Back from UDS

Last week I was at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, the six-monthly big meetup for Canonical employees and the Ubuntu community to get together and work out what’s in the next version of Ubuntu Linux and how to do it. It was fascinating meeting everyone and seeing it all up close. Lots of stuff went on: I got interviewed by the Ubuntu UK guys for their podcast; I caught up with a few people I hadn’t seen for a while and lots of people I’d never met face-to-face before; I threw together a quick “lifestream” bit of JavaScript which would track a tag across various sites and it ended up on Launchpad (so if you want a trivial way to display a lifestream for a conference, grab the script and make it better); I asked everyone I could think of whether I should insist on buying a laptop with Ubuntu on it and which one I should get; we went to the Computer History Museum and indulged in the geek oneupmanship game of saying “owned one of those, owned one of those, wanted one of those” (apparently the PlayStation 1 is now Computer History); and I drank a fair amount of beer. Was a good week. I was there because I was paid to be so by Canonical. I start work for them at the beginning of January. While there I met the people who will be my team when I start, and saw some of what they’re working on, and I’m really rather excited. I’m going to be part of Online Services. Can’t wait to get going on it. I get to make the desktop I use be better.

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