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Christmas 2013

The Ubuntu Sense - Wed, 12/25/2013 - 15:49

Marry Christmas everyone!  Hope yours is going well. 

This year, my dad got me a Nexus 7 2013.  He knew that I wanted to test out Ubuntu Touch and he did his homework (read: research) but he missed the part that says that Ubuntu Touch is not developed for this version of the Nexus 7.  But I know that it will be developed again when Ubuntu 14.04 will be released.

In the meanwhile, I will place the CyanogenMod ROM on the tablet in order for me to get far as possible a way from Google.

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Temporary Shift for Ubuntu Ohio

Stephen's Blog - Wed, 12/18/2013 - 19:00
Delegation of Authority
  1. This delegation is made in recognition of changing circumstances for the Point of Contact/Leader. This is an attempt to adapt to those changes.

  2. Nothing in this delegation prevents the Point of Contact/Leader from taking action in any area delegated, if necessary, prior to this instrument's expiration.

  3. The following members of Ubuntu Ohio listed by Launchpad username are designated as deputies to act in place of the Point of Contact/Leader during the period this delegation is in effect: unit193, jamesgifford, belkinsa. Upon the promulgation of this instrument, deputies shall introduce themselves to the LoCo Council via e-mail and send introduction e-mails to the loco-contacts e-mail list.

  4. While the delegation of authority is in force, the deputies may engage in the following functions: Conduct meetings on IRC, Maintain the Ubuntu Ohio web site, Update the monthly Team Report, Represent the needs of the community to governance bodies as appropriate, Bring the future planning discussion to a conclusion. With the consent of the Point of Contact/Leader, the deputies may make requests upon the Community Budget administered by the Canonical Community Team and propose changes to the online resources of the community that may change their character from their current standing.

  5. The delegation provided for in this instrument may not be re-delegated.

  6. Unless sooner revoked, this delegation remains in effect until 0501 UTC on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

Done at Ashtabula Township this 18th day of December 2013.

Point of Contact/Leader, Ubuntu Ohio

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Google Glasses

The Ubuntu Sense - Sun, 12/15/2013 - 18:09

I was lucky enough to run into someone at my work (I work a grocery store) who has Google Glasses.  And I was lucky enough to stop him before he was leaving to ask him if he had them.  The coolest part was that I was allowed to try them on for a minute or so.

Design wise, they are just like your normal eye glasses, but they don’t have lens in the frame save for a small square window for the screen.  I didn’t like that small window, it’s too hard to get my eye focused on that window.  But with practice, that could be a different story, though I think it would be nice if the screen took up the whole left side of the frame.  To me, that would be less of an eye strain but it would look awkward.

It’s a cool piece of technology but as my brother said today when I told him about them, he said that it makes people too dependant on the glasses to do what they need to be done.  That might be true.

Would I test a pair longer for a minute?  Maybe.

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NewDocs News: New IRC Channel

The Ubuntu Sense - Tue, 12/10/2013 - 21:05

The #NewDocs team now has a IRC channel at #ubuntu-newdocs on

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Community Help Wiki Updates

The Ubuntu Sense - Sun, 12/08/2013 - 17:28

This weekend, starting on my snowy Friday afternoon and an hour or so before the meeting for the team, when skellat PMed about two users needing some feedback on the shiny, new front page of the Community Help Wiki.  Then the team had the meeting [1,2] and we had a productive meeting.  I don’t have any comments on the meeting even for my topic that I bought, which was talked about in the mailing-list.

Then on Saturday, knome and cprofitt, were working on deleting some of the unneeded pages on the Community Help Wiki.  While that was away, the thought of having Global Wiki Jams, where the Doc Team recruits members of LoCo’s and other community members to join forces and figure out what pages should be deleted and what updated.  But the problem with this is that this idea needs to be run by the LoCo Leadership.  Skellat came and also help us work the idea out.

And on Sunday, knome, slickymaster, cprofitt, pleia2, and I, talked about having a better structure than what we have now for the wiki.

Other updates are we are working on correcting the front page of the Community Help Wiki because it’s incorrect.  Documentation implies that the information is correct and up to date. Wiki is a form where users can create pages for their needs (and for others).

I also joined the NewDocs team to figure out what are the popular pages that need to kept up to date.

I also thank knome for posting a blog post about his involvement with the Doc Team!




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Post-Meeting Announcement

Stephen's Blog - Sat, 11/23/2013 - 19:00

Due to low attendance at the 2013-11-23 meeting, the following issues remain for discussion in a thread on by the Ubuntu Ohio community:

  • What sort of a mission statement shall we have for our community?
  • Where do we want to go in the near term?
  • Where do we want to go in the far term?

The original meeting agenda remains posted on the wiki. The log is posted here.

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vUDS for Trusty Tahr

The Ubuntu Sense - Sat, 11/23/2013 - 11:15

In this past week, the virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit (vUDS) happened during November 19 to November 20.  I only had time to go to session out of the two that I knew that I had to come to: Ubuntu Doc Team and Ubuntu Women.  I wasn’t able to make it to the Doc Team’s session since I had class during that time but here is the e-mail that I sent to the list:  But I was there for the Ubuntu Women one and we had a rather productive one and it also gave a boost to how active we are.  I will post updates on the status of the goals and events of Ubuntu Women and the Doc team as they come in.

Ubuntu Doc Team Roundtable Links:

IRC Log: /2013/11/19/%23ubuntu-uds-community-1.html#t16:17
Notes: uds-1311-community-1311-docteam-roundtable.txt
Blueprint: community-1311-docteam-roundtable

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Quick Stock Take

Stephen's Blog - Thu, 11/21/2013 - 19:00

In no particular order:

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Looking for Ubuntu Support

The Ubuntu Sense - Thu, 11/07/2013 - 18:53

I have ran into hardware issues that is causing Ubuntu 13.10 to not see any mouse like devices:


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The Meaning of “Ubuntu Sense”

The Ubuntu Sense - Wed, 11/06/2013 - 18:24

This blog’s name, The Ubuntu Sense, has a meaning and the meaning connected to my involvement.

The first part of the meaning is one that covers the whole community of Ubuntu users and the ones who are involved with the various teams and projects. There is sense of community where users help other users to make Ubuntu better and to spread the word out. I know this happens around the FOSS communities but I feel it’s the greatest with the Ubuntu community. Maybe because it’s really the only community that I’m a part of and I know that my skills can be use to their fullest. The Ubuntu community is spread into every place in the world and each community member has their own ideas and views and many of these ideas and views are applied to the teams and projects.

The only problem that see is that there a some new users who want to get involved with the skills that they have.  Sure, there is the static page and the “Contribute To Ubuntu“, but I think there is an easier way for helping people to find a team/project to be a part of.  I know that the Italian LoCo has a quiz that helps users to figure out what they can do with the skills and the time that they have.  I know that Silvia Bindelli and I am working on making one for the English users and have the added onto the page.  But that is not enough for the developers who can not find program teams/projects to join and code for them.  That will change someday and I know that Ubuntu Women team is looking at a Launchpad site called Harvest, a site that allows developers to look for little coding projects for that program.

As I get more involved with Ubuntu and it’s community, I will gain a greater meaning of the Ubuntu Sense.  Ubuntu and it’s community is almost like a ecological community, a one that is like a super organism rather than individual teams working on projects.

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Ubuntu Touch on HTC EVO 4G LTE

The Ubuntu Sense - Sat, 10/26/2013 - 22:25

…is a no go, I spent the whole day trying to get Ubuntu Touch working on my HTC EVO 4G LTE based on this topic found on XDA Developers forum.  I have tired all of the ROMS that go to Ubuntu Touch and found all of them being bad ones, minus the official one, when I try to install them.  I only can get the kernel installed.  And the developer stopped working on the port because he doesn’t have the tablet any more.  As for the official one, I think I can’t get to load Ubuntu Touch.  I may of missed a step or something.  Clearly, I don’t do well with these things.

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Ubuntu Ohio To Hold November Meeting

Stephen's Blog - Wed, 10/23/2013 - 19:00

The following e-mail was sent to the Ubuntu Ohio community on Wednesday:

Ubuntu Ohio will have a meeting on Saturday, November 9th, at 8 PM. The agenda can be found at and additional items can be added below "Any Other Business".

Stephen Michael Kellat
Point of Contact/Leader, Ubuntu Ohio

A primary matter for discussion will be the pending draft Verification Application to be placed before the LoCo Council soon for consideration. Other matters will also arise.

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Value of Offline Documentation

Stephen's Blog - Sat, 09/21/2013 - 19:00

Documentation Freeze has come and gone. From what can be seen Xubuntu made it in with a new version of its offline documentation. A quick check of does not show updates for the other flavors and for mainline Ubuntu itself. After plenty of work it is perhaps appropriate to talk about why having offline documentation is valuable for the many flavors of Ubuntu. Baskin-Robbins ice cream in the United States has as part of their slogan their 31 flavors of ice cream and while we are not there yet...who can truly predict the future?

We had yet another power outage in Ashtabula County where I am based. This one was brutally obvious, unlike what the linked article states, where traffic lights were not working and the Ashtabula County Medical Center had its generator roaring to keep the hospital's equipment running. Six thousand residential customers were likely affected but that does not count businesses that were impacted. The thunderstorm did not trigger any severity warnings from the National Weather Service forecast office in Cleveland but still did damage.

It is not like I live in the back of beyond as I live outside the Cleveland metro area. We have freshwater ports in the area with ore boat trade via the Great Lakes network and the St. Lawrence Seaway as well as pleasure boat traffic. As the Point of Contact/Leader for Ubuntu Ohio, I end up doing things you would not consider "First World Problems" such as maintaining emergency power gear, having hurricane lamps at the ready, and knowing how to use manual tools for clearing obstructions.

Offline documentation serves a useful purpose with all of our flavors. The so-called "digital divide" has shifted from being a matter of lacking discrete points of access to the Internet to a marked divergence in the degrees of quality among those access points. When the lights go out for me or my broadband provider has a line cut, having offline documentation is better than having access to nothing at all. I remember living in the Territory of American Samoa, the furthest south on the planet a US civilian outside the bases in Antarctica can live under the flag, and contending with Internet access being limited to tens of kilobits per second via dial-up on a good day in 2006/2007. My Internet access in northeast Ohio is hardly perfect either. We do not live in a world of perfect, ubiquitous online access that is spread evenly across this planet we share. We must not assume that having documentation online is good enough as that ignores that realities of Internet access for much of humanity.

Next month we will be making another semi-annual release. Next April we are looking at a Long-Term Support release across all participating flavors. A challenge for all flavors is to have offline documentation that can ship on the disc. Xubuntu has a basic preparation system where we write in DocBook, keep it in a branch on Launchpad that we are always ready to build as a test package, and update through Merge Proposals considered by our documentation leader Jack Fromm and the Xubuntu Project Leader Pasi Lallinaho. Each flavor handles things differently.

Can we ship a Long-Term Support release where we ship enough offline documentation so that when we hand out discs we can feel assured that there is enough for most of humanity to get started with? We have made incredible strides towards bringing a different style of computing to humanity. In a world where the digital divide remains, there are still some steps we can take.

Where do you stand today?

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Mid-September Leader Notes

Stephen's Blog - Tue, 09/17/2013 - 19:00
Ubuntu Global Jam "S" in Ubuntu Ohio

The Ubuntu Global Jam event for Ubuntu Ohio was UbuCon at Ohio Linux Fest 2013. I had a bit of trepidation about scheduling this and there were all sorts of bumps in the road. The event happened and was attended well. Sadly I wasn't able to have any of it recorded for release as part of the Burning Circle but notes were taken.

Our presenters were:

  • Stephen Michael Kellat, Point of Contact/Leader, Ubuntu Ohio
  • Jon Buckley, Ubuntu Ohio
  • Jeff Hanson, Project: Community Computers
  • Emma Marshall, System76
  • Ian Santopietro, System76
  • Jorge Castro, Canonical

This won't necessarily be possible to replicate for the "T" cycle but planning that far ahead yet has not happened.

Exhibition Floor on Saturday at Ohio Linux Fest 2013

I would be remiss if I did not mention that Snowy Penguin Solutions helped us get a table secured in time on the exhibition floor. They helped us bust through a communications barrier to get things cleared. As Leader I express thanks to them for their gracious support.

Canonical provided financial support from the community budget to help us secure a table. This was not initially expected to be necessary. Support from Jono Bacon and the community team made it possible for us to speak to so many people at Ohio Linux Fest.

Many business cards were handed out. According to the contract terms, unless Ubuntu Ohio manufactured the discs itself it could not distribute them. Questions were fielded about Xubuntu, the status of Mir, what is going on with Ubuntu Touch, are there many users in Ohio utilizing Xubuntu, where are you physically based, and when do you hold in-person meetings.

I was actually surprised at the number of Xubuntu questions and the interest in Xfce. Ubuntu Ohio is fairly agnostic as to desktop environment. Mir was an interesting discussion but nobody was too worried. Folks did enjoy ogling Jono's phone when they had chance while I kept saying it was the first "sane" phone I've seen in a while. Then again, I used to sell cell phones for a living and sold all four major US carriers for an indirect retailer.

As to a physical base, we don't have that. We have no cathedral or front office. Many people assumed we were based in the capital Columbus where the event was being held but I live in Ashtabula County in the far northeastern corner. We currently lack the population clumping to allow for in-person meetings at the sub-state level and the previous sub-state groups no longer really exist. I'm still unsure where the Cleveland one disappeared to, for example.

Two other things should be noted. We always mentioned "Ubuntu Ohio". The words "LoCo" and "team" really weren't uttered. When people asked what we are, my explanation was that we are a social community for fellowship where we support each other and build each other up. We're listed in the LoCo Portal as not providing tech support at the moment as we frankly do not have the numbers of members. Our goal for now is to build each other up, learn more about the many flavors of Ubuntu, and try to grow. Recognizing the state of Ohio's economy, we also realize that people will need to move on as time goes by and that that is okay.

Unlike the US ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins with its 31 flavors slogan, the Ubuntu realm only has 8 so far...

Software Freedom Day

Ubuntu Ohio has no scheduled activities for Software Freedom Day in 2013. This is in line with the outright suspension of all sub-state groups as of Friday, September 13, 2013. Once we are better organized to know where everybody is and find population clumping we can reorganize our ground game. Until then, we remain an online society community focused on fellowship and supporting each other as best we can.

Next Meeting

Not yet scheduled. We need to focus on helping with Saucy Salamander's completion if we are part of those areas of effort.

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