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Our last Approval Meeting Application form is linked, this application page aims to show how we have grown and what we have done since.

The Ubuntu-NL LoCo is a group of active and diverse individuals who strive to support Ubuntu users in Dutch speaking countries, and to promote Ubuntu in the Netherlands.

Key details

Ubuntu NL

LoCo Contact

Sense Hofstede





IRC channel


Mailing list(support only)


LoCo Directory


Launchpad team


Launchpad team created



Planet Ubuntu NL


Our plans for the future are:

Website development

Update the website and add functionality. We have obtained hosting sponsorship and we have members working on a new theme for our site, we share roles out in the team and this is one way for a member(or members) to contribute back to the Ubuntu-ie community. A community server to experiment with webservices is being worked on.

Community Research

We want to setup/use a infrastructure that makes it easy to pro actively ask community members what would like to see improved in the community, and in a second analysis ask how they evaluate the importance of these different aspects. Such an analysis should then be done on a regular basis (yearly).

Work on long term focus points

The new Community Board has been quite occupied with issues that needed attention, so until now it functions more reactively than it should. When there is less direct action we need to analyze our LoCo and formulate goals that build upon our strengths and limit the impact of our weaknesses.


Since our last loco approval we have continued to do the following:

IRC Meetings
  • We have consistently held IRC meetings, refining the structure to ensure efficiency. Minutes and logs of these meetings can be found here.

Translating Ubuntu
  • All Dutch translations for Ubuntu are done via the Dutch Translation Team. There is no separate team for Ubuntu BE, just like GNOME NL serves both the Netherlands and Flanders. There is a Lauchpad page and a subsection on the Dutch wiki that the translation team uses to coordinate its activities.

Writing localized documentation
  • Since 2007, the Ubuntu NL wiki, which is, amongst other things, also the home of the Dutch documentation, can be found at wiki.ubuntu-nl.org. There are Documentation Guidelines in place to assure the quality of the documentation.

Providing a support forum
  • The Ubuntu NL Forum can be found at forum.ubuntu-nl.org. The forum is for all Dutch-speaking Ubuntu users, including the Flemish. The forum has over 60,000 topics and over 700,000 messages.

Providing support via irc
  • The IRC Team are the channel ops who try to keep the #ubuntu-nl* IRC channels helpful and friendly.

Create Artwork
  • The Artwork team is currently working on a new theme for the SMF 2.0 forum software. A live demo of this theme can be found here. Please keep in mind that the theme is still under development, so some pages won't look like they should.

  • The team is also developing a new support map. People can click the nearest support point and send him/her a message for help. This is a screen shot of the new map that's still under development.

Team Reports
  • We have started producing team reports. That went well for a while. Now the new community board took up the task of organizing these reports in such a way that they are not forgotten.

    ( Full list of Team Reports )

Release Parties




  • We have a strong history in organizing and attending events.

Collaboration with other communities and commercial partners

Exposure in the media
  • Whenever possible Ubuntu-NL seeks exposure in the media. Though this is not (yet) an organized effort we continue looking for it. For example:
  • Full page advertisement in Linux Magazine (Dutch edition)

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  • Explicit promotion and presentation of the (Dutch) Ubuntu community in the series of books about Linux and Ubuntu of Jan Stedehouder.

  • Article in "Trouw", newspaper with over 2,5 miljoen readers: http://www.trouw.nl/incoming/article1491539.ece

  • Chapter about the Ubuntu-NL community in "Open Source Jaarboek 2009", book aimed at politicians, officials and managers.

Ubuntu-NL foundation
  • We continue to work on a legal foundation for Ubuntu-NL responding to a call from active community members in organizing events. There is a need for a foundation to make fund raising possible (bank account), to provide insurance for volunteers organizing events, to be taken seriously by commercial partners.


Since our last loco approval that we failed (21-12-2010) to pass, we have done these new things:

Online Workshops

Mwanzo organised several workshops on IRC. The announcements, logs and summary can be found here.


Ubuntu-NL Mwanzo

The aim of the new Ubuntu-NL Mwanzo initiative is to help new community members to become active participants in the community.

Ubuntu Nederland governance

Under inspiring leadership of Sense Hofstede Ubuntu-NL has recently set up well documented new governance structures and processes. As a result a new Community Governance body, a Community Board and Chair were chosen. The new governance bodies are operating with confidence, and previously existing problems with governance seem to be resolved.

Ubuntu Global Jam


Elections Infrastructure Development

A special website for the elections was developed where candidates can register, present themselves, and where Ubuntu-NL members can vote, and where the results of elections are presented:


New Hosting for services

The second oldest hosting provider in the Netherlands, community driven, the HCC is now hosting the Ubuntu-NL services. A new sysadmin team was formed to take on the task of moving the services to the new hosting. This newly formed team has done a great job under time pressure and our hosting is now secured for the future.

Dutch translation of Ubuntu Manual

The Dutch Translation Team worked hard on the Dutch translation of the Ubuntu Manual. It's ready for download now. Hurray!

Ubuntu Members

The following Ubuntu Members are active in the Dutch LoCo teams: