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Planning for ubuntu-uk.org
This topic has provoked a lot of debate on the mailing list and more different threads than is good for it. This page will allow us to create content for the site and spread our discussions throughout that content. Hopefully this will decrease disjointed discussions and promote creation of useful material! It will also make it easier for new people to contribute without having to read through mailing list archives.
Please start your comments with your WikiName and spread them between the relevant sections.
Purpose of the site
SteveSmith: After reading the comments of Mark Van de Borre and [:GeemanUK:Grant] [https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-uk/2006-June/000500.html on the mailing list] it seems to be the consensus that [http://www.ubuntu-uk.org ubuntu.org] should be something similar to [http://www.getfirefox.com getfirefox.com], but obviously with a UK slant.
Things to be included
Please add content here, under relavant headings.
What Ubuntu is
- It's an alternative to Microsoft Windows
- It's Free/Open Source Software
- It's free as in beer
- It's easy to set up and use, you don't have to be a geek
- You can get free, friendly community support
- It's being used in education
Concise, inspiring description of FOSS
SteveSmith: Could someone write something under this heading that's so short and so beautiful but that still encapsulates all the important bits that we'll all be in awe of you for weeks please! (Something that reads better than my last sentence would be a start)
Where you can get Ubuntu
Download it from [http://www.ubuntu.com/download www.ubuntu.com/download]
Request it on CD free from [http://shipit.ubuntu.com shipit.ubuntu.com], which may take a few weeks at busy times
- Buy it from third-party organisations immediately if you can't download it and need it quickly (please add known sources here)
- Get it from a local distribution point (found using the map see below)
We are creating a map similar to the Belgian LoCoTeam maps ([http://map.ubuntu-be.org/nl/ Dutch] and [http://map.ubuntu-be.org/fr/ French] indicating where free/non-commercial support/friendly faces can be found.
[:GeemanUK:Grant] The Maps will consist of sevral features and overlays, see Below for Details
MatthewEast has suggested that we should first recruit people who can offer support before it's worth creating a map. In order to keep this list "live" and available for easy immediate use it is located on [:UKTeam/Support]. Please add yourself there if you can help!
You sign up for a Google Maps API key on a "per-domain" basis. It would probably be easiest for the person coding the map to temporarily sign up for it on their own domain under their own name, then when we're ready to port it to [http://www.ubuntu-uk.org ubuntu.org] we can sign up for a new API key then.
- When you click on the support points the link should go to somewhere that as well as providing a contact form should feature fun, friendly photos of support people in that area.
SteveSmith: I'm very keen to support/advertise Google maps ([http://www.google.com/apis/maps/ details of Google Maps API here]), because of their whole business practice (have you seen their office? ), involvement in Open Source (Summer of Code, porting Google Earth to Linux, Wine, etc.) but that's just a personal preference. Also, the map is easily zoomable, scrollable and you can navigate around it like lightning compared with any other map I've used online.
GeemanUK: I am firmly of the opinion that we should thank Microsoft for their continued support of the Ubuntu project by using Microsoft Live Maps....
Map Feature List
Based on Google Maps Api 1. The Map will contain 3 overlays:
ame discription as Belgian site.
Same description as Belgian Site
For Paid for support- useful for organisations/ government/ local education establishments that would prefer to use paid for support for ubuntu.
2. When you click on the support points the link should go to somewhere that as well as providing a contact form should feature fun, friendly photos of support people in that area.
3. Will include a random featured support point each time the page is loaded.
4. Full web upload form with one click approval and full management via administration console.
5. Full support for Where is my nearest? (aka support point finder) - By entering your postcode will show the top 5 nearest support points including distance to location from users postcode. 6. Full integration into google maps directions for obtaining directions.
(Please put your suggestions below here or add comments below including your name)