Monday, June 2, 2014

Calling for your UOS users session!

Ubuntu Online Summit is approaching, happening on June 10th-12th.This time it's a bit different from how vUDS has been in the past. Rather than the narrower developer focus, this intends to be a full blown community summit. If you've attending things like ubuntu open week or a classroom session in the past, all of those types of sessions are welcome and encouraged too.

To help foster these types of sessions, there is a special Users track.

"The focus of the Users track is to highlight ways to get the most out of Ubuntu, on your laptop, your phone or your server. From detailed how-to sessions, to tips and tricks, and more, this track can provide something for everybody, regardless of skill level."

Track Leads:
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph
Nicholas Skaggs
Valorie Zimmerman

I'm excitied to be a track lead for this track along with Liz and Val. We are all inviting you to consider scheduling a session to share your knowledge of ubuntu. Share an idea, discuss your passion, give a how-to, etc. The sessions in this track are meant for other users of ubuntu like yourself, so feel free to share.

Regardless of your desire to contribute a session, I would encourage everyone to take a look at the schedule as it evolves and considering joining in sessions they find interesting.
Remember, this track is your track and filled with your sessions. Let's help make the online summit a success.

So ready to propose a session? Checkout this page and feel free to ping Val, Liz or myself for help. Don't forget to register to attend and check out the currently scheduled sessions!


  1. How about a "Bug Reporting 101". I tend to update on the 6 month schedule and understand that there can be rough edges and that the intermediate releases are there for a reason. I would love to understand........
    Where all those pop-up dialog error reports go?
    What do they help with?
    How to determine if something warrants an actual bug report?
    What steps to go though before filing one?
    How to make it most useful and worthy of look from someone who knows what is going on?
    What support channels are available and how can I make the most out of them?
    Is there any point to things like mailing lists and IRC to everyday users who are willing to discuss experiences?

    1. Dennis, this is an excellent idea. I will try and find someone to help facilitate the session. That said, I can answer one of your questions very easily and give you something to look at :-) is the site cataloguing all of the automated errors that ubuntu users encounter. There's some nice graphs and you can see things at a glance.

    2. Thanks Nicholas. I have recently started following errors. I will throw up thoughts as they come to me. They aren't always questions I actually need answered. I am just presenting ideas from the perspective of someone who...
      is not a novice user (evidenced by the fact they are at an online summit)
      is deeply interested in Ubuntu and it's ecosystem
      believes in and wants to help further Ubuntu out of thanks and respect
      but doesn't have any design, support, or development skills

  2. "Applications: Management and Background"
    Basics of searching for evaluating and installing applications.
    Where do all these applications come from and how do they get in the Software Center?
    What are PPAs and why might a person want to use them, how is it done?
    What problams might I cause by adding or removing custom sources?
    What is the difference between LTS and intermediate releases re: applications?
    How can I keep personally critical applications on latest release?
    Why would a person prefer command line installation, and how do I do it?
    What can I do from the command line that I couldn't do from a GUI re: application management?
    How can I change default applications for certain tasks, are there pros and cons to doing so?
    If I add, try, and dislike an application, how can I completely remove all traces of it?
    What support options might I want to look for?

  3. "Ubuntu Evangelist Roundtable": A group of users who have successfully converted family, friends, or companies to full time Ubuntu use.
    What type of user is easiest to convert?
    How do you sell it?
    How far do you go to support it?
    What training resources have you found?
    What deal breakers do you find?
    How closely do you stay to a stock install, why?
    What are their first, most common, hardest questions?
    What software or PPAs do you set up to make your/their life easier now or in the future?
    What about follow up and/or updates?
    What is the worst thing that could happen and how do you avoid it?