Revision 9 as of 2010-07-24 14:12:01

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 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

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 CT/SB
  • 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

  • Website -

    • recent revamp to match the Lucid rebranding
    • page to assist people finding local contacts with a copy of Ubuntu

    • feed of community members' blogs

  • Meetings - Record and logs of recent meetings.

  • Mailing list - this list is used for the Loco but is also a frequent stop for Ubuntu related support. Mailing list membership has increased from 87 to 324 since 2008

  • IRC - membership has increased from 23 to 36 since 2008.

  • Forums - Ubuntu-za at

  • Wiki - The Stellenbosch sub-team maintain a useful Ubuntu-wiki which supports the Stellenbosch University Ubuntu community.

IRL Activities

Ubuntu Pins Ubuntu Cake Ubuntu Poster Afrikaans