Ask Ubuntu update for October 2012

12.10 release
As most of us know, 12.10 was released earlier this month. As always, we have users running into issues and questions that are in need of some love and if you can spare some time to help some of the users, that would be greatly appreciated. Here’s the link to the latest 12.10 questions asked on the site. Do remember to answer the given question with adequate explanation. Pretty screenshots when and where necessary would be a nice addition!

Ask Ubuntu’s second birthday

It might come as a pleasant surprise to many as Ask Ubuntu celebrated its second birthday earlier this month. Having been launched to the public on October 10, 2010 along with the release of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, the site has since seen significant growth keeping in tandem with the rising popularity of Ubuntu across the world.

New milestone: 100,000 answers
Second birthday notwithstanding, Ask Ubuntu clocked yet another milestone of 100,000 answers this October. With over 70,000 questions and 80,000 users, Ask Ubuntu is fast growing into the go-to place for all your questions about Ubuntu ranging from the recent Ubuntu Nexus project and application development to the juju charms and the general troubleshooting.

Ask Ubuntu session in UDS
We have a separate session in UDS-R to discuss the continued Ask Ubuntu integration and other Ask Ubuntu related tasks. The session is scheduled to be on November 1st in the evening and everyone who has a keen interest in Ask Ubuntu is invited to attend either physically (if you happen to be in Copenhagen, Denmark) or remotely through IRC. Given that the current scheduled time is subject to changes, you are advised to keep an eye on the UDS-R schedule.

StackIRC – IRC bot that posts questions from Stack Exchange sites
We are glad to announce that our wonderful community member George Edison has written an IRC bot that posts questions of a particular tag in IRC channels. The bot is already running in IRC channels #juju, #ubuntu-community-team and #ubuntu-app-devel with plans to cover more channels in the near future.

You can also set up your own bot if you are interested in tracking specific tags in Ask Ubuntu or other Stack Exchange sites in IRC. Instructions for setting up and using the bot can be found here:

Top contributors
Following are the top five contributors who have accrued the most reputation points in the month of October.

Hottest questions
Some of the hottest questions for the month of October:

If you are looking to help, the featured questions should be a good place to start. If you are interested in the site, you can sign up for the newsletter and you will be kept informed of quality questions and answers every week.

In case you are struck and is looking for help on how to use the site, feel free to ask your doubts on the Ask Ubuntu meta or join us in the chat*.

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Markdown syntax highlighting in Vim and Nano in Ubuntu

This is more of a personal reference post more than sharing it for the public.

Markdown has started pervading the Internet more than anything. From Stack Exchange and GitHub to Reddit and Tumblr, big names use Markdown for marking up text online.

Now, some of us want the cool syntax highlighting in our favourite command-line text editors. At least I did and I did find an elegant solution for both Vim and Nano. Unfortunately, I almost forgot what I did when I reinstalled my system and had to pour through the Internet again to get back the system. Hence, I thought, why not document somewhere so I can just refer to it whenever I need to get back the markdown syntax highlighting?

Plastic boy has done a splendid job prepping up a syntax for Markdown. Summing up the steps in simple commands for those in a hurry:

mkdir .vim
unzip -d ~/.vim

That’s about all you need to do to setup syntax highlighting in Vim.

Another set of commands for setting up Markdown syntax highlighting in Nano:

echo "include $HOME/markdown.nanorc" >> .nanorc

You might also want to edit your markdown.nanorc file and include .mkd file extension to be recognized as markdown.

See also: Syntax highlighting in Nano.

Now that you have done setting up Vim and Nano to highlight markdown syntax, have fun writing!

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