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CALug Feb 11 Feat. Riddell and Kirby

Hi Everyone!

This coming Wednesday, February 11th is the next Columbia Area Linux Users Group meeting in Columbia, MD at the offices of Tenable Network Security.

Jonathan Riddell will be opening with his talk entitled “Kubuntu Community and Technology”. He will talk about the Linux distribution Kubuntu who makes it and the tools used.

Jonathan works for Canonical and started Kubuntu five years ago.

As long as Jonathan keeps to his contract and doesn’t do his Leno impression he’ll turn over speaker responsibilities to Justin Kirby*.

Justin will be presenting his talk “Making the leap from KDE user to contributor”. Justin will discuss simple ways for KDE users to become contributors, even without knowing a thing about developing code. His talk will provide specific details about various teams that exist within KDE, what you can do to help them out, and who to talk to if you have questions.

Justin Kirby is an active contributor to the KDE Promo team. He has been a user of KDE for about 3 years but more recently got actively involved in giving back to the community in July of 2009. You can learn more about the KDE Promo team on their wiki.

So join us at the Tenable offices at 6:30pm for pizza, wings and soda supplied by Praxis Engineering followed by the talks starting at 7pm.

* After minutes of negotiation with Justin’s agent I was able to secure a return appearance at a later date should Jonathan decide the evening belongs to him alone.


  1. shermann wrote:


    as long history goes, Kubuntu was invented by Chris Halls and Andreas Mueller…



    Friday, February 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink
  2. Chuck wrote:

    That was the information Jonathan sent me.

    I have no reason to doubt it unless you can provide me with some references.

    Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink
  3. shermann wrote:

    Find it here:
    More discussions about the project to build a KDE version of Ubuntu, called
    Kubuntu, went on in Mataró. There’s not a lot to report yet but it’s being
    driven by Chris Halls and Andreas Mueller who are both new Ubuntu developers
    and have experience with KDE work in Debian.

    Found at:



    Monday, February 8, 2010 at 6:38 am | Permalink
  4. Chuck wrote:

    At this point I have to suggest you take it up with Jonathan himself.

    The way I read the post you refer to it sounds like that the people in question started the uploads and the core of the idea for Kubuntu and of the KDE packages. Jonathan’s role may have come later. I don’t know what his role was. However I’d be surprised if he’s making a claim like this without there being something to substantiate the story.

    Monday, February 8, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Permalink