Ubuntu Live : Call For Paper… Suggestions

By | 2008/01/24

I attended Ubuntu Live last year and I really enjoyed it! I met a lot of great people there and I decided last year that I’d be back the next, and also that I’d submit a paper for presentation this year. I meant to last year but at the last minute decided against it (which I’ve been kicking myself for since.)

The call for papers will end on February 4th, and I can’t decide what I want to present on. I’ve got a few ideas, but I thought I’d just drop a line out and see what suggestions you all might have.

Ideas I’ve been considering:

  • LTS Tutorials – Using Ubuntu in Enterprise
  • Community Participation – Building Ubuntu Worldwide
  • Moving to Ubuntu – How To Transition From Another Distribution

If you were to attend Ubuntu Live, what type of presentation would you like to see?

6 thoughts on “Ubuntu Live : Call For Paper… Suggestions

  1. Alex

    The LTS one would probably be the most useful, Moving to Ubuntu seems kind of pointless at an Ubuntu conference full of dedicated Ubuntu users..

  2. Rubén - Hubuntu

    Hi Christer!

    I have left to thank you for your answer on my wuestion on the US LoCo council… So a BIG thanks!

    ABout Ubuntu Live, I won’t be there, but I think it’s time to talk about the LTS tutorials, time to talk about how to make the next move into the SMB dataroom.

    I’m sick and tired of setting up Windows 200X Server solutions when I know there other alternatives; sometimes better, always more free (as in freedom) then those I’m supporting and setting up.

    How do I introduce Ubuntu as a alternative for the enterprise with a predictable and solid development path?

    That’s something you can adress in your note and help us, together, figure out!



  3. Neskie Manuel

    I would like to see L10N topic. Ubuntu could gain a whole group of dedicated users in Indigenous communities throughout North America. If Indigenous Peoples are shown the tools. The Ubuntu and FOSS community can play a big role in helping revitalize the indigenous languages including: Cherokee, Algonquin, Mi’kmaw, Dene, etc. 2008 is the Year of Languages. This is what I would present on anyways.

  4. Walt Roth

    I agree with Rubén. Implementing Ubuntu Server in the workplace would be a great presentation.



  5. Mark Preston

    An installer that branched more clearly on several points which would have screens saying:

    1. Do you want to run the LiveCD and connect to the internet without loading or installing Linux-Ubuntu on your computer system’s hard disk drive? Yes / No

    After the install preliminaries:

    2. Ubuntu is now ready to install Gutsy Gibbon (or whichever OS) on your hard disk drive. Have you defgragmented you Microsoft OS? In the answer is NO, please quit this installer, and defragment your drive. Quit / Continue?

    If the user says: Continue

    3. Ubuntu detects 20 gig (or whatever free space) and will set up a partition to install the Gutsy Gibbon (or whatever) operating system (OS). At the same time, the LiveCD will install the GRUB bootloader so that you can choose which operating system you want when you power the computer up. It will be installed to default to the Microsoft OS, but if you want to use Gutsy Gibbon, when you see the words on the screen say:

    you have 5 seconds to press the escape (Esc) key and then select which operating system you wish to use. Select it by using the up & down arrows on your keyboard.

    I always found the install process not clear enough. Maybe the LiveCD should bring up an Installation.txt file in LiveCD before the install starts, showing the screens, necessary user input commands, etc.


  6. Bruce Wagner

    @Mark: Why would you need to defrag your Windows drive just before formatting it for Ubuntu?

    I think you have the three topics listed in the correct order. Ubuntu in the Enterprise being number one. And Building Ubuntu Worldwide as number two.


    My two cents worth on the semi-automatic installation of plugins for media:

    It’s unfortunate that we have to do a Search in the Ubuntu Support Forums to determine which choice to make…

    It would be NICE if the options — like Windows always does — had one listed as — “(Recommended)”. Or, “If you don’t know, then pick this one.”

    However, there IS that philosophy of the Open Source Movement — which I DO strongly support… And we certainly would not want to be accused of “Recommend”ing the Proprietary code over the Open project…. Would we.

    HOWEVER, instead of listing one as “Recommended”… Why don’t they at least tell it like it is. Explain WHY anyone would pick, each individual item.

    And include a detailed explanation paragraph right there in the dialog box where I have to select one…

    For example,


    [*]The Java Plug-in, Java SE 6 (proprietary from Sun, superior in functionality and speed)
    [*]The Java Plug-in, Java SE 5.0 (proprietary from Sun, older version of Java)
    [*]CGJ (free open source, partial subset of an older version of Sun Java)
    [*]CGJ using icedtea (free open source, partial subset of an older version of Sun Java, based on an open development kit)


    Sun Java is definitely superior to GNU Java (GCJ) in terms of functionality, compatibility and speed.

    GCJ is a partial implementation of an older version of Java – it’s missing some parts so that not all Java software runs on it, and it’s very slow compared to Sun’s Java.

    Ubuntu doesn’t include Sun Java by default because it is not 100% free software yet. Sun is in the process of making its Java implementation open source, but some parts have to be rewritten (there are some third-party modules which Sun doesn’t have the rights to make open source). Hopefully in the future Sun’s Java will be included in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions as the default Java.

    JCG using Icedtea is simply a version of JCG based on Icedtea — which is an open version of OpenJDK, based on the original Java Development Kit.


    …Or something like that.

    I have no idea if these descriptions are completely accurate, but the point is to illustrate the IDEA of including some explanation IN THAT DIALOG BOX to give the newbie users (me) some HINT as to which choice we should make.

    This seems like a suggestion for the grand Ubuntu Suggestion Box. Where is that box anyway?

    Why would ANYONE select Sun’s Java 5.0….. for example? I have no idea.

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