ShipIt Local

daniel sobey dns_server at
Tue Apr 28 16:13:14 BST 2009

As an approved loco we are eledgable to recieve a shipemnt of free cd's:
Ubuntu: PC: 250 Kubuntu: PC: 75 Server PC: PC: 75 see the wiki page

--- On Tue, 28/4/09, Paul Schulz <paul at> wrote:

From: Paul Schulz <paul at>
Subject: Re: ShipIt Local
To: "Chris Jones" <chrisjones at>
Cc: ubuntu-au at
Received: Tuesday, 28 April, 2009, 5:03 PM

Hi Chris,

How about a 'postage paid' shipping service?
  First CD set is free + postage
  Subsequent CD sets are free if the "cd shipper" is returned with a
reply paid envelope or credit.

You would need to come up with a suitable "cd shipper" (cardboard? plastic?)

As mentioned, you could also have different sets of CD's
- single CD (eg. i386, x64)
- multiple CD's (eg. i386 + additional packages, multiple architectures)
- complete set

It would be nice to get printable CD's and have a nice Australian Logo
on them...
.. or screen printed, but this adds to the effort/cost.


On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 2:00 PM, Chris Jones <chrisjones at> wrote:
> Ubuntu Australia Mailing List and AU LoCo Team Members:
> I've been pondering on this idea since the release of Intrepid. And if I
> get enough community support, I will go ahead with it. Let me explain.
> Over the course of the several years that I've been using Ubuntu, I've
> taken a lot from the Ubuntu community, but feel that I have not given
> much in return.
> The official Ubuntu ShipIt service is great. But sometimes I can't help
> but feel that it constantly gets abused by greedy users who order more
> copies than what's really required. Obviously, if the Shuttleworth
> Foundation feel that the service is being abused by certain members,
> then they can/will cancel any orders that exceed what's considered as a
> normal quantity ordered.
> This can be hard for the Shuttleworth Foundation to police.
> One of the main purposes of my concept was to not only help out the
> Shuttleworth Foundation, but also help out the Ubuntu Community by
> giving back something that has given me so much over the years.
> My concept included providing large quantities of Ubuntu install media
> to users who require them, but have no means of downloading and burning
> them themselves for whatever reason. And I said large quantities, not
> massive quantities!
> I was thinking about quantities approximately 10, 20-25 and possibly 50
> or even 100 for special requests. Install media would generally be the
> x86 or x64 Live CD. And possibly even the Alternate CD if that is
> required. Or perhaps even a mish-mash of different architectures.
> But my concept not only includes providing the media, but for free. Or
> next to no charge. Or, maybe getting the user to cover the shipping cost
> only and not the cost of the media. I am happy to cover that part. But
> perhaps if any large orders were placed, the user can pay for shipping
> and a small percentage of the media.
> I haven't really got that far yet as to work out the specifics of it
> all. But if I get enough interest after this announcement, then I'll get
> right onto it. And I'll be able to start shipping out orders of Ubuntu
> 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) hopefully within the next 10 days or so.
> I can also ship copies of Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) if required.
> --Plus, over the years I have accumulated quite a supply of official
> Ubuntu stickers, which I will include with any orders (assuming I have
> enough stock at the time).
> The most important thing to know though, is that the media is not
> official Ubuntu pressed media, but copies written on an optical drive
> using quality generic media and checked via MD5.
> But whether it be to distribute locally at a convention or to distribute
> via your next lan party, it's up to you.
> Please let me know your opinions/comments or to put forth any other
> ideas that could improve my concept.
> And perhaps if it all gets off the ground, I could start a web page with
> all the information on it. Or maybe even talk to the Ubuntu AU LoCo Team
> Leader, Melissa Draper, and get the info posted onto the Ubuntu
> Australia website. It's still early days.
> Thanks in advance for your support.
> My email chrisjones at
> Regards
> --
> Chris Jones <chrisjones at>
> --
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> ubuntu-au at

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