Friday, June 20, 2014

Colorado Ubuntu Team: Operation 'Spread Ubuntu' is Underway!

After another successful Colorado Ubuntu Team meeting this week, it's clear that our LoCo team is gaining momentum for a busy summer of spreading Ubuntu. The purpose of this week's Ubuntu Hour was to finalize a welcome handout with ways to get started with Ubuntu and reasons to use the best operating system in the world. The goal is to provide the handout with Ubuntu CD's, a sticker sheet and Ubuntu key stickers to cover up those Windows keys. The document was completed with final edits Wednesday and the CoLoCo CD kits were prepared to send to local volunteers yesterday.

On top of the incredible response from the team to complete the handout, I received a handful of volunteers for CD distribution throughout Colorado. The volunteers below will be available with install CD's in the following Colorado cities:
  • Neal McBurnett: Boulder
  • Chris Yoder: Longmont
  • Ryan Nicholson: Fort Collins
  • Emma Marshall: Denver & Aurora
Volunteer emails will be included in the Monday announcement to the Colorado Team mailing list. I'm very happy with all the support and teamwork going on within the Colorado Ubuntu Team and can't wait for our upcoming events. In addition to more Ubuntu Hours, we're planning an epic InstallFest this Summer.

Here's a close look at our 2-sided handout:


Thank you to the Colorado Ubuntu Team for helping spread Ubuntu! We are on an excellent path to a successful summer!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Colorado Ubuntu Team and System76 Chick April Update!

I’m so happy to experience another amazing quarter at System76! I’m finding a reason to celebrate every single day, and Ubuntu is the common factor in all this happiness. In March, I was nominated as the Colorado Ubuntu Users Team lead and became an official Ubuntu member, which are two things I’ve been working at for the last few years.

I’ve been planning and attending events and release parties for a few years, but now I’m ready to lead the Colorado Ubuntu Team on an exciting mission to spread Ubuntu. I’m hopeful that the team is going to be completely supportive and on board with the plan since it requires little effort but loads of fun. My first initiative was to regain our title as an official Ubuntu LoCo Team. I had tons of questions but was very thankful to have the support of Jose Antonio Reye and Stephen Michael Kellat because they encouraged me to drop what I was doing and focus on the LoCo team as my main priority. David Overcash and Cheri Francis offered awesome advice to get things going. They are seasoned Ubuntu Loco team leaders and know the ins and outs of a successful LoCo team. Everyone was so patient and supportive, constantly answering questions that I probably asked more than once. I went from learning launchpad, then Ubuntu wiki, mailing list administration, to Roadmap and collaboration- then ending at submitting our Colorado Ubuntu Loco Team Verification Application within a few days. I submitted our application and the vote was swift and unanimous. The Colorado Ubuntu Users Group is an Official Ubuntu LoCo Team!

We had our team roadmap meeting in April and I was happy with the turnout of 21 participants and a handful of volunteers. We have a great year ahead of us and I can’t wait to get even closer to the team so we can spread Ubuntu with excitement and enthusiasm. I hosted a meetup event on April 1 at the local bowling alley/pub for the “Geeks Who Drink” trivia night. We didn’t win, but we didn’t lose :) It was a fun night full of laughs.













Our next event is April 27th for the Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr release party in Downtown Denver. It should be our largest event ever! I created a 12 days of Trusty Tahr feature campaign for the System76 social networks. That was Carl’s idea and I’m happy that he let me embrace the project and run with it. It’s been fun getting to know the new Ubuntu version. It’s by far the greatest release yet. I look forward to this quarter and this year and will definitely keep you updated as I celebrate Ubuntu and dive deeper into the community.

Friday, October 25, 2013

A Weekend in Denver with Project: Community Computers

I spent last weekend working with Project: Community Computers finalizing our upcoming project. It's great to see the passion these guys have in our face to face meetings. I had the pleasure of meeting another member of the group during his recent trip to Denver. Kiefer hung out at System76 all day Friday and shared videos of communities they've donated computers to. We had a nice trip to the Denver Zoo on Saturday and a passion-packed work session afterward. 

P:CC sets up computer labs around the world, creating communities of Ubuntu users with recycled hardware and laptop donations. With a strong focus on providing laptops to nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee and the various Ubuntu labs deployed in other countries, Project: Community Computers has successfully launched more than 17 Ubuntu computer labs worldwide and various individual donations. Every lab or donation from P:CC has in some way, helped an individual or community embrace the benefits of technology. After watching the video interviews of people they've given computers to, it's clear that they are truly making a change. I am blown away by the impact they are having on a local and global scale.

It just doesn't get any more Ubuntu than this.

Most labs set up by Project: Community Computers contain 15-20 computers that were donated by a corporation or school district. Every system is installed with the Ubuntu operating system and the Edubuntu educational application bundle. They partner with local non-profits in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to deploy computer labs locally and abroad. Their next lab deployment will be in Sierra Leone in late November. In 2014, they plan to shift focus locally with a goal of donating Ubuntu laptops to every nonprofit organization in Milwaukee. They believe the nonprofit groups can help more people faster if they had the technology to work faster and more efficiently. I believe it too :)

The Indiegogo campaign to fund their 2014 goal is kicking off November 1st. I've personally put a lot of work into the campaign and can't wait to get started! I truly believe in what Project: CC is doing and I'm excited to see the results of the campaign so they can achieve their goal in 2014.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

System76Chick's Experience at Ohio Linux Fest 2013


Ohio Linux Fest was a blast this year. The Expo Hall was busy and packed with geeky awesomeness. I met a bunch of fabulous people and had some excellent conversations with customers and other Ubuntu fans. I've made my way through a number of conferences this past year and OLF2013 had more System76 customers than any other conference. It was fun to meet customers face to face after having ongoing conversations with them through the order queue as well as connecting through social networks. It was the first conference I've been to where I wasn't completely surrounded by MAC laptops, which was an awesome sight for me.

I wasn't able to attend any talks or classes because Ian and I were running the booth in the Expo Hall. I'm fine with that though, because most of it seemed overly technical for my liking and I love running the System76 booth and talking about our computers.

Our booth was packed when we put the games on the Galago UltraPro. Nobody could believe that it was running on Intel Graphics. We had quite the crowd the majority of the time.


I was impressed by the convention center in Ohio and loved all the amenities and the fact that it was physically connected to our Hotel. The Ohio Convention Center is HUGE. The convenient store on location had everything I could've imagined. If you forget something, it's OK because you'll be able to find it at the convenient store. I hate being in a random city without contact solution and hair mousse... glad the trip worked out in my favor :)

The highlight of Ohio Linux Fest was meeting our partners from Project: Community Computers. Jeff and Garrick shared their passion for spreading technology to communities in need and it was really heartwarming and exciting to know that we have an opportunity to help them out. I'm personally excited to continue promoting their work and can't wait to see how their next Ubuntu lab deployment goes. They are headed to Sierra Leone in November to set up a lab at a University with 40 computers running Ubuntu.

Emma with Jeff and Garrick from Project: Community Computers
I connected Project: CC with Jono, so hopefully we can both use our social networks to their advantage and achieve maximum social spread. They work so hard and are doing an incredible job spreading Ubuntu. I can't wait to watch their success.

The best part of every conference is the people. Face time is valuable and I don't think you can really see someone's passion for a project without it. Face time in the community is an extremely valuable tool to help spread any idea and I highly recommend attending conferences to achieve that.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Ohio Linux Fest 2013 Day 1 at Ubucon

Have you ever been to Ubucon? Yesterday was my first time participating in the conference as a speaker! It was wonderful to meet Stephen Michael Kellat from Ubuntu Ohio. It's always good to put a face to a name, especially when they contribute so much to the +Ubuntu community. He organized the event, which was well-planned and stress free for other participants. Thanks Stephen!

I also had the pleasure of meeting our partners from +Project: Community Computers. They had a presentation about Ubuntu powering Ecycling. Here's a pic of Jeff and Garrick sharing their awesome project at Ubucon.





 Project: Community Computers Rocks!


+Ian Santopietro rocked his presentation on UEFI. There were tons of questions and Ian seemed to have all the answers. I loved the subtle tie in of the cheesy jokes. That was a great topic for Ubucon and I'm excited to see how many people it brings to our booth today!



My presentation was titled "Everyone Deserves Technology." I shared Diane's story about how she transitioned an entire school to Ubuntu over a period of just a few years. Her success and passion to spread Ubuntu inspires me and I'm trying to get the word out about how it's possible to deploy Ubuntu on a massive scale as an individual or with help from your +Ubuntu LoCo Teams. Jeff from Project: CC snapped a pic. I will post my slides later for people who were in classes during my talk.




Today is Ohio Linux Fest and I'm excited to see the turnout at the Expo. It's an early morning, but I'm wide awake and ready to go set up!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Awesome Ubuntu Projects in Colorado: Diane Leikvold Transitions Longmont Christian School to Ubuntu

Nothing warms my heart more than seeing Ubuntu spreading, and it's even more wonderful to watch it happening locally with a fellow Colorado LoCo Team member! I met Diane Leikvold a few months ago at our Raring Release Party and she shared her passion for Ubuntu with the group at the party and followed up with an email to the Colorado LoCo Team. Her efforts to transform an entire school network to Ubuntu and offer training to the teachers and students is an inspiration and a great story that I couldn't help but share. The following interview was featured in the latest issue of Full Circle Magazine, but here are a few excerpts for a little background on her success bringing Ubuntu into Longmont Christian School in Colorado.



You recently shared your success about the Longmont Christian School transition to Ubuntu with the Colorado Ubuntu Team, can you share your success with the community?

Diane Leikvold at CoLoCo Ubuntu Users Raring Release Party
2013
I started teaching application software in the high school at Longmont Christian School in 2000 with 12 computers throughout the school (9 being in my lab) with a dial-up connection. The next year, we networked the school and doubled the amount of computers.  By 2009 we were up to 63 computers running Windows 2000. In 2010, I wrote a proposal and presented our desire to change to Ubuntu to the principle of the school. After gaining his approval, I imaged all of the computers in the school with Ubuntu 10.04, wrote training material for the teachers, sent an e-mail out to notify the teachers of the upcoming changes and training dates. The week before school started, I trained all of the teachers and staff on Ubuntu and boldly started the year on the new platform. 
I was truly amazed at how smoothly it went for such a large change. The teachers embraced the new operating system and continue to enjoy using it today. Through the years, I brought down what I was teaching in the high school down to middle school and then elementary. I truly believe that what we have at Longmont Christian School is pretty awesome! 
I have 26 teachers, most were technology challenged and fearful, but they all love using Ubuntu and are doing so well. I have over 120 laptops/desktops dispersed throughout the school all installed with Ubuntu. I would love to get the word out to Canonical and Boulder County to spread the word even farther on how Ubuntu is a great solution.

What influenced you to take on such a large project? What's the most rewarding aspect of the Longmont Christian School project?

The school was using Windows 2000 and the support was up in the summer of 2010.  We needed to upgrade our operating system, but the school was very budget constrained, so, with my husband’s encouragement, we looked into Ubuntu. The rest is history.

The most rewarding aspect for me is how smooth the transition happened at our school and how easily the teachers adopted the new operating system. I am even able to support teacher curriculum through Wine in Ubuntu. 



Diane is also working on a Ubuntu video training series specific to the needs of the staff at Longmont Christian School. Her efforts to transition an entire Colorado school to Ubuntu have not only influenced a large number of people to discover Ubuntu, but has enabled the school to function without a large IT budget. She truly is an inspiration and a great motivator if anyone is looking to take on a similar project.

To read the rest of Diane's story about transitioning an entire school to Ubuntu, check out page 45 of Full Circle Magazine, Issue 74.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Meet Two New System76 Laptops!


We're proud to announce the first and only ultra thin laptop to feature Intel Iris Pro graphics. The System76 14.1” Galago UltraPro Laptop features an exceptionally sharp 1080p matte finish IPS display, an Intel Core i7-4750HQ Processor and Intel Iris Pro Graphics with 128 MB eDRAM packaged in a 0.75” thin package. It's the no compromise ultra-portable.
The System76 Galago UltraPro Laptop featuring Intel Iris Pro Graphics

We're currently accepting pre-orders. Shipments begin in July. Check it out at www.system76.com/laptops/model/galu1

The Gazelle Professional also receives an impressive refresh to the latest 4th Generation Intel Core i7 Processors, a new matte finish 1080p IPS display option, increased battery life and the addition of mSATA as a new storage option.

That's not all! The new Gazelle Professional and Galago UltraPro feature the first ever, custom manufactured Ubuntu key.

Check out the new Gazelle Professional at www.system76.com/laptops/model/gazp9

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Happy Kind of Busy at System76

Wow, time flies in tech world- do you agree? I've been busy as can be and loving it! We had a great Raring Release party with the +Colorado Ubuntu Users Group in Westminster. It was wonderful to meet new +Ubuntu fans and a whole table of happy +System76 customers. Below are some pictures from our fantastic gathering!

Anthony brought some sweet networking gear. Diane was thrilled!






In other news, the International +Ubuntu LoCo Teams have been keeping me occupied with requests for free Ubuntu stickers to distribute in their country. I sent out more than 2,500 "Powered by Ubuntu" stickers and marketing materials this month. Isn't that epic? I think so! Check out our International Sticker providers list now... It's growing!

Filling the individual sticker requests in the United States is keeping my eyes on Ubuntu constantly. I'm sending out free stickers all over the country at a steady pace of 80-100 requests per month. It's pretty awesome to watch Ubuntu spreading from my perspective. The hand-written notes and pictures keep me excited and happy to devote time to the project.

I'm receiving loads of happy customers sharing their experiences about purchasing a System76 PC and it's just magical to feel like I'm at the center of it all. Check out all this happiness!


On an even more exciting note: +Cheri Francis moved to Denver and we had a pizza party at her new place on Monday, which is conveniently located within 2 minutes of our office! Cheri is an active member in the Ubuntu Women group and is a great friend!

More updates to come, stay tuned!












Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day From System76!

One of the greatest reasons I love +System76 is how much we love our customers! Working at a company where I communicate with so many people passionate about +Ubuntu and happy with our service, is better than any Valentine someone could give. Happy customers expressing their gratitude make my day, and I'm thankful to be working at a company where it happens every day.

Happy Valentine's Day!

System76 Staff

Thursday, December 6, 2012

System76 Chick Update!

I can't believe how fast November went by! With the release of our Bonobo Extreme, the holiday specials and the holidays, I've never watched time fly as much as last month!
If you didn't hear, our Bonobo Extreme was quite the surprise for System76 customers. A beefed-up 17" gaming laptop with a dedicated graphics card, HD screen and multi-color backlit keys, would make any geek drool. Extreme is only one word that describes this beast of a laptop. It's pretty serious.

System76 Bonobo Extreme

I also activated my Steam Beta Key for Linux and started playing Serious Sam. Nothing beats a little monster smashing at the end of a busy work day. I have our Leopard Extreme set up to try next when I get some down time. I can't make it past this ambush part...

I'm currently working on follow up interviews for the Ubuntu Women Blog, covering the ladies featured in previous issues of Full Circle Magazine. I'm chugging away at the Colorado Loco Ubuntu Group Social Networks, slowly gaining more followers every day. I created lists of Ubuntu LoCo Groups and shared them on our networks, hoping to connect with other LoCo Groups. I'm also sharing Ubuntu news as often as possible. I'm going to keep working at it until I figure out a good strategy to grow the group socially. I'd love to hear from other LoCo groups on their social media wins and losses, and gain some feedback on how to increase engagement. I'll put that on my agenda for next week and start researching the lists I created.

I can't forget to mention all the happy customers I'm talking to every day at System76. They just don't stop. I can't believe how incredible our customers are, and I'm just loving every phone call and email I get. I received this email from Ian in California after he ordered his new Bonobo Extreme and a Leopard Extreme. He's been our customer since 2008 and his letter totally made my week!