23 April 2015, Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Release Parties

As part of the release of Ubuntu 15.04 on April 23rd, there will be release parties worldwide. This is a good chance to meet users of Ubuntu who use the operating system at home and the lucky few who get to use it in the office.

Click here to view a list of all release parties.

On another note, the Ubuntu project has their schedule well-planned out. They have a roadmap of the Ubuntu release process and state exactly when the user interface will be frozen, when there will be no new features added to the release, etc. It’s a good example for other larger projects (whether they are proprietary or free/open source) to learn from.

22 September 2014, LibrePlanet Ontario Meetup

The LibrePlanet Ontario group held a meetup in Toronto on 22 Sept 2014 and some of the topics discussed were how to start and grow a free/libre software group in Canada, and specifically in Ontario.

The wiki page has been cleaned up and looks a bit more lively. Another meetup was held a few weekends previous to this one, as a joint meetup between the TorontoCrypto and Ubuntu Canada and LibrePlanet Ontario groups.

A cool idea that was presented at the group is the idea of presenting and allying with other free/open source software groups. The fact of the matter is that all these software meetups for both developers and users exist and they rarely mention the issue of software freedom and the benefits of free/open source software. For example, the Drupal and WordPress groups have been happening for years and sometimes there are presentations about why the open source model of development works well, and why the GPL is a good license to use.

At other meetup groups, such as ones for AngularJS or ones related to big data or to other software, the issue is never mentioned. For lots of developers and users, software freedom just doesn’t come up, and they aren’t exposed to the idea that you don’t have to be locked into a vendor and that you don’t have to lock others in with proprietary software development or usage. A simple 10 minute presentation offering examples of why you should use, develop and otherwise support free/open source software would do a lot of good.