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Ubuntu-Arizona Weekly Newsletter, Issue #85

Welcome to the Ubuntu-Arizona Weekly Newsletter, Issue #85 for the week March 9, March 15.

* Arizona Loco Newsletter
* Eighty Fifth Edition
* Powered by Ubuntu
* Wednesday-March 18, 2009
* Arizona Loco Team Wiki: ["ArizonaTeam"]

* Next meeting: Sunday March 22, 2009 9:00 PM
* Server: Freenode: IRC Channel #ubuntu-us-az

In This Issue:

Call to Arms !! Artwork and input wanted.

There is a new Ubuntu release coming up quickly, and I would like to assemble a AZ LoCo multiple DVD.
Releases I would like to have on the DVD would be:

  • Ubuntu
  • Kubuntu
  • Edubuntu
  • Xubuntu
  • ?? suggestions ??

Since this DVD would be used at the InstallFests, and available for download as a torrent from the server here, we need AZ LoCo Artwork -- desktops and images that can be the splash screens, and Cover art. Ubuntu Server was also included in the original version.
What would be nice would be some screencast tutorials to include on the DVD, information about the LoCo ( where to join, where to get help, etc.)

This something we did in 2007, it was moderately popular with the Linux community. Here is a link to the original torrent: http://www.mininova.org/tor/798483

ASU Install Fest

I'm going to keep this short and sweet like johnc4510 asked me to.
Here is the time and place:
Date: March 21st, 2009
Time: 9am - 5pm
Location: Brickyard Lobby 1st floor
699 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281 (map shown below)

They are going to have games, different presentations, and booths for all kinds of different stuff. As of Sunday it looks like there are going to be at least 5 of us going to help them out, and we would like to see as much of an AZ LoCo turnout as possible. Hope to see you all there.

For more information see http://paste.ubuntu.com/131814/.

Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope Release/Intstallfest Party Planning

Now that the "Jaunty Jack" release is less than 2 months away, we need to start planning for our events. Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager, has written some initial guidelines for hosting these events. Jaunty Release Planning. At the next team meeting, Sunday 03/01/09 - 9PM in IRC, we should get started on our planning by looking over past events, and getting a wiki page up that outlines of our plan of attack. Dates, locations, how to get the word out to the general public, and getting the LUGs involved should get us a good start.

Jono Bacon: Party Time: Jaunty Style

Jono Bacon: Party Time: Jaunty Style -

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it is that time of the year again - it is time to start organising your Ubuntu Release Party! This time for our friend, Ubuntu 9.04, the Jaunty Jackalope.

Every time we kick out a new version of Ubuntu we like to get together, celebrate the release and have a great time. And you know what, I think we all deserve it. After six months of hard work building our lovable Operating System in the many different ways in which we all contribute, we are all about ready to let our hair down, get together and toast to Ubuntu and Free Software in general. If you have not contributed to the community you are not only welcome but encouraged to come and party with us - release parties are a fantastic opportunity to get to know our friendly and bustling community! Good times!

So, with this blog post I want to kick off the call for parties. The last two releases have generated a great selection of parties from all around the world, but for Jaunty I want us to get out there and smash it: lets make this the release with more parties than ever before! When Jaunty is released everyone should be close to a fun, welcoming release party. We can do it, folks. :)

Making It Happen

Alrighty, so how do we make this happen? Simple, follow these simple steps:

  • First you need to pick a date. Jaunty is released Thursday 23rd April 2009. Some people party on the same day, some on the Friday and some on the Saturday. Pick a date that works for your group party people. Sometimes you may get different opinions on when to hold the party: don’t let this get the better of you, so make sure you don’t spend too long debating the best date.
  • Find a venue to have the party in. This can be as simple as just nominating a bar or restaurant. More details on how to organise a party are available here. If you have any questions, check out the ubuntu-event-planners and loco-contacts mailing lists. Also, check out the #ubuntu-locoteams IRC channel on Freenode.
  • Add your party to this page. Make sure you add the name and preferably the email address of the main organiser(s) of the party. This is the page we use to tell people where all the parties are.
  • Spread the word! Blog about it, twitter/identi.ca it, put up posters, tell your local computer groups and anything else you can do to make sure that everyone knows about your party! The more people who know the more people may come! :)

OK, so there we have it. Lets get this show on the road. I myself will be at the release party in London, but I can’t wait to hear which parties you are all organising! Oh, and one quick tip: don’t put it off. I have heard many stories in which someone decides they want to organise a party but they don’t have enough time. The reason I wanted to announce now is that it gives us all plenty of time to get together a rocking set of parties. Wicked. :)

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