I just want to say a big thanks to all the folks who have supported the Ubuntu Developer Network idea over on the Ubuntu Brainstorm site. Over 400 people have voted in favor of the idea, with a good number of comments as well!
For those who may be unfamiliar with this effort, the Ubuntu Developer Network is an idea to create a central resource for developers using Ubuntu. This goes beyond MOTU and packaging to developing applications on Ubuntu. Think of MSDN, or perhaps the Sun Developer Network. When I went to Microsoft’s Developer Network to do a little research for the idea of an Ubuntu Developer Network, I was surprised how easy it was to get started with developing an application. Within 5 minutes of installing the right software, I had already built a simple web browser. Given, that’s with Visual Basic, but just the fact that I learned how to use the software that fast was impressive. That got me thinking, when I tried just packaging an application for Ubuntu, I was lead through countless wiki pages in continuous, confusing loops. Part of the problem is that the wiki pages were designed for experienced developers, and the other part is that they are just not organized well. The Ubuntu Developer Network idea is designed to fix all that.
News, videos, how-tos, and different software tracks are all part of the plan. If you have never looked at it before and like the idea, vote for it! All you have to do is register at the Brainstorm site. This idea hasn’t been picked up by anyone higher up in the Ubuntu community or Canonical — yet, but I hope that it is something I will be able to work on in the future.