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Ubuntu@Fermo

Posted by Paolo Sammicheli on January 24, 2011

 

Last weekend we hold a conference in the nice town of Fermo, called Ubuntu@Fermo. Andrea Colangelo organized everything in every little detail and the weekend was just perfect.

The event location was a conference center held by the municipality of Fermo and made into a deconsecrated church, really an amazing venue:

During the evening we spoke about the Ubuntu project and how to partecipate, the Ubuntu Women project, the opportunistic development in Ubuntu and the great Andrea Colangelo’s Talk “Debunking Ubuntu myths”.

Thanks to Canonical for the nice gift they sent just in time for the conference and for the Conference Pack:

More photos available:

Really a great conference!

Posted in Evangelism, Event, Free Software, Marketing, Myself, Planet, Ubuntu, Ubuntu-it | 3 Comments »

Italian LoCo Testing Team Survey

Posted by Paolo Sammicheli on December 4, 2010

At last UDS we discussed about The LoCo Testing, and about what we made in the Italian LoCo Team. Most of the info already passed through the mailing lists so I don’t need to put all the data here.
What I would like to analyze further is the results of a little survey I made for the Italian Testing Team, just before the UDS. Let’s take a look:

I asked to all people subscribed to the mailing list to fill the survey, even if they aren’t approved member of the team. (to be approved member you need to keep testing, you expiry from the team if you miss two milestone in a row). 64% of the people who filled the survey were members.

I also asked the age. This is really interesting in my opinion. As you can see, being an online activity is something that fit well with all ages. We’ve contributors ranging from teenagers to mature people. This is powerful! Most of the LUGs I know keep saying that they are missing new generation, and that they’re getting too old.

With this question I wanted to check if we had a concentration from a specific area of the country or if we were well distributed. As you can see we’re present in all the part of our country, from the North, to center and South, and in both islands (Sicilia and Sardegna). The region who haven’t any contributor are the smallest region so it looks like a physiological thing (except maybe for Trentino Alto Adige. Anybody out there?).

Here you can see two main facts: testing brings people to start contributing Ubuntu (46,4%), also testing is not a thing for just new-comers, it’s a nice and interesting activity also for experienced contributors (35,7%).

Another indicator about the value of the team: 46,4% of them work also in another Free Software Project. We’ve people who contribute to upstream or other free software associations. That’s good, because it brings energy to Ubuntu from outside, and also get the Ubuntu spirit and experience going to other’s FS project.

Last indicator. People who do tests do also other things (60,7%) in Ubuntu. This show that a testing team is appealing to people involved in other Ubuntu areas, and also that testing bring new contributors to Ubuntu (4th question) who eventually would start contributing also in other ways.

What’s the point?

If you are a LoCo Leader you should *seriously* consider to start a testing team inside your LoCo. It will give you an healthy online activity which will bring people to your LoCo, and will make people more experienced about Ubuntu development process. They will learn how to report effective bugs, and will become more skilled and effective in helping newcomers. Also, being a pure online activity it will bring people from all around the country to your LoCo.

We have the Testing High Score in the Hall of fame, so will be very funny trying to compete in testing between countries. Natty Alpha1 is out there, I dare you, try to beat us! :)

Posted in Free Software, Planet, Testing, Ubuntu, Ubuntu-it | Leave a Comment »

Hello Planet!

Posted by Paolo Sammicheli on January 19, 2009

Here we go! This is my first post on Planet Ubuntu, and it’s also my first post in my new English Blog. Introducing myself: I’m Paolo, from Siena, Italy (yep, in the middle of Tuscany). I’m a member of the Italian LoCo Team where I’m admin of the “Gruppo Promozione”, the Italian version of the International Marketing Team. I’m also a translator and an Italian Website Team member. That’s all for now folks, I will talk more about me in the next posts. I leave you with a photo that I’m very proud of. Just to test photo inclusion on this blog ;)

OK, looks like it’s working good P

Posted in Myself, Planet | 2 Comments »

 
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