[ubuntu-arizona] Ubuntu-Arizona Weekly Newsletter, Issue #82

Craig A. Eddy tyche at cox.net
Wed Feb 25 17:10:57 GMT 2009

  Welcome to the Ubuntu-Arizona Weekly Newsletter, Issue #82 for the
week February 16, February 22.

 * Arizona Loco Newsletter
 * Eighty Second Edition
 * Powered by Ubuntu
 * Wednesday-February 25, 2009
 * Arizona Loco Team Wiki: ["ArizonaTeam"]

 * Next meeting: Sunday March 1, 2009  9:00 PM
 * Server: Freenode: IRC Channel #ubuntu-arizona

== Newsletter ==

=== Announcements ===

NEW TEAM WEBSITE: http:www.azloco.com

As of yesterday, our new team website is live. If you are a registered
team member of the Ubuntu Arizona Team in Launchpad, you can have an
account. You can request an account by emailing me at
johnc4510 at ubuntu.com We will set you up with an account and a temporary
password, and email that information back to you. You can change your
temporary password in your user profile after you log in the first time.

Our website has lots of information and links for you to use. Registered
members will be able to make use of the team blog section. We also have
a team calendar to keep up to date on team events.

We hope you'll take the time to visit our new site and look around to
see what's offered. The team has worked very hard to make it not only a
place for Ubuntu resources and news, but an attractive and team oriented
site that you can be proud of. Let us know what you think, and start
getting involved.

=== Summary of the February 22, 2009 meeting ===

johnc4510 called the meeting to order at 9:02 PM

Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArizonaTeam/Meetings/09February22

Johnc4510 began the meeting with some announcements:

 * Mark Shuttleworth has announce the code name for Ubuntu 9.10 will be
Karmic Koala.  Server: Ubuntu aims to keep free software at the
forefront of cloud computing by embracing the API's of Amazon EC2, and
making it easy for anybody to setup their own cloud using entirely open
tools.  The desktop will have a designer's fingerprints all over it -
we're now beginning the serious push to a new look. Brown has served us
well but the Koala is considering other options.

 * Jaunty Alpha 5: Jaunty Alpha 5, is scheduled for next Thursday,
February 26.  We're getting closer to April and the release.

 * This is a biggie!!!!!!!!!  Kenny made Ubuntu member on Thursday.  He
did a great job at the interview, and I know he appreciated the big team
turnout as much as I did.  And the board noticed.  (Kenny thanked
everyone for their help.)

 * Don't forget to take a look at the latest issue of the UWN:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue130.  Great issue
this week, full of _everything_ Ubuntu.

 * Someone said to me that they thought our team had the most Ubuntu
Members of any US team.

johnc4510 then called on scott_ev for some information on Kubuntu bug

After the meeting where kennymc0 got membership, vorian came into our
channel.  He asked if anyone wanted to help and get started toward
membership.  He's a MOTU and works heavily with Kubuntu packaging. 
(johnc4510 added that he had also been the Team mentor).  They are just
now really starting to branch Kubuntu bugs away from Ubuntu, and they
need help.  There's great opportunity in KDE to show skill and a desire
to help and get things in order to become an Ubuntu member.  If you want
to know more in detail, get with me after the meeting.

johnc4510 mentioned that we've tried to stir up interest in bugs before
with no luck...however i would still like to see us get started with the
bugjam events.  The biggest problem we have is we have no one that
really knows the ins and outs of bug work.  So, I'm going to make a
suggestion.  I think if scott_ev would get active in this area, then
maybe he could point us in the right direction, and maybe we could make
a start.  scott_ev responded that he'll start to post things in the
forum and maybe a column on the website.  johnc4510 replied that once
the website is up we should start using it for that too.  He told
scott_ev that he'll be able to use the blog page for that.  If it works
out we can talk about an event and a page dedicated to bugs.  So, we
seem to have an interest, but we need you to get us started and give us
a direction.  That will get you a great start toward membership, too.

johnc4510 then turned the meeting over to kennymc0 to make announcements
for xHans and PLUG.

 * PLUG westside meeting this Wednesday.  At the westside meeting xHans
will be talking about the California Conference he just went to:  SCaLE.
 * They have an installfest next Saturday, at UAT.  One of their monthly
install fests.
 * See http://plug.phoenix.az.us/node/105 for further information.

Next, johnc4510 said he'd been approached by someone on the Utah loco
team about getting together here in AZ.  A meet-up, so to speak.  They
would come here.  He suggested Phoenix.  So, we'll see what happens with
that.  johnc4510's contact said he would try to get Jono Bacon and/or
Jorge to come too.  So we might have some big Canonical folks show up. 
Jono is the community manager for Ubuntu and works for canonical.  This
would be a casual event, I think.  So it would be a great little event
and a feather in our cap, I think.

johnc4510 then moved on to the new website,  We've done some more to complete the
site.  He hopes to have it up on Monday.  He's looking to see about the
blog in several areas:
 1. We need to get the feed aggregated to the team planet.
 2. He's looking at how to aggregate members existing blogs to the blog
section.  tyche and johnc4510 already have Word``Press blogs and it
would be easier to feed the team blog from those so we don't have to do
both, or lose content buy migrating to the team blog only.  kennymc0 and
johnc4510 will look into it on Monday morning.  Sometime in the future,
we may put Word``Press on the server and migrate our blogs to it.
 3. Once the site is live, we'll activate everyone who has registered
for an account.  Anyone who is on the Team in Launchpad can get an account.
 4. We now have a Google calendar on the website.  You can add it to
your personal Google page easily.  At the bottom right of the calendar
is a "+Google calendar" button.  Click on that on it will add our
calendar feed to your Google personal page.
 5. Registered user or not, we want input from anyone visiting the
site.  Only registered users can post without an administrator approving
the comment.  Also, posting to the front page is somewhat restricted for
now.  Only administrators can post on the front page.  But
administrators can also promote something to the front page.  We did
this to regulated what is on the front page.  If you have something you
think is front page worthy, you can ask one of us.  
 6. We also installed a module for stats on the site.  Only site
administrators can see the stats, but we'll keep everyone informed.

If you want an account, go ahead and register.  We just won't approve it
until the site goes live, hopefully first of the week.  Then we'll go in
a mass approve everyone.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:48 PM.

== Credits ==
 * Craig A Eddy
 * John Crawford

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