Hello, since I just joined, I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Nathan, and I actually live in the Takoma area (on the DC side). While I'm not exactly new to Linux in general, I'm still something of a novice.
I actually started working with Caldera Linux (mostly unsuccessfully since the blasted thing wouldn't work on the laptop I had at the time). Then I moved on to Lindows, which later became Linspire. That one was actually pretty good until Michael Robertson sold it to Xandros (there was a big stink about that because he allegedly had done it without shareholders even knowing about it).
So, believe me, Ubuntu was certainly a breath of fresh air when I discovered it. Actually, it was Linspire that brought Ubuntu to my attention when the Linspire 4.0 started using the Ubuntu 6.04 code base. These days, I have a netbook with UNE 10.10 (I started out at 9.04 and upgraded with each release). I'm finding the more I use it, the more dependent I'm becoming on it. Much moreso than Windows, which I still use to play MMORPG games.
I don't know if the team still meets, but I certainly hope I can meet members at some point.