My activities in 2015
To summarise, my "Ubuntu" year looked like this:
- Bought a cheap laptop to test Xubuntu.
- Successfully applied for an Ubuntu Membership.
- Released an edition of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter [UWN].
- Won the Xubuntu QA Incentive for ISO testing.
- Stopped testing Xubuntu.
- Took up a moderator position at the Ubuntu Forums.
- Switched from using Kubuntu to Ubuntu on my main laptop.
- Stood down as a forum moderator.
- Passed a personal milestone of contributing to 100 issues of UWN.
- Subsequently cut back on my newsletter contributions.
- Started testing Ubuntu GNOME.
- Reverted to testing Xubuntu but on a more casual basis than before.
|Toshiba Satellite C-50B running Xubuntu 15.10|
A change of Ubuntu flavour
Also in June I started saying farewell to Kubuntu after being a regular user since the Natty Narwhal release in April 2011. I mean no disrespect to the Kubuntu team as they just have to deal with whatever KDE release but I feel that Plasma 5 is a great disappointment compared to KDE 4. It took a few weeks to adjust to using Ubuntu (Unity) as I hadn't used it regularly since the 12.04 release. I still have Kubuntu 14.04 LTS installed on a couple of backup machines but I'll be installing another flavour on both of them in due course. Ubuntu MATE, which I've recently tested in a live environment, looks very interesting!
Although I've cut back on my input into the production of UWN for now I'll take this opportunity to make yet another appeal for help with the newsletter as it is very much needed at this time. Finding links to articles and writing summaries is not difficult and requires no more than 30 minutes or so of your time each week. If you're short of ideas on how you can contribute to Ubuntu then please consider joining the team.
Anyway, just a few days into the new year and I'm already wondering what my summary of 2016 will look like.