Welcome to the Ubuntu Nicaragua LoCo Team Approval Application!
Team Leader: José Ernesto Dávila
Team Contact: Marcelo Gutierrez
Mailing list subscriptions: 418 (+388; up 1393% since approval)
Launchpad members: 238 (+208; up 793% since approval)
Official Ubuntu-ni members: 32 (13.45% of total)
Official Ubuntu members: 3 (1.26% of total)
Structure and Governance
The Ubuntu Nicaragua Community Council is composed by five members elected for a period of one year by the official members of the Nicaraguan LoCo. The team leader/contact is elected from these five members.
Leandro Gómez (2007-2008)
Norman García Aguilar (2008-2009)
Adolfo Fitoria (2009-2010)
José Ernesto Dávila (Team leader, 2010-2011)
Marcelo Gutierrez (Team contact, 2010-2011)
Members with a significant and sustained contribution to the community are awarded official membership.
For detailed information about our events, visit the Events page.
For detailed information about our projects, visit the Projects page.
Ubuntu Nicaragua and...
With the Guardabarranco Educational Project, the Ubuntu Nicaragua LoCo Team joins forces with the broader FOSS community in order to help to improve the IT infrastructure in the Nicaraguan public school system.
We've also participated in several activities and initiatives with the Ministry of Education, helping them to find ways to introduce FOSS in the schools.
In addition, some members of the community participated in a Python workshop for developing educational software for the Sugar desktop. Hopefully, some of these application will find their way into Ubuntu as well.
The major Nicaraguan universities have slowly turned into a GNU/Linux/FOSS stronghold. At least six new LUGs has been formed in the last years at Nicaraguan campus. And of course, many of them have a strong Ubuntu user base. We, as a LoCo Team, collaborate with these groups on a regular basis.
The relationship between the Ubuntu Nicaragua team and the authorities of these universities can only be described as excellent. The doors are always open, and we have easy access to campus facilities and equipment for our events.
Ubuntu is a reality today in the public sector. The local Government acknowledges and seeks the expertise of our community members. Several members from the Ubuntu Nicaragua LoCo Team are currently working deploying and giving support to a large number of Ubuntu workstations and servers, and training Ubuntu desktop users in major Nicaraguan public institutions.
There's an increasing number of local business using and/or offering solutions based on Ubuntu and other FOSS platforms and products.
Many of them have contributed back to the community, sponsoring events and organizing workshops.
As of 2010, a group of members of the LoCo started working on Observatorio, a project for the development of a web-based directory of FOSS business and resources in Central America.
The local NGOs have proven to be an invaluable support for spreading FOSS in Nicaragua. Big community events, workshops and release parties have been sponsored by these NGOs.
Many Nicaraguan non-profits use free software and employs community members in order to maintain these systems.
Over the last three years, the Ubuntu Nicaragua LoCo Team has been very working hard to promote free culture ideals in our country. We've been doing some talks at events about free culture and licensing and providing guidance to Nicaraguan artist that wishes to release their works under free licenses.
We've also organised the 'Free your Mouse' concerts two years in a row. The last of these concerts was recorded and a double CD released under a CC license.
Our community podcast also promotes free culture including interviews with artists and playing songs from musicians with free cultural works.
...Communication and Media
We have been pretty successful in promoting Ubuntu and FOSS in local media. A lot of articles has been written in local newspaper, including a whole special edition for the SFD 2009, published in a Nicaraguan newspaper. We have also participated in all the major local TV channels (both terrestrial and cable system) and popular radio stations.
One of the highlights was the co-production of 11 weekly TV-shows with Channel 2 Nicaragua in 2008.
For more information about our participation in local media, visit the Press page.
...the Local FOSS Community
From the beginning, the Ubuntu Nicaragua LoCo was build up by people that used different distros and free operative systems. Ubuntu-ni was the only active Linux User Group in Nicaragua in the beginning of 2007.
This has changed today. Nicaragua have many FOSS groups, but the Ubuntu LoCo Team is still a diverse community with people using different distros (Debian, Fedora) and working on diverse FOSS project (Drupal).
We value and appreciate our relationship with the broader GNU/Linux/FOSS community, specially with the Debian community, were we contribute actively.
The new Ubuntu Nicaragua CC has set some short and long term goals for the team:
- Membership - Find new and interesting ways for new members to contribute with the community, and trying to make it easy and rewarding to contribute.
- Documentation - Continue working and improving the community screencast and producing Ubuntu marketing material in Spanish.
- Advocacy - Continue working and improving the community podcast. Continue with the Ubuntu related conferences and workshops in the different universities and cities across the country.
- Localization - Work harder on the localization. Contact local universities and user groups in order start working on the ubuntu-l10n-miq project.
- Local group - Work more closely with local user groups in the universities and the different Departments of Nicaragua.
Cheers from the community
The Nicaraguan Team is a great role model for all the LoCo Teams out there, helping and promoting Ubuntu everywhere with cool and really creative ideas. In our particular case we got lots of help from this team when we start our approval process. For this reason Uruguay LoCo team wants to endorse Nicaragua ReApproval Application. Pablo Rubianes In behalf of the Uruguay LoCo Team Community Council
The Nicaraguan Team is one of the LoCo Teams that most contributes to the growing of Ubuntu in the region and latin America, participating in and promoting events such as the Ubuntu User Day, The Ubuntu Developer Week and others. its people are very valuable members to the wider community. For this reason, i and the Ubuntu-co council, support the process of reapproval of Ubuntu Nicaragua LoCo Team. Sergio Meneses Ubuntu-Co council member
The Nicaraguan Team is one of the most active communities in Central America, has shown strong growth, helping many new users to use Ubuntu as their primary operating system. With members committed to the community, encouraging new members to join the community. For these and many other reason I support the process of reapproval of Ubuntu Nicaragua LoCo Team. Keep up the enthusiasm and move on. Williams Orellana
The Nicaraguan Team is not only super-active in provisioning Ubuntu-related activities within Nicaragua, but I also found them participating in inter-communitarian activities across Central América, as the ECSL (Encuentro Centroamericano de Software Libre). Like your good vibes! Josef Dabernig
The Nicaraguan team is the best example of how you should do things, example of perseverance and good ideas to support both open source and the brotherhood between communities. for that reason the team. ElSalVadorTeam support the process of reapproval of Ubuntu Nicaragua. Edgar Joaquin Coordinator Ubuntu el salvador team
The Nicaraguan team is an example for all communities in Central America to promote the use and development of Free Software, Congratulations on your work and contribution to the Free Software community. Grupo de Usuarios Linux, San Miguel El Salvador.
The Nicaraguan Team has some of the most active members at Center America not just in Ubuntu activities some of them work also with the Drupal community , I meet some of them at my country Guatemala and the statistics of his works talks by themselves. They are a example to follow! Manuel Pinot
I'm really impressed with the things that our friends from Nicaragua have achieved. They are always many steps ahead from the rest of the communities of the region; but they are also always available when we ask for help. An inspiration and a role model, that's Ubuntu-ni. I'm eager to get one of those nice Ubuntu-ni t-shirts Leo Arias, Ubuntu Costa Rica.
Comparto la alegria de conocer en persona el trabajo del equipo ubuntero nicaraguence, nuestra comunidad hermana. Puedo decir a cabalidad que son una comunidad muy activa, entusiasta y creativa, sus esfuerzos en busca de que el software libre sigua creciendo, son cada dia mas grandes y compartidos por todo el ecosistema del software libre. Adelante y muchos años de vida para ubuntu nicaragua, muchos abrazos y saludos de los integrantes de Ubuntu Ecuador por parte de Petrux-ec de la Comunidad Ubuntu Ecuador