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Do You Think Ubuntu Local Community Is Dead (In Your City)? Think Again.

If you do, please take a look at a recent Ubuntu Vancouver "A Cup of Ubuntu" event. (It's a bit like an Ubuntu Hour, but with several twists and marketing hooks which I'll describe in an upcoming post.)

Does your city have these events? No?

The most likely reason is that no one has stepped up to organize one. You could be the person in your city that changes that equation. The fact is: we are all creators of Ubuntu.

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"Ubuntu is not just software."

On Changing the Discussion

The media continues to miss the story. There! I said it again. Don't believe me? Set up a recurring Google search for Ubuntu and see what pops up every day.

My good friend Charles spotted yet another article (which I shall not point to) today that picks on a perceived weakness of Ubuntu. In this case, the author was referring to the lack of Ubuntu local community in his area (greater Seattle, USA). Though I think the author missed the bigger points (1: we're working on it, and 2: he can help), I am somewhat happy that at least one person dared take the challenge to report that "Ubuntu is not just software." Score one small victory for the underdogs!

Overall though, I'm still tired of this. Really tired of this. Name a project that has more "awesome" than Ubuntu. Go ahead, I dare you.

Yesterday at UDS-R, I bumped into the amazing David Planella from the Ubuntu Community Team. We (Ubuntu folk) likely all know that David and the rest of the team recently did a 24-hour Ubuntu marathon for charity. What we probably didn't realize is that not one journalist (from the usual big sites) bothered to report the story.

So, how do we get the media to catch on? Good question! Today at UDS-R, I'm hosting a session to discuss this.


Blueprint: https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/community-r-improving-comm...

I hope you'll join me and add your thoughts. (And, if you're reading this after the session, chime in either in the blueprint or the comments.)

Thanks!

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