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Ubuntu Global Jam: April 1 - 3, 2011

    "How can I get involved with the Ubuntu Community?"
    "Where can I start and make the most difference?"

    A lot of people have asked similar questions, when joining and wanting to contribute to the Ubuntu Community. If this sounds like you, you're in luck!
    April 1st through the 3rd, you will have a golden opportunity to join with other members of the Ubuntu Community and make a difference for Ubuntu!
    Earlier this week in his "Ubuntu Global Jam: Call For Events!" blog post, Jono Bacon (Ubuntu Community Manager) had made a little request. Basically if you're planning an event, please add it to the LoCo Directory.  He also covered a lot of other pertinent info about the event, and definitely provided some motivational encouragement that should have you looking forward to participating. What if you still have no clue where to start, or if you're still having doubts on what it is and where to begin? No problem. Here you go.....
    Who can participate?
    Anyone and everyone is invited to participate in the Ubuntu Global Jam (UGJ). Whether you're a Developer,  a User, an Advocate,  a Community Member, or Enthusiast/Hobbyist there are tons of things you can do to get involved. Even if you're a brand new user who just began using Ubuntu you can still get involved. Just check and see if your State or Country has an active LoCo Team and see if they are planning to do something in your location to participate in UGJ. If you have some other friends that live close by and they use Ubuntu, you can even plan an impromtu get together with your friends.
    What can I do in order to help?
    You can get involved by doing many things. Everything from Bug Triaging, to 'upgrade from previous version' testing. There are tons of other things you can do, and you're absolutely not limited to the suggestions here or that you've read elsewhere. In fact, take your time and try see if you can come up with other unique ways that you can participate and help Ubuntu improve.
    Where should we meet up to participate?
    You can meet with others in person, or you can join with participants in IRC online. If you have a local coffee shop that has enough room for you and a couple of buddies, if they have a decent wifi connection you're all set!! Libraries make good places to work and collaborate, just check to see if your local library requires for you to reserve a room in advance, to ensure you are accommodated.
    When are the dates of UGJ?
    April 1 - 3, 2011
    It's important to remember that you can give as much or as little time as you're able to during this period. From 1/2 and hour to 1/2 a day, or even more or less, it's up to you. Any amount of time that you can spend is greatly appreciated and will definitely help imporove Natty during this global event.
    Why is this an important event for Ubuntu?
    The timing of the UGJ is no coincidence, with the Natty release closely following, we're hoping to tackle some of outstanding usability bugs, and any issues discovered with the installer and/or upgrading process. Think of it as fine tuning a well-oiled machine. Unity is shipping as the new desktop for Natty and we absolutely want this to be the best release to ever!
    Hope this further motivates you into wanting to participate, if you have any questions hop into #ubuntu-locoteams on freenode for more information, or leave a comment here. Remember, no matter how big or small all contributions are valuable.