Our original LoCo Team Approval Application detailing how we became a LoCo is linked. Our first LoCo Team Reapproval Application from 2011 is also linked. This application page aims to detail the ebb and flow of our LoCo and what we have done since 2011.
The Ubuntu Irish Team is a small group of diverse individuals who promote Ubuntu here in Ireland. We like to meet up and share our knowledge and promote Ubuntu wherever possible by attending events and organising our own.
Date - 16th of July, 2013
Team Contact - Rory McCann
- 136 Members on Launchpad
- 149 people subscribed to the mailing list
Mailing List - ubuntu-ie on lists.ubuntu.com (Archives here)
IRC - #ubuntu-ie on Freenode
Launchpad - https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-ie
Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/ubuntuie
Identi.ca - http://identi.ca/ubuntuie
1st Approval 2009
Mailing list subscribers
This group is for anyone in the Republic of Ireland who uses or is interested in all flavours of Ubuntu, whether it's Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu or any other derivative running on any platform. This group caters for people of all technical abilities from the person who has never heard of linux or Ubuntu to a kernel developer.
We plan to rekindle interest in our small LoCo by continuing with our ongoing efforts as outlined in the Experience section of this application and also working on the following:
Advocacy and Education
Nurture the relationships we have developed with College Computer Societies and City Hackerspaces with a view to participating in joint events which would promote Ubuntu. Events such as barcamps, workshops and similar will all be actively encouraged. Collaboration with these groups has continued to work out well. These groups have kindly provided venues and speakers for past events. They are also of pivotal importance for the distribution system we have developed to dispatch our teams Ubuntu CD allocations.
Community Best Practise
We try and encourage all user groups to come to our events, and educate them on Ubuntu and how to get involved in a constructive and open arm invitation, there is no user group not welcome and we encourage a diverse range of members to interact. This interaction can be social, like the fun we have at our Ubuntu hours and geeknics, or more technical on irc and mailing lists. We will be vigilant of Best Practises within the LoCo network and implement strategies and initiatives which we believe will have a positive impact having given due consideration to our own circumstances.
Since our last loco approval we have continued to do the following:
Team IRC Meetings
We have held numerous Team IRC meetings. As LoCo Team activity decreased the frequency of these meetings decreased also. The recent IRC Team Meetings have focused on Rebooting the Ubuntu Ireland Team. Minutes and logs of these meetings can be found here. We use the LoCo Team Portal exclusively for scheduling meetings.
We have produced 9 Team Reports covering July 11 to March 12 since our last approval. ( Full list of Team Reports ). Team reports were suspended as activity in the LoCo dropped. We aim to restart the monthly Team reports as activity in our LoCo increases.
- We have held parties for each Ubuntu iteration released since our last approval in 2011.
- We have held and participated in regular social events (many ubuntu Hours, a Geeknic and a meet and greet with some canonical folks)
Two Geeknic photos here
Photos from an early Ubuntu Hour in Dublin here
Photos from a more recent Ubuntu hour in Limerick here
Some photos from the The Meet and Greet with Canonical in Dublin event can be found here
LoCo CD/DVD pack distribution
We maintain an efficient system to distribute each LoCo pack of Ubuntu CDs/DVDs around the country. Where it has been possible, we continue to foster good relationships with University and College Computer Societies as well as city Hackerspaces. We also use social media to promote each release and happily dispatch copies of CDs to individuals who request them.
Ubuntu Global Jams
A link page to details of our past events is located here
Since our last loco approval, we have done these new things:
New avenues for LoCo CD/DVD pack distribution
We maintained a booth and distributed CDs at Skycon'12, the 3rd Skynet Conference on Computers & IT in Limerick. With Mark Shuttleworth speaking at this event it was a highlight for our LoCo. A picture of the Ubuntu Table at Skycon'12 can be found here
- Install Media was also distributed at CAMPUSCON 2012 the inaugural information security conference hosted by the Waterford Institute of Technology Hacking Society.
Increased Geographic activity
- We continued to work at expanding beyond a Dublin centric grouping with activities now occurring regularly in Limerick and from time to time in Galway.
New Social and Advocacy Events
Recognising the growing phenomenon of the Men's Shed initiative a member of our LoCo visited his local shed for a tour and distributed some CDs while there. A blog post detailing this visit with some ideas for the future can be found here
As well as continuing to use our facebook, twitter and identica social streams recently we began to use Google+ also.
Global Ubuntu Participation
Promotion of Ubuntu and the distribution of Install Media at Skycon'12 and CAMPUSCON 2012. We are fortunate to count Laura Czajkowski amongst our members. Laura is very active on the global ubuntu stage. She is a current member of the Ubuntu Community Council and the Ubuntu LoCo Council as well as a former member of the EMEA membership board.
Focusing on the Future
We hope to build on current interest in our LoCo paying particular heed to organising and participating in interesting, relevent events as outlined above. It's an exciting time for Ubuntu, just before the roll-out of the Ubuntu Touch for phones, tablets and more. This, we hope, will give Ubuntu a well deserved global bump which will certainly send new users looking for local Ubuntu communities. The Irish LoCo should be ready to embrace those when they come along.
The following Ubuntu Members are active in the Irish LoCo team: