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Ubuntu Open Week Kicks Off

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In the week following the release of ‘a new Ubuntu’ comes Ubuntu Open Week: a series of IRC-based ‘workshops’ aimed at introducing Ubuntu new users. 

Open Week is being held from Monday 17th October through to Friday 21st.

To access classes you’ll need to install an IRC client (many are available in the Ubuntu Software Centre, just search ‘IRC’). The channels used for the classes are #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat.

Don’t know how to use IRC? Refer to this guide, but substitute the OMG! Ubuntu! IRC channel for the one(s) above.

Open Week Sessions

Session that were held today included a general Ubuntu Q & A with Ubuntu’s Jorge Castro and a talk on making the most out of the LoCo Teams portal.

The full list of Monday’s topics – as well as those coming up in the week – can be seen in the timetable below.

Sessions not to be misssed

If you don’t have the time to attend every session, below are a handful of particularly noteworthy ones you may wish to bookmark attendance for: –


  • ‘Getting Started with Ubuntu Development’ Part 1 and 2 (14:00 UTC – 16:00 UTC)


  • ‘Writing your first Ubuntu app’ (16:00 UTC)
  • Social Networking in Ubuntu – What’s new – (17:00 UTC)


  • Xubuntu – What is it? (16:00 UTC)


  • Using Unity Like A Boss (14:00 UTC)
  • Best ways to find technical support help in Ubuntu (17:00 UTC)