[Ubuntu Chicago] Chicago Loco IRC Meetings

Steve Woodruff swoody at ubuntu.com
Fri Dec 18 20:41:40 GMT 2009


You made a lot of great points, and I agree with you on most everything you
said. However, I think I may be on a different page from you.

It seems like you were more in the idea of holding meetings to be productive
- much like how our current IRL meetings are (i.e. Doc Jam, Bug Jam, Global
Jam, etc.). I do agree that those types of things may
not necessarily warrant a monthly get-together. I do really like the idea of
having IRC meetings where the team gets together to focus on a certain
issue, and do useful things for the greater Ubuntu community. However, what
I had originally thought, was that these monthly meetings would be more
"administrative", and not aimed at being productive. I had thought these
meetings would do well to help keep the team active, and in the know about
going-ons, help us discuss and plan events, etc.

Again, I really do like your ideas, and the way you are looking at these
meetings. Perhaps we can have this work out both ways. Maybe we can have
regular monthly team meetings, to discuss the goings-on with the team, give
everyone a chance to stay up to date and in touch with the team, and then we
can plan and schedule "Chicago Loco gives back" kind of meetings (again
not necessarily every month, if it's not warranted) where the entire team
can meet up via IRC, and work towards a common goal - be it bugs, doc work,
or what have you. I think that would work out extremely well to get more
team members active in the team, as there wouldn't be the issue of trying to
find a 'common-ground' venue in real life that is good for everyone.

Corey, please let me know if I'm incorrect about what you had said, or if I
read it wrong [I haven't had any coffee today ;) ]. However, I think that
discussing exactly what our goals of these meetings are, and figuring that
out ahead of time is extremely important, so I'm very glad you brought up
your ideas!

So how does everyone feel? Any input on what you feel our focus of these
regular meetings should be? Any other ideas that we haven't brought up?

- Steve

On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 8:17 PM, Corey Gallon <corey at coreygallon.com> wrote:

> Before we calendar recurring meetings, it would seem prudent to detail an
> agenda to substantiate the frequency of the meetings.  I, with Steve, would
> welcome somewhat frequently scheduled IRC meetings which bring a good
> portion of the loco together.  My initial curiosity, however, is whether we
> have enough to discuss to compel a monthly meeting.  For those who weigh-in
> on this henceforth, it would be useful to voice suggestions on the contents
> of an agenda.  To that end, I proffer the following agenda items and ideas
> on how the Chicago loco can organize to contribute, as a team, to our
> favorite Linux distro:
> • Recent and ongoing contributions of loco members to Ubuntu (e.g.
> packaging, programming, bug triaging, etc ...)
> • LoCo projects to contribute
> • Upcoming loco events
> • Upcoming Ubuntu events
> • Technical topics for discussion (e.g. we could focus on a different
> subject each month such as packaging, development, kernel hacking, general
> programming, etc...)
> • Ubuntu membership update (ideally we should band together as a loco to
> support loco members who are seeking Ubuntu membership, etc ...)
> • General Linux update (upcoming kernel releases, etc ...)
> • Broader technology discussion ...
> Just a few thoughts.  I really think the way to ensure a successful
> meeting, though, is to push out an agenda and line up speakers / content to
> drive discussion before we meet.
> Thinking aloud,
> Corey (captivus)
> * Sent from my BlackBerry handheld device
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