[Ubuntu-US-CA] OSCON

Grant Bowman grantbow at gmail.com
Thu May 7 00:14:54 UTC 2009

Thanks for pulling this together, Joe.  50 words to describe all of
Ubuntu isn't much room!  What to include and exclude is inherently
subjective given the small space.  By the way, can everyone who will
be in San Jose during the conference please add your name to the wiki
page, whether you will be able to help man the booth or not?


In reading http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(philosophy) and
http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu (nice video, both are
interesting descriptions) I suspect using "African" instead of "Zulu"
would be more appropriate.  Also if there is a shortage of space it
might be safe to leave this out given the typical level of Open Source
education of Oscon attendees.

In my experience up-to-date & stable are often mutually exclusive.  I
would guess an Oscon audience will be quite aware of this, especially
the server folks.  Maybe sticking to the Ubuntu promise from the home
page would be best: availability of Ubuntu free of charge, commercial
support, translations, accessibility features and Open Source

Given the size and visibility of Oscon within the Open Source
community this leads me to feel that seeking some kind of nod from or
at least notification to the ubuntu-marketing list before our
unapproved loco represents Ubuntu broadly at this event would be a
good idea.  It would be nice to know as much as we can about Canonical
presences.  Perhaps they have not documented or avoided this show in
the past for reasons we don't know.  Talking with them seems in
keeping with the Code of Conduct's [1] "When you are unsure, ask for
help" clause and the Ubuntu concept in general, don't you thin?

So I will work on something for ubuntu-marketing (cc to this list of
course) and if you like, take another shot at the 50 word description.

Talk to you soon,

-- Grant Bowman                                   <grantbow at gmail.com>

[1] http://www.ubuntu.com/community/conduct

On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 6:35 PM, Joe Smith <yasumoto7 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Alright, so after some friendly chat in the meeting on Sunday, I got the
> general impression that since we were going to be manning the "real" Ubuntu
> booth, we should be representing the community as a whole. Here's what I've
> got:
> 50-word description:
> Ubuntu is a community developed, GNU/Linux-based operating system that is
> perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. The distribution provides an
> up-to-date, stable experience for the average user, with a strong focus on
> usability and ease of installation. Ubuntu is Zulu for "Humanity to Others,"
> and is embodied by its community.
> Logo:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Official?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=UbuntuLozengeLogo.svg
> Link:
> http://www.ubuntu.com
> -Joe
> On Sun, May 3, 2009 at 12:25 PM, Joe Smith <yasumoto7 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Firstly, I'd like to give a huge thanks to Robert, Larry, Jesse, Mark, and
>> Grant for your insight and help :)
>> On Sun, May 03, 2009 at 12:54:28AM -0700, Grant Bowman wrote:
>> > It seems they haven't planned for it in the past either as it's not
>> > listed here:  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ConferenceAppearances
>> >
>> There hasn't been an Ubuntu booth for the past two years, so I'm glad that
>> we can do something about it.
>> >
>> > [[http://www.ubuntu.com| {Calif Team Logo} Ubuntu California Team
>> >
>> > We work together to advocate, promote, develop and improve Ubuntu by
>> > conducting events (including conference booths and release parties),
>> > by supporting LUGs and by connecting users with each other.  Our
>> > volunteer group is one of 184 Local Community (LoCo) teams worldwide
>> > which vary dramatically in their interests, activities and goals.
>> I'm torn between an Ubuntu description vs. a more specific California LoCo
>> description, but I think that something like what you and Robert wrote
>> sounds great.
>> I'll be sure to bring it up at the IRC meeting tonight, and will post what
>> we come up with on the list.
>> Thanks!
>> Joe

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