ideas for the purpose of ubuntu-ca

David Giard swe3tdave at
Sat Jan 28 20:15:34 UTC 2006

i got my own idea about the purpose of ubuntu-ca. I think that the
purpose of a LoCoTeam is to get Ubuntu closer to its population and
Ubuntu Canada is too big for that. It should be a focus point where
smaller groups could meet.

We need to create smaller groups within Ubuntu-Canada that would be
working to get ubuntu closer to the population.

Ubuntu Quebec is a good example, within 2 month, we got more than 40
new users on the web site. The tool i founded that
attracked a lot of people is the map of Ubuntu-Qc members, it is
simple to do with the Google Maps API and its nice to actually see
where we are.

I was able to take a coffe with 2 other members that live in my town
(Sherbrooke). It was very nice to talk to them, face to face. It
seemed like it was the purpose of Ubuntu's LoCoTeams to create such
event so that we dont forget that we are Human Beings, and as so,
sometimes we need to get out of our computer chair.

David Giard

On 1/22/06, Ryan Thiessen <ryanthiessen at> wrote:
> Obviously ubuntu-ca hasn't got a lot of traction thus far compared
> with lots of the other localization groups.  I think this is in great
> part because of a couple reasons: English language Canadians don't
> really have an obvious need for translating wiki pages and howtos like
> other language groups do; and French language Canadians have been
> involved with the group in France and now perhaps the group in Quebec.
>  It is of course helpful to translate applications into Canadian
> English, but those are very often done at the gnome (and probably kde
> too) level and not necessarily at the Ubuntu level.
> It has been proposed here that we start a project to try to get some
> of Canada's minority languages like Inuktitut into Ubuntu, but without
> someone from that community excited in that project it is likely far
> too ambitious for our little group which has yet to really get moving.
>  I suggest that instead we refocus on providing help for Canada
> specific items in a couple of ways.  Perhaps when we have some
> accomplishments under our belt we can then try something more
> difficult.
> One important way might be to create guides that help Ubuntu users in
> Canada configure Ubuntu for the Networking services available in
> Canada.  Some ISPs are really bad about explaining how to connect
> non-outlook clients for email, which probably confuses a lot of
> Evolution users.  A nice guide (perhaps even with screenshots) for
> various large canadian ISPs would be really helpful for a newcomer to
> Ubuntu in Canada, and we are in a good position to provide that
> information.  The same could apply to connecting cellphones to your
> laptop which can be a frustrating process and often very
> provider-specific.
> Another idea that might be useful for Canadian Ubuntu users are links
> to Linux (and hopefully Ubuntu) friendly services in Canada.  There
> are shops in Canada that sell computers preinstalled with Linux, and
> others that sell machines that are sold without Windows.  Making that
> information available would probably be helpful to someone starting
> out who wants something to Just Work instead of fiddling with hardware
> configuration issues as sometimes happens with proprietary hardware
> configurations.
> And lastly (from what I can think of), a list of links to help
> translate applications and other Ubuntu related information into
> Canadian English would be great to have in one place -- not for
> newcomers this time but for people perhaps on this list who would be
> able to contribute in this effort but right know don't know where to
> start.
> I humbly suggest that when possible all of the content go to the main
> Ubuntu wiki, and that a Ubuntu Canada website instead of replicating
> that information simply categorizes and links to that information .
> Anyhow, that is my idea.  Thoughts, suggestions?
> Cheers,
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