The Ubuntu Global Jam

Article Source jonobacon@home
June 15, 2009, 5:25 pm

In the last few cycles we have organized and run an event called the Ubuntu Global Bug Jam. The idea was simple: encourage our awesome global Ubuntu community to get together in the same room to find, triage and fix bugs. And they did, all over the world, as can be seen here.

Well, at the recent Ubuntu Developer Summit we were having a good ‘ol chinwag about the Ubuntu Global Bug Jam and we came to an important and sage conclusion:

Why limit the event to just bugs?

As such, I am proud to announce Ubuntu Global Jammore jam but with the same great taste!.

Based upon all the feedback from the UDS session we have scheduled the Ubuntu Global Jam from the 2nd – 4th October 2009. To make the event as simple and accessible as possible, we have picked four topic areas and we are encouraging you lovely people to organize an event with one or more of them:

  • Bugs – finding, triaging and fixing bugs.
  • Testing – testing the new release and reporting your feedback.
  • Documentation – writing documentation about how to use Ubuntu and how to join the community.
  • Translations – translating Ubuntu and helping to make it available in everyone‚Äôs local language.

With four primary methods of getting involved, there is something for everyone in this rocking global event.

One thing that I am keen that everyone remembers: you don’t have to be an official developer, packager or programmer to take part in the Ubuntu Global Jam. Also, lets not forget that Ubuntu Global Bug Jam events are a fantastic place to learn and improve your skills: you can sit next to someone who can show you how to do something or explain something in more detail.

To get this campaign off on the right foot, we have organized an IRC meeting to discuss the event and how can get as many people involved as possible. Here’s the skinny:

  • WHEN – Third Thursday of every month (next meeting is Thurs 18th June 2009)
  • WHERE – #ubuntu-meeting on Freenode

If this is all sounding right up your street and you fancy organizing an event, go and read this page and then add your event to this page.

Rock and roll: let’s make this one to remember. Start your engines, folks…