I find it ironic that only last night I made my mind up to not forsake Ubuntu or the LoCo here in the UAE. For the last couple of months (still actually) I have been to busy to give any attention to the LoCo and had for the most part made my piece with the state it is in. But I do feel I can still contribute and thus I have decided to add value, if I can in any way shape and/or form.
Firstly, I do believe we don't need meetup.com
and all of the resources required are available and already in place. If someone feels a need to have it and maintain it (pay for it, maintain it) that is something that they are more than welcome to do. I do feel however it is not needed.
As for there being two of everything... it saddens me that there doesn't seem to be reconciliation and joined effort in the UAE... but even more than that it saddens me that there doesn't seem to be anything going on the UAE currently that resembles an Ubuntu Local Community :(
So what this means is that there is work to do, and I challenge each and everyone reading this that feels they want to give back to free/libre and open source software via the path of Ubuntu, to advocate, promote, translate, develop and otherwise improve Ubuntu to join in on shaping the Loco, to help in growing the loco... There will always be things we don't like, be it people or the things they do and say... that is part of community. If we stop thinking of what if's and might be's we can focus on right here and right now and get something done.
I can't come to Dubai often but when I do I would love to get together with anyone interested to have a talk face to face. That being said I am coming through on the 9th and most probably I will be coming back the 10th of this month so feel free to contact me and we can see what we can do ;) (mail me on [address removed] or on this or the other mailing list).