Tango Friday a success!

Today is “Tango Friday“, a “sprint day” to refresh all the Tango Icons, the default iconset in Gnome.

I’m happy to hear that they’ve updated 199 icons, much more then I thought they could do in a day (a week even!).

Congratulations to all the artists involved on an amazing job.

Tango Icons

Ubuntu Weekly News #33 is out!

I’m proud to announce the Ubuntu Weekly News #33 is out!

Sneak preview:
– Feisty Fawn Beta relased
– New Ubuntu Members
– Interview with Mark Shuttleworth
– Team of the Week: Desktop Effects

We’ve also added a “In the Blogoshpere” section to highlight all those exceptionally well-written and in-depth posts.
Check it out: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue33

Help out!
The UWN always needs new contributors, and anyone can help.
So if you’re interested in helping, send us an email to: ubuntu-marketing@lists.ubuntu.com or catch us in IRC in #ubuntu-marketing

Beryl to merge with Compiz

A mail from Quinn to the Beryl mailing list indicated that Beryl would be merging back with Compiz to join up efforts and both communities.

I especially like the phrase: “I hope that we can execute this in a way that the average user sticks with it and isn’t overwhelmed / doesn’t feel left behind.”

My deepest congratulations on putting the community in front of everything else, and having the courage to (again), take such a hard decision.

Building Communities the right way

I’ve been using Linux on and off for about 4 years now (haven’t touched windows in a bit over 2). I used RedHat and Fedora for a while until I found the courage to try Debian. I instantly fell in love with apt and the documentation online even though it seemed I had older packages and was forced to compile much more often then I would of liked.
My nature pushed me towards helping this wonderful project anyway I could, to give “something back”.
I’ll admit I didn’t put too much effort into it, but I couldn’t find a way to help short of what I was pointed to several times in IRC as “become a DD” (Debian Developer). So I gave up.

With Ubuntu everything was different. It was pretty clear from the start where I could help, and even very simple things like having Launchpad, somewhere I could “register” and *be* a part of something kept me going.
When I landed in IRC (#ubuntu-devel initially) I was kindly pointed to other channels where people could answer my questions better. I believe that in less then a week I was already helping out put some PHP code together.
The Ubuntu Code of Conduct to me plays a crucial part in the general spirit of the community, there are very clear rules on how to behave, answer and resolve disputes.

To me, a very non-obvious problem that comes up frequently is users misbehaving simply because of the language barrier. They don’t speak english very well and ask questions in a very impolite way, often paste millions on lines in IRC and disrupt the channels harmony. Most of the times if you just kindly walk them through the rules, they adapt quickly and become very active members.

I’ve come across some very interesting videos on building communities, one by Jono himself, and another more aggressive one (but not less true in my opinion) by the Subversion founders.
I think these are particularly useful to all Ubuntu LoCo leaders, they’re very enlightening:

Subversion’ Founders at Google

Part1 of Jono’s Talk
Part2 of Jono’s Talk
Part3 of Jono’s Talk
Part4 of Jono’s Talk
Part5 of Jono’s Talk
Part6 of Jono’s Talk

Performance tip for Edgy and Feisty users

I’ve been following a thread in the forums that refers to a very simple change in Ubuntu that actually is improving the responsiveness of many Edgy and Feisty users (including me).
I have no idea why this is, or if it has any side effects, to be careful.

Edit your “/etc/hosts” file:
$ sudo gedit /etc/hosts

You should see something like this: localhost martin-laptop

(and if your in Feisty, some lines about IPV6

Now, add the following: localhost martin-laptop martin-laptop

(Replace “martin-laptop” with your hostname)

Save. Should work instantly, or sometimes on reboot.

The forum thread is: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=388765.

Hello World!

This is my first post to the planet, I hope of many more.

Just wanted to send a quick hello, and thank everyone who actively supported me in becoming an Ubuntu Member.

A special thanks to Jenda VanĨura and Dan Buch who helped me get involved.