Mon 22nd Oct – Sat 27th Oct @ #ubuntu-classroom on Freenode

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With the up-and-coming release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon coming, I am pleased to announce another Ubuntu Open Week, this time taking place the week following the Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon launch – Mon 22nd Oct – Sat 27th Oct on #ubuntu-classroom on Freedode. The sessions take place from 15.00 UTC to 21.00UTC

Ubuntu Open Week is a week full of 42 IRC tutorial sessions on a range of subjects, designed to help people get involved in the Ubuntu community. It is given by many of the brightest, most capable members of the Ubuntu community, and covers a range of subjects including packaging, bug triage, translations, accessibility, automated testing, loco teams, mentoring, Launchpad, kernel team, desktop team, training team and much more. In addition to this there will be sessions for Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and the newest member of the Ubuntu family, Gobuntu.

There will also be a special Ask Mark session (Wed 24th Oct @ 16.00UTC) in which you have two hours to ask Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, your burning questions. I will also be providing a Community Q+A session (Wed 24th Oct @ 15.00UTC) in which you can ask your questions about the community, Ubuntu, Canonical and anything else.

I am particularly excited to see Daniel Holbach, packaging king, provide two two-hour tutorial sessions on packaging – if you want to get involved in Ubuntu packaging and join the incredible MOTU project, be sure to get along on Tue 23rd Oct @ 15.00UTC and Wed 24th Oct @ 19.00UTC. Speaking of MOTU, there will also be a MOTU Q+A session on Fri 26th Oct @ 21.00UTC – so you could learn to package and then ask your MOTU questions at that session.

So, what are you waiting for? Go and see the timetable and then see how to attend. I look forward to seeing you all there at Ubuntu Open Week. Oh, and lets spread the word!

The Sessions

These are the sessions on offer in Ubuntu Open Week:

  • Welcome! How to Join our Community – in this introductory session, Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager welcomes everyone to Ubuntu Open Week and explains how to get involved in the Ubuntu community.
  • Ubuntu Server – this session explores how to get involved in growing Ubuntu Server team.
  • Introduction to Launchpad – want to get started with Launchpad and its wide arraay of features? This is the session for you.
  • Accessibility – Ubuntu has always been an accessible platform, and this session explores how you can help to make it even more accessible.
  • Bug Triage – all software has bugs, and Ubuntu is no different, and we rely on a team of people to help maintain the bug list and ensure it is properly managed (known as triaging). This is an excellent way to get involved in the Ubuntu project!
  • Kernel Team – in this session we explore how to get involved in the kernel team that maintains the Linux kernel in Ubuntu.
  • LoCo Teams – the LoCo project has grown to epic proportions in the last year, and these sessions cover how to get involved spreading the word of Ubuntu and building a local Ubuntu community in your area.
  • Packaging 101 – packaging is the meat and potatoes of Ubuntu, and Daniel Holbach, packager extraordinaire provides some double-size packaging tuition sessions to get you started.
  • Automated testing – with a system as large and expansive as Ubuntu, automated testing is essential, and more and more automated testing is being rolled out. Join in with this session to find out more and get involved.
  • Launchpad Q&A – want to know more about Launchpad? Have some burning questions? These are the sessions for you.
  • Edubuntu – Ubuntu’s education orientated brother, Edubuntu, has proven very popular in recent years. Come along to this session to learn how to get involved and make it rock that little bit harder.
  • Kubuntu – come along to this session to learn how to join in the Kubuntu effort and build the KDE based distribution.
  • Community Q+A – ask Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager, about anything you like, including his beard and musical tastes, or more likely, the Ubuntu community.
  • Ask Mark – in this session, the floor is opened up for questions to Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu.
  • Gobuntu – the new Ubuntu family member with the strongest commitment to freedom is discussed here and how to get involved.
  • Ubuntu Training Team – as part of Ubuntu Certified Training programmes, training materials are developed online in the community. Come along to this session to find out more and how to help create world-class training materials.
  • Managing Ubuntu bugs in Launchpad – in this session, we discuss how to use Malone, the bug-tracker component in Launchpad.
  • Translating with Launchpad – Ubuntu is a hugely translated project, and much of this is thanks to the ease of use of Rosette, the translation tool in Launchpad. Come along to this session to find out how to get started with Rosetta.
  • Screencasting Team – a large and growing collection of Ubuntu screencasts has built up over the last year, and everyone is welcome to contribute more – come to this session to find out how.
  • Launchpad Personal Package Archives – the addition of Personal Package Archives (PPA) to Launchpad brings a huge amount of flexibility to packagers. Come to this session to find out more and get started with PPA.
  • Hosting code with Launchpad – want to know more about hosting your code on Launchpad? This is the place for you.
  • Planning features and sprints in Launchpad – this session is ideal for projects who want to organise feature goals and sprints using Launchpad. Come along to learn how to get started.
  • Launchpad Answers: troubleshooting problems – the Launchpad Answers component has proved popular for Ubuntu, and this session explores how to make the most of it.
  • Xubuntu – the popular XFCE based Ubuntu derivative is always looking for help, and this session shows you how to get involved.
  • Ubuntu Women – this session covers the aims, intentions and plans of the Ubuntu Women project and how to help.
  • Patching Packages – this session provides a tutorial on how to patch packages, ideal for new packagers and MOTU enthusiasts.
  • Mentoring LoCo Teams – using the experience of the excellent USTeams project, this session covers how mentoring can help new LoCo teams and user groups get up and running quickly.
  • Getting Started With Bazaar – this session gets you started with the Bazaar distribution revision control system.
  • Desktop Team – a session to discuss the aims and direction of the Ubuntu desktop team, and how to get involved.
  • Documentation Team – this session helps documentation fans to get started with this important team.
  • Mythbuntu – if you want to see MythTV run perfectly on Ubuntu, complete with the ease of use that you expect from Ubuntu, come along to this session to find out more about this impressive project.
  • MOTU Q+A – for current and future Ubuntu packaging fans, come along to this session to get your questions answered about joining the MOTU project.

Find out more about Ubuntu Open Week.

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