Sunday, December 2, 2012

Re-approval: a loook back on 2 years of ubuntu-za

I am preparing the re-approval page for ubuntu-za. To do this I am looking back at past activities and events for this LoCo. When I organised my first Ubuntu Hour, I expected no-one to notice. David sat down at the table and ordered a latte and now he has become such a good friend: someone who I can call if I if I am sick or if my software has a memory leak and someone who I can drive to the doctor if his neck goes into a spasm from repetitive stress. The second Ubuntu Hour I met Dewald, an equally dear friend now, who is organising ubuntu hours and release parties in Johannesburg. There are many more, Stefano who mailed me from UDS because he knew I wanted a hoodie and lugged the hoodie back in his suitcase. Henk who organised a super awesome chocolate plated cake which almost made us pass out from sugar overdose. Rauol who sorts the website, organises ubuntu hours and brings his wife and son to the release parties. Werner who helps out with meetings and drives to a guest house to pick up CDs so I don't have to post them. Miles-Miles&Maaz: Miles makes anyone who comes into the irc channel feel at home by offering virtual coffee, rusks and maybe even biltong. Miles trains Maaz. There are many more some I have met, some I have on the adress list to send a package(Leon Gert, Jan, Nhlanha, Frans, Marvel, Wayne, Nico, Tim, Vincent, Chris) , some I only see in irc (nuvolari magespawn and more). What a community! We are separated by miles but so close on the internet. I feel like I am giving a speech at a wedding and I am sure I am missing someone. If I missed you, I'm sorry, it isn't intentional. This community cannot exists without you. This is why I am so happy that different people, all over the country, are doing something, small or big, to be part of this community. Thank you everyone for being a part of ubuntu-za!

Friday, November 9, 2012

And they're off - quantal ubuntu dvds to regional contacts

The parcels with the ubuntu dvds to the regional contacts are on their way. Thanks to shipit for using the magic words "not for resale"  and "promotional material" which made the parcel fly through without customs slowing things down. Queery already has the Jo'burg and Pretoria dvds. This helped as it saved me postage for 3 parcels. So, regional contacts of ubuntu-za, it's over to you now.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ubuntu 12.10 Release Parties, Durban first, more to follow

The ubuntu-za people in Durban had a release party/birthday party yesterday. You can see what they got up to on Google+ .Thanks everybody invovled for organising and for capturing the event in pixels.

The Pretoria/Johannesburg release party is scheduled to happen next Saturday, 27 October at 10 at House4Hack. Find more info about the event on the page.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Free Particle Webjay performance on ubuntu at the Wits Art Museum

I was part of the Free Particle Digital art exhibition. One of the events was a webjay performance with 6 other artists in collaboration with Anne Roquigny. In previous collaborations I find myself having to span multiple operating systems each with their own idiosyncrasies. This time, to my delight, Anne's entire system runs on ubuntu. The webjay system has a master which connects to multiple client machines. The client machines connect to a projector each. On the master you load a playlist of links and then you can control which links are presented on each client machine and projector. The performance projected images on the windows of the Wits Art Museum.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Successful Ubuntu Hour in Jo'burg today

Thank you queery1985 for sharing CDs and for organising the Ubuntu Hour. Here are the pics.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Ubuntu Hour in Joburg, 11/8/2012

queery1985 will host another Ubuntu Hour for the Gauteng Geeks. Excerpt from his email to the ubuntu-za mailing list.

I am organising another Ubuntu Hour for next week Saterday (11/8/2012) for
all the Gauteng Geeks.

It will be held at the Rosebank Mall Mugg&Bean again, which is right next
to the Rosebank Gautrain station.

Please come and join us for a coffee and/or a muffin, bring your toys and
your kids. There is also 30min free wifi.

Please RSVP:

I will also try and remember the Official Ubuntu CD's, so that will be the
spot to collect if you want any CD's.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Jo'burg Ubuntu Hour and CDs across the country

Thank you queery for organising an ubuntu hour in Joburg. Three people at the first one is a fantastic start. 

Each LoCo has it's own environment and culture and in ubuntu-za land we struggle with huge distances among members and expensive bandwidth. To alleviate this we have set up a network of 14 enthusiastic volunteers in all the major centers who are willing to help people get a copy of an iso. Last week I sent CDs to all the volunteers. The idea is that you find someone closest to you on the ubuntu-za website and get an iso from them. We still need to get the latest info of the volunteers on the website but you should also be able to ask on the mailing list and discover who is closest to you.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pretoria Precise Pangolin Release party with steak

I wasn't there but it looks like fun. Lots of laptops in a restaurant. Thanks to Nic and Marius for making this happen and also Queery for the photos.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Cape Town Precise Pangolin Release party with cake

Henk did a sterling job hosting the Precise Pangolin Release party in the Shuttleworth Lab at UCT. We had a fair turnout for a public holiday which was also the first day of the 5 day weekend. Note too that this was the AfrikaBurn weekend. We also had a super delicious, home-made, Pangolin cake which was creatively decorated with chocolate scales. Thanks to Henk's friend. We planned to demo some games and we did, in an informal way. Mostly it was just an install fest. We also made some live CDs and liveboot USB disks for people. Thanks also Stefano for nursing the non-standard upgrades.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Poster for Pangolin Release Party

A quick Poster for the Pangolin release parties. This is the web version.

Pangolin Release parties - we have 2 - any more?

We have 2 release parties so far. One in Cape Town and one in Pretoria.

Cape Town : Friday 27 May 10-13:00 Shuttleworth lab UCT - LoCo Detail
Pretoria: Saturday 5 May 10-13:30 Karoo Land and Cattle in Irene - LoCo Detail

I am hoping to organise a casual Ubuntu Hour/ after party in Stellenbosch too so I can catch up with the everybody who was in holiday.

An insert snack of choice, a refreshing beverage of choice, a friend and a laptop upgrading to pangolin also counts as a release party.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ubuntu Hour in Rondebosch this Saturday

superfly says: " Ubuntu Hour will be this Saturday at 2pm, at Lyra's in Rondebosch. It's close to the station, and it apparently has free WiFi. I'll try to get there a little before 2, and I'll be sporting one of these:"
Go superfly! The first Southern Suburbs ubuntu Hour!

Ubuntu Hour Saturday 11 Feb 14:00 UTC+2 Lyra's in Rondebosch, Western Cape