Ubuntu need to be for everyone. We are the opposite. We need to target to specific people, with specific language, culture, needs and resources. We have to deal with users who barely know how to write and know nothing about computers. Ok, we have also real good IT people or people who really know all this stuff, but our threshold is the user who less know.
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Ubuntu need to be for everyone. We are the opposite. We need to target to specific people, with specific language, culture, needs and resources. We have to deal with users who barely know how to write and know nothing about computers. Ok, we have also real good IT people or people who really know all this stuff, but our threshold is the user who less know. And we know because we have professional helpdesk services, forums, feedback from teachers, from our technicians at the tele centers. What I was trying to say is that Ubuntu or any other generalist distribution has a very important mission and there are a lot of smaller and more focused derivatives distributions that need to be there.
This is an ecosystem and everyone grown and learn on this interaction. The list is in Spanish now, so I want to explain it in English. Thanks for reading Happy hacking! I was always a very Debian guy, but for different reasons I found Ubuntu interesting and a project that I had to keep eye on.
I hope my work let me keep pushing bugs, translations, patches, branches and more no just to Ubuntu but Debian, GNOME and more interesting projects out there that we use. Soon, some news about the last Guadalinex version. Stay tuned. I still have an hangover from the last week. I think the event is interesting, in general, for any hacker and developer from upstream projects or just people nearby the Ubuntu world, because there is a lot of interesting people from Ubuntu, but also from upstream or derivative projects sharing knowledge and experiences to improve the next version of Ubuntu.
I mean, how to do the things in the better way to give back to upstream projects all the improvements they do. And also to give the merit from each thing to its real author, from upstream, from Ubuntu or from the community. But I truly believe this is an issue that is very important to them and they try to do their best. But to drive this is not very easy task and take some time. The thing I like the most is that after the UDS you know there is a lot of work already done and almost every discussion and conclusion written down.
You have a very clear concept about what is going on in the next release, how is going to be approached and who is going to be involved in the task to get them done. Mostly because I feel it very productive. In the UDSs, at least, you got after the event has finished a bunch of specifications , already discussed, with good feedback from different people, tasks in order to get it done and people with those task assigned. I know the GCDS is going to be great, but I hope after the event we have some real tasks and aims to follow to get the best for our free desktops.
Anyway, I know the event is going to be great. Well, thanks to Canonical and the Ubuntu comunity and developers to give me the opportunity of participate in such of event and try to be useful for Ubuntu and Guadalinex. I was especially happy to meet again with Daniel Holdbach and Jorge O. Castro , which are really great persons and very hard workers who push and work a lot for all developers and the community.
I also was happy to see to a old good friend and amazing GNOME hacker, Rodrigo Moya , which is now working at Canonical and I hope him the best in this new cycle of his life. Good luck Rodigo! And now is the head of the Ubuntu Translations. As far I know he is going to be in charge of the coordination of the Ubuntu translations and the infrastructures around Rosetta, language-packs and so. He is a really nice guy which seems very implicated and with willing of getting the things working.
Happy hacking to every one. So here I leave some updates to keep my personal log no so empty…. Step by step. I had to much injuries from my previous climbing period.
There are always people climbing and people are very nice and open. This reminds me that in Gran Canaria are really good spots for climbing also fot others mountain activities so if anyone who is going to the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit like to know places, let me know.
Just let me know before the summit and we can do some excursion or something. There is already the Ubuntu Jaunty , the one we use as base to derive. We were quite busy setting up all the building systems, updating our projects for being working on Jaunty and trying to help Ubuntu a bit with translations, bugs and patches. No so many patches as I would like, but we are very few people and we spend a lot of time learning how Ubuntu works.
There is a lots of procedures, documentation, wiki pages, tools, place from where get info… We are still learning, but I thing the next version and collaboration will be much smoother. We have alpha already in the streets and we are close to have a beta, which will be more Guadalinex alike.
Ubuntu Jaunty is a really good base. I have to said that for me is one of the best Ubuntu versions in many ways, so I expect Guadalinex be at least as good as Jaunty. We like the new notifications but we need interaction on them for one of our main projects: Hermes. Well, the new project I was going to join was Guadalinex v6. There are over The previous versions were developed by a few small companies working together. The way those companies were chosen was by a public tender.
This was a good way, I think. Letting to small free software companies work, learn and grown doing software useful for the people around. And the whole process was open. It was always open from the beginning. Open and public wiki, mail lists, subversion, forums, bug tracking and so on.
Which sadly is no very common on free software project from governments…. Anyway, this time it was also a tender, but not for making the whole distribution by the companies, just hiring separated groups of people for doing different tasks design the distro, maintain the mirrors, take care of the users and forums, create a manual for human beings….
I mean, from the public installations. Well, my company won the tender for leading part of the technical side of this project. So my coworker and friend Roberto Morano and me are working on Guadalinex v6 since the last Monday.
Guadalinex always has been trying to collaborate with the upstream projects, like the distribution on which were based first Debian, now Ubuntu. We have our schedule, few resources, usually we start to work on an already stable version which means we can not add or fix things for that upstream version and too much burocracy some times.
We actually did collaborate with Ubuntu with the first version of the live installer Ubuntu Express, now Ubiquity , some fixes, translations and few things more. But there was a lot of interesting stuff we created for Guadalinex and never arrived to Ubuntu. Also, since we got a huge amount of computers running Guadalinex and we must assure those computers work fine because the child and teachers need them for the classes, for example , we have a lot of bugs and hardware issues notificated and we already have fixed lots of different kind of problem hardware support, 3g support, digital certificates support, etc.
I know very well that all the people behind the project would like to push all those improvements to upstream and give to more people. But, good news , now we are getting close to a better collaboration. We have started to integrate subprojects from Guadalinex on Launchpad, so we can show to the Ubuntu community and nearby ones all the things we do.
We are creating the projects on launchpad and importing the subversion repositories into bazaar branches registered on lp, as well. We also add our bug tracker to the list of bug tracker connected to launchpad, so we can connect the bugs we share and give feedback from each other or even close our bugs and notificate the fixes to the related bugs or software in Ubuntu.
People from the launchpad team are helping us with this because the bug tracker we use since more than 3 years mantis is not the better supported by launchpad, so we are figuring how sort this out. Also there is a Guadalinex distro registration about to finish, so we can manage the releases, milestones and subprojects as a normal distro in launchpad. We are asking to the launchpad and ubuntu people how to doing better so they can take our work and we are open to any idea or recommendation.
It use webkit and is quite eye candy. The problem is webkit is not very well supported on Ubuntu Hardy , which means neither on Guadalinex v5. And then install the package Gwibber. Well, enjoy this nice piece of software. Skip to content. I am pleased to announce that the final version of Guadalinex v6 is out. The official news are at the Guadalinex website. Before to start I like to thank to all those people who help to develop, test, fix, translate and document all those great projects which Guadalinex is based on.
I really do. They make this possible and deserve most of the credits. The distribution is paid by the local government of a big region at the south of Spain, which is Andalusia. The distribution is oriented to the regular citizen, but it is being used at schools for few years. But also people from very low populated areas of Andalusia have been using Guadalinex at centers with computers where they can learn computers skills and use internet for free.
Now there are around centers working from Monday to Friday for them. Even the public libraries are using now Guadalinex. Because of that, Guadalinex is more than a few technical or artistic changes. I think the changes we have made in this version are useful no just for Andalusian, but for all the people who feels more comfortable reading and writing in Spanish. And there also some interesting stuff for a normal Ubuntu user. And also new small tools we develop because our users need them.
We think those are also useful for everybody. Guadalinex have its owns users with their needs and we just want to give them what they need. And in the process if we can to help the community and other people.
Well, actually my next post probably will be the list of things that are different between Ubuntu Jaunty and Guadalinex v6.
Guadalinex - Manual Practico (+cd)
Guadalinex Edu. Herramienta de Gestión de Recursos (HGR).