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5 Nov 2007 (updated 5 Nov 2007 at 04:20 UTC) »
Back from UDS Boston

I have arrived back from FOSSCamp and UDS Boston. Had a little issue with weather which caused a delay in my flight out of Boston until 10pm which meant I got to spend 6 hours in a hotel (at Alaska Air's expense) to wait for the next flight out. Then of course, I had a nice delay in Seattle due to weather again. All these delays meant I arrived home after about 16 hours of travel, twice what I was planning. I did get a nice reminder of why I live in Victoria. As the flight crossed the border, the weather cleared. What was raining and completely socked in ground fog became gloriously clear skies.

Minor flight details aside, UDS and FOSSCamp rocked! Thanks to Canonical for sponsoring me again and for running such great events. I especially want to thank James Troup (elmo) and Chris Jones (Ng) for keeping all of the infrastructure up and running. Scott Ritchie, my roommate, commented that phones actually worked this time! Having run my an Asterisk box at my last work place, I can feel their pain.

As an aside, I highly recommend Alaska Air/Horizon Air. Every single of their employees was professional and courteous. Besides the hotel voucher, I also got two "free money" vouchers for food, valid at any SeaTac store for anything.

If you are at UDS, tell me your story for the Fridge!

As I say in the title, if you are at UDS in Boston, please mail me or grab me in the hallway.

First day of UDS done

The first day of the UDS for Hardy is now done. I written up a little writeup on the Fridge about the first day: Developer Summit Day 1 concludes. I have also written something about FOSSCamp last weekend, which I attended. It too can be found on the Fridge: FOSSCamp wraps up.

See you all tomorrow. I might even remember to set my alarm this morning.

18 Oct 2007 (updated 18 Oct 2007 at 06:14 UTC) »
10 Rocking Features in 10 Days

I just finished writing a series of articles on 10 rocking features in 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) the Fridge. So as we wait for the final release of 7.10, take a peek at the cool features we will be getting.

On PackageKit

Og, PackageKit is a very cool project and I think it would make a great addition to 8.10. Why 8.10? Because 8.04 is our next LTS and introducing new ways to handle packaging is a very bad idea, IMHO.

However, I suggest you create a spec and suggest it for the next UDS and let's see what the real developers say.

Hey Mozilla, please care about Linux

For all the good Mozilla has done for the web, one thing that really irks me is how they apparently couldn't care less about Linux. Another classic example of this: Alex Faaborg talks about how "system integration" is so important for Mozilla. Notice the conspicuous lack of mention of Linux.

Webkit + Epiphany looks better every day.

One more day of OpenStreetMap Mapping Party in Victoria

By popular demand, the OSM mapping party has added another day, tomorrow, at the end of F0SS4G 2007. If you are interested in learning more about how OSM works and are in Victoria, drop by Dolce Vita coffee on 1213 Douglas St. tomorrow at 3:30pm.

So you're going to see less of me now...

As some of you already know, I am now a student again and this means I pretty much just gave up my free time. Specifically, it is all going into a Geography degree at Camosun College, with the eventual plan for a Masters in Urban Planning, hopefully at McGill University in Montreal.

What does this mean for Ubuntu?

I plan on giving up some of things I do for Ubuntu. I will remain on the CC and will help out with Marketing Team when I can.

So what do you need people to help you out with?

  • Leadership of Ubuntu Canada
  • Admining the following mailing lists: ubuntu-users, ubuntu-devel-discuss, and ubuntu-directory

If you want to help me with any of these, please mail me

Some resources are already accounted for:

  • The ubuntu-news and ubuntu-marketing mailing will be run by those capable and awesome UWN people, Martin Albisetti and Nick Ali.
  • The ubuntu.ca (or ubuntu-ca.org) website will land in the capable hands of my brother, Brian Burger (although he doesn't know this yet). And yes, I know it is down, my router powercycled and I lost my IP.

In general, my response time will probably get even worse (if that is possible) and I will likely not be on IRC much.


Brian and I are now back in Canada. Yay for tonnes of bills, student loans, etc. to sort out.

In other news, this weekend is the Victoria OSM mapping party. See you there.

Giving an OpenStreetMap talk in Cape Town

I am giving a talk about OpenStreetMap at the Cape Town LUG on Sept. 11. You can see more details on the Cape Town LUG wiki. Hope to see you there.

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