Goal of Ubuntu Canada Web Site?

Brett Alton brett.jr.alton at gmail.com
Fri May 7 02:13:07 UTC 2010

On Thu, May 6, 2010 at 9:37 PM, Brian Burger <blurdesign at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, May 6, 2010 at 6:19 PM, Leigh Honeywell <leigh at hypatia.ca> wrote:
>> Those sound like reasonable goals entirely... which could be efficiently
>> accomplished by a static HTML page which pointed to wikipages, like the
>> Ubuntu UK page :)
> At one point it WAS a static HTML page which mostly pointed elsewhere;
> it was even hosted on an elderly greybox server in a basement. It was
> simple, but it worked. It was better looking that the current Drupal
> version, even.
> Then we (my brother (Corey) and I) decided we didn't want to host the
> thing anymore, and that we wanted RSS feeds, blog-like news features,
> etc, accepted Canonical's offer of hosting for LocoTeams, and we got
> the current kind-of-functional Drupal install.
> Drupal is an awkward piece of work at the best of times, but Canonical
> have their standard install very, very locked down; most of the
> brokenness we see in the current ubuntu.ca website seems to be a
> result of this lockdown - the fact that a custom top-left image won't
> work, for the most visible example.
> Corey's news that Drupal will eventually be put out of it's misery and
> replaced with WordPress on Canonical's services is excellent news - a
> much more elegant back-end than Drupal, and far more of us run
> Wordpress or WPMU already than run Drupal.
> One of the things we've always used as a touchstone for any version of
> the Ubuntu Canada website is "thou shalt not duplicate efforts and
> dilute the community!" - thus, no forum (we have a mailing list), no
> seperate wiki (Canonical already has TWO for Ubuntu projects to use),
> links to existing lists of Canadian LUGs instead of starting our own,
> etc
> But basically, like Scott said, at a minimum, it's a point-of-presence
> on the web - yes, there is an Ubuntu Canada community, and here's a
> little bit about it, that sort of thing.
> A more functional, more frequently updated and more elegant minimalist
> point-of-presence would be nice, though. I'm glad to see people
> getting the site moving again, even if they are currently beating
> their heads against Drupal like I have!
> Brian
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For example, we should have those neat Lucid LightScribe CDs that were
created by our Kitchener (was it?) users. Why is that not on the
front-page? I think if we just had a blog roll of all our blogs that
had a tag ubuntu-ca, we'd be laughing.

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