The New Era: From Approval To Verification

The “Trusty Tahr” development cycle has begun. The LoCo Council has a new look heading into the cycle as it has new members. In light of some statements by Jono Bacon about our local communities, it is time to recap what the LoCo Council does and does not do for the community across Earth.

Our main roles are to:

  • Equip communities
  • Advise communities
  • Mentor communities

We do not have the resources or manpower to engage in top-down control of local affairs. How things progress in local communities is ultimately their own choice. We can help ensure you have a clean bill of health and try to get you what resources we can. When it comes to speaking at a local fair or an UbuCon, it is up to you to put on the show and put Ubuntu in the best light.

We are currently engaged in a Verification Process for our communities. This is our health check. While it may seem like a bit of tedious paperwork, there are common things we ask for in verification and reverification applications to learn what is happening. This is much like completing a “medical history update” form before you visit a physician. From how your community is presented to us we ask questions. These are not meant to be negative things. We simply want to gather information and learn how you are doing. Over time we may adjust our template for the verification application to narrow down the information we seek.

Nobody can help you if you have a problem if they do not know what you have issues with. Our big goal in asking questions is not to seek some way to score against a community or mark you down. We are concerned with you succeeding and want to learn how we can assist you. We do not have the budget to travel the planet as a team to investigate how every community is functioning. To be able to consider all 178 local community groups, the Verification Process lets us do this in a structured manner.

You do not need to wait until Verification comes around to reach out to us. If something comes up that is a problem, you can e-mail us. You truly do not need to wait until a health check comes up. Sending us a message at loco-council@lists.ubuntu.com will copy all six members of the council and at least one of us will respond. If we have the resources to assist you, we will try to do so. If we cannot directly assist you we will try to refer to someone who can.

In the next few weeks we will be attempting to reach out to all active local community groups to check in. This will not be anything to be afraid of. Each of the six council members will take an even split of groups to contact. This will be a simple effort to greet groups, try to ensure we have current “team contacts” listed in Launchpad, and invite those not already subscribed to join the loco-contacts mailing list. Again, if something is not okay, nobody can help you unless you say something.

Let us grow together as we move ever onward!

Originally written by Stephen Michael Kellat.

Results of the LoCo Council Meeting – Oct 15th 2013

Today, the LoCo Council hosted its usual monthly meeting. We had some re-verification applications, and did some announcements.

With regards to the applications, two teams applied for re-verification. These were the California Team and the Pennsylvania Team. Both of them presented successful applications, gaining a verified status for two more years.

Photos from the California Team

Photos from the Pennsylvania Team

We also announced our new Twitter account, which went live today. There, we will be posting updates about verified and re-verified teams, as well as some other official announcements. Make sure to follow us!

Finally, I want to take advantage of this space and mention that the LoCo Council is always keen to keep helping the teams. We are here to mentor, give advice, and lend you a hand where needed. If your team needs help at any time, make sure to send us an email at loco-council@lists.ubuntu.com or go to the #ubuntu-locoteams channel on irc.freenode.net (click here to join via your web browser). We’re also pretty open to suggestions and feedback, or, you can just come around and say hello. Don’t fear, we don’t bite 🙂

I hope to see all of your teams go through verification/re-verification soon!

Updating Shippit to the New Term

Hi LocoTeams!

In this moment we are working to update the new term -verified- and this change brings some troubles, by instance  the LocoTeams can’t order CDs in this moment, all this is because we are working on the updates to different sites and shippit is one of those. We expect to solve this deal as soon as possible! and don’t worry we shall publish another post when the trouble will be fixed

And remember if you have any problem about your local-community, feel free to contact us!

Ubuntu DVD/CD

Get Your LoCo Moving – Global Jam is Coming!

Hey all!, the new Ubuntu Global Jam Edition is coming next 13, 14 and 15 September 2013!

So this is a great opportunity to get together and meet other Ubuntu fans and contributors, make new friends in your area, and help to make the next Ubuntu release the best it can be so we can bring Free Software to the masses, improve our community or just have a great time.

So what do you need to do to have an event in your area, follow the steps below and if you get stuck, ask for help in #ubuntu-locoteams.

Organising an even can be easy in a few simple steps:

  1. There is a guide to to organising an event.
  2. Please update your loco team page and  add your event to the LoCo Team Portal if is not already there.
  3. Be sure to tweet/dent/facebook/G+ it and use the #ugj#ubuntu, and #locoteams tags so others can see them!

Now who can come…. EASY EVERYONE!

  • Everyone is welcome – anyone is welcome to organise or join an Ubuntu Global Jam event. If you’re not organising one but want to attend contact your local Ubuntu LoCo Team.
  • You don’t have to be technical – There are many ways to take part and attending Ubuntu Global Jam events attract lots of different people, and you don’t have to be a developer or technical to take part. We welcome anyone to come along and take part in your own way.
  • Keep it simple to organise – pick a place to meet up on, agree on a date and time, and tell others about it. That’s it!

See you arround in the Jam

 

LoCo Team REBlogs: My second experience of the Ubuntu LoCo Team re- approval process…

Hi, we are starting the inspiring posts about LoCo teams Re Blog, and to start this here’s the blog post of  Airurando about his experience with the reapproval process.

Enjoy!

My second experience of the Ubuntu LoCo Team re- approval process. Not as straight forward as the first!

Back in the Summer of 2011 my first experience of the Ubuntu LoCo Team re- approval process was very positive and exciting. I happily helped in the preparation and delivery of the Ubuntu Ireland 2011 re-approval application. I even wrote a very enthusiastic blog post about the whole experience.

This time though, things were much different…..

Activity in the Ubuntu Ireland Team has decreased significantly since our initial re-approval in 2011. By the summer of 2012 I was becoming concerned that our low activity levels would reduce our chances of retaining our approved status at the next time of asking. I aired my concerns regarding the poor state of the Irish LoCo on the Team mailing list in August 2012 (my initial post can be found here).  The positive feedback received led to a team reboot discussion developing which started in November 2012 (my initial post regarding the team reboot can be found here). This team reboot is ongoing but there is no denying that our team activity remains weak. However, despite this low activity it was clear that there were still a few warm cinders in the Ubuntu Ireland Team fire and there certainly was a lot of good will being expressed towards remaining approved. Based on this I felt it was worthwhile for our LoCo to seek re-approval. I prepared our 2013 re-approval application, basing it on the standard template and our 2011 application.  Active Team member Keith Drummond provided some very useful suggestions that were incorporated into our application.

Our Team was up for re-approval at the 16th of July, 2013 LoCo Council meeting.   I was quite nervous and by no means confident about our chances. Despite this I was relieved that the time had come to honestly state the current condition on our LoCo and see how that would be received. We were the third and last team up for re-approval. Two very impressive teams preceded us (The Japanese Team and the Tunisian Team).

When the time came we gave a frank account of our slow demise over the last two years. We also maintained that some activity still existed and that the reboot efforts were ongoing. The LoCo council recognised this lull in activity as a somewhat common occurrence. Given due consideration to the remaining activity in our LoCo and the fact that four team members had turned up to offer support for our application the LoCo Council approved our re-approval application. I was truly delighted that we had achieved this and I am very thankful that the LoCo Council saw fit to keep faith in our little LoCo and maintain our approved status.

So now to the point of this post…… If you are part of an approved LoCo which has experienced difficulties since your last approval I would strongly encourage you to still seek re-approval for you Team when the time comes again (of course, only if the ‘approved status’ is still in effect).

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Thanks Airurando

Call for Nominations to the LoCo Council

Hello All,

We on the LoCo Council are being faced with the challenge of replacing three of our current Council members. A special thanks to Laura, Chris and Sergio for all of the great contributions they have made while serving with us on the LoCo Council.

So with that in mind, we are writing this to ask for volunteers to step forward and nominate themselves or another contributor for the three open positions. The LoCo Council is defined on our wiki page.

Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoCouncil

Team Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoCouncilAgenda

Typically, we meet up once a month in IRC to go through items on the team agenda also we started to have Google Hangouts too (The time for hangouts may vary depending the availability of the members time). This involves approving new LoCo Teams, Re-approval of Approved LoCo Teams, resolving issues within Teams, approving LoCo Team mailing list requests, and anything else that comes along.

We have the following requirements for Nominees:

Be an Ubuntu member

Be available during typical meeting times of the council

Insight into the culture(s) and typical activities within teams is a plus

Here is a description of the current LoCo Council:

They are current Ubuntu Members with a proven track record of activity in the community. They have shown themselves over time to be able to work well with others, and display the positive aspects of the Ubuntu Code of Conduct. They should be people who can judge contribution quality without emotion while engaging in an interview/discussion that communicates interest, a welcoming atmosphere, and which is marked by humanity, gentleness, and kindness.

If this sounds like you, or a person you know, please e-mail the LoCo Council with your nomination(s) using the following e-mail address: loco-council<at>lists.ubuntu.com.

Please include a few lines about yourself, or whom you’re nominating, so we can get a good idea of why you/they’d like to join the council, and why you feel that you/they should be considered. If you plan on nominating another person, please let them know, so they are aware.

We welcome nominations from anywhere in the world, and from any LoCo team. Nominees do not need to be a LoCo Team Contact to be nominated for this post. We are however looking for people who are active in their LoCo Team.

The time frame for this process is as follows:

Nominations will open: August  28th, 2013

Nominations will close: September 18th, 2013

We will then forward the nominations to the CC, Requesting they take the following week to make their selections (hopefully by their meeting on September 19th,2013).

Date new council members will be announced: September 20th, 2013

 

New Local communities health check process

This will be the new process, aiming to replace the current re approval process. It aims to be less formal, more interactive and above all still keep people motivated to be involved in the Ubuntu community.

Every team shall be known as a LoCoteam, teams that were previously known as an “Approved LoCoteam” shall be known as a “Verified LoCoteam”. New teams shall be a LoCoteam, teams do not have to be verified.  The term Verified means that a  Launchpad team has been created, the team name conforms to the correct naming standard and the team contact has signed the Code of Conduct.

Every two years a team will present itself for a HealthCheck – This is still beneficial to everyone involved, it gives the team a chance to show how they are doing and also the council can catch up with the team.

What is needed for a HealthCheck?

Create a Wiki with the activities of the period – Name the wiki page with Name of your team plus the YEAR example – LoCoTeamVerificationApplication20XX with the below details:

  • Name of team
  • How many people are in the team
  • Link to your wiki page / Launchpad group page
  • Social Networks (if they have any of them).
  • Link to loco team portal page, Events page, Paste events page – this is a good reason to encourage teams to use the team portal as all of the information is there and saves duplication.
  • Photo Galleries of past events.
  • Tell us about your team, what you do, if you have Ubuntu members in your team, your current projects.
  • Guideline of what you plan on doing in the future.
  • Any meeting logs, if available.

Teams will still remain verified this is just to check in and see how things are doing,  If you can’t make a meeting, it can be done over email/Bugs.

In short, the overall process should remain pretty much the same as now.

If in case of any doubts/questions regarding the new process please dont hesitate to discuss or ask us 🙂

 

Pablo Rubianes and Marcos Costales appointed to the LocoCouncil

Hello everyone!

The LoCo Council would like to take this opportunity to share with you an announcement of our newest members!  A few weeks ago ChristopheSauthier and EfrainValles took the decision  to step down, this was definitely sad news for us, but we understand and wish them the best. We would like to give many thanks to them both for their great work! :D

We needed to try and restore the team to six members, and asked the community for nominations. We received many good nominations, but only had two positions available at this time. After we received the nominations we forwarded them on to the Community Council. They have now had a chance to evaluate the nominees, and have came to a decision.

Without further ado, We would now like to introduce you to the new members of the LoCo Council:

– PabloRubianes: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PabloRubianes

– MarcosCostales: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/costales

Welcome Pablo and Marcos, we hope that you’ll have a good time working with us! We would also like give thanks to all of the nominees, as we always have great applicants. The decisions are never easy, when trying to narrow down who’s selected. We hope that those of you who were nominated will consider applying again in the future.

About Ubuntu 13.04 CDs/DVDs

Hi,

Many people have been asking about the DVDs as it’s coming close to release time, Canonical have said that they will continue to print the LTS for LoCo teams to request for events, but they will only be printing LTS releases from now on, so there won’t be a 13.04 DVD.

Following is the text from Canonical.

Textually: “Canonical will not be producing CDs for standard releases.We understand that to convert interested experimenters to Ubuntu users we need to provide an outstanding initial user-experience, and the ability for the user to explore and learn in safety with a supporting network of experts around them. The LoCo teams are a key to that second part as you provide a personal experience that’s local to the user. While we love users to be on the latest version of Ubuntu, the key thing for new users is a known, stable and supported environment. So to make sure we provide that we’ll be shipping you the LTS release CDs/DVDs rather than the latest standard release.”

Therefore, there won’t be CDs/DVDs for 13.04 as going forward the focus will be on LTS releases. The next production of CDs/DVDs will be 14.04. To bridge the gap till 14.04,we will continue to supply 12.04 CDs/DVDs for events. You can request CDs/DVDs for events through Shipit as normal.

Thank you for your continued and valuable support in making Ubuntu great.

 

Call for nominations to the LoCo Council

Hello All,

We on the LoCo Council are being faced with the challenge of replacing two of our current Council members. A special thanks to Christophe and Efrain for all of the great contributions they have made while serving with us on the LoCo Council.

So with that in mind, we are writing this e-mail to ask for volunteers to step forward and nominate themselves or another contributor for the two open positions. The LoCo Council is defined on our wiki page.

Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoCouncil

Team Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoCouncilAgenda

Typically, we meet up once a month in IRC to go through items on the team agenda. This involves approving new LoCo Teams, Re-approval of Approved LoCo Teams, resolving issues within Teams, approving LoCo Team mailing list requests, and anything else that comes along.

We have the following requirements for Nominees:

Be an Ubuntu member

Be available during typical meeting times of the council

Insight into the culture(s) and typical activities within teams is a plus

Here is a description of the current LoCo Council:

They are current Ubuntu Members with a proven track record of activity in the community. They have shown themselves over time to be able to work well with others, and display the positive aspects of the Ubuntu Code of Conduct. They should be people who can judge contribution quality without emotion while engaging in an interview/discussion that communicates interest, a welcoming atmosphere, and which is marked by humanity, gentleness, and kindness.

If this sounds like you, or a person you know, please e-mail the LoCo Council with your nomination(s) using the following e-mail address: loco-council<at>lists.ubuntu.com.

Please include a few lines about yourself, or whom you’re nominating, so we can get a good idea of why you/they’d like to join the council, and why you feel that you/they should be considered. If you plan on nominating another person, please let them know, so they are aware.

We welcome nominations from anywhere in the world, and from any LoCo team. Nominees do not need to be a LoCo Team Contact to be nominated for this post. We are however looking for people who are active in their LoCo Team.

The time frame for this process is as follows:

Nominations will open: April 5th, 2013

Nominations will close: April 19th, 2013

We will then forward the nominations to the CC, Requesting they take the following week to make their selections (hopefully by their meeting on April 25th,2013).

Date new council members will be announced: April 26th 2013