For those who have followed my blog recently, you may have read my post on my troubles finding my place in the openSUSE community. As it turns out, finding my place was a lot easier than I thought once I ran across a wiki page called “Local User Groups.”
Local User Groups in the openSUSE community have the same function as Local Community Teams in the Ubuntu community. With my prior work in the Ubuntu community working on a Local Community Team (LoCo) and even leading it for a while, this was my calling. I’ve been all over the place in the Ubuntu community, but advocating an operating system is what I do best. With this in mind, I sought the list of current teams. I was disappointed to find many teams that were no longer in existence and only a couple of teams from the United States that were still active.
This is when I created openSUSE Georgia. This Local User Group is intended not to compete with other LUGs, but instead to work with them. The creation of this team was the next logical step for me personally as a Linux community contributor. For the longest time I had hoped to see for other distributions join in the effort for promoting Linux while I was working with the Ubuntu Georgia LoCo. Finally, I have the chance to take on a team of my own and help activate a completely new community of openSUSE users in the state of Georgia in order to help push Linux further into the mainstream.
As of now, the site is barely set up but the core services are there. You can visit the project page in the link above. There is currently a Google Group set up for the mailing list and a Google Calendar to track events. If you are interested in joining, please join the Google Group, all you will need is a Google account. Future plans include events, face to face meetings, and work in the local community providing support. I look forward to working with this new team and the opportunities and challenges it provides!