[Ubuntu-US-CA] Project: Letters to our Representatives

George Mulak George at AmericanFinancialTax.com
Tue Jan 29 19:36:46 UTC 2013

These are true and good ideas Nathan.  No one wants to hurt Ubuntu or UDS in any way that I know of.  Would you help us develop this or give us direction?

Thank you,
George Mulak

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From: ubuntu-us-ca-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com [mailto:ubuntu-us-ca-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com] On Behalf Of Nathan Haines
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 11:32 AM
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Subject: Re: [Ubuntu-US-CA] Project: Letters to our Representatives

On 01/28/2013 02:11 PM, Grant Bowman wrote:
> We will target our state legislature (assembly and senate), CA 
> congressional representatives (house and senate) and local media with 
> an announcement of what uds.ubuntu.com is and what it might mean to 
> them. We should include how they might be able to learn more and/or 
> even participate.

I think this is a really confusing and poorly-defined idea, and I think that as far as it is defined it is a bad idea.

UDS is a development sprint; it's not a social gathering.  It's set up to get people working world-wide on important parts of the Ubuntu project together in one room so they can discuss and decide the focus for their work for the upcoming development cycle.

Inviting large numbers of non-developers who have no prior knowledge or experience with Ubuntu or Free Software to anything other than the keynote would seem to be unproductive, unsatisfying, and subversive to the goals of UDS.

It would be far, far more beneficial to invite policymakers to SCALE or other large shows that are focused on consumers and end-users rather than to undermine development efforts for Ubuntu 13.10.

If I wanted to risk hurting UDS anyway, I would at least come up with a consensus of what UDS "might mean to" California lawmakers before starting a letter writing campaign.

I probably wouldn't plan beforehand to shunt most of the questions to Canonical, as Canonical is notoriously overburdened as it is.

Nathan Haines
Ubuntu - http://www.ubuntu.com/

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