[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu spotting

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Tue Feb 26 19:14:27 GMT 2008

On Tue, 2008-02-26 at 18:53 +0000, Alan Pope wrote:
> I'm thinking about starting a new sport called Ubuntu Spotting. Using your 
> keen eye, look out for indications of Ubuntu use in every day life. Points 
> are awarded for spotting:-
> * Machines running Ubuntu
> * Articles about Ubuntu in mainstream press
> * Official Ubuntu "shipit" CDs
> * Overhearing people talking about Ubuntu
> * Spotting references to Ubuntu on other peoples computers
> * (suggestions?)
> Of course points can only be awarded if you happened upon these things, and 
> not if you personally influenced their use or placement. I guess many of us 
> play this game subconciously really, but I think we should be more active in 
> this sport, and promote its play.
> I had one of these today..
> I got called into a workshop style meeting at $work where a representative 
> from $large_software_vendor came in to talk about their $fantastic_product. 
> He put up his laptop PC on the projector and in amongst the mess of icons on 
> his Windows XP desktop I spotted an Ubuntu ISO image.
> Probably not worth many points in this game, but still, a spot is a spot!
> "Have you spotted today?"
> Cheers,
> Al.

Hmm.. was it a large software vendor which has something to do with
Voles and the sign of the beast?

A recent spotting I had was on a work colleague's laptop (I say
colleague, he actually works at Bristol and I'm based in Exeter).
Anyway, he was configuring a new wan connection for us, I couldn't help
but noticing the familiar brown windows.

It made me feel better I wasn't sure if I was 'officially' allowed to
install Ubuntu on my work laptop, but I figured that since he dual boots
Ubuntu then it must be okay.

I've also got some brownie points today from my boss for recovering a
whole load of data off his home PC's hard drive - using Xubuntu :-)
(wouldn't work in XP).

Other than that, I had a comment from Chris at SVP about the webcam
they're giving away when you spend over £30 which happens to work on
Ubuntu, but since I commented on it I don't think it counts.


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