UCubed 28th August 2010Posted: October 5, 2010
U Cubed was an excellent event, hosted in Madlab Manchester, which is a great venue to host an event. On the day there were lots of people meeting and talking about Ubuntu and Debian based distributions, and there were many talks on the day, ranging from advocating free / open source software, Debian / Ubuntu packaging skills, and the most popular talk, restoring an old arcade machine using Debian and MAME.
The roots of the event came from the Ubuntu Global Jam which is held every six months, and from an episode of the Ubuntu UK podcast where they interviewed Jo Shields, an Ubuntu and Debian developer. We thought that the link between Debian and Ubuntu should be publicised more, as without Debian, Ubuntu would not exist.
So our event aimed to raise awareness of the link between Debian and Ubuntu and allowed people to work together and learn from each other. There were many workshops, talks and groups all hacking together to make the Debian/Ubuntu world a better place.
The infamous Joggler from Barcamp Blackpool, running Ubuntu adverts was there, along with an internet cafe, which we set up using old pcs and a few Ubuntu 10.04 live CDs (Thanks Canonical )
The organisers (of which I am one) aim is to hold an event every six months, and to build on the popularity of the first event and provide attendees with a fantastic experience. If anyone has any suggestions or would like to help us, then please send me a tweet, I am @biglesp on Twitter / Identi.ca.
It is well known that London is the heart of Ubuntu related events, but who says that we can’t put the North of England on the map as an alternative venue to host Ubuntu / Debian events
If there aren’t any events near you, then start your own, link a few Linux User Groups together and send out a few emails. We did and look what happened.
Pictures of the event can be found here http://www.tinyurl.com/ucubedphotos