Watercooler Report - discuss.ubuntu.com Coming Soon

It’s been a few months since I made the call to fight for our watercooler, to be in charge of our own discussion platform on the web.

Since then there’s been a ton of changes, and about a month since Mark asked what’s keeping the site from being official. Well, we’re getting there, tonight we upgraded to the latest version of Discourse, fresh from trunk, and we had a very productive session at UDS about Discourse.

We’ve decided to push for launching what has been known as “ubuntu-discourse.org” as “discuss.ubuntu.com”. Now, we’re not there yet, but the charm is coming along, and we’re getting close to being able to hand off the charm off to Canonical IS for deployment. Of course, there will be vigorous peer review and gnashing of teeth, but hey, that’s life in the big city.

In the meantime, the site is getting quite awesome. I encourage you to continue to provide content and give us feedback:

Over the next 2 months we’ll be working to make the site go live, and the WordPress and mailing list features will enable us to integrate with other parts of the project like we’ve never been able to before (YAY FREE SOFTWARE).

I’m also looking for volunteers. I’m looking for people to help out with the charm, and I’m looking for people who know Rails and Ruby to help tighten up our plugins and oneboxes. Please let me know if you want to help out.

You can see the full maintenance report here, tomorrow I will post on how we used Juju to make this window smaller than it’s ever been, and how the maturity of the charm will now allow us to stay closer to upstream with nearly zero downtime.