Christmas Cards!

This year, I will continue my tradition of sending out Christmas cards to anyone I have worked with in the Open Source world this past year. If you would like to receive one feel free to comment below with your address or email me at with the subject “christmas card” and include your address so I can send you one. I only have Christmas cards, so if you do not celebrate Christmas, there is no need to feel left out as the cards are just a way of me saying thanks, so please reply as well!


This i the part of OSCON where I had the hard part of the week where I worked a booth for the entire week. I was able to meet many different people from all over the world through this experience. 66731_10151578417818160_1604991232_n

(Courtesy of: Benjamin Kerensa)

Tuesday was a hard day for the booth because it was only open in the evening and everybody was around to come and see. however I was excited to show off the new Ubuntu Edge phone and phone campaign that is taking place. After the expo hall closed down, I was able to attend the Planet OSCON Party where there was free egg rolls. Always been a fan of Chinese food!

The next day of Booth work was the longest day of the entire week for me. All day on my feet helping out the people who are interested in what Ubuntu is up to these days.If you were one of these people, let me say thank you. thank you for making sure to let us know what the users want, and making sure your questions make me always know what I need to know to help the rest of the Ubuntu community out. It is conferences like this where we can get a first hand interaction with the people using what we work on everyday.

Thursday was the last day of my booth work and I was happy to be able to call the hard work to a close, but sad to be now unable to interact with these people on a daily basis.  Soon after this, I flew back home and all of a sudden, my boring life resumed. Though I am still bringing back a heart warmed by the great many people I met from all over the open source community. Thank you for being a fan of Ubuntu. We do it for the fans. We do it for you!

OSCON day one re-cap

Yesterday was the first day of OSCON and it was one of the best first days I have seen in a whole for a conference. Not only did registration go smoothly, but there was plenty of time to meet and socialize with other attendees. I was unable to attend any conference talks because I was setting up the booth for most of the day (expect pictures in the next blog post) and the team working the booth is almost fully ready. The booth will open today at 5pm pacific time and we are eagerly anticipating this and can not wait to show the world what Ubuntu is up to these days. This so far has been a great conference and expect the rest of the conference to go even smoother and with more fun. If you happen to be at OSCON and have not seen me yet, find me (I’ll be at the Ubuntu booth all week) and say hello. I would love to meet you.DSCN1346


CLS has been a great success. It is clear that the people such as myself who were able to attend have all been able to grow our community knowledge together in a way that will be evident to the greater Open Source community. One of my favorite sessions I was able to attend was called “engaging volunteer communities” and here I will be able to use this knowledge and move it to be useful to the Ubuntu Community as a whole. We as a greater open source community have benefited greatly here.  Now we will move into the week as OSCON approaches. It is going to be a great week and I look forward to all the people I will meet.



I am currently sitting in the Sacramento airport awaiting my flight to Portland to attend the Community Leadership Summit and OSCON. Looking forward to an exciting week ahead for both the people I will meet and the good times I will have. For those not in Portland this week, you can follow my blog this week as I post information about the conference, and put up as many pictures as I can. or my Twitter account @philipballew. If you are going to be at OSCON, come and find me. Even if I do not know who you are, I want to find out who you are and get to know you. Hope to see you there!

Represent your LoCo and send a Postcard to show that Ubuntu is used all over the world

It has been a good day as I have been attempting to convince people to mail me post cards or any personal letters so I can show people what I receive and say  that Ubuntu is used all over the world. If you are unaware of my mission, then my previous blog post will explain what I am working on accomplishing. Basically I want to be able to show the world that the Ubuntu community is alive and strong all throughout the world. From the developers, to the users, to the heads of Canonical, Ubuntu pride still runs strong. We care about this community and want to make it grow, so lets represent where we are from, and make it known to others in the community that your area has a strong Ubuntu presence. So I am going to take these post cards or whatever I receive and show people I meet along the open source journey that Ubuntu is growing strong. I will make these into an item that people can always add to and be able to use as an example that Ubuntu is what world for them. We are Ubuntu, and we are community.

If you wish to send a post card and represent your area of the world please send it to:

Philip Ballew
3900 Lomaland DR.
San Diego CA 92106

Showcase the diversity of the Ubuntu community!

I am looking to make a blog post about all the diverse areas of the world we have people in the Ubuntu community and want to highlight this with postcards I can show in a blog post and possibly beyond. I am giving people the opportunity here to mail me a post card from wherever they live on this planet. I would like to have the post card feature a picture of where they live, or say something about where they are from. Anywhere in the world is cool. If you do send one, feel free to comment below or email ( so I know it is on it’s way. Thank you for taking the time to help with Ubuntu! My address is below:

Philip Ballew
3900 Lomaland DR.
San Diego CA 92106

Confessions of a community member.

I am concerned with the current status of Ubuntu, not because of the tension on the community or the new software being put out. I am concerned because I feel my time and contributions might go to waste and fall on deaf ears. As leader of a LoCo, how do I know if the work I am putting in is even going to matter in two months when 13.04 comes out? Is my work still relevant because it has nothing to do with a cell phone, nothing to do with a display server, and nothing that in any way is a direct profit source for the Canonical.

I just spent the past two days at the online UDS, and though I feel this allowed for greater community participation  I am blatantly aware that the items the community are allowed to work on are not the same that we could work on in 2008 when I first joined the Ubuntu community. We have no say in any core decisions, and I find this unexceptionable.  This is not community, this is hierarchical class system with an almost direct juxtaposition to the Ubuntu I used to know. We are made to be people who are used and abused  and uninformed of the inner workings of the actual Ubuntu system until every other Ubuntu user finds out. How can I go from working at UDS on how to spread Ubuntu when I am just as unaware as any other Ubuntu user out there as to what this Ubuntu is that I have volunteered to spread. Am I still valued?

Come speak at SCALE The Next Generation and have a really good time!

The Southern California Linux Expo will be running a conference called SCALE The Next Generation, and we  are looking for a few more speakers! Just what is SCALE you ask, well it is a great Linux Conference taking place this February in Los Angeles. At this conference we will be offering a chance to let youth involved in Open Source speak on their skills, experiences  and love of what they use and do. Last year was the first year for SCALE to offer a mini conference for youth, and we were presented with many great talks. Such talks were  “Overview of Google Summer of Code” and “Tux Paint Demo” and these were all great presentations.

So now it is 2013 and a new year. We are a year older, and hopefully a year wiser. This year I would like to ask for you help in speaking at SCALE, as I know many of the people reading this are youth themselves, and if you are a youth and reading this, this this means you. You can submit a talk via the instructions at the bottom on this blog post. Make sure to get your talk in by February second at midnight. If you need any assistance with this feel free to email me at and I will help with whatever you need.
If you would like to submit a talk proposal you must have an account on the SCALE website. This can be done by visiting the link below:

Once this is done, follow the instructions on this page to submit the talk:
(Remember to select the youth option for where your talk proposal will go)

Thank you and hope to see you there!

My review of The Official Ubuntu Book (7th Edition)

After reading this book I can say that I have a better understanding on how this Ubuntu operating works. The nice thing about this book compared to other books on Ubuntu that cover how to use Ubuntu, is this books covers not only these topics, but goes over why and how Ubuntu came into being and thoroughly teaches the readers how the Ubuntu community runs and operates. I have seen first hand what happens in the Ubuntu community when a new helpful hand joins and speeds up the Ubuntu development. This books helps people know the option to join is available. This book also goes over how to get your app into the Ubuntu Software center, the app where people install software for their Ubuntu system. Basically this book starts out explaining what Ubuntu is, then moves on to installing it, the command line and running it as a server. but the main selling point in the book is the books ability to comprehensibly show how the Ubuntu community works and this is where other books fall short compared to this book. Highly recommend to people wanting to install Ubuntu, and even someone wanting to help make Ubuntu even better.