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New York users: Free Culture Salon

Posted by Greg on July 8, 2008

I thought I would pass this along for those of you interested in the Free Culture side of things*.

My coworker, Fred Beneson, has just announced the CC Salon in NYC for July.  A CC Salon is to Free Culture what a LUG Meeting is to Free Software.  At this salon he has lined up some great looking presentations from Wikia Search and Livable Streets Network along with a performance by comedian Max Silvestri (of Gabe + Max’s Internet Thing).

If you are interested it will be taking place on Wednesday July 23rd at The Open Planning Project ( 349 W. 12th St. first floor).

There will also be some free (as in beer) beer sponsored by the Brooklyn Brewery.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see other Freedom minded folks and have a good time!

You can RSVP on the Facebook event or emailing Fred at (simply make that an email address).

*Full disclosure: I am employed by Creative Commons this summer


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Michigan LoCo Bug Jam – Summer 2008

Posted by Greg on June 2, 2008

I am pleased to announce that the Michigan LoCo Team is holding a Bug Jam on June 9th at 6:30 pm.

What is a Bug Jam?
Every day people report bugs about Ubuntu in the bug tracker Launchpad [0] but the number of bugs reported is more than the current bug triagers can effectively handle. In short, the Ubuntu community needs more bug triagers. But how do you triage bugs? Bug Jams are events where people who are interested in learning how to triage bugs get together to learn how to do this and answer everyone’s questions. It is a fun learning event.

Also, it is a great way to get started doing your 5-a-day and add your name to this list and increase our team’s ranking:

When and where is our Bug Jam?
It is Monday June 9th at 6:30pm at the Main branch of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library [1]. We will be in a conference room with free wifi to library card holders. People without local library cards can sign up
for one in 5 minutes, but if you are planning on doing that, please try to show up a little bit early. Directions can be found here: .

What should I do before the Bug Jam?
Check out some of the bug triaging resources online right now like: and

There is a wealth of information linked to from this page:

What do you do after the Bug Jam?
There are plenty of restaurant/bar options in the area to celebrate a jam well done and eat dinner.

Feel free to email the mailing list[2] for coordinating rides and asking questions before hand.




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Lets start Intrepid right…

Posted by Greg on April 27, 2008

The release cycle for Hardy was awesome, and I definitely put more time and effort into it than any other.  But, I want to continue this momentum and increase my effort for Intrepid.  Luckily for me, next week is Ubuntu OpenWeek.

Ubuntu OpenWeek Logo

Seriously, I’m not just talking about the OpenWeek because Jorge talked about it last night at our release party.  I have recently triaged a fair number of bugs to a point where I know what needs to be changed and I could probably do it myself.  Simple string fixes are a good examples, or setting correct defaults, adding a dependency, etc.  But, to do this I should learn more about packaging.

One way to do that is to go to a Packaging Jam like what Rick put on for the Michigan LoCo.  I unfortunately was unable to make it (3 year anniversary is a good reason right?).  But, with the OpenWeek I should be able to get some basics out of the way before we do another Packaging Jam.

Also, if you’re interested in just learning how to report bugs, not even think about fixing them, there are events for you too at the OpenWeek (see schedule).  Be sure to remember that the times are in UTC, so that means subtract 4 hours for the eastern time zone (rest of you Americans can do the math from there).

I hope some of the people who attended our Hardy Release Party in Michigan last night can show up.  There was a lot of interest in helping with Ubuntu development in various ways from many people and this is the perfect place to start!

See you there!

My 5 today: #223230 (gnome-panel), #214695 (gnome-system-monitor), #223239 (hugin), #223262 (kdebase), #223263 (update-manager)
Do 5 a day – every day!

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Change of venue

Posted by Greg on April 24, 2008

So, we need to change plans for the release party.  Ann Arbor Brewing
Co. has no available room as the University of Michigan has graduation
this weekend.  I tried to get a reservation today, but, no avail.

Instead, we do the next best thing: Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti

Sorry for the late notice.

Get the word out to those who might not get this.

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The Release of Hardy and 100 members

Posted by Greg on April 24, 2008

Today, as we all know, is the release of the latest and greatest version of Ubuntu, Hardy Heron.

However, what you may not know is that today is also the day that the Michigan LoCo team hit 100 members!  Yep, thats right, two momentous occasions on the same day.

For proof, see screenshot.

On behalf of the entire team I would like to welcome Tony to the Michigan LoCo!

Tony, if you are reading this, if you come to the Hardy Release Party on Saturday, you get an Ubuntu Hat for being the 100th member of the team!  Really, no joke.

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Hardy Party In Michigan

Posted by Greg on April 21, 2008

If you are any where near the South East Corner of Michigan on Satuday, you should come to our Hardy Party.

Saturday the 26th
Ann Arbor Brewing Co. [0]
7pm – ?
I’ll have stickers (both case badges and those bigger white ones)
Bring your friends.

See you there!

[0] Address:
114 E Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
There is a parking ramp across the street from the pub.

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Shells Shells Everywhere Shells!

Posted by Greg on April 10, 2008

I wasn’t going to post in response to the meme, that is, until I saw my history.

$history|awk ‘{a[$2]++ } END{for(i in a){print a[i] ” ” i}}’ |sort -rn|head
87 add-5-a-day
54 screen
52 sudo
52 cd
46 ls
22 dpkg
21 cat
20 irssi
13 bzr
10 tail

Can you tell I am a part of the 5-a-day team on Launchpad?

And, again, why isn’t Ohio on the stats page?

My 5 today: #213251 (pulseaudio), #215005 (jockey), #212709 (linux-restricted-modules-2.6.24), #213585 (flashplugin-nonfree), #213852 (poppler)
Do 5 a day – every day!

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Who’s number 1?

Posted by Greg on March 23, 2008

I’m just taking a break from writing papers to show you something interesting that proves the fact that Michigan is probably one of the best LoCos out there:

5-a-day Stats

Go past all of the individuals and look at the bottom where the teams are listed. See which team is #1? GO MICHIGAN!

I couldn’t help but notice that Ohio isn’t on the list…..

edit: yes yes, we aren’t number 1 for today, but, we are more of a long term focused group anyways.

My 5 today: #205715 (linux), #91498 (gnome-screensaver), #205742 (language-pack-sv), #193617 (gnome-power-manager), #205681 (ubuntu)
Do 5 a day – every day!

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Social Meet ‘n Greet for the Ubuntu people in the US

Posted by Greg on March 13, 2008

What are you doing tonight at 8pm MST (7 PST, 9 CST, 10 EST)? Wanna hang out with some great Ubuntu people? Good deal, just join the #ubuntu-us channel on, there’ll be a lot of us. And it is sure to be a good time (the last one was!).

New to IRC? Check out this guide on the Michigan team’s wiki page (shamelessly copied/modified from other guides).

See you there!

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Posted by Greg on February 22, 2008

Yesterday was a very busy, stressful and long day.

But, no day is ever completely worthless. I had some good things happen yesterday. Got to talk to Rachel for a while, won some money for the video a group of us made for a contest, and….

I became an Official Ubuntu Member! w00t!

Thanks for all the cheers everyone!

Also, if all goes well, this should be my first post on planet.ubuntu. Hello all you Ubunteros!

My 5 today: #190731 (gnome-settings-daemon), #190777 (poppler), #194086 (ubuntu), #184449 (ubuntu), #189318 (ubuntu)
Do 5 a day – every day!

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