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Who We Are
We represent the Sub-Saharan region of Africa, and even though we have a lot of area to cover with only a handful of us, we are happy to help our fellow Ubuntu mates.
We have smaller auxilliary groups in Cape Town (West coast), Durban (East coast), and Johannesburg/Pretoria (Inland).
This document is a team effort.
Date - 16 December 2014
Team Contact - Maia Grotepass
Membership - 73 as of October 2014
Launchpad Team - https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-za
Website - http://ubuntu-za.org/
Mailing List - ubuntu-za on lists.ubuntu.com
IRC - #ubuntu-za on freenode
Google Plus - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Ubuntu-zaOrg/posts
- Continue to have events, Continue to distribute DVDs, Continue to provide support on the mailing list and in IRC
- Involve more people so that we have a better presence in more areas in South Africa and that we increase the diversity of our Ubuntu community.
List here activities that the group has already done. Again provide links to online discussions, reviews, blog entries etc: (we need links to photos or posts for these)
- Global Jams
- Release parties
- Software Freedom day
http://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/2014/SouthAfrica/Pretoria/SFD (server seems down):
- There was a bit of an ubuntu community presence but no ubuntu specific talk though.
To contact and list all LUGS for inclusion.
Durban Linux User Group: http://durbanlinux.org.za/
Cape Town Linux User Group: http://clug.org.za/
Gauteng Linux User Group: http://www.linux.org.za/
An Open Concern: LoCo Activity
We are aware of a decline in active Launchpad members since our last Re-Evaluation - roughly a 60% reduction (from 115 to 73 members). Our mailing list is still our most active form of communication, where many members do no opt for IRC, while our LoCo sub forum has been archived due to inactivity.
We addressed this issue in our monthly IRC meeting. While we acknowledge this lull of activity, some have voiced willingness to embrace new projects and new members to revive the group.
How this will be accomplished, and which projects are to be undertaken, still need to be worked out.
Please add your voice by writing out a testimonial for us, especially if you are a new Ubuntu user, or had a good recent experience. Sign it with your name, alias, and optionally link it to your Launchpad profile URL if you have one. Many thanks in advance!
nlsthzn - I have had the honour of being an active (more active at some times than others) member of the Ubuntu ZA LoCo for many years and it continues to be a brilliant source of advice and technical assistance to any persons in South Africa looking for assistance with Ubuntu and very often with FOSS in general. You will always find an answer or friendly greeting in either IRC or on the mailing list.
nuvolari - Being part of the Ubuntu-ZA LoCo has always been fun. Our online community is friendly and always willing to help on IRC and the mailing lists. Regional groups also contributed in reaching out to others and developing interest off-line.
Kilos - I have been helped by the Ubuntu-ZA LoCo since 8.10, and have progressed from being a diesel mechanic with a farming background to being able to help newbies with unity and kde on occasion. Also learned lots about using the command line. All those who helped me did so with great patience and understanding as I have been brain damaged in an accident in 1998, and have no short term memory. Also I am on the older side of the scale (63) and get treated with great respect by everyone on #ubuntu-za. Over the years there has been a slow down of activity as many of our members are family people, and, with the struggle to make ends meet their time is limited but even so when anyone has any serious issues time is made to help them out whether it is in the mailing list or on irc. Also we have lost two of our old hands to silicon valley. Go well cocooncrash and tumbleweed, but they are still on irc with us for serious problem help. kudos Ubuntu-ZA LoCo
gremble - Invited to join the people at Ubuntu-ZA LoCo and haven't left. A friendly and intelligent bunch, always ready to help out one another. The mailinglist often contains interesting information and there is no shortage of friendly conversation in the IRC channel.
theblazehen "I've been active on the #ubuntu-za community for a few years, and really enjoy the friendliness of the community. The people there are all really supportive of new users as well"