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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! 🙂


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It’s time for 10.10

Posted by Paolo Sammicheli on October 12, 2010

Fabio “Pixel” Colinelli made a tribute video for the Ubuntu-it Community and Ubuntu 10.10.

Thank you so much Fabio!

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Debian-Ubuntu Community Conference, ITA 2010

Posted by Paolo Sammicheli on September 21, 2010

During UDS Maverick, in Bruxelles, I met the Debian Project Leader Stefano Zacchiroli. Being both Italians we spoke often during the coffee breaks and we discussed further about his keynote’s topic: improving collaboration between Ubuntu and Debian. We agreed that one good way to improve the collaboration between two groups would be to make people from each other communities knowing better sharing time and experiences together. We said “let’s start from Italy”. In the same days Alexjan Carraturo from FSUG Italia (Italian Free Software User Group) wrote me about the Software Freedom Day which they were organizing in an high school in Perugia and proposed me to organize the next Ubuntu-it Meeting in the same day because the Math department not far from that high school, with big auditoriums and internet access for everybody, would be happy to host us.
I replied him with “yes, Ubuntu-it will come and we’ll bring friends too 😉 “
Stefano Zacchiroli and Paolo Sammicheli
We choosed several topics for the conference: testing, packaging, triaging, translation, bug reporting. All the session were held by mixed speakers from both distros and we showed differences and similarity in both distros. I made also a Marketing Session with Italo Vignoli, president of the OpenOffice Italian linguistic project who I thank again for joining us.
Italo Vignoli
Sunday we had a round table about the role of the women in the free software and how to incourage women in partecipating in our communities. The discussion was lead by Flavia and Silvia from Ubuntu-it and Francesca and Anne from Debian. Indeed a topic to cover more during next meetings.
When we organized this, the idea was to show that it can be done. The title has been selected in English for being re-used all around the world. I would like also to share the Slide Intro I made for the speakers (I hate the idea of a slide template because kill creativity, but a common first slide looks like a good compromise). Here’s the odp file.
Debian Ubuntu Community Conference
Take it, change the country/year and organize it in your place! You’ll have a lot of fun 🙂

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LoCo Testing Team HowTo

Posted by Paolo Sammicheli on September 2, 2010

I finally completed the wiki page about the Italian experience in ISO Testing:

I would really love if other LoCos would like to start ISO TESTING contributing in making Ubuntu everyday better.  I also ask you to continue improving that page sharing your experiences as well.


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First Debian/Ubuntu Community Conference in Italy

Posted by Paolo Sammicheli on August 25, 2010

The Italian Mini-Debconf and the Ubuntu-it meeting will be held together, in an collaborative community conference called DUCC-IT 2010. It will be held in Perugia on Saturday 18 September, contemporary celebrating the Software Freedom Day 2010. A warm-up hacknight and a key-signing party have been organized for Friday and Sunday (17th-19th Sept) on a local Hacklab. Current Debian Project Leader Stefano Zacchiroli has already confirmed his presence with a keynote.

The time-table is available at (only in Italian) and it will be held at Math Department, University of Perugia. It will cover topics like Packaging, Translations, Bug Reporting, Bug Triaging and ISO Testing. The goal is to gather new contributors and making Developers from both distros know each other improving collaboration.
Previous Ubuntu-it Meeting: May 2010

Previous Ubuntu-it Meeting: May 2010

If you’re in the area you can’t miss it!

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Nerd Score

Posted by Paolo Sammicheli on April 21, 2010

I am nerdier than 70% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to take the Nerd Test, get geeky images and jokes, and talk on the nerd forum!

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Anything but the buttons: The Video

Posted by Paolo Sammicheli on April 14, 2010

(made with this)

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Ubuntu 10.04 Coming Soon: The Video

Posted by Paolo Sammicheli on April 8, 2010

Weeks ago Leo Iannacone sent me a link through instant messaging. He was playing with Inkscape, Gimp and Kdenlive making a video. I liked very much his ideas since the beginning and I started contributing in his little project. At the end this is the result:

Now what? Why we don’t try to share it through social media making the hype? 😉

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University of Siena continues migrating to Ubuntu

Posted by Paolo Sammicheli on March 17, 2010

The university of Siena (, which is known to be operating since 1240, decided to migrate to Free Software in February 2009. Their decision was motivated by economical and technical aspect and also for fight illegal copies. (more infos, unfortunately just in Italian). The migration was committed to an internal technical group named GNUnisi. They developed an Ubuntu derivate choosing the programs which would fit their needs and started to migrate offices, classes and laboratories. The work went quite smooth during this year and this week they announced the migration of the public reading room “chiesa della rosa”.

This migration is very interesting because, thanks to a project with the municipality of Siena and the Tuscany Region, it will be open also after dinner time, allowing the local Linux User Group and all student’s organization to organize nightly workshops and meetings. Ubuntu-it Weekly Newsletter talked about it last Monday and I would like to share with you this great news in the hope that more universities will start to migrate to Free Software soon.

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I’m going to Fosdem, again :)

Posted by Paolo Sammicheli on February 2, 2010

I’m going to Fosdem again. Really looking forward to Saturday’s LoCo Dinner, YAY!
I'm going to FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting

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