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UK LoCo Christmas Dinner @ Dans Le Noir

Thanks to Alan Bell for organising a wonderful Christmas dinner at Dans Le Noir last night. It was a wonderful venue and the food was amazing. I never realised how dark, dark could really be.

I would recommend this restaurant to anybody.  Also remember, this is the only restaurant  where you can get away with eating with your fingers and licking your plate when you are finished. As it is so dark, who would ever know.

I was however, slightly disappointed that some of the other members of the podcast team couldn’t come. Maybe to make up for this, they should all be blindfolded while recording the next podcast.  Just a suggestion 😉


Ubuntu Manual Project – Position Openings

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What is the Ubuntu Manual Project?

The Ubuntu Manual Project Team is responsible for the Getting Started with Ubuntu book. This a comprehensive beginner’s guide for the Ubuntu operating system. It is written under an open source license and is free for you to download, read, modify, and share.

The manual is aimed at new users of Ubuntu to help them become familiar with everyday tasks such as surfing the web, listening to music, and scanning documents. With an emphasis on easy-to-follow instructions, it is suitable for all levels of experience.

Available positions

We are currently trying to fill the following roles:

These missing roles have meant that the project has not moved forward as we would have liked.

How to apply for these roles

Please provide responses to all the questions below and email them to

  • Full name
  • Contact email address
  • Role you are applying for
  • Describe any relevant experience you have in as much detail as possible
  • Describe why you think you should be considered for this position
  • What you would do in this role (e.g., how you would improve the release process or how you would engage the community

The closing date for applications is Friday, 11 March 2011 at 20:00 UTC.

Project leader

The Ubuntu Manual project leader is responsible for guiding and directing the project. The project leader’s responsibilities include:

  • Promoting the project in the community.
  • Recruiting new project members.
  • Scheduling regular meetings.
  • Release Planning.
  • Motivating project members.
  • Providing vision (and blueprints) for the project.

The project leader should have the following qualifications:

  • Be Self-motivated.
  • Good at managing people.
  • Have a firm grasp of American English.
  • Be able to guide and direct the project.

Editor in chief

The editor in chief is responsible for the overall quality and content of the manual and ensures that it is published in a timely fashion. The editor in chief manages the chapter editors and authors. The editor in chief must commit to the following duties for the duration of the release cycle (approximately six months):

  • Check spelling, grammar, writing style, and factual accuracy.
  • Track changes between previous and current Ubuntu releases and ensure that the current edition of the manual reflects those changes.
  • Motivate and coordinate with the chapter authors/editors to contribute in a timely fashion.
  • Provide regular status updates to the mailing list.
  • Ensure proper attribution for text that has been copied from other (CC-licensed) sources.
  • Maintain the list of credits (authors, editors, translators, designers, etc.).
  • Verify that all screenshots and graphics are correct.
  • Gives the final go-ahead to publish the online and print versions of the manual.

The editor in chief should have the following qualifications:

  • Be Self-motivated.
  • Good at managing people (namely chapter authors and editors).
  • Have a firm grasp of American English.
  • Fully understand the Ubuntu Manual Style Guide.
  • Be able to run alpha and beta releases of Ubuntu.

Additional Information

Please note that we are a community project, and these roles are unpaid.

Ubuntu Manual Project Progressing… Slowly.

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It is now almost the middle of December and the Ubuntu Manual Project has yet to release the Maverick edition of the manual. The project leader has stepped down. I guess there are a lot of people who are questioning whether this project is dead? Personally I can understand why anyone would think that. I have even wondered that myself.  Yet, the project is still here, it is still moving forward, albeit slowly.

It seems the biggest problem that the project is facing is the lack of time. As this is a community driven project, it effectively takes a back seat to everything else that is going on in people’s lives. Personally, I do not know what can be done to change the situation. I too have limited time as well, but I do my best, as do many others involved in the project. Thank you to all those people. Your help is greatly appreciated.

So, what is the current status of the project…

All the writing is complete and now the proof reading is being finalised. After that, we need to begin collecting new screen-shots. Hopefully it won’t be that much longer until we can get the Maverick manual out.

There are still a few outstanding questions with the project. Who is going to take charge of the project? How often are we going to release new versions of the manual? How can we make things better with the next version?

Only time will tell…

…if you have suggestions, please let us know. If you would like to help, please let us know.

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