Edubuntu Meeting Minutes

The meeting was well attended with lots of new people (awesome!), attendees included:
bencrisford, nestor, Timequeezer, abruptus, Svenstaro, Lns, LaserJock, asanchez, pygi, Ahmuck, davidgroos, alkisg, jt4sugar, nubae, and some stragglers.

Agenda Item: Lns / nubae – Are they in Edubuntu-members yet?

Due to having only 2 out of 5 Edubuntu Council members still available, it is necessary to reestablish the Council, which is tasked with approval of new members. The Ubuntu Community Council, who has delegated the membership approval to the Edubuntu Council, should be consulted.

Action: LaserJock will send email to edubuntu-devel and Ubuntu Community Council to figure out how to reestablish the EC

Agenda Item: How to effectively advocate/market Edubuntu to schools/school districts

Because the future of what Edubuntu will look like is still in process it is difficult to have a specific discussion on potential marketing and advocacy initiatives. However the idea of collaborating with the Ubuntu Students team was brought up as a general strategy.

Action Item: bencrisford is to email edubuntu-devel with more details for the idea of working with the Ubuntu Students team on marketing

Agenda Item: How teams will be structured in future.

There are currently 14 non-LoCo Launchpad teams related to Edubuntu. Many of the teams are no longer in use or are owned by people who have left the project. A review needs to be done on the teams, and evaluation of what teams are still needed, and work with Launchpad administrators to do the cleanup. It was suggested by nubae to look at how Sugar has organized their teams.

Action Item: Lns will spearhead the Launchpad team cleanup process

Agenda Item: Attracting developers/contributors to the Edubuntu project.

There was a lot of discussion about the lack of developers and contributors in Edubuntu. There were lots of suggestions including:

  • demo videos to show potential contributors what kind of things are available
  • getting Ubuntu Students involved
  • something like Google Summer of Code, but for Edubuntu/Education
  • having more specific objectives and tasks for people to do
  • better documentation
  • mentoring

Action Item: pygi to start thread on edubuntu-devel about building the developer community
Action Item: bencrisford to look into collaboration opportunities with the Ubuntu Learning project

At the end of the meeting there was a general discussion of where Edubuntu is heading and how to move it forward. A major concern is that having Edubuntu as an add-on CD to Ubuntu has been a detriment to users and caused a decrease in interest and users. Anecdotal evidence indicates that a single installation medium is very desirable. Everyone was also encouraged to read the draft Strategy Document and comment on it.

Action Item: nubae and alkisg to look into the possibility of going back to single install disk/media

P.S. The raw log is available. The meeting starts at 19:00

Future of Edubuntu meeting

Tomorrow (Friday the 22nd) the education community in Ubuntu will be gathering at 18:00 UTC in the #edubuntu channel on the freenode IRC network.

The topic will be if or how to move the Edubuntu community forward towards Karmic and beyond. The Edubuntu community has had a rough go of it for the last year or so but it looks like some “fresh blood” is wanting to re-energize the project and get Edubuntu back to being a leader in the educational Linux market.

If you’re a K12 educator, an educational app developer, school IT adminstrator, or an Ubuntu developer/contributor who is interested in Ubuntu for education and/or young kids please drop by the meeting. The possibilities are pretty wide open and community is seeking input, feedback, and contributions of all kinds.