12 Oct

Ohio Linux Fest 2016

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For the last few years, I always wanted to go Ohio Linux Fest (OLF), partly because it’s only two (2) hours away from where I live and one way to meet my fellow Ubuntu Ohio Team members. But what kept me from not coming is my old job before my new one (that I started the week of October 3rd, 2016. So, this year, I finally was able to go!

First Day

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it because I had to work ten hours at my work plus the two(2) hour drive from Blue Ash, Ohio to Columbus where I arrived at eight (8) to my hotel room. I was very tired and ended up taking a small walk, a bath, and went to sleep for the night.

Second Day

I woke up and took a small walk around the Arena District of Columbus an hour before the second (and final) day of OLF. I didn’t go to the keynote, but I meet up with José Antonio Rey and helped set up the Ubuntu booth. I was lucky enough to man the booth and I enjoyed it! I also brought my Nexus 7 2013 tablet with Ubuntu and allowed people to try it with the two Nexus 4’s that we had.

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People love the #Ubuntu devices #ohiolinux

CC Elizabeth K. Joseph

Most of the day was manning the booth but I also went to Elizabeth K. Joseph’s, Nathan Handler’s, Stephen McLaughlin’s talks, and the final keynote by Joe and Lily Born. The first two talks I went was mostly for support for my fellow Ubuntu Community Members, as I’m just a basic end user with some Linux command line skills. Plus, I don’t really know what do with Linux as a hobby, but that is slowly changing.

But Stephen McLaughlin’s talk on how (Raspberry) Pi’s are the future sparked my interest very well. As some of you know that I collect data on two ponds at Grailville in order to find out how to organically maintain it. One of the problems is layer temperature inversion in the small pond which means that if fish are placed in, they could die. While I was collecting data, I noticed that the values for pH, ammonia, and phosphate were high. High values equals layer temperature inversion.

I got the idea for using a Pi during Stephen’s talk and I told him it. He liked it and give me a free Pi Zero! Because of this gift, I gave myself a project and a next step for the pond project. I will using the Pi along with a solar panel as the power supply, a waterproof temperature sensor, and maybe a rain sensor to see when it rains and/or tell the Pi to record a few weeks after it rains. I plan to float it in the middle of the pond and data collect during the spring into the fall of next year. Before the spring, I will build and test this before trying to collect data. I will have another post as an update.

I also meet three(3) Ohio Team members including the everyone-thinks-that-he-is-a-robot Unit193. Ohio Team members! Please tell who you are, because I forgot, thanks!!!!

Yay the #Ubuntu crew :D #ohiolinux

The Ubuntu Booth crew CC Elizabeth K. Joseph

At the end of day, I went to the after party where I played Cards Against Humanity for the first time and had cake with gummy Tux’s:

Third Day

On the last day, I went to the Columbus Zoo* with Elizabeth and David. It was a nice and fun zoo. I also had bison for lunch for the first time. After I dropped of the two off back to their hotel, I drove back home.

*CC to Elizabeth K. Joseph

08 Feb

Ubuntu Ohio UGJ 2015 Summary

As I posted earlier, Ubuntu Ohio had our Ubuntu Global Jam (UGJ) on the 7th of this month.  We had five, including me, who came to the event, which was only on IRC.  Since this was out first UGJ, I allowed everyone to work on something of their own.  All of us worked on bug work.  At the end of the Jam, I asked for stories and I have three to share:

Zach Villers’ story:

I tested systemd in 15.04 daily build and filed this bug;

systemd error when enabling a service that is already started
Bug #141931

I also tested systemd’s timedatectl and hostnamectl and found they were
both working as expected.

Dave Kokandy worked on old Lubuntu bugs and marked many of them incomplete due to age.

Last but not least, I worked on Harvest bugs where I found all but six being incomplete or duplicates of other bugs.

18 Jan

Ubuntu Ohio: Ubuntu Global Jam 15.04 Plans

Today, at 9 PM EST, the Ubuntu Ohio LoCo had it’s meeting for Ubuntu Global Jam planning for the 15.04 cycle.  We have decided to do it on February 7th at 1 PM EST to 5:30 PM EST (adding 30 extra minutes) over IRC in our channel, #ubuntu-us-oh.  We have chosen to do it over IRC ONLY and we are focusing on confirming bugs, package QA, and systemd testing.  If you want more information, please contact me at belkinsa@ubuntu.com or see this page.

31 Dec

New Point of Contact/Leader for Ubuntu Ohio

Due to unavoidable events, the current point of contact/leader of Ubuntu Ohio, Stephen Michael Kellat, has stepped down from his position. He has left the duty of point of contact/leader to his three deputies.

Stephen Michael Kellat also said that he is  NOT leaving the Community, just some events will keep him at bay from doing something within the Community.

26 Dec

Final Meeting of the Year for Ubuntu Ohio

Today, on December 26 at 8 PM EST, the Ubuntu Ohio LoCo team had there final meeting of the year. These items were discussed:

Mailing List

Back in 2008, the former leader/point of contact, Jacob Peddicord moved the mailing list to the Launch Pad team’s mailing list from the lists.ubuntu.com one.  In an e-mail, Jacob said,

Hosting the list at Launchpad means that we don’t have to deal with the hassles of Mailman. All a user needs to subscribe to the list is a Launchpad account, and upon joining the LoCo team, new members will be asked if they would like to subscribe. This makes things easier overall for managing your own mailing lists as well if you subscribe to other Launchpad lists.

But…Fast forward to now, we are the only LoCo Community that is using the LP lists.  I created a poll on our mailing-list and I’m calling all Ubuntu Ohio team members to vote and voice your option.

Twitter Account

We do have one and few know that it exists.  So follow it!

Ubuntu Global Jam

We are doing one at a state park lodge (Deer Creek Lodge).  We are doing this because our team is very scattered around the state and having a centralized place is the smart move to do.  We have it planned for Saturday, but no schedule for that day.  But that will be known when time is near.

A small note, I may bring my desktop computer to the Jam as a platform for presentations.


Leadership Transition

Due to circumstances beyond his control, Stephen Michael Kellat appears required to stand down as Leader and Point of Contact for Ubuntu Ohio. This is prompted by his conditions of employment as a federal civil servant. We must discuss the way forward.

SEE ALSO: http://erielookingproductions.info/ubuntu/2014/12/62-reluctantly-facing-change

It was decided that a council will be formed between the deputies of the team since no one stepped up to the position.

Hopeful, 2015 will be a great year for Ubuntu Ohio and things can move forward.

28 Oct

Personal Goals for Ubuntu 15.04

I thought I written post for 14.10 but I didn’t…I think real life was too stressful on me at that time, but I wrote one for 14.04.

Between the 14.04 cycle and the 14.10 cycle, I completed one of the six (6) or so goals and I’m working on one them, which   I understand why I was not able to complete the other four (4) (or so) goals and I will explain why:

Ubuntu Doc Team

I learned that the main focus of the the Doc team should be the desktop/server docs not the wiki.  But still, there should be a some group of people that should be the admins of the wiki.  What is really required is recruiting experts on the subject matter to update the wiki pages along with the wiki admins to rename and delete pages.

Ubuntu Ohio Team

I learned that most of the LoCo’s are dead and Ubuntu Ohio is one of them.  Or I am not putting in enough energy in recruiting people into the LoCo.  Or not networking enough.

Ubuntu Women

I learned that we don’t have resources to run an outreach program.  But I learned that there is other ways to do “outreach”.

Between the time that I started to get involved and now, I joined three teams and was elected as an Elected Leader and as a Memebership Board member.  I created new goals as I failed many of them to many factors.  These are:

Ubuntu Doc Team

Nothing for now.

Ubuntu Oho Team

Nothing for now.

Ubuntu Women

I have three (3) goals, two of which are sub-goals of the main goal: help get more women involved with Ubuntu and FOSS.  The other one is related to the main goal of help get more women involved but it’s a collaboration between another team.

The first two goals are finish the Orientation Quiz and publish it, and get Harvest developed enough for anyone to use.  The other goal is to start a collaboration Ubuntu Scientists since that was one thing that was brought up while working on the Orientation Quiz.

Ubuntu Scientists

The collaboration project mainly and perhaps one of the other goals of the team. And also try to get the team active.

Ubuntu Leadership

Most likely, the goal is to collect information on issues that leaders face and write those articles.  And also try to get the team active.

 

 

19 Aug

Ohio Team Wiki Team Wiki Update/Clean Up

As my recent project, that is Ubuntu related, and a very overdo task on my To Do list, I worked on updating the Ohio Team Wiki pages (I took some ideas from how the Doc Team Wiki pages look);

  • I removed the unneeded pages after I had approval from Stephen Michael Kellat
  • I lumped similar pages such as the agendas to the meetings and the various events into main pages (/Meetings and /Events) and linked those two main pages on the home page
  • I only have two things left to do which is to fix the banner and find all of the missing records from the mailing list

Hopefully it is cleaner and easier to get the information that one needs.

22 May

Ubuntu Ohio Team Update: May 22, 2014

On the behalf of Stephen Michael Kellat (skellat), the Ubuntu Ohio Team has an update to share:

Due to Stephen Michael Kellat’s job and the stress that it produces, he has given the three deputies (under the Delegation of Authority) admin status of the team.  Any issues that arise should be e-mailed to the three deputies, not Stephen Michael Kellat.

Thank you.

17 Apr

14.04 Release Today

Stephen Michael Kellat asked me to post this:

Greetings Ohio.

As this is sent, the release announcement for Ubuntu and its many flavors is not up yet. Please take the time to download the 14.04 Long Term Support Release and to liberally seed torrents if you can. So far Xubuntu 14.04 has been wonderful and I am an “apt-get dist-upgrade” away from transitioning off beta to final on my installed base.

Discs for distribution have **not** been pre-ordered. If there is interest in doing a disc distribution campaign, please talk to the three Deputies about making a plan. I will not order discs to just have lay around gathering dust.

Have a great Thursday. Svetlana Belkin, James Gifford, Unit193…I leave the celebrations for you to lead. Svetlana, please post a copy of this message to your blog with such comment as you deem fit. My duties at work plus commute time prevent my celebrating much for this release on release day.

Stephen Michael Kellat
Point of Contact/Leader, Ubuntu Ohio
Member, LoCo Council

As for me, I have Ubuntu 14.04 32 bit on one of my laptops and I will have a review of Ubuntu 14.04 up soon.

31 Mar

OLF 2014 Planning Meeting Summary

Ubuntu Ohio held an IRC meeting planning for the Ohio Linux Fest (OLF) 2014, which set for October 26-28 2014. This was an initial meeting to begin planning for the event later this year.

If money is an issue, then we are are not going to do it or we can pass the hat. We may also be selling T-shirts to raise money. It seems that we may need around 250-300 US dollars as there is no provision for a free presence anymore and the LoCo budget does not have a lot to work with.

From what was said, we maybe doing an UbuCon and workshops. David Wonderly of Indiana as well as two of our members, James Gifford and Stephen Michael Kellat, will be doing workshops on Kubuntu, Sever, and Xubuntu, respectively.

We are planning to have a table in the exhibitors area and we are planning to give away Ubuntu 14.10 media with Ubuntu and other flavors (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, GNOME, Lubuntu) to the extent we can.
The logs of the meeting are HERE.

– Svetlana Belkin, A Deputy to the Point of Contact, Ubuntu Ohio