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I am Stateless (and So Is Ubuntu)

I am part of a team without state. Please don't feel sad for me though. I am part of an amazing community filled with friendly and diverse people. We meet in person and we have developed deep friendships.

Here's a thought experiment:

What if we (the Ubuntu leadership community at large) were to enable and actively encourage Ubuntu teams (groups really) at any geographical level? What if we called them "teams" rather than "sub" teams. What if we "allowed" them to operate autonomously. What if we banished the term "allowed" from our dictionary?

I advocate the removal of geographical team limitations outright. We can and should have teams at the block, neighbourhood, village, town, city, province/state, region, country, super-country (continent), or even planetary level. We already have teams that operate super-country, and others that want to but are actively discouraged from doing so. (Yes, actively.) I can also envision teams smaller than city teams that could flourish if encouraged.

We (briefly) discussed moving toward the "at any geographical level" team structure today at UDS during the Community Roundtable session. I tabled the idea of moving to this model on a *trial* basis to see what (if any) chaos ensues. For an initial trial period, we could try it, say for a single UDS cycle and then measure the result.

My guess is that we (the collective we) are being too fearful of an outcome that would likely never manifest itself. The best way to overcome that fear is with a controlled experiment that results in data. Generally speaking, I propose that we eliminate any artificial barriers to team creation that are not based on data. Any person in a place that has no existing team would be able to form one, or to join another team. Any person not satisfied with a team in their geography would be free, empowered, and encouraged to set up another team, even if the geography overlaps with the existing team. One team in one geography might not be the best thing for Ubuntu, especially if/when that team is out of alignment with Ubuntu.

Ubuntu has no country or boundaries. Why impose them? Are we not all stateless after all? Are we Ubuntu?

I say, "Let a thousand flowers bloom!"

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.

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