Welcome to the Ubuntu-Arizona Weekly Newsletter, Issue #47 for the week May 12, May 18, 2008.

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  • Next meeting: Sunday May 25, 2008 9:00PM
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The team is really starting to hum now and I couldn't be happier. As you will see further down we had our Hardy Installfest last weekend and it was a big success. The next Ubuntu release will be in October, and we are already discussing ways to make its release party and installfest better. The biggest item coming up this year could definitely be "BarCamp". There is a link below that will explain what that is, and I believe it could be a very exciting event not only for our team, but for the State of Arizona and it's LUGs. We have a chance to really make an impact! But we can't do this kind of event without everyone's help, so come join us in our bid to promote Open Source, Ubuntu, the State LUGs, and of course, our team.

Summary of the May 18, 2008 meeting

johnc4510 called the meeting to order at 9:00 PM

johnc4510 began by introducing new people. banditti was introduced as being the one who started the Arizona Team. He responded by saying that he then passed it off to johnc4510 who is not the sloth that he was. banditti also happens to be vorian's brother-in-law. calimer was then asked to introduce himself. He's from NY, he subs for a school district, teach game design at the college level and HS, and work on game projects on the side. It was subsequently discovered that banditti knew a great deal about the area where calimer lives and teaches.

The next order of business was the install fest. "First , a great job to all on the installfest." Pictures can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArizonaTeam/Installfest. johnc4510 felt that it was a great success, and that the next one should be better. enigmastrat was given a rousing cheer for his help in finding us a location and getting things set up. His help and support were a major factor in the success of the installfest. johnc4510 felt that we need to find a better way to get the news out to the public. gunxfight mentioned that he'd heard, at the installfest, part of a discussion concerning making firefox's homepage a help page by us. This was part of a discussion that Hans, from the Phoenix LUG, had with tyche about creating branding for discs the team puts out. John felt that this was a great idea. gunxfight then mentioned that the next install fest should be more centrally located. The possibility of ASU was brought up. gunxfight's brother goes there, and gunxfight will be trying to get his brother to find out more information.

We have some down time after just doing the release party and the installfest, but there are things we need to work on:

  1. Team approval. This is mainly johnc4510 getting the wiki pages up to date. But when he submits, we'll need team members to attend the approval process. This is something to be kept in mind. The meeting would probably take place in a channel, but more information will be available later on.

  2. The next item we need to think about is the barcamp later this year. johnc4510 has proposed hosting a barcamp in phoenix for around September or October of this year. Barcamp is a foss type conference (see http://barcamp.org/BarCamp and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCamp). We have a start with xhans from the plugaz group. He is hot on this idea and wants to help. He helped with promoting the install fest too. But we need any other state lugs too. This is a big thing, and needs a _lot_ of planning, organization, volunteers, and etc. We also need to secure sponsors. Like in phoenix, Google has an office. Google is a active sponsor of open source events, but we could use others too. GoDaddy was also suggested as a possible sponsor. Note: this event is not just about ubuntu. It about open source, but it provides a chance to promote open source in AZ, which is a very good thing, and as a by product, Ubuntu. johnc4510's idea is to have booths: an Ubuntu booth and booths for LUGS. And if the LUGS want to support another distribution, great.

Johnc4510 didn't want to even start this unless you folks are going to get behind this. It's a huge project. It will take from now until it happens to make it happen. gunxfight suggest that a vote be taken to see if people were willing to help. This was immediately responded to by tyche, kennymc0, gunxfight, johnc4510, DesertPenquin and banditti. There will also be a message sent out on the mailing list asking for help on this.

Again, johnc4510 thanked everyone for helping make a success of the install fest and the release party. Next week johnc4510 should have more information about the Team approval.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 PM.


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