With an installfest approaching (back on 04 August) and being devoid of Canonical flash drives to distribute to the new people who always show up and want to have Ubuntu installed on their computer, a conference pack was ordered from Canonical which would include the flash drives as well as other swag to be distributed to new converts.
With the anticipated release of the new LTS version of Ubuntu, Bionic Beaver, the Ubuntu-Arizona Local Community Team had a Release Party on 21 April 2018 from 1400 to 1800 at the home of Walter and Ingeborg Mack in Chandler AZ. Invitations to attend were sent via the Team mailing list, announcements were made at the weekly Sunday Team meetings, and postings were placed on the Team web site. There were 12 attendees.
The party was a rousing success. Our gracious hosts Walter and Ingeborg Mack were kind and well prepared with more condiments and refreshments than anyone could ask for. Walter (wmack) did the honors at the grill cooking the hamburgers and bratwursts and Inge insured that everyone had more than enough to eat. Rex (MajB) and Rose once again provided chili and home made tortillas from Sierra Vista. Tammie supplied an excellent pot of baked beans. Our Team Leader, Todd (toddc), showed up late but contributed a very tasty chicken pot pie. Paul (pavlos) and Christy provided a cheese cake that probably had more than calories in it than allowed by law but sure tasted delicious. Once again there was more food than we could eat at two release parties.
The visiting and conversation took place before, during, and after the consumption of the food. There were many that returned to the kitchen for seconds, some boldly and some surreptitiously. Whenever there are a group of Linux users gathered for any reason other than work the conversation generally starts at Linux and Free and Open Source Software. This gathering was no exception. Discussion started with the Final Beta and Release Candidate versions of 18.04 and moved in all directions from there. After consuming vast quantities of food the conversation got lighter to include travel and non-IT hobbies.
Photos were taken to prevent members from ever denying that they were present at some future time in their life.
Canonical will be releasing Ubuntu 18.04, Bionic Beaver, on 26 April 2018. To celebrate this event Ubuntu-Arizona Local Community Team will conduct a Release Party at the home of Walter and Ingeborg Mack, 5831 W. Kesler St. Chandler, AZ on 21 April from 2-6pm. The AZLOCO/PLUG Installfest for the same day at the University of Advancing Technology will be relocated to that location also starting at 2 pm. instead of the normal 10 am. Internet will be available, installs will still be conducted and problems will be solved while we celebrate the release of Bionic Beaver and enjoy some excellent food, great camaraderie, and some serious (and some not so serious) discussions. More details to follow. Pencil in the event on your calendar now. Everyone interested in Free and Open Source Software is invited. This will be a potluck party so please bring a dish to share. For any questions, please contact email@example.com
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the dish that you will be bringing and the number of people that will be attending. Thank you