[Ubuntu-US-CA] Common LUG booth at LinuxWorld

Joe Smith yasumoto7 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 18 21:13:27 UTC 2008


I just spoke with the LWE rep, and he said that the dotOrg pavillion is
full, and has no space available. Still no word back from Jono, but I
presume he's ridiculously busy with LugRadio Live and such, so he'll
hopefully get back to us soon. I think that there's absolutely nothing wrong
with participating in a CA LUG booth, and believe that it'll be a lot of fun
to network a bit more (particularly in the north). I'll send an email out to
the guys runing the BALUG booth and see what they have to say. Thanks a lot
for finding out about the booth, Grant. Do you know the guys in BALUG very


On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 1:48 PM, Grant Bowman <grantbow at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Troy,
> You and I are thinking along the same lines.  I don't know if you have
> considered these things but I'll throw them out for discussion.  Let
> me start by saying I would much prefer to have a fully staffed booth
> answering all kinds of user questions with CA LoCo logoed banners and
> unlimited CDs to give out, both at the booth and in front of Moscone
> Center to all attendees that walk in the door plus some kind of cute
> handout freebie.  Of course we don't have those kinds of resources.
> Given the popularity of the distro and the size of the event I vote
> for a bit of caution.  There are very very few CA LoCo members that
> live near San Francisco.  Staffing requirements over three full days
> plus setup and take down isn't insignificant.  My opinion is that
> having an empty booth during the show would not be beneficial to us or
> Ubuntu.  What are we going to put in the bare booth?  I know how much
> time and effort it takes to make a strong showing at an event like
> this.
> As we wait to hear through Joe Smith (Yasumoto) and Jono Bacon to see
> if space is available for our own booth in the .Org area, even if it's
> at no cost, we should take a moment before accepting it.  I am looking
> at the overall cost/benefit.  If we do our own booth it means we can't
> do other things.  We have to be realistic about what resources we have
> before committing them.  I think we need to know one main thing.  How
> many CA LoCo members can confirm they are ready/willing/able to
> prepare for and participate during the whole event in San Francisco?
> I don't see that we would be losing out if we choose to not have our
> own booth, especially if we leverage our efforts elsewhere.  There
> will be a strong official Ubuntu presence, we wouldn't be letting
> anyone down.  LoCos like us are not even intended to replace existing
> LUGS, but instead to complement them. [1]  Maybe we can do our own
> effort well AND complement other groups well.  However I think we will
> have to make choices between the two.
> I would hate to get so busy as to ignore the existing efforts that are
> well staffed (able to answer user questions) where we might be able to
> make a significant and visible difference.  Perhaps other local LUGs
> will have booths as well, I don't know yet.  Canonical should have a
> booth and have scheduled an Ubucon.  I'm sure there are many talks
> being given by Canonical employees.  Some speakers might appreciate
> help during the presentations or running to get the cable they forgot,
> lol.  Could Canonical use some help?  It's just my opinion, but it
> would be good to know before accepting booth space.
> --
> -- Grant Bowman <grantbow at gmail.com>
> [1] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoWorkingWithOtherGroups
> On Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 3:14 PM, Troy Ready <troy at troyready.com> wrote:
> > (I'm new to this evangelism, and I may not go, so take this with a grain
> of salt)
> >
> > The positive aspects of this are certainly huge, but as a LoCo don't we
> want to be a bit more specific in our effort? I mean, if we're not gonna do
> a Ubuntu-specific thing, than helping a LUG is good, but it seems like it
> should be the backup.
> >
> > Or is my thinking too exclusionary?
> >
> > -Troy
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> >
> > From:  "Grant Bowman" <grantbow at gmail.com>
> > Subj:  [Ubuntu-US-CA] Common LUG booth at LinuxWorld
> > Date:  Thu Jul 17, 2008 15:05
> > Size:  1K
> > To:  "Ubuntu US California" <ubuntu-us-ca at lists.ubuntu.com>
> >
> > The BALUG folks have organized a booth at LinuxWorld and are inviting
> > other related groups to participate.  It would be far simpler and we
> > could see more of the show ourselves by helping them out rather than
> > staffing and manning our own booth.
> >
> > FYI,
> >
> > --
> > -- Grant Bowman <grantbow at gmail.com>
> >
> >
> > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> > From: jim <jim at well.com>
> > Date: Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 7:02 AM
> > Subject: [conspire] Common LUG booth at LinuxWorld: come help out
> > To: conspire at linuxmafia.com
> >
> >  There will be a booth for bay area Linux groups and
> > related in the .Org Pavilion of this year's LinuxWorld,
> > Tuesday August 5 through Thursday August 7, in Moscone
> > Center in San Francisco, thanks to the Bay Area Linux
> > User Group (BALUG) (in the .Org Pavilion, booth 14).
> >
> >  If you're going to LinuxWorld any of those three
> > days, please stop by and help out at the booth: the
> > job is to hang out, talk with other people who are
> > working the booth, and talk with people who stop by
> > and want to know about the various SF Bay Area Linux
> > User Groups and related groups.
> >  Even a short stint will help someone who wants a
> > break or wants to see a bit of the show. Last year
> > there were a lot of fun conversations, and a few
> > people brought demo machines.
> >
> >  If you can't make it, try to get some printed
> > handouts about your group that we can pass out.
> >
> >  If you can make it, please email jim at well.com
> > with times you can be there (morning, mid-day, or
> > afternoon) so we can schedule. If you'll be there
> > all of one day or two or three days, let me know
> > so we can plug you in where coverage is light.
> >
> >  Thanks in advance,
> > jim at well dot com
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