best of confessions and more photos

Some of the Amarok-lovers left notes at our booth. Here is a best of:

– I can’t live without it.
– Thanks for the best player ever.
– Amarok RULEZ. The best musicplayer I know. Keep it up.
– Very nice musicplayer with GREAT GUI.
– Amarok is the reason my girlfriend wants Linux on her computer.
– Amarok is cool!
– I use Amarok with Gnome! 😉
– Amarok is the best musicplayer. Thanks for developing.
– Amarok rocks!
– Aouuuuuuuuuuuu…!! 😉

And a boothphoto (by sven423) for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet:

the Amarok-booth

And another photo (by Carlos Diener of taken at the Ubuntu-BBQ on friday:


(Monika, Myriam, Jono, Lydia and Gerry)

back from Linuxtag

Linuxtag is over and it was amazing. So many amazing projects with enthusiastic people. For example the German kubuntu-team. You can feel the love for Kubuntu.

Of course we (apachelogger, gnux, sven423 and nightrose) do love Amarok and I think we were able to show that as well *g*.


We had visitors at our booth who had never heard of Amarok and were amazed when we showed some of the cool features of Amarok (lyrics, wikipedia, search in lyrics, moodbar, intelligent and dynamic playlists, …). Then there were people who have used Amarok but had problems. We were able to solve lots of them and I hope we were able to give a better understanding of how Amarok works. And then of cause the real Amarok-lovers. It’s amazing how many stepped by and expressed how much they love Amarok. We love you too, guys 😉 (sidenote: there was an impressive number of Amarok-lovers among the VINs on Linuxtag *g* ). We gave people the opportunity to show their dedication by posting a note on the wall of the booth. This are photos from friday:

confessions at the Amarok-boothconfessions at the Amarok-booth

Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of time for the talks but I did attend a few. Jonos talk about the Ubuntu-community was one of them. It was really funny and you should definitely see him live. Sebas gave a talk about KDE4. One word: Impressive. So many cool new features and concepts. Can’t wait for the release in october. And the last one was the Ubuntu-grill where the audience was able to ask questions about Ubuntu. Unfortunately a big part of the questions was rather boring and some seem to have thought that this is the right place for bugreports.

Jonos talk

The social event for the community on wednesday was perfect. Yummy food and drinks and long conversations. Perfect to get to know each other. Same at the Ubuntu-BBQ on Friday.

the social event

Everyone tries to make you feel welcome. This is what Linux is about. This is the Linux-community at it’s best.

Hope to see and hear (“Awwwwuuuuuuoooooooooo” ;-)) some of you IRL again.

(photos by Carlos Diener/emonkey of

Ubuntu-Women needs to refocus

We need to refocus.

I like to be a part of the Ubuntu-community and especially being a part of Ubuntu-Women but lately it has become a place to shame men. It has become a group that actively drives men out of the community – men that do lots of good and hard work for Ubuntu. It has become a group that makes men afraid to joke and be themselves. We need to be a group that tries to make women stronger again.

Women being harassed should still be able to get support and comfort from us. The thing right now is that someone comes with a problem and it gets blown out of proportion big time because the silent majority does not stand up to calm down the discussion. I had a lot of talks with people on Linuxtag (you know who you are ;-)) and the impression I got was that some men get afraid to talk to women because they might end up making a joke that can be understood in a wrong way. This is hurting women because they get excluded. We are not the moral-police of the ubuntu-community. Ubuntu-Women is important and it would be a shame to end up with such a bad reputation in the community. So please really do talk to the people involved, don’t assume the worst every time, meet this people IRL or at least talk to someone who did. You often get a totally biased opinion about someone online (be it positive or negative).

So girls come on and let’s start to focus on the really important things again. Let’s get the mentoring growing. Let’s get active in packaging. Let’s start to make more women appreciate Linux. Let’s get back to making women stronger in this wonderful community.

PS: REAL jerks still need get their ass kicked 😉 and \sh is a really nice guy.