You Matter – 1st Annual Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day

The 1st Annual Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day is scheduled for November 20th, 2011. Mark your calendars and think about how you can let people or the whole community know they matter.

How do you tell someone “You Matter”? Many people do this everyday; it’s a polite habit to say “Thank you” to someone when they have helped you in some way, form or fashion. Or there is the opposite and minority (thank goodness) of people that feel like unless you are doing something out of the ordinary why should they tell you “thank you”, or that what you are doing is making a difference.  Why? Well, I am of the opinion that we don’t know what tomorrow brings so tell people today “You Matter” and “Thank You”.

Working (yes this includes volunteering, just because you don’t get a paycheck you can cash at a bank doesn’t mean you don’t work at something) to accomplish anything is just that—work. People need feedback, people need to know they are doing a good job, people need to know they are appreciated—In other words people need to know “They Matter”

On November 20th, 2011, you the community is being asked to remind other community members that they matter. How? As Benjamin Kerensa wrote in his blog post about this it can be through an email, a blog post, a card, a letter, a phone call, a face-to face conversation, invitation to a Google+ hangout, skype call, IRC, etc. Any way you can think to let various people in the Ubuntu Community know that they have impacted your journey and contribution to Ubuntu.

In order to help illustrate this point I wanted to give some examples of people who matter to me, those people that maybe I don’t take the time to thank often enough. Remember these are just a few, but I hope this helps you to think about how you can let people in the Ubuntu Community know “They Matter”.

Elizabeth Krumbach – The first mailing list and IRC channel I joined was the Ubuntu Women Project. I knew nothing about mailing lists and even less about IRC. I made all the rookie mistakes, I said things like “I want to ask a question?” instead of just asking the question. On mailing lists I would top post (oh the horror right?), I would even try to send and attachment through to the mailing list (stone me now – yeah I got flamed for suggesting that maybe that should be allowed). However, Lyz or pleai2 as most everyone in the community knows her as, would quietly discuss these things with me( though on rare occasions I did get the  “sigh, I give up” reaction – sorry about that!) She gave me the opportunity to interview various women in the community for the Full Circle Magazine series, and thus gave me my very first purpose, beyond learning and using Ubuntu. Lyz, you mattered then and “You Matter” now, thank you!

Mike Holstein (holstein) and Daniel Calab (internalkernel) – these two guys are on the NC LoCo team and have been a huge source of encouragement for me. Whenever I was on a tight schedule, or we just needed to get something done, these two just jump in and say, “akgraner how can we help?” and poof just like that things get done. Whether it is helping with UWN, the LoCo team, reviving the WNCLUG group, or just hanging out at Barnes and Noble to talk Ubuntu and laugh a little it all helps. They are part of the community and guys “You Matter” – thank you!

Jorge Castro – Jorge told me once when I was trying to figure what I could and couldn’t do in the community, “Amber, just do shit!” That was probably the most encouraging moment to date. Empowering isn’t it! With 4 words, backed with enthusiasm that makes the energizer bunny look like it’s running on dead batteries, he empowered me. Whenever, I felt like gripping to him, he didn’t let me have a pity party or whine he would just say, “Do it! Who said you can’t?” I admire Jorge – he is who he is, he doesn’t tell me the sky is blue when clearly it’s gray, he doesn’t blow rainbows and roses up my ass in an effort to convenience me I need to see things differently, he accepts people on their terms and for who they are, he lets people know they matter and you know what Jorge, “You Matter”.

There are those people who work tirelessly to moderate IRC channels, they matter! I don’t think I would have the patience to deal with people they way they do – Thank you all.

There are those past CC members who paved the way and laid the foundation for me to become elected to this governing body. Each one of them mattered then and they matter now.

I could talk about Jono Bacon, Mark Shuttleworth, other Canonical people including my husband. While all those people matter, I am sure people on November 20th will be thanking them for their contributions and encouragement. It’s not that I don’t think they matter, I tell them throughout each cycle thank you, I tell them they matter, but I don’t always tell other people in the community they matter.

I have so many people that I have come in contact with in the community, that have played a key role in shaping how, where, and why I continue to participate in the community. I’ll write more on November 20 about other people and the ways they have and continue to matter in not only my Ubuntu Community experience, but also in my life.

One person can make a difference, if someone in the Ubuntu Community has helped you make sure you let them know – “They Matter” – it doesn’t have to be a public thing it can be private as well. I know there are a few people that are going to get some personal letters of appreciation from me as well.

I love being part of the Ubuntu Community and each person I come in contact with matters – Thank you for giving of your time, talent, and treasures to make the community, the project, and the experience all the better not only for me but for all of us involved– “You Matter”

Remember: November 20th 2011 – 1st Annual Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day – Help spread the word and join in on celebrating our community.

More information on this event can be found at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UCADay


Ubuntu User – You-In-Ubuntu – New Blog Post on new Canonical Training course

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to speak with Billy Cina, Director of Training for Canonical. In this phone interview I gleaned a preview of a new Canonical pay-for training program — The Ubuntu Certified Professional certification (UCP) course — expect to see this announced on Thursday, April 22, 2010.

Ubuntu 10.04, is due to release on April 29th, 2010 with a new look, a lighter feel, faster boot times, but as you can see that’s not all. The Canonical training courses will be getting a new addition as well — an Ubuntu only certified training program. This new course will be based on 10.04 and will no longer require students to take the LPI courses in addition to the Canonical course in order to become certified.

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Eeny, meeny, miny, moe – Looks like Google will be the default search provider for Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx

On January 26, Rick Spencer, Canonical’s Desktop Manager, announced via the ubuntu-desktop mailing list that Ubuntu 10.04 would be switching to Yahoo as it’s default search provider inside Firefox. In this email Rick expressed the following:

…I am writing to apprise you of two small but important changes coming to Firefox in Lucid. …Change #1 In Lucid, the default home page will respect the search provider settings you have set in the “Chrome”….Change #2 is changing the default search provider in Firefox to Yahoo! …Why? I am pursuing this change because Canonical has negotiated a revenue sharing deal with Yahoo! and this revenue will help Canonical to provide developers and resources to continue the open development of Ubuntu and the Ubuntu Platform. ~Per Rick Spencer

Then yesterday, April 7, Rick Spencer announced via the ubuntu-desktop mailing list that Ubuntu 10.04 would be switching back to Google as the default search provider.

Each release we determine the best default web browser and the best default search engine for Ubuntu. When choosing the best default search provider, we consider factors such as user experience, user preferences, and costs and benefits for Ubuntu and the browsers and other projects that make up Ubuntu. Up until Ubuntu 9.10 these defaults have always been Firefox and Google. Earlier in the 10.04 cycle I announced that we would be changing the default search provider to Yahoo!, and we implemented that change for several milestones. However, for the final release, we will use Google as the default provider. I have asked the Ubuntu Desktop team to change the default back to Google as soon as reasonably possible, but certainly by final freeze on April 15th. It was not our intention to “flap” between providers, but the underlying circumstances can change unpredictably. In this case, choosing Google will be familiar to everybody upgrading from 9.10 to 10.04 and the change will only be visible to those who have been part of the development cycle for 10.04. Cheers, Rick ~Rick Spencer

What the announcement doesn’t say is will it be Firefox or Chrome? The announcement only says Google! Yet hints at Firefox so who knows. Whether it was revenue, community outcry, costs and benefits or if the choice was as simple as “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” one thing is for sure — Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx is on target to be an amazing LTS release.

(Originally posted on ubuntu-user.com in You-In-Ubuntu 08/04/2010 9:45 am)


Hello world!

Hello World!

This is my 1st post on my new blog.  :-)  I am loving WordPress and my new logo!

Jud Kite, Killer Kite Productions, is responsible for my logo (well the logo – Jud’s design, my personality – inspiration) –Thanks Jud!!

I found out that WordPress is an Open Source Project and well I think that is pretty outstanding!  Check out WordPress and Open Source to find out more information. Also WordPress just looks really cool and there isn’t a whole lot one has to do to have a really great looking blog. I wanted to use WordPress but until now just didn’t have the time to get it all in place.

My friends and family were wanting me to blog more about things other than Ubuntu and my Just Me, Amber blog really turned into an all about Ubuntu Blog :-) (ok I really enjoy Ubuntu so that’s cool to me but not everyone wants to read about Ubuntu  – go figure right?) But seriously, there is more to me than Ubuntu!

I also had to question people a few times as to what the purpose of Ubuntu Planet was because on more than one occasion people told me a post to the planet had nothing to do with Ubuntu.  Here’s what the Planet Ubuntu site and wiki had to say about what the planet is for:

“Planet Ubuntu is a window into the world, work and lives of Ubuntu developers and contributors.” ~Planet Ubuntu Site

So I found myself not writing about everything I wanted too.  Yeah, I know I didn’t have to tag it that way, but I didn’t really want to worry over every post.  Now I’m not going to worry about it – Life is just way to short for worry. I’m just going to combine my posts in one spot and go with the flow. While most of my posts will probably still be some relation to Ubuntu there are others than won’t be.

In addition, I have wanted to set up www.akgraner.com for a while so this is my first step in that direction.

With all that said, I have also learned how to hack up some of the .php and html code to get my blog to look the way I wanted it to look. (Most people don’t have to do that, but then again – I am me!) So I have been learning a lot in the process of getting this blog set up and I absolutely love to learn!

Well time to get started and add some content!

:D ~akgraner