21 Jul

On The State Of Health Of Our LoCos

Over the last year, Miles Sharpe (Kilos on IRC) worked hard on getting the African LoCos united and active again.  Now he is working with two other LoCo’s: ubuntu-bd and ubuntu-pk.

The problem that he found in the ubuntu-bd LoCo is this:

I started with ubuntu-bd and found 3 nicks on the irc channel and no one
responding. There were over 20 applicants waiting for approval on LP. some for 2 years already. So with some help from the LC we found the owner and he came and agreed to get things going again but said those users prefer facebook and later said he was to busy. And their mailing list is for announcements. I am not a fan of mailing lists but find that they are a good way of getting a message out when one has no irc contact with someone. At least the LP applicants are approved now.  He greeted a few times after that and has now withdrawn again, so pavlushka (the failed applicant) has been trying to get things going again.
At times there are 10 nicks in channel and from chatting to them for the last 5 months, I have learned that they aren’t satisfied with the way things are going there.The Ubuntu community spirit is missing.

Taken from here.

And for the ubuntu-pk LoCo:

I then started looking at the ubuntu-pk channel and found it in the same sad state of affairs. After a couple of months an old ubuntu user from pk arrived and was surprised to find any life there and he has been helping regrow the channel. And will apply for Ubuntu membership within a few months. By rights he could have done that years ago imo. But once again the leadership is at fault. Here is his old wiki page
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/shani

Taken from here.

Both of this examples points to one problem: these LoCos are using Facebook instead of IRC/Mailing-Lists.  Two reasons come up to my mind on why: 1)we are in a new age where social media dominates and 2)these are third-world countries and Internet is expensive.  Because of that, the providers give “free” Internet where the users can only access Facebook and Twitter for free.  In turn, these people of these countries don’t have a sense of what the Internet is really is.  This is where Mozilla Learning aims to educate these people.  But we are not Mozilla, we are Ubuntu and this is not our problem.  Our problem is the health of our Community (looking at Memberships mainly), mainly the LoCos.

One solution is like the Ubuntu Forums system for Membership.  But the problem is how to deal with the applications on Facebook and other social media sites.  One solution is using groups, but that still requires the applicants to have a wiki page, sign the CoC, and the other items for Membership.  And who will oversee the process on these social media sites?

Other LoCos are inactive via the Ubuntu Community or even social media.  The Oceania LoCos are examples. I lied, they are using G+, I need a better example.  The problem with these LoCos is how would new comers be able to join and then find out that there is no one to greet them?  Or even help on rebooting the LoCo?  The solution is come and join #ubuntu-locoteams on irc.feenode.net, where we can help you connect with others of your LoCo or to give ideas on how to reboot your LoCo.

The last group of LoCos are LoCos who have members but they are scattered throughout the country/state.  My LoCo, Ubuntu Ohio, is one example.  One solution to the problem is figure out a common meeting spot and date and meet there.

The bottom line here is that we need to rethink our health of our LoCos as they are source of our Ubuntu Members and it’s a way to connect with others in real life.

EDIT TO ADD: Uniting LoCos in the same continent or country (USA for example) is another solution.

26 Dec

Final Meeting of the Year for Ubuntu Ohio

Today, on December 26 at 8 PM EST, the Ubuntu Ohio LoCo team had there final meeting of the year. These items were discussed:

Mailing List

Back in 2008, the former leader/point of contact, Jacob Peddicord moved the mailing list to the Launch Pad team’s mailing list from the lists.ubuntu.com one.  In an e-mail, Jacob said,

Hosting the list at Launchpad means that we don’t have to deal with the hassles of Mailman. All a user needs to subscribe to the list is a Launchpad account, and upon joining the LoCo team, new members will be asked if they would like to subscribe. This makes things easier overall for managing your own mailing lists as well if you subscribe to other Launchpad lists.

But…Fast forward to now, we are the only LoCo Community that is using the LP lists.  I created a poll on our mailing-list and I’m calling all Ubuntu Ohio team members to vote and voice your option.

Twitter Account

We do have one and few know that it exists.  So follow it!

Ubuntu Global Jam

We are doing one at a state park lodge (Deer Creek Lodge).  We are doing this because our team is very scattered around the state and having a centralized place is the smart move to do.  We have it planned for Saturday, but no schedule for that day.  But that will be known when time is near.

A small note, I may bring my desktop computer to the Jam as a platform for presentations.


Leadership Transition

Due to circumstances beyond his control, Stephen Michael Kellat appears required to stand down as Leader and Point of Contact for Ubuntu Ohio. This is prompted by his conditions of employment as a federal civil servant. We must discuss the way forward.

SEE ALSO: http://erielookingproductions.info/ubuntu/2014/12/62-reluctantly-facing-change

It was decided that a council will be formed between the deputies of the team since no one stepped up to the position.

Hopeful, 2015 will be a great year for Ubuntu Ohio and things can move forward.

25 Jan

Testing Ideas for virtual Ubuntu Hours

In the LoCo (Local Communities) community of the Ubuntu Community, there are things called Ubuntu Hours and these allow members of LoCos to meet with other members in their area and in person to talk about Ubuntu and what they do with it in public places.  This idea only works for LoCo’s with members that are not so scattered.  In the LoCo’s that have scattered members the best thing for those is the use of the tools available Online, such as IRC and video/audio chatting.  And one such example of a LoCo that has scattered members is my LoCo, Ubuntu Ohio.

In our meeting, jrgifford suggested that we could try to run some form of virtual Ubuntu Hours.  Then a fellow Point of Contact for Ubuntu Canada Team said that he wanted to try to use video/audio for their next LoCo meeting.  But he wanted to find FAIF software to stay a way from Google and the other non-FAIF software, but in the end, they decided to use Google Hangouts.  This got me to e-mail the Ubuntu Ohio team to see if anyone wanted to try to run virtual Ubuntu Hours using tools that the Point of Contact suggested but  jrgifford suggested the use of a tool called WebRTC.

After two mock virtual Ubuntu Hours and other tests, we found out that WebRTC is only an year old technology and only works for Firefox Nightly and Chrome on Ubuntu.  Also, with all the video/audio tools, WebRTC is not bandwidth friendly and we had many issues with connection.

It has been decided that, for Ubuntu Ohio Team, we will be using IRC only for our virtual Ubuntu Hours.  More info here.