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Clear message

Ubuntu-za (aka Ubuntu South Africa) has been an approved Loco since July 2005. We work with the local LUGs to support the Ubuntu community. There are some factors that make activity in the South African communities unique. We are distributed over large areas and our bandwidth is expensive. It is important for us to spread Ubuntu in the form of install CDs and repositories to people so they can avoid downloading.

To this end we have Global Jams and Release parties and we take part in Software Freedom days.

We now have 4 ubuntu members on our team. We have a sub team in Stellenbosch. We connect with CLUG, LEG, TLUG, FLUG, UCT Algorithm Circle, SULUG, GLUG, LEAD

The leadership changes in the past 2 years have been smooth (another thread).

This document was a team effort.

Key Details

  • Date - August 2010

  • Team Contact - David Rubin <>

  • Membership - 171 direct members as of 24 July 2010 see ~ubuntu-za

  • Mailing List - ubuntu-za on - 324 subscribed as of 24 July 2010

  • IRC - #ubuntu-za on freenode - 36 active participants as of July 2010


Immediate future

Long term

  • Getting more Ubuntu developers in SA
  • More events outside of Cape Town / Stellenbosch
  • More Ubuntu Hours
  • More non-geeky users at events
  • Get more Ubuntu Members from ZA
  • Obtaining funds for free swag for events
  • Marketing Ubuntu in the media? To schools?


Online Activities

Just a note on why our online activities seem very minimal: We recently lost the wiki data for our original website, which contained much of our docs and meetings and reports. You can see Announcement

IRL Activities

Ubuntu Pins Ubuntu Cake Ubuntu Poster Afrikaans stickers

  • Ubuntu demo to 50 school learners at the February Python course run by UCT Algorithm Circle in Cape Town, including Ubuntu CD distribution. Repeating this to 110 learners in August in Cape Town and 30 learners in September in Stellenbosch.


Website Traffic

Page hits since revamp

  • - Note the spike of almost 200 people on the first two days after the site was launched. A number of other LoCo's liked our new theme.


  • Members by month Members by Year



  • The LoCo is doing well, with active an mailing list, IRC channel and some regular events. -- stefanor 2010-07-31 16:43:10

  • We have some members who really stepped up and have been doing some great work the last 6 months, keep up the good work! -- jonathan 2010-08-01 05:07:35

  • Love the LoCo, great people who are always willing to help the not-so Ubuntu orientated newcomers. -- t3rminatr 2010-08-01 10:00:15

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