Making Community Very Obvious on the Desktop

This blog post is the tenth in a series of many that I will be posting about UDS, the Ubuntu Developer Summit.

I'll be hosting a UDS session this morning and I encourage everyone who is interested in community growth to attend and tune in.

Executive Summary:
The main idea is to make discovery of Ubuntu community automatic, and not an accident. Community is meant in the whole and general sense of "anyone who uses or contributes to Ubuntu."

Problem Statement:
"Houston we have a problem." Most people who have discovered Ubuntu community have done so accidentally. Most people (who are on the other side of the chasm) have no idea that community is central to the growth and development of Ubuntu. Most people have no idea whether others in their town/city are using Ubuntu. We need to make community obvious and make community formation easy.

One possible solution is to create a "Community Lens" , a "We Menu" or (similarly obvious desktop element). Make it prominent. Connect it to one's local community, beginning with those who use and enjoy Ubuntu in our town/city. Over time, expand it to include additional nearby non-Ubuntu social connections: family, friends, neighbourhood, city...

The blueprint is here:
An audio stream will be available here during the meeting:
You can join the meeting remotely here:

What are your thoughts? Join us at 10am Eastern time!

Missed the session? That's okay. Add your thoughts in the comments.


This is a great idea and i would love to see something like this in Ubuntu! I am living in a city with 300000 inhabitants. No special ubuntu-group available at the moment. Theres is a linux user group in the area but I dont know if I would have enough to talk about with system adminitrators or developers or even just non-ubuntu-users.

But to get in contact with other ubuntuusers, maybe help someone with smaller problems or just to see if there are maybe enough people around me to make an precise release party would be great!

I have no idea how this can look like in practice. It should be very easy and fun to use but only very carefully using personal data and keep as much privacy as possible. I definitely will follow the news concerning this topic and will be among the first testers!


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