Archive for October, 2008

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

The official release announcement is out – see 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 This is a community site that anyone can edit and contribute to.

2. Join our mailing list: – 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: 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: – this makes you an Ubuntero and is the next step on the journey to Ubuntu Membership.

5. Get involved! lists some great ways to contribute, whether technically or not. Our own page lists ways to get
involved locally too. Consistent involvement leads towards Ubuntu membership:

A further reminder about our release parties on Saturday: – 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!

Sugar/OLPC jabber server with Ubuntu Intrepid

Debian and Intrepid now have the required shared roster patches in ejabberd for Sugar presence and collaboration, so no more need to build from source!

This is great news for OLPC and Sugar deployments which want to roll their own infrastructure instead of using the XS school server – for for community jabber servers.

I’ve written up the configuration process at

Sugar on Ubuntu

Sugar, the learning platform and user interface originally developed for One Laptop Per Child, is better than ever in Ubuntu. However, we need your help in testing and making it work well!

The best place to start is the Sugar on Ubuntu page on the Sugar Labs wiki.


The Ubuntu Sugar Team, which I (cheer)lead, has finally synced Sugar 0.82 from Debian into Intrepid. There are probably a whole bunch of bugs to be discovered in the packaging and setup, so if you’re interested in Sugar, and running Intrepid, please install, test, file bugs, and we’ll get them sorted out ASAP before Intrepid releases. The Sugar Team’s TODO list is on our Packages page. If you want to get involved, contact me or show up in #ubuntu-sugarteam on freenode.

Launchpad now has a Sucrose project, representing the Sugar components as well as some of the packaged activities, which gives a nice overview of what makes up Sugar.

Thanks to Luke Faraone (FFM) and James Westby for the help!


I’ve updated Sugar and some of the packaged activities to the latest stable 0.82.x releases in the Sugar Team PPA. If you’re running Hardy this is the repository to use for the freshest Sugar experience this side of building from source!

I should have the rest of the activities updated in the next few days.