My favorite Ubuntu project is SpreadUbuntu. Even though I’ve never been directly involved with the folks working on it, its a project that I keep an eye on.

No matter how good Ubuntu is, no matter how fast Ubuntu boots, no matter how beautiful it is, without some heavy duty marketing, Linux is going to have a hard time getting that mass market appeal. Of course some folks don’t care about that (or hope it never becomes mainstream). I’m not one of those people.

Thats why projects like SpreadUbuntu need as much as love as possible.

What does this have to do with Global Jam? There is plenty of material on SpreadUbuntu that can be used to promote the Global Jam, but they are mostly with the old branding.

We need more material with the new colors!

Look at what David Rubin posted the Ubuntu-za is using to promote the Ubuntu Global Jam:
Ubuntu-za Global Jam Poster

That is some serious hotness.

If your LoCo is creating promotional material for the Global Jam with the new branding, make sure to upload the originals to SpreadUbuntu!

And if you want to get involved with SpreadUbuntu, check out the wiki.


Ubuntu Global Jam Time!

March 17, 2010

The Ubuntu Global Jam< is coming up soon. Its a great event for LoCos to get involved in. LoCos can use it recruit new members, bond, and most importantly: have fun. The template for setting up such an event should be relatively painless: pick a date, find a free location with wifi (coffeeshops, library), and advertise like crazy.

Advertising is key. Post every couple of days to the mailing lists (the LoCo list, LUGs, other open source user groups around you), post it on your Facebook wall, put it on the your LoCo Facebook page and create a Facebook event for it, post it to your LoCo forums, post it on the LoCo Directory, tweet/dent and then retweet/redent about it regularly. If there are LUG meetings (or any other open source group meetings like Python, PHP, Drupal, etc) between now and the date of your Jam, show up and pitch it to them in person. And of course, blog!

The site has great documentation on starting a blog.

I thought we should look at what Ubuntu Global Jams look like:

Ubuntu Global Jam

Ubuntu Global Jam

Ubuntu Global Jam

Ubuntu Global Jam

And if you do your Ubuntu Global Jam right, it will deteriorate rather quickly (hopefully):

Ubuntu Global Jam

Ubuntu Global Jam

Any questions?


Ubuntu @ Lanier Technical College

January 26, 2010

I’m doing an Ubuntu desktop presentation at Lanier Technical College (Forsyth Campus, Cummings, GA) on January 28th, 6:30pm, Room A237.
The LUG at LTC is just getting off the ground. Most of the members are very new to Linux. Joshua Roberts has been working hard getting everything in place, everything from setting up cached [...]

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Happy 2010!

January 1, 2010

Happy New Year to everyone in the Ubuntu, Linux, and open source world. Hope 2009 was good for everyone, and wishing 2010 is even better!

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In Honor of UDS Lucid

November 15, 2009

Kicking off in a few hours in Dallas…

Click above to listen to the greatest TV intro ever.

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Ubuntu Georgia 9.10 Install Fest

November 6, 2009

The Ubuntu Georgia LoCo and ALE will be holding an Ubuntu 9.10 install fest at ITT-Tech Atlanta.
Saturday, November 21st, 2009, 9am-5pm
ITT Tech
1745 Phoenix Blvd # 100
Atlanta, GA
Enter the ITT Tech building at the north end, front doors on the east side are kept locked on the weekends.

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The Linux Podcast #7

October 14, 2009

Excuse the lack of quality in that video.
Josh and I started The Linux Podcast shortly after starting Ubuntu Podcast, but we would never find the time to do them. If you have ever watched the Ubuntu Podcast, we have complained plenty about video editing and all that.
While I know Linux and FOSS supporters will [...]

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Hulu Supporting Linux

October 9, 2009

Josh just told me about this and I ran across Jorge’s dent about Hulu packaging Fedora and Ubuntu clients for their desktop application.
One step closer to disconnecting cable.

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[video] Mark Shuttleworth Announces Ubuntu 10.04: Lucid Lynx

September 20, 2009

For Atlanta Linux Fest 2009 and UbuCon Atlanta 2009, Mark was kind enough to sit down with us and announce Ubuntu 10.04: Lucid Lynx.
If you can’t see it, click here.
Watch the video on YouTube.

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How to Prepare and Participate in Ubuntu Global Jam

September 7, 2009

Watch the video at

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