Approval Application for French LoCo Team (ubuntu-fr)

Approval date



11th October 2016

cm-t (Rudy André, Ubuntu-fr Board Member)

Twopiradians, cm-t, olive

Key Details

Table of contents


(new) Libre en fête

  • Libre en fête 2016
    Libre en Fete is an event that takes place each year in France, during which many free software promoting events are organized everywhere in France. In March 2016, Ubuntu-fr was present in front of the City Hall of Paris. We had a small building on the square of the town hall at our disposal and there have organized workshops in collaboration with other associations of free software (April, Parinux ...). Posters were placed on the court to explain the free software. Ubuntu banners could be seen from far away. Photos and video

(new) Meetups

  • Meetup 2016
    Our first "meetup" was about IOT and Convergence. About 40 participants.

(new) Tours Ubuntu Party

  • The first Tours / La Riche Ubuntu Party takes place 23th. January 2016. It was a great event with booths, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, games and of course an install party. Read more

Paris Ubuntu Party

  • Ubuntu party 15.10
    The Paris Ubuntu Party edition is our biggest event. Twice a year, we organise an Ubuntu Party at the Carrefour Numérique², the Fablab of the Cité des sciences et de l'Industrie (the Paris Science Center). During the whole week-end, people can discover Ubuntu and free software with 14 hours of lectures, 10 hours of courses, 10 hours of workshops,... This event had welcomed between 2.000 and 3.000 guests by edition in 2015/2016.

  • Lectures : a fully equipped room designed for talks. The talks are about various subjects from Ubuntu specific projects to more global free software presentations or even lectures about the Internet neutrality or about private life and data protection. We try to make those subjects as attractive as possible by inviting special guests like Benjamin Bayart(French Data Network).

  • Courses : a dedicated classroom with a computer on the latest Ubuntu release for each participant. We can teach how to take in hand the new Unity, browse the Internet, contribute to Ubuntu, use Openstreetmap, try the basics of CLI.

  • Demos : different areas with demonstrations such as "free try" (Ubuntu desktops); "gaming"; "technologies showcase" (Ubuntu Phone,...).

  • Install Party: It's about ~100 installed machines a day with Ubuntu.

    10 000 copies of 10x10cm flyer to spread before events have been distributed particularly in the cultural spaces of Paris.

Some others Ubuntu events

  • Rouen 2015
    To promote each Ubuntu release, the French community organizes events called "Ubuntu Party" in collaboration with Linux User Groups (LUG) in others places. These meetings can be held:

  • in a restaurant gathering where users meet;

  • in a cultural institution with :
    • an install party to help people upgrade, install or use Ubuntu;

    • courses and workshops on Ubuntu and on free software;

    • lectures on Ubuntu, free software, free culture.

    Examples :
  • Tremblay-en-France install party (octobre 2016)

  • Rouen install party (octobre 2015)

  • Gonesse install party (octobre 2015)

  • ...

Ubuntu Hours

  • Ubuntu party evening
    An Ubuntu Hour is a local community gathering. We try to promote Ubuntu Hours by frequently hosting this type of event in Paris. So far, it is working well there, but not as well in other cities where similar events are already being held. The Parisian community tries to encourage other local communities on the way to more events like those ones.
    For examples :

  • 2nd. August 2016, Ubuntu hour with a member of Irish locoteam.

(new) Ubucon Europe

  • Ubuntu-fr is proud to organise, help & support Ubuntu events. At least six Ubuntu-fr members will be join the Ubucon Europe 2016 in Essen; Those members travel cost and hosting fees are sponsored by Ubuntu-fr as "in-kind" sponsor according to the UbuCon Europe sponsor form. In addition of this, Ubuntu-fr is a Silver Sponsor of the event.

  • Paris/Ubuntu-fr is a candidate for the 2017 edition.

Ubuntu-fr involvement in 3rd-party computing events

Ubuntu-fr involvement in 3rd-party non-computer centric events

Focus on Vieilles Charrues

  • Vieilles Charrues The Vieilles Charrues festival is one of the biggest French music festival. (278 000 festival-goers in 2016)
    During the festival, Ubuntu-Fr hosts its own booth where we provide Internet access through our Ubuntu Webcafé : 12 fully-equipped computers that were bought on purpose and are at festival-goers' disposal. The 12 Ubuntu webcafé team members get into action to inform people and answer questions about Ubuntu or about free software in general. We provided showcase of the Ubuntu Phone and the Ubuntu Tablet. We also have goodies and this year we had flyers too.
    To attract more festival-goers, we also offer temporary tattoos (CoF & Tux). We take pictures to be put on our dedicated website. That way, people can have their "tattooed" picture and share them. For the four days of the festival, our booth represents about 1.000 people reached per day, 4.000 people tattooed and 3.000 flyers handed out without counting artists and all the backstage staff such as coocks, security guards or technicians. Read more and see our video and photos and more photos...

Online activity

  • Forum stats 2016
    According to Alexa (2016-10-08) Our site are the 11.800th website in the international "globalrank" (7.100th in 2014 and 8.800th in 2012), 372th in the France rank (284th in 2014 and 342th in 2012).

  • Still the old design with the very old logo. We are actively working on this issue.
  • (new) Ubuntu-fr is now in full https (2015)
  • Quoted in more than 150 books.

  • forum : an average of 1 million visitors a month. 200k+ subscribers.

  • doc : an average of 1 million visitors a month. hundreds edited pages/day.

  • ~3000 downloads (Ubuntu iso) each day.


  • mailing-listes (sympa)

  • (translation team)




  • 1 server hosted by Liazo in Paris (this server belongs to ubuntu-fr)
  • 1 (new !) server hosted by the FSF France in Rennes (this new server belongs to ubuntu-fr)
  • 3 servers provided by the Free Fundation
  • 1 mini-server at
  • 1 VM hosted by

(new) Le Ubuntu Podcast

Ubuntu Webcafé

Instant Messaging Support

Social Networks


Internal organisation

  • Members workshop

  • 132 official ubuntu-fr members
  • 7 board members (renewed last February)

  • (new) Board evening meeting each week
  • (new) Members evening workshop each week with some other organisations in Paris. (+ Mumble !)

  • (new) Members all day workshops each tree months approximatively

    Activities mindmap
    The activities are numerous and far exceed the framework of the Ubuntu-fr association. These activities are worldwide, because it is the French speaking team, not just the people of France. Many volunteers are active only online and have never participated in our events. One of our goals in the coming years is to further facilitate meetings between members of the community. Countless events concern Ubuntu in France and in French speaking countries without Ubuntu-FR is requested or even informed.

Goals 2017-2018

  • Recruit a full-time employee for recurring tasks, administrative work and communication;
  • Rent an office in Paris, or even a public place to promote Ubuntu and free software;
  • Give a new and responsive appearance to ubuntu-fr website (and with a new logo);
  • Organize a Ubucon Europe with approximatively 10,000 visitors;
  • Install an Ubuntu Webcafé in at least one more music festival;
  • Increase the number of events outside of Paris;
  • Increase gender diversity among the members and especially the Board;
  • Exceeding the thousand members in the association;
  • Facilitate meetings between community members.

FrenchTeam/ReVerificationApplication2016 (last edited 2016-10-27 23:07:19 by olivier.fraysse)