Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Spur of the moment Saucy Salamander Release Party pics

So good to meet face to face. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to drive through to Stellenbosch from various areas around Cape Town. So good to hang out with techy people and chat about stuff that makes non-techy people yawn.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hello from ubuntu-za to ubuntu-fr

Thanks YoBoy for organising an impromptu ubuntu hour in Paris. It was great to meet fellow ubuntu people. Also interesting to hear some comments from the point of view of the largest and oldest LoCo in the community. Amongst other things ubuntu-fr provides french support for ubuntu users. This is a mammoth task involving a wiki and forums. Even though we have 11 official languages in South Africa we are lucky that the English support and tools provided by Canonical and the community is accessible to a lot of our ubuntu users in South Africa. ubuntu-fr bridges the gap for French speaking ubuntu users.

I have to say I am envious of the size of their LoCo. There is a different energy when there are more participants. Having said that it is so great to see people in ubuntu-za step up and take on tasks without any formal prompting. Thanks ubuntu-za, keep up the good work. This is what the LoCo communities are about.





Thursday, March 7, 2013

Global Jam CT Raring - the stats

Stefano provided a list of things the group accomplished at the Global Jam last Saturday. Thanks again to Julian Taylor and codebridge for sharing their space. Here is the email Stefano sent to the ubuntu-za list:
Follow up (as requested my Miles): * General documentation for people getting started in Ubuntu Development: - http://developer.ubuntu.com/packaging/html/ * Graham finished the SRU [0] uploads for the CUDA stack in quantal [1, 2]. These were prepared beforehand, but I hadn't got around to reviewing them before the jam. * Raoul, Grant, and I had a look through the packages that are failing to build in raring, but didn't see any obviously easy ones to fix. The list from the most recent archive rebuild [3] is littered with multi-arch python fallout, which has been fixed [4] * We then reviewed the RC bug fixes from Debian [5]. I cleaned up a bunch of spam on that page We reviewed the bugs for accessodf, elilo, hamster-applet, imswitch, rawstudio and found that they didn't affect Ubuntu. The clang bug seems to affect Ubuntu but was far too complex for our jam. The ncpfs bug affects Ubuntu. It's already been synced [6] but isn't installable in Ubuntu [7] because it depends on a newer initscripts version. The libticonv bug affects Ubuntu, but the libticonv package in Ubuntu has a totally different ancestry to the Debian package. It should probably be merged but that'd be a non-trivial job. * Reviewing Debian RC bug #700315 [8] for rawstudio pointed us to flickcurl 1.23-1 which we synced [9] from Debian experimental, to fix Debian bug #700050 [10]. * I updated my build failure report for precise [11], for Graham, to see what other CUDA related things hadn't built yet. * Julian Taylor (a MOTU who happened to be around on IRC, during our jam) suggested that Graham look at SRUing bug 1113356 [12]. Graham prepared a patch, which Julian sponsored for him. * We were about to start writing some autopkgtests [13] for some of my packages in Debian, but decided we were hungry, and went to Hudsons for beer, burgers, and coffee. Thanks, Graham, Grant, Raoul, and Maia! SR

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Cape Town Global Jam Raring

We looked at Debian bugs that needed to be added to the release or not, as the case may be. Thank you Stefano for organizing,  mentoring and driving the coffee machine. Thanks to everyone who donated a couple of hours to make ubuntu better. Thanks codebridge for having us.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Jam Jam Jam - Raring

We have two events planned for Global Jam week. One BugJam in Cape Town. Thanks Stefano for getting the ball rolling with this one. Sat 2 March, 10:00-15:00 at Codebridge in Cape Town.

The second event is an Ubuntu Hour in Centurion with a specific focus on checking out what an Ubuntu Jam could be so we'll call it Jumpstart to Jamming. Thanks to Dewald for organising this one and for reading up on possible Jam activities. Sun 3 March, 12:00-14:00

If you want to print or re-mix these banners you can find them at spreadubuntu.org Cape Town here and Centurion here.

For those ubuntu-za people who aren't near a Jam location, you can hang out with us on #ubuntu-za on irc while you help make ubuntu better. Some ideas for people who aren't in the mood to fix bugs: Why not help to translate your favourite application? Maybe answer or improve an answer on askubuntu.com or see if your hardware is ubuntu friendly. Have a little bit more time, you could help test such as doing an iso test.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Parcel in the post: Stickers!

Thank you, Marius for making these stickers. So nice to get a parcel in the post. If anyone in ubuntu-za wants to get stickers from Marius at a small fee, put a request on ubuntu-za mailing list.