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Ubuntu Global Jam - An Early Call for Events!

The Ubuntu Global Jam ("Saucy Salamander" cycle edition) is coming! This event is when the entire Ubuntu community comes together to make a real difference to Ubuntu and to have a great time in the process. Everyone is able to contribute to the Jam, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved.

I would like to encourage you to

Register an event early!

Sure, we're still months away, but the sooner we get planning, the bigger and better this Jam will be.

The Ubuntu Global Jam is scheduled to occur on these dates:

  • Friday September 13, 2013
  • Saturday September 14, 2013
  • Sunday September 15, 2013













This part is important! Please add your event to the Ubuntu Team Portal http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/global/2315/ so others can find your event and so the world can start seeing all the amazing things that you're doing for Ubuntu.

Good documentation about how to create a successful Global Jam event is here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGlobalJam

A short video explaining the most basic steps is here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITk8PGBkMXQ

Thanks in advance for participating in this upcoming cycle's Global Jam event. If you have any questions, please feel free to

Get in touch!

Update! Did you know there's a Saucy Salamander Cafe in Maryland? http://www.saucysalamander.com/ourcafe.asp Now you do. Maybe Ubuntu people from all over the world should gather there and Jam. Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Thanks jliau for the spiffy new Jam logo. Good jam on that globe!

Oceania! Are You On the Map?


Finally, my effort to map every Ubuntu group in the world finds me in Oceania! I'm excited as this completes my mapping mission. I hope you enjoyed the tour of the world with me.

Are you living in Oceania somewhere? If your country is shaded orange, there is an Ubuntu group present.




Is your country represented?
Is your province (or state)?
Is your city (or town)?

Ubuntu can and should be spread all across Oceania.

The bad.
There should be solid orange in every country, and dozens of city dots. You'll notice there are still island nations without Ubuntu groups. Micronesia? Melanesia? Polynesia?!

You'll note the absence of city-based teams in New Zealand and Australia. This is definitely a bug to be fixed. Want to help?

The good!
On a positive note, our friends in Australia (hi Joel!), and in New Zealand are out there spreading the word and growing Ubuntu.

Now, let's get the biggest cities in Oceania on the map.

If you're reading this and notice you're not "on the map", then I am here to help you get on it. Please send me an email and

Let me know!

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Where did I get the data? http://loco.ubuntu.com.
Inkscape rocks!

Asia! Are You On the Map?


Mapping every Ubuntu group in the world finds us in the vastness of Asia today.

Are you living in Asia somewhere? If your country is shaded orange, there is an Ubuntu group present.




Is your country represented?
Is your province (or state)?
Is your city (or town)?

Ubuntu can and should be spread all across Asia.

The bad.
There should be solid orange in every country, and dozens of city dots. You'll notice there are still countries without Ubuntu groups. You'll note the absence of city-based teams (with a few notable exceptions) despite the numerous HUGE cities in Asia. This is definitely a bug to be fixed.

The good!
On a positive note, Singapore, Bangalore, and Delhi all have city-level groups. There's a cool Ubuntu group on a state level in Tamil Nadu and a regional group in the special administrative region of Hong Kong, China.

Let's get the biggest cities in Asia on the map. Don't think it's possible? Give me five reasons why not!?

If you're reading this and notice you're not "on the map", then I'm here to help you get on it. Please send me an email and

Let me know!

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Notes:
Delhi and Bangalore are city-based Ubuntu groups in India.
Tamil Nadu is a state-based Ubuntu group in India.
Hong Kong is a regional Ubuntu group in China.
Singapore is an Ubuntu city and nation.


Where did I get the data? http://loco.ubuntu.com.
Inkscape rocks!

Europe! Are You On the Map?


Hello friendly Ubuntu cartographers. I know you've all been waiting for this one!

My quest to map every Ubuntu group in the world lands on Europe today.

Are you living in Europe somewhere? If your country is shaded orange, there is an Ubuntu group present.


Is your country represented?
Is your province (or state)?
Is your city (or town)?

Ubuntu can and should be everywhere in Europe. There should be solid orange in every country, and lots and lots of city dots. There are countries without Ubuntu groups. And with the exception of our friends in Russia, city based groups are notably absent.

On a positive note, I'm loving the regional teams in Spain and the Netherlands. Great work! And wow, Russia! You know how to light up cities.

Let's get a hundred or so more cities in Europe going.

If you're reading this and notice you're not "on the map", then I'm here to help you get on it. Please send me an email and

Let me know!

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Notes:
Saint Petersburg, Omsk, and Novosibirsk are city-based Ubuntu groups in Russia.
Kuban, Friesland, Galicia, and Asturias are regional Ubuntu groups.


Where did I get the data? http://loco.ubuntu.com.
Inkscape rocks!

South America! Are You On the Map?


Who amongst you likes maps? Any cartographers out there?

Anyways, in my quest to map every Ubuntu group in the world, I present South America.

Are you living in South America somewhere? If your country is shaded orange, there is an Ubuntu group present.


Is your country represented?
Is your province (or state)?
Is your city (or town)?

Ubuntu can and should be everywhere in South America. There should be solid orange in every country, and lots and lots of city dots. There are countries without Ubuntu groups. There are some large cities that I expected to see on the map but didn't.

On a positive note, I was happy to see some state teams in Brazil. That's progress!

If you're reading this and notice you're not "on the map", then I'm here to help you get on it. Please send me an email and

Let me know!

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Notes:
Ubuntu São Paulo is a state-wide team in Brazil.
Ubuntu Ceará is a state-wide team in Brazil.
Ubuntu Santa Catarina is a state-wide team in Brazil.


Where did I get the data? http://loco.ubuntu.com.
Inkscape rocks!

Africa! Are You On the Map?


In my quest to map every Ubuntu group in the world, I present Africa.

Do you live in Africa? If your country is shaded orange, there is an Ubuntu group present somewhere.

Is your country represented?
Is your province (or state)?
Is your city (or town)?

Ubuntu can and should be everywhere. There should be solid orange and lots and lots of city dots. There are too many countries without Ubuntu groups. There are some large cities that I expected to see on the map but didn't.

If you're reading this and notice you're not "on the map", then I'm here to help you get on it. Please send me an email and

Let me know!

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Where did I get the data? http://loco.ubuntu.com.
Inkscape rocks!

Hey North America! Are You On the Map?

Some fun making maps today! I have begun mapping every Ubuntu group in the world.

Please take a look at North America. If it's shaded orange, there is an Ubuntu group present somewhere in that territory.

Is your country represented?
Is your province (or state)?
Is your city (or town)?

You know how I feel. Ubuntu can and should be everywhere. There should be solid orange and lots and lots of city dots. You do live in a city, right?

If you're reading this and notice you're not "on the map", then I'm here to help you get on it.

Let me know!

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Quebec is a province in Canada.
Vancouver, Chicago, Dallas, and Washington DC all have city-based Ubuntu groups.
Where did I get the data? http://loco.ubuntu.com.

Ubuntu Community Teams Meeting - Planning for Even More Greatness

On Wednesday March 20th at 20:00 UTC I will be hosting an On Air session to discuss our Ubuntu community teams (or, what we more affectionately call LoCo's, with apologies to those who speak Spanish.)

This is meant to be a session where people actively involved in LoCo's worldwide can join, share ideas, collaborate, and discuss best practices and ideas for growth. We'll also talk about things like our team portal (http://loco.ubuntu.com) and future plans for that.

Dream big!Dream big!





Are you passionate about Ubuntu community teams? Are you a "hands-on" Ubuntu community builder? Are you a community grower or creator?








Please join in!

Time: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20130320T2000

Place: http://ubuntuonair.com

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References:
https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/community-r-ubuntuloco-bes...
https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/community-13.03-loco-porta...

This Is Ubuntu Community!

When you think of Ubuntu community, what comes to mind?

Do you think of people huddled over keyboards, staring at dimly lit screens and IRC channels? Do you think of programming? Do you think of squabbling? In-fighting?

I don't.

When I think of Ubuntu community, I think of people who love to get together to celebrate the world's most collaborative project. I think of people who share the ethos that "we are all one." I think of people giving up their Saturday afternoon to do something to spread Ubuntu to those who have never heard of it. I think of the person seeing Ubuntu for the first time and falling in love with technology again.

Last week, I kicked off the first meeting of the "Ubuntu Evangelists," a new swat-team of Ubuntu folks who know how to instill passion in others and how to raise the enthusiasm for Ubuntu in the circles they travel. And, a side-effect of this meeting was my new friend Rudy in Paris sharing this fun video. Give it a watch and then tell me in the comments that Ubuntu is anything other than amazing!

Thank you Rudy for spreading enthusiasm and showing other Ubuntu people what this is all about!

Are you an Ubuntu Evangelist? Do you want to see Ubuntu everywhere in your lifetime? When cut, do you bleed Pantone 1665?

Join us! Spread your passion for Ubuntu. Help tilt the earth's axis. We're here: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-evangelists

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Do you have a photo or video of your Ubuntu community having fun? Share it with me in an email or comment here.

And There Was Jam

Just before that GUI (giant Ubuntu icestorm) gripped the interwebs, there was a massive event called the "Ubuntu Global Jam." If you've been following along on "Amplify the Signal" (rather than fixating on soviet space stations, software release management jargon, and losing the big Ubuntu bi-annual love-ins) then you might have caught the story that this cycle's Ubuntu Global Jam was a big one.

It's an interesting dichotomy. Interweb fiction versus AFK fact. When one looks at what's being said about Ubuntu on the web, one might get the sense that Ubuntu's community has collapsed (or is about to), that people are defecting all over the place, and that Ubuntu has somehow "lost it's way." Really? Come on!

I'm here to report that nothing could be farther from the truth. Here are some facts from the ground campaign, where all good battles are won:

1) Our local Ubuntu group has reached the highest membership levels in our history, and we're still growing!

2) People come to our events with enthusiasm and happiness knowing that they are near others that enjoy Ubuntu and that they can share their discoveries with each other.

3) People are excited to learn that they can get involved in Ubuntu. They think it's incredible that they are a part of something big. They have an "Aha" moment when it clicks why "Ubuntu is not just software."

4) People generally don't give a "rat's ass" about display server stacks, rolling releases, and other computer science minutia. Most people just want an enjoyable interaction with their technology and Ubuntu delivers solidly on that. Tech journalists, keep reporting stuff that doesn't matter. It makes us giggle and snort, usually uncontrollably. :)

5) People who use proprietary technology systems (our competitors) are stuck going to stores in malls for help and support, essentially renting "community" from their technology landlords. That's profoundly sad. I am relieved and happy that Ubuntu is alive and thriving in my city and a great place to experience community the way it was meant to be: in the spirit of sharing a gift.

6) The people (mainly journalists) who are deriding Ubuntu, saying that "Ubuntu has a community problem" are the same people that don't show up for local Ubuntu events, don't bother to get to know Ubuntu contributors, Ubuntu's culture, and generally never gave a flying leap about Ubuntu in the first place except perhaps where it intersected with their pet project - page clicks. Are you an Ubuntu Advocate? Please do me a favour and tune them out. If you find that too difficult, at least don't spread what they are saying. Ever. Let their pages rot on the site where they were published.

So, what does the real "on the ground" "AFK" Ubuntu community really look like? I'm glad you asked! Here's a little glimpse:

Smiling faces. Loving Ubuntu community!

Dear readers, I'll follow up with a few more details shortly... Until then, keep building real Ubuntu community in your town or city.

The Jam never stops.

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