Release Parties

Darcy Casselman dscassel at
Wed Sep 29 18:54:20 BST 2010

There is some truth to projecting a "fun crowd" image, yes.

However, I view something like a release party as primarily a way to
bring together and reinforce the community that's already there.  The
primary purpose, as I see it, is to celebrate the work we've done and
our collective accomplishment of releasing another great operating
system for people.  It helps reinforce the idea that Ubuntu is ours
rather than theirs.  That stuff's important too.

I fully intend to do crossing the chasm sorts of activities.  Software
Freedom Day last week was a start.  But it's hard work, it's not
something I greatly enjoy and, honestly, I'm not a salesman.  I'm
eager to hear how your party goes and what sorts of other things you
do to bring people to Ubuntu.  It would help get me more comfortable
with the idea of proselytizing, which is not something I relish.


On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 12:20 PM, Randall Ross <randall at> wrote:
> The definition (or scope) of community is key to the whole "What kind of
> party should we throw?" decision.
> If we envision a party that appeals to everyone, regardless of whether
> they care about operating systems and regardless of demographic, then we
> can potentially attract those people from the other side of "the chasm"
> and we can ultimately inject even more life into our favourite project.
> If Ubuntu is seen as "the fun crowd", then our numbers will grow.
> Our definition? Ubuntu community in Vancouver intentionally consists of
> all walks, all ages, and all levels of interest about (or understanding
> of) computers. Hence, our parties reflect that diversity.
> The Ubuntini's are of course optional. But it sure is a lot of fun to
> order them in the presence of the inventor. We can even serve them
> virgin style ;)
> Cheers,
> Randall
> Ubuntu Vancouver Buzz Generator
> On 10-09-29 09:04 AM, Darcy Casselman wrote:
>> I'm probably never going to throw a boozy dance party.  Because I
>> don't find that fun.  To each their own, of course.  If people in my
>> community wanted to do that, I'd happily support them.  It's just not
>> for me.
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