[ubuntu-uk] www.ubuntu-uk.org

TheVeech theveech at gmail.com
Wed May 9 10:37:46 BST 2007

On Wed, 2007-05-09 at 09:39 +0100, Alan Pope wrote:
> On Wed, May 09, 2007 at 09:37:37AM +0100, TheVeech wrote:
> > Where can I submit some and what dimensions?
> > 
> I dont think we have a process yet, but if we uploaded the whole site to bzr 
> then it would be nice to encourage members to use that for uploading 
> pictures. If nothing else it would increase awareness and use of 
> launchpad/bzr.

Dunno about bzr, TBH.  I can see quite a few people looking at it and
not bothering.  I'm not thinking about how easy or complex bzr may be,
but the potential gaps this highlights elsewhere.

Yahoo's apparently selling its independence to another company, so I've
been looking around at alternatives to their services for FLOSS users
like me, who like the approach and trust that usually goes with that way
of doing things.

There isn't much, which leads me to wonder: even though Linux is gaining
a lot more 'non-geek' users, does the approach of the 'geek days' still
dominate how we do things in areas that may be preventing us from
adapting enough to new users' needs and making the most of the
influences they might bring?

Why aren't there prominent services like, say, Flickr or Gmail, by our
community for people who prefer the FLOSS way of doing things and don't
want to be tied to a company that retains the option to sell users short
(even though Novell contradicted this, this is by far the exception to
the rule)?  AFAIK, there's very little in this area, maybe because to
get the quality of software we have, a lot of us have to place the
emphasis more more on how software works, rather than examining what we
could potentially do with it?

At the moment, I can pick many alternative services to, say, Flickr, but
the independent ones are usually only independent because they exist to
be bought out.  Sod that.

In this instance, for photos to the Ubuntu-UK site, I'd like to be able
to upload photos to a social photo-sharing site and make this known
through web-based email, all via high-quality projects run by the FLOSS
community.  IMHO, what's happening with Yahoo! makes this a good time to
be thinking about it and about another possibility for indirectly
promoting FLOSS.

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