On Local Teams

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Wed Nov 2 15:04:05 UTC 2011

Hi Randall,

I pretty much entirely agree.  :)

I see value in an umbrella organization, dealing with things like this
mailing list and the website, helping those outside large cities, and
supporting growth in new cities.  But I think that could easily exist
as a separate entity, in which the city teams participate.

How Canonical ships CDs came up, but I see that as tangential.  The
CDs are nice, and it would be great if they sent out more shipments
across the country, but it's not something that should dictate how the
community is organized.

I suppose it's no big surprise that this was discussed extensively at
last night's IRC meeting.  Log here:


On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 10:43 AM, Randall Ross <randall at executiv.es> wrote:
> Canada,
> Recently there has been discussion about breaking country teams into smaller
> ones, e.g. by state or province.
> While in theory this might seem like a rational move, we should ask
> ourselves "What problem are we trying to solve?"
> One of the barriers to the formation of Ubuntu Local Communities (in the
> truly local sense) is that people perceive that there is a formal and
> defined organization at a national level and therefore generally don't feel
> empowered or compelled to start something locally. Lest you think this is a
> unique Canadian issue, the USA is organized at a state level and the same
> situation exists.
> So, should we "break" Ubuntu Canada into provincial teams? No. This will not
> create more active, vibrant Local Communities. This *will* add another
> artificial construct though, with little value.
> What should we do then? Easy: Focus our energies on building strong local
> communities in our towns and cities.
> If you are reading this list and have aspirations to build a real community,
> gather some Ubuntu users and enthusiasts in your town and build a LoCo.
> Then, make it grow. We will not spread Ubuntu by chatting in IRC channels.
> We will not spread Ubuntu by creating more "tumbleweed teams." We *will*
> spread Ubuntu block by block, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, town by town,
> city by city.
> Toronto? Kitchener? Montreal? Calgary? Edmonton? Regina? Saskatoon?
> Winnipeg? Ottawa? Quebec City? Fredericton? Halifax? St. Johns? Moncton? ...
>   Let's get rolling!
> Ubuntu <insert-your-city-here> LoCo.
> Cheers,
> Randall
> Ubuntu Vancouver Buzz Generator.
>> gord campbell <gordc2005 at velcom.ca> wrote:
>>> > Yup! ?I would love to get involved with a Toronto or GTA LUG, but don't
>>> > really care about national or provincial groups.
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