires.  I was hoping that everyone would respond to this email with 
> two lists.  First is what do you all use Ubuntu to do?  A simple 
> bulleted list is fine, nothing fancy.  Perhaps a topical name and two 
> phrase description.
> Second would be what would you like to do?  Again, a simple bulleted 
> list..  A topical name and where you'd like to go in that idea. Things 
> can be personal or work oriented.  Meaning, I want to do XYZ with ABC 
> for my family.  Or I do LMNO with PQR on photos.  Etc, etc.  One could 
> also mention if this is a paid-gig, serious hobby (amateur 
> photographer) or just for family & friends.  There could be "cross 
> pollination" of experience and talents.
> And this is even for people who can't participate in person.  We've 
> got to have some over lap in the two, as well as maybe more then one 
> person is looking to do the same stuff.  And we're all digitally 
> inclined.  So sharing the wealth (of knowledge) and desire (to tinker) 
> among us should be fun.
> My list will follow shortly with the same title.  Hopefully threaded 
> reader will keep them together...
> Best,
> Ralph (aka Rio)
> p.s.  My time is much more open now .... because, well, I don't have 
> much work.  So I'm focusing on finding new work opportunities, but 
> still aim to participate with the LoCo if I can find some cohorts...

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