Africa Unite

So the peeps over in the Ubuntu-ZA loco has been busy lately and are trying to help build platforms to unite Ubuntu users all over the African continent.

From Miles Sharps (kilos on freenode) post:

The idea was to try to link all LoCos in Africa in one channel so we can share experience and expertise and grow Ubuntu in the whole of Africa. I was rather shocked to find that apart from the ZA team on #ubuntu-za the rest of the continents LoCos had kinda faded away. But half of them now join us on #ubuntu-africa.

After a few weeks of trying to round up the Ubuntu LoCos in Africa and get them to join us on IRC, the Ubuntu-za team decided that having a site to help locate and attract Ubuntu users in Africa could be helpful. With superfly guiding us and doing the ground work using bzr and Nikola then inepro, mopkop and pieter2627 worked on the content. The result of which is http://ubuntu-africa.info

 

So please feel free to join Africa in #ubuntu-africa on freenode and also check out http://ubuntu-africa.info

 

Cheers
Neil

Beer is not free

Technology is expensive.  It is easy today to download an operating system and supporting software that is free (as in price and liberties) if you have the means to connect to the internet, as well as the hardware on which the OS will eventually be used.

I was fortunate enough to be able to back the recent Ubuntu Edge crowd funding campaign (which at the time of writing has already broken just about all crowd funding records, but will still not meet the required amount to get funding).  Yes, I would much appreciate it if you are reading this and somehow missed what this campaign is to go check it out and perhaps make a pledge but before you rush off to do so, there is another cause I would like to make you aware off (one that is also coming to a close in a few days), one to not put the latest or greatest smartphone in the world ever (period) in your pocked, but give someone in the world the ability to do things on a computer and the internet that most of us take for granted; Reglue – Helping those on the wrong side of the Digital Divide.

Reglue

From the Indiegogo page:

My name is Ken Starks and I am the Executive Director of Reglue.  We refurbish donated computers and place them in the homes of financially disadvantaged kids in Central Texas.  With funding running out, we need your help.

For those unfamiliar with Ken Start I would suggest you check out the Blog of Helios.  I became aware of this campaign from a challenge posted by Larry the Free Software Guy to the backers of the Ubuntu Edge campaign to make a donation to Reglue, a challenge I accepted and I hope that some of you reading this blog will now also except before it is too late…

So far they have gotten just over $5000 of the target of $32 000 with just about 3 days to go… surely this is an achievable target for the awesome Ubuntu community?!

 

Neil

Ubuntu Forums

It was with great anguish that we became aware that the Ubuntu Forums where compromised and taken down for maintenance.  At time of writing this blog post any new information about the breach as well as when the forum will be back online can be found here.

Until then all I can suggest is:

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(Oh and please change your passwords if you are re-using the forum password on other sites.  And then never re-use passwords ever again! Ever!)

Neil

Ubuntu Quantal Launch Party for Johannesburg and Pretoria

On the 27th of October some peeps in the Johannesburg and Pretoria area in South Africa got together to celebrate the release of Ubuntu 12.10, the Quantal Quetzal.

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A great time was had by all :)

Neil

Rainbow Nation

We live in a colourful world. So much variety, and now I am not talking of all the various distro’s out there, no. I am referring to people. Different shapes, sizes, languages, thoughts, feelings, perceptions, expectations, <insert adjective here>.

Now people tend to find common ground in things, this draws them together. A major power to do this can be culture. Something that most people in a certain country have in common is their shared history and a kinship. This can make interactions around other topics smoother, more productive… we are all speaking the “same language” so to speak.

What happens when you are in a country where the native population makes out only about 13% of the population, and the rest are made out of ex-patriots of just about every country under the sun? Get ready for some spicy and varied interactions because this is a melting pot of flavour.

The country I am referring to is the UAE, and the reason I write this is to give some thanks to some great Ubuntu and FLOSS enthusiasts that are slowly building up an Ubuntu LoCo right here. Passionate individuals from all walks of life originally coming from all over the world working together with a shared focus. It isn’t always easy, but the will is strong.

Party Time

Here is to the future and the continued growth of our Ubuntu-ae LoCo.

Neil

PS – Working on the chocolate cake for the release party guys, so don’t miss out the 7th of November or you will be sorry :)
PPS – I haven’t attached more recent photo’s as these seemed like the more interesting of the ones available…

Hello Planet Ubuntu

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This is my first (test) post to the planet and if I copied and pasted successfully from the wiki this should work :) . If not then my embarrassment will be own as nobody else will be aware of it.

 

Cheers
Neil