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Setting up a Local Community (LoCo) Team

This page serves to help people who want to set up a LoCo Team in their area and the steps they need to follow. We hope this simple step by step guide will make things easy for people to get involved and set up a team.

A LoCo Team is a Local Community of Ubuntu users. A LoCo Team can involve things such as local promotion, support in the local language, general encouragement to local users, mentoring, social events and much more. Most importantly however, it lets people find other Ubuntu users near them and experience the Ubuntu Community first hand.

LoCos are around to help promote or support Ubuntu and build communities in specific areas. Most LoCos have projects such as translating or customising Ubuntu for their specific area, or getting involved in the wider Ubuntu Community which is one of the things that makes Ubuntu great. The LoCos are a very important part of the Ubuntu Community.

Team naming standards and Setting up your team resources

Team Naming Standard

For Almost Everyone Ubuntu-Country ISO Code For the United States - (e.g. ubuntu-us-ut for Utah, ubuntu-us-ny for New York)

The following are a list of resources you should also set up, again, USA differs so please look at the naming examples for USA.

USA Teams

  • IRC:  ubuntu-us-SS (e.g. ubuntu-us-ut for Utah, ubuntu-us-ny for New York)
  • Launchpad:  ubuntu-us-statename, or state short code (e.g ubuntu-us-ohio, ubuntu-us-ma)
  • Mailing List:  ubuntu-us-stateprefix (e.g. ubuntu-us-ut, ubuntu-us-ny, ubuntu-us-fl)
  • Ubuntu Forums:  state.ubuntuforums.org (e.g. utah.ubuntuforums.org)
  • Team Wiki Landing Page:  wiki.ubuntu.com/StateTeam (e.g. wiki.ubuntu.com/MassachusettsTeam, wiki.ubuntu.com/OhioTeam)

All Other Teams

  • IRC:  ubuntu-CC (e.g. ubuntu-CC, where CC is the ISO country code)
  • Launchpad:  ubuntu-CC
  • Mailing List:  ubuntu-CC
  • Ubuntu Forums:  country.ubuntuforums.org (e.g. au.ubuntuforums.org)
  • Team Wiki Landing Page:  wiki.ubuntu.com/CountryTeam (e.g. wiki.ubuntu.com/AustralianTeam)

Setting up your team resources

One of the most critical tasks in running a successful team is to ensure it is easy for people to (a) get involved and (b) communicate with each other. This may require setting up some team resources. Every team should have the following resources set up:

Mailing List

Mailing lists are hosted by Canonical at http://lists.ubuntu.com/ and each LoCo team should have a mailing list. An ubuntu-CC (CC is the ISO country code) mailing list for general discussion about Ubuntu in your language should be created. Email rt at ubuntu.com to request the creation of a mailing list. The list should be created within 2 weeks. If it is not, please contact the LoCo Council to find out whether there is a problem with the request. United States teams should append the two-letter US state name abbreviation for the relevant state (e.g. ubuntu-us-ca).

IRC Channel

IRC is a great way for the team to have real-time discussions about the group. You should register a channel on the freenode IRC network. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IRC/Guidelines has details of the expectations of IRC channels in the #ubuntu-* namespace.


For more information on Forums https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuForums

Wiki Page


So step by step:

Step 1: Create a team on Launchpad


Step 2: Create a Mailing list


Step 3: Create an IRC channel

Add the loco bot to your team channel by mailing rt@ubuntu.com

Step 4: Create a wiki page for your team

An example would be Wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamName

Step 5: Add your teams to ~locoteams on Launchpad

In order for your team to show up on the LoCo Team Portal, you need to add your team to the ~locoteams team on Launchpad.
Then automatically but not straight away your team will show up on the LoCo Team Portal - http://loco.ubuntu.com/teams/

If at any point you get stuck or need help please just ask the LoCo Council for help, you may mail us at loco-council at lists.ubuntu.com and we will aim to help you as best we can.