Welcome to the Ubuntu-Arizona Weekly Newsletter, Issue #17 for the week September 26 - October 2, 2007.

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  • Wednesday-October 3, 2007
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  • Next meeting: Sunday October 7, 2007 9:00PM
  • Server: Freenode: IRC Channel #ubuntu-arizona



It's been a busy week trying to get the Gusty Release Parties rolling, the arrival of the case badges, and the start up of a new sub-team to handle install fests in Arizona. There is more detail on these activities below, but I want to touch briefly on a couple of points. 1) Any member who is signed up on the team launchpad page and the team mailing list, is entitled to up to 2 of the case badges, free of charge. 2) Jeff Martin's new sub-team is concentrating at first in his area of the state. A test run so to speak. As this evolves, we will be adding install fests throughout the state. 3) The Gutsy Release Parties serve several purposes. They help bring us together to get to know each other better, they give us a chance to introduce new, potential members to Ubuntu and our Loco, and they enable us to discuss the newest Ubuntu version. So, start making your plans now to attend one of these release parties, get to know your fellow team mates and learn how we are trying to help improve computing for everyone in the State of Arizona.

Summary of the September 30, 2007 meeting

At 9:02 PM UncleSam welcomed us to the Ubuntu Arizona LoCo Team Meeting.

No new members were present to be introduced.

John announced that he will be on vacation from Wednesday to Sunday of this next week, but should be back for the next meeting. He will be checking back from time to time. If you need him for anything either leave him a message or email him at johnc4510-cox@ubuntu.com

The case badges are in. They came in this week (to see what they look like, visit https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MassachusettsTeam/Projects/AluminiumCaseBadges). These are very nice and very well made. John feels that everyone should be happy with them. There are 495 badges available. Any member can have up to 2 of them for free. For more than 2, please contact John. To receive yours, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the quantity requested (up to 2) to:

John Crawford

3009 W. Broadway Blvd. #20

Tuscon, AZ 85745

If you want more, please contact John sometime this week. the rest of the case badges will be used as give-aways at Install Fests, Demos, and anywhere we feel would help us to advocate Ubuntu.

Jeff Martin has started a sub-team project in the Kingman, Lake Havasu area (see https://edge.launchpad.net/~mcc-ubuntu. John will be setting up a sub-team project page for them. Jeff is setting up an Install Fest for that area and is asking for volunteers. It doesn't appear that there is anyone else in that area, but when we get the Education Team pages up they should help with support by giving insight to the various pre-installed programs and alternatives to them. Please join Jeff's team at the launchpad link above and let's help support him in his project. Congratulations, Jeff. Nice work! Jeff said that his Install Fest is mostly for people to install and help others install and run single or dual boot Ubuntu/Microsoft installations. He has had quite a bit of interest in the distribution, and has handed out a few CDs. He is really waiting for the Gutsy Gibbon final to start the install fest. In the mean time, his sub-team project page will be where future install fests will be posted. Jeff added that he would be willing to travel to Flagstaff to help with any install fests up there.

Gutsy Gibbon Release Parties for Tucson and Phoenix. tyche has a tentative place to hold the Phoenix Party. Desert Ridge Shopping Mall. It has plenty of seating, is a nice place, has free wifi, and is right off the 101 freeway. Also, food is available there. Best of all, no reservations are necessary, and dress is casual. Of course, if someone has a better idea, we are always open to suggestions. Please contact tyche at his email address (tyche@cox.net) or John. As for Tucson, John has sent an email to Bookman's requesting a booking of their conference room on East Speedway. He has not heard back from them yet, so he don't know for sure that it is free. Their web site shows conflicting data. If it is not open, he have a couple of other ideas. Again, if you have an idea, feel free to give it. These Gusty Release Parties will be on Thursday, October 18th. Times are not finalized yet, but should be around 7:00 PM local time. We will have more on that later. These events will be open to members, their significant others, and any friends or acquaintances who you think would be interested in learning about the latest version of Ubuntu. In other words, the more the merrier. So, once we get these set, i encourage everyone to bring a friend and help us kick off the new version of Ubuntu. Advocacy is one of the basic things the LoCo's are set up for, and this is a great chance to advocate for Ubuntu in Arizona.

There were no further questions, and no one had anything else to discuss.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:18 PM


* CraigAEddy

* Johnc4510

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