Ubuntu Developer Week Begins and New Lernid Release To Enjoy It With

This week the always awesome Ubuntu Developer Week starts! I am hugely excited about this week, and I can’t wait to see the many fantastic sessions that will be taking place. Connecting to Ubuntu Developer Week has never been easier, with Lernid.

Just in time for Ubuntu Developer Week I have rolled out a new release of Lernid; a simple tool for connecting to our learning events. The new release fixes a bunch of bugs, makes the IRC Chatroom view a native widget (instead of the crusty web view), modularizes Lernid, adds a terminal for making playing with Linux commands simple, adds application indicator support on Lucid and fixes some daylight savings time issues. Thanks to the many contributions to this release from the Lernid team. :-)

Quick screenie:

With a new release of Lernid out and an awesome week of Ubuntu developer learning events ahead, I wanted to explain how you can get all this goodness up and running. It is a doddle…

Step 1: Install Lernid

Installing Lernid is a piece of cake. There are packages available for Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala and Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

Alan Bell did a wonderful screencast showing how to install Lernid. You can see it by clicking here. Please note the screencast shows an older version (0.4) but the steps should be the same for the new Lernid 0.5 release.

Just click Applications->Accessories->Terminal and enter:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lernid-devs/lernid-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lernid

You can now load Lernid from Applications->Internet.

Step 2: Join Ubuntu Developer Week

Joining Ubuntu Developer Week is also deliciously simple:

  1. First load Lernid by clicking Applications->Internet->Lernid.
  2. When Lernid starts, select Ubuntu Developer Week and enter a nickname and click Connect.

You can then click on Schedule to see the list of events happening and the times (in your local timezone). The sessions will happen in the Classroom pane and you can discuss the session in the Chatroom pane.

NOTE: We have heard of a bug when clicking Edit->Preferences causing Lernid to crash. Right now the workaround is don’t click on preferences. :-)

There we go! Having a rocking week and I look forward to many of you getting your first taste of Lernid. :-)

  • http://www.theopenlearningcentre.com Alan Bell

    Couple of things to note about the screencast, firstly it was done on a live CD – you can run the live CD, install lernid in the live session and participate in the various learning events without Ubuntu being installed on the hard disk of the computer. Of course you will have to re-install lernid each time you do this, but you have that option. Secondly, this screencast ends on an error message caused by a bug that has now been fixed. I will update the screencast with the new version and add a commentary, hopefully in the next day or so.

  • anand ganti

    can i install this tool on ubuntu 9.04

  • faberglas

    Hi I clicked on the link to the install video. Dead. I followed the instructions for installation and got an error message about no repository argument. This is my typical Ubuntu experience. I’ll keep trying to abandon Windows.

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    yep.. also for me.. the link is dead… “You don’t have permission to access /~alanbell/lernidlive.ogv on this server.” to the screencast..

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  • dj

    There’s got to be more to the Lernid install (i.e., missing requirement or config step). I installed, started Lernid, and the only section that has any content is the upper session. Classroom Chatroom, Schedule are all blank. Terminal works.