12 Jul

What Programs Do I Use: Irssi

I use IRC like many people of the Community who uses IRC for most of their text-based business, excluding e-mailing to mailing-list threads or longer pieces of text.  From 2009 to April 2016, I used X-chat.  X-chat was one of the programs that were removed from the main repo of Ubuntu software center.  Simply because it’s not maintained anymore.  I’m aware that there is Hex Chat but it doesn’t work well with my ZNC Bouncer.  Nowadays I use the command-line based IRC client called Irssi.

I haven’t really messed around with the config of the client but I do have set it up to the point where it’s usable.

Like many Open Source programs,  Irssi has scripts to make it more usable and I use a few of them:

14 Feb

Ubuntu Documentation Day 2014

The Ubuntu Doc team is proud to present Ubuntu Documentation Day 2014!  On this day, which is March 2 at 1600 UTC, we are offering classroom sessions on #ubuntu-classroom and the place to ask questions on #ubuntu-classroom-chat.  These rooms are both on irc.freenode.net.

I will be teaching the session on the Wiki (docs) part of the team which is at 1900 UTC.

More info HERE

We hope to see you guys there and hopeful you all learn how to help the Ubuntu Doc to grow.

25 Jan

Testing Ideas for virtual Ubuntu Hours

In the LoCo (Local Communities) community of the Ubuntu Community, there are things called Ubuntu Hours and these allow members of LoCos to meet with other members in their area and in person to talk about Ubuntu and what they do with it in public places.  This idea only works for LoCo’s with members that are not so scattered.  In the LoCo’s that have scattered members the best thing for those is the use of the tools available Online, such as IRC and video/audio chatting.  And one such example of a LoCo that has scattered members is my LoCo, Ubuntu Ohio.

In our meeting, jrgifford suggested that we could try to run some form of virtual Ubuntu Hours.  Then a fellow Point of Contact for Ubuntu Canada Team said that he wanted to try to use video/audio for their next LoCo meeting.  But he wanted to find FAIF software to stay a way from Google and the other non-FAIF software, but in the end, they decided to use Google Hangouts.  This got me to e-mail the Ubuntu Ohio team to see if anyone wanted to try to run virtual Ubuntu Hours using tools that the Point of Contact suggested but  jrgifford suggested the use of a tool called WebRTC.

After two mock virtual Ubuntu Hours and other tests, we found out that WebRTC is only an year old technology and only works for Firefox Nightly and Chrome on Ubuntu.  Also, with all the video/audio tools, WebRTC is not bandwidth friendly and we had many issues with connection.

It has been decided that, for Ubuntu Ohio Team, we will be using IRC only for our virtual Ubuntu Hours.  More info here.