On Local Teams

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Wed Nov 2 16:22:41 UTC 2011

And the minutes from last night's IRC meeting are online: 


On 11-11-02 11:32 AM, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> Fixed link to IRC meeting log: 
> http://irclogs.ubuntu.com/2011/11/02/%23ubuntu-ca.html
> Darcy.
> On 11-11-02 11:04 AM, Darcy Casselman wrote:
>> 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:
>> http://irclogs.ubuntu.com/2011/11/02/%23ubuntu-ca.htmlhttp://irclogs.ubuntu.com/2011/11/02/%23ubuntu-ca.html 
>> Darcy.
>> 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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