Thanks to the guys that attended the Global Bug Jam - Johannesburg, South Africa!
Although there were only 4 of us, we had an awesome time and managed to do 71 bugs in the couple of hours we were together. I also think we were the only group to do something officially on the African continent (I hope i'm wrong though). I hope that the stuff learnt today will continue to be used to improve our great distribution.
Some more pics from the event are located here... http://picasaweb.google.com/stefan.lsd/GBJ2009
With 71 bugs, you will be pleased to know that the ZA team is 5th on the list! (I suspect this may change as the US wakes up!)
Preliminary stats can be found here - http://daniel.holba.ch/five-a-day-stats/
We were watching the bugjam video by Daniel Holbach, and the one thing that I took from it was that fact that it doesn't matter how many bugs you fix, but as long as you get together and have a good time. I think everyone had a good time, all learnt and happily managed to give something back to Ubuntu.
Special props to Robyn (rpenhall) as a first time launchpad user (and even non Linux user!). She registered a LP account this morning and despite not knowing Linux or Ubuntu at all, did amazingly and was able to contribute to Ubuntu. It really just shows that anyone, doesn't matter what kind of experience you have, is able to join in.
I really hope to see more of the same and new guys next time! (We have a package jam in planning that is going to rock!)
I think a highlight for me was joining the streaming video from the 'Brummie Jam' - I have no idea where that was, but they sounded english! It really felt as if it was a global effort watching the English eating chocolate cake and chatting about bugs.
Thanks everyone for all the work (and don't stop now!!)
PS: For the guys that didn't come, you can still contribute! Add your name to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/Events and help give some bugs some love! https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/HowToTriage may be useful!
PPS: This is actually my first post to Planet Ubuntu, although I have been a member for some time.