The LoCo Council released an interim report on their census efforts of Ubuntu LoCo Teams and the results were consistent with findings when I did a census of unapproved LoCo Team’s in the United States in 2012. When I did that health check, I found that most LoCos were either unresponsive or had less than positive sentiments on the direction of the project and some had chosen to let their approval lapse on purpose.
It was a bit discouraging back in 2012 and I remember at that time mentioning it to the Canonical Community Team and suggesting that it would really be nice to see more community building in general and more resources for LoCos. Here we are in 2014 and the pulse of the community has not changed. In fact, there are less approved LoCos today than there was in 2012, albeit there are now more resources today for the community than there were in 2012 which is something positive.
I think 2014 could be a big year for the Ubuntu Community to make plans on reviving LoCos in the United States and elsewhere. The LoCo Council is helping out by giving us a good measurement of how things stand. But, once we know what the pulse is like, how do we address the state of things? I think it might be good for the upcoming UDS for someone in the community to own a session on brainstorming ideas to reawaken local communities in the United States and elsewhere and then plan to start putting those ideas to work this year and next.
I believe Ubuntu Local Communities can be vibrant again and there are lots of shining examples of local communities that are still very healthy like Ubuntu California, Ubuntu Peru and Ubuntu Italy just to name a few.
I think we need community contributors to feel excited about Ubuntu again and feel like real stakeholders in the project and I think we need to care strongly about community sentiment. We need to bring back the culture where community was one of the most important aspects of Ubuntu.
“I still consider myself an Ubuntu Community Member, but I don’t think there’s any community left.” – Paul Tagliamonte, Former LoCo Council Member