Ubuntu Saudi Arabia LoCo and IRC channel

Bilal Akhtar bilalakhtar96 at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 13 14:10:46 BST 2010

There I come.

Hello and assalam alaikum everybody.

I am NOT the leader of the LoCo team to be exact. I manage the Launchpad
team (~ubuntu-sa) but Nayif is the leader of the so-called team.

Why am I calling the team 'so-called'? Because the team is *almost*
dead. The *dead* mailing list is hosted on google groups (I don't know
why Nayif chose that). I wished to change that once, and started the
Launchpad team, hoping to set up a lists.ubuntu.com mailing list soon.
Due to very little participation of the >150 google groups mailing lists
subscribers in the Launchpad team, I gave up my hope in reviving the

I would be glad if someone transfers the IRC channel ownership to me
(nick: bilalakhtar). I am very much active on IRC and Launchpad (mainly
Ubuntu Development, bug fixing, merging and syncing). I already operate
channel #gnome-media-player on Freenode.

Summing up all of the above points, I want the following to happen now:

1) EVERYONE ACTIVE in the team should join the Launchpad team
( https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-sa ).

2) Once that is done, I will transfer the administration of the above
team to Nayif (Where are you?).

3) I also want to take over channel #ubuntu-sa and get ubot2 or ubot4 to
stay on it.

4) I also want a group of Arabic translators to translate every page I
write into Arabic. Language is a big problem for me, as I am a native
Urdu speaker and can write and speak English well, but not Arabic.
Google Translate is my friend.

5) Where is our Forums subdomain?

6) We should host events. So far, we *never* hosted any event.

7) I would remain the team contact, but the leader would be Nayif (if he
is still active) and if not, then I will take over that as well.

There. I hope that the above points solve the confusion among everyone
over here.

I will soon translate the Ubuntu Saudi LoCo team wiki page into English
as well (when I get the time, I m too busy in Ubuntu development).

Thank you for reading my mail.

Bilal Akhtar. 

> irc-council at lists.ubuntu.com?

On Tue, 2010-07-13 at 05:26 -0700, Sary Muhammad wrote:
> From: 	Juha Siltala <topyli at siltala.net>
> To: 	bilal.akhtar96 at gmail.com
> Cc: 	ubuntu-sa at googlegroups.com, sary.sa at live.com
> Subject: 	Ubuntu Saudi LoCo organization
> Date: 	07/11/2010 03:08:49 PM
> Dear Bilal,
> I hope all is well with you.
> As a member of the Ubuntu IRC Council, I was contacted in order to fix
> ownership issues of the #ubuntu-sa IRC channel on freenode. It turns
> out that you are the owner of the LoCo team on Launchpad, so I decided
> to contact you first. I am CC:ing the LoCo mailing list and Sary, who
> represents the current burst of activity on the IRC channel. :)
> I see that the Saudi group is currently organized like this:
> you have a Launchpad group, owned by you[1]
>       * you have a wiki page[2]
>       * you have a mailing list, managed through Google Groups[ (which
> is perfectly fine)
>       * In other words, the team is organized in every way except for
> the IRC channel.
> The #ubuntu-sa channel is currently owned by freenode and the Ubuntu
> IRC council. The access list has two operators listed, neither of
> which have been active in the recent months.
> The channel should be owned by a team member, and I am inquiring as to
> who you think that person should be. I would like to know if you are
> in fact active in the Saudi LoCo and willing to act as a contact for
> the IRC channel and also as a contact toward the LoCo and IRC
> Councils. If you prefer, we can figure out an alternative IRC contact.
> Thanks and cheers,
> [1] https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-sa
> [2] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SaudiTeam
> [3] http://groups.google.com/group/ubuntu-sa
> --
> Juha Siltala (topyli)

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