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Ubuntu-ZA reapproved

As Nick Ali mentioned, the Ubuntu South Africa LoCoTeam went through the (now annual) review process with the LoCoCouncil and got reapproved.

As Nick says,

The yearly review gives LoCos a chance to take stock of how a LoCo is doing, what can be improved, and make plans for the future. The LoCo Council is here to make sure LoCos have the resources and help they need to support their areas.

I’m really energised by the increasing participation in ubuntu-za, and I’m looking forward to the coming year. Doing these reviews definitely helps put the focus on sustained activity.

Ubuntu South Africa release parties

Jonathan Carter already wrote about the Johannesburg release party. Here are his photos from that event.

I went to the Cape Town event which was held at Camps Bay High School’s tuXlab – an Ubuntu-powered school lab. We had about 30 people attending, which was awesome, considering that only a few signed up on the planning wiki page.

We distributed CDs, talked about hardware issues, and did several installs. I took some photos, and Reenen Laurie has posted his as well.

Thanks to:

  • Eleanor Lenders of Inkululeko for arranging the venue, posting signs, fetching pizza and going in search of balloons!
  • Rob Burger, the sysadmin of the CBHS tuXlab for spending the whole of Saturday upgrading machines to Intrepid so we could have some freshly installed machines to use – and for burning CDs.
  • Andy Rabagliati for organising the event and handling the complaints about bluetooth so well…
  • Everyone who attended! This community is about you!

It was great to have the event at a tuXlab, and it’s definitely worth holding our release parties at the same, or similar, tuXlabs in the future.

On that note, these school labs are largely supported by volunteers, so if you are available to help, please speak up on the ubuntu-za mailing list.

[ubuntu-za] Ubuntu 8.10 – the Intrepid Ibex is released!

The official release announcement is out – see https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-announce/2008-October/000116.html if you aren’t on the ubuntu-announce list or didn’t see mail yet.

On behalf of Ubuntu-ZA, thanks to the developers behind this release – upstream, debian, ubuntu – you rock!

Thanks also to the many people involved in helping people to get Ubuntu, run it and fix problems. This is a distro for human beings, and we can all contribute to the end result.

Ubuntu-ZA is more than just a user community – because we do more than just use the software. This is the place to get involved, in whatever way you can. Here’s our 5 step plan to success!

1. Check out our website at http://wiki.ubuntu-za.org. This is a community site that anyone can edit and contribute to.

2. Join our mailing list: https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-za – you can keep up
to date with what’s happening in Ubuntu-ZA, find help, and get involved in Ubuntu-ZA projects.

3. Join Ubuntu-ZA by joining our team on Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-za. Launchpad is Ubuntu’s infrastructure for support, bug tracking, translations, interfacing with upstream software, building packages from source, bzr repositories, source code mirror and many more things. If you want to contribute to Ubuntu, Launchpad is a key.

Our community team is up for review during November, and getting our members on launchpad is a great way to show that we are serious about being a local Ubuntu community. We’re up to 73 members on Launchpad, but there are 289 of us on the mailing list, so please join up!

4. Sign the Ubuntu Code of Conduct: http://www.ubuntu.com/community/conduct – this makes you an Ubuntero and is the next step on the journey to Ubuntu Membership.

5. Get involved! http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate lists some great ways to contribute, whether technically or not. Our own http://wiki.ubuntu-za.org/Getting_Involved page lists ways to get
involved locally too. Consistent involvement leads towards Ubuntu membership: http://www.ubuntu.com/community/processes/newmember

A further reminder about our release parties on Saturday: http://wiki.ubuntu-za.org/Meetings_&_Events – come along and meet fellow Ubuntu enthusiasts, get a copy of Intrepid, bring your system to install – let’s celebrate the new release.

Ubuntu South Africa Release Parties

We have two confirmed release parties so far for Ubuntu 8.10 in South Africa: Cape Town and Johannesburg. Both are happening at schools equipped with tuXlabs – Ubuntu computer labs set up with donated/funded hardware.

Thanks to the Inkululeko people for arranging the venues!

Join Ubuntu South Africa!

We’re now using Launchpad for membership of Ubuntu South Africa, so please join the team at https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-za – even if you’re on the mailing list. The Launchpad team will give us more visibility.

If you are new to Launchpad, you’ll get the following benefits from registering:

  • Being able to log bug reports and comment on them
  • Being able to ask support questions and provide answers
  • Being able to translate Ubuntu, and other open source projects
  • (many other things!)
  • And now… membership of Ubuntu-ZA!

Ubuwiki Live released to mark Software Freedom Day

David Robert Lewis, one of the ubuntu-za crowd, announced this today:

Ubuwiki Live, a digest of free content specially formatted for Ubuntu, has been released to mark Software Freedom Day. What is unique about the Internet bundle available from Sourceforge.net, is that it exists entirely within a self-contained XHTML file. The application is the result of work carried out by the Wiki on a Stick (WoaS) project in conjunction with Indlovu, a South African Intermediate Technology initiative. As the person responsible, I can say I am quite pleased with the result and hopefully similar such offerings will be on the way to enliven the Ubuntu experience. However,  I’ve probably destroyed Windows in the process and life is never going to be the same.

Download it at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ubuwikioffline/

Bash tip: $CDPATH

I heard about bash’s $CDPATH recently and it is an awesome productivity tip. Enjoy!



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