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Free website hosting for LoCo teams

We are happy to assist active local teams in growing their communities by providing them with sponsored hosting. This server space should be used to promote Ubuntu as a focus point for local language Ubuntu discussions and to coordinate local activities.

What you get

We are currently able to offer a range of hosting solutions to provide flexible web hosting solutions for LoCoTeams and other teams such as the documentation and art teams. Unless you have special needs, a typical hosting environment will include

  • FTP Access
  • PHP 4
  • CGI Support (python included)
  • MySQL database
  • E-mail list
  • An ubuntu related domain - often a subdomain of ubuntu-xx.org where xx is the country code. For example, chi.ubuntu-us.org for the Chicago area loco.
  • 500 MB of disk space

How to get hosting space

We use launchpad to manage requests for website tasks. If you would like to host your loco site on our server space:

  1. Read, understand and agree to the below hosting policy.
  2. Make sure you have a [https://launchpad.net/people/+login launchpad user account] setup with a [https://help.ubuntu.com/community/GnuPrivacyGuardHowto gnupg (gpg) e-mail encryption].

    • Please sign your own key and then
    • Hold a key signing party with your local user group
    • We use gpg not only to send secure e-mail but also to validate a person's identity. Key signing allows people all over the planet to have a reasonable confidence about who they are working with.
  3. File a [https://launchpad.net/loco-webhosting bug report on "Loco Team Webhosting"] stating that you are an approved team and need hosting

    • Suggest a domain to use. In some cases we may give you the whole ubuntu-xx.org domain for your country but often you will receive xyz.ubuntu-xx.org. In this case, -xx is the two letter iso country code for teams who cater to a geographic country. If your loco team instead caters to a group speaking a certain language across a large geographic region then use the three letter iso language code. For example, ubuntu-tam.org for the Tamil loco team.
    • Ensure we know the details about your [:LoCoTeams:LoCoTeam].

Terms and Conditions for Canonical-supplied LoCo Team servers

Because the servers will be registered to Canonical, Ltd. with the hosting providers, we hold the formal responsibility for the content and management. These terms and conditions are required to ensure that local teams administer the servers in a responsible maner. Decisions on which teams will be granted server space will be made by Canonical, Ltd. and teams with modest requirements may be asked to share a server. The current contact person at Canonical is Matthew Nuzum (webmaster).

Terms and Conditions:

  • To qualify for sponsored website or server space a team must be officially recognised as an approved Ubuntu LoCoTeam (see the first table on the LoCoTeamList page)

  • The LoCo team is responsible for all system administration of their website or server.

  • The team must appoint a server contact person who is ultimately responsible for the administration and content of the server. This may optionally be the same person who is the LoCo team contact and must in all cases have signed a copy of the Ubuntu Code of Conduct.

  • If SSH access has been granted, the server contact may grant sudo (root) administration rights to other members of the LoCo team, provided they also sign the Ubuntu Code of Conduct and agree to these Terms and Conditions.

  • Canonical, as the formal lease-holder, reserves the right to take full control of the server at any time for any reason, including but not limited to breach of these Terms and Conditions.
  • No content that is in breach of copyright or otherwise illegal may be stored on the server. This includes, but is not limited to, artwork or file downloads that are not authorized for distribution.
  • The LoCo team, as represented by the server contact person, idemnifies Canonical of all responsibility should illegal material be found to be hosted on the server.

  • Good taste: The LoCo teams agrees to refrain from posting content that may offend other groups or individuals.

  • The LoCo team website should not contain advertising or promote one commercial enterprise over another. A neutral and objective listing of local companies providing services for Ubuntu is fine, however.

  • Teams agree to use the Ubuntu logo in accordance with the trademark policy.

Domain Name Service

LoCoTeam domain names usually are formed like ubuntu-CC.org, where CC is your two-letter country or (if necessary, e.g. Tamil or Catalan) three-letter language code. Currently, those domains are centrally hosted at dns1.ubuntu-eu.org.

Change requests should be sent to MailTo(admin AT ubuntu-eu DOT org). Approved LoCo teams can also request a magic key which allows them to update their team's DNS data directly.

Regardless of whether you use one of the existing hosting services or something else, you do not need to set up your own name service for your ubuntu-CC.org domain. There are no advantages in doing that. The existing servers are redundant, well-connected, and can be updated remotely. Pointing the DNS to a different set of servers is somewhat difficult (for a number of reasons) but in any case completely unnecessary.

If you're a new team and don't have your own web space yet, we can set up a redirect that points to your team's page on this wiki. However, we don't redirect to anything else.

Hosted Teams

The following LoCoTeams currently have Canonical sponsored Hosting:



Server type



http://www.ubuntu-pt.org/||VPS||[https://launchpad.net/people/jalrnc João Cruz]

Ubuntu-art team

http://art.ubuntu.com/||Website||[https://launchpad.net/people/troy-sobotka Troy Sobotka]

Ubuntu-art team

http://art-staging.ubuntu.com/||Website||[https://launchpad.net/people/troy-sobotka Troy Sobotka]


http://ubuntu-se.org||Website||[https://launchpad.net/people/ozamosi Robin Sonefors]


http://ubuntu-gr.org||Website||[https://launchpad.net/people/ozamosi Robin Sonefors]


http://ubuntu-women.org||Website||[https://launchpad.net/people/ozamosi Robin Sonefors]


http://revu.tauware.de/||Server||[https://launchpad.net/people/siretart Reinhard Tartler]




http://ubuntu-br.org/||Website||[https://launchpad.net/people/cypherbios Rafael Proença]






http://ubuntu-id.org/||Website||[https://launchpad.net/~imtheface Andy Apdhani]

Ubuntu-dc usa

http://dc.ubuntu-us.org/||Website||[https://launchpad.net/people/mehdi Mehdi Hassanpour]

Ubuntu doc team

http://doc.ubuntu.com||Server||[https://launchpad.net/people/mdke Matt East]

Software freedom day

http://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org||Server||Matt Oquist

ubuntu-ua.org (Ukraine)

http://www.ubuntu-ua.org||Website||[https://launchpad.net/people/icherevko Ivan Cherevko]

Ubuntu-us pacific northwest

http://pnw.ubuntu-us.org||Website||[https://launchpad.net/people/dshufelt Dan Shufelt]

Ubuntu-us Chicago

http://chi.ubuntu-us.org||Website||[https://launchpad.net/people/nixternal Rich Johnson]

Ubuntu-ve (Venezuela)

http://www.ubuntu-ve.org||Website||[https://launchpad.net/people/rolando Rolando Blanco]

Ubuntu-cl (Chile)

http://www.ubuntu-cl.org||Website||[https://launchpad.net/~mruiz Miguel Ruiz]

Ubuntu-cl (Chile)

http://wiki.ubuntu-cl.org||Wiki||[https://launchpad.net/~mruiz Miguel Ruiz]

Ubuntu-cl (Chile)

http://foros.ubuntu-cl.org||Forums||[https://launchpad.net/~mruiz Miguel Ruiz]

Ubuntu-cl (Chile)

http://planeta.ubuntu-cl.org||Planet||[https://launchpad.net/~mruiz Miguel Ruiz]



[https://launchpad.net/~timo-jyrinki Timo Jyrinki]



[https://launchpad.net/~timo-jyrinki Timo Jyrinki]

(Yes, we do know that some of these are not LoCoTeams.)

The following LoCoTeams are hosted on the [wiki:UbuntuEuropeCluster Ubuntu Europe Cluster] :

Ubuntu-de (Germany)


Ubuntu-fr (French speaking countries)


Ubuntu-ir (Iran)


Ubuntu-no (Norway)


Ubuntu-pt (Portugal)


Ubuntu-ru (Russia)


To request LoCoTeam hosting, please contact the Ubuntu webmaster (MailTo(webmaster AT ubuntu DOT com)) or the Ubuntu Europe admins (MailTo(admin AT ubuntu-eu DOT org)), and give a brief description of your hosting needs.