hey guys!

Neil Coetzer ncoetzer at halsteds.co.zw
Fri Apr 25 11:19:19 BST 2008

Hi Kalpesh,

Thanks for the intro and we would gladly welcome you as a member of the
LoCo Team. It's really great to see so much fire and enthusiasm,
particularly with the way I think all Zimbabweans are feeling right now.
It's been a huge encouragement to me personally, that's for sure.

As I said in my reply to your forum thread, I really think the freedom
toaster is a fantastic idea and I would be keen to help wherever I can.
(Still need to do some reading up on how it's all put together).
Location would be a prime factor for it to be effective. Of course, if
at all possible, it would be really awesome to have our own stand (with
freedom toaster) at the next IT Expo :) Of course, what would be really
awesome is to "eventually" be able to offer a custom version of Ubuntu,
particularly for Zimbos... with the Zim Ubuntu logo, local translations,
maybe some gnome/kde/compiz/emerald themes, wallpapers, mouse
pointers.... ok, I'm getting ahead of myself here - just thinking
long-term :)

And I'm also so excited about a local repo that I think I'm in danger of
wetting myself! It's great to know that we'll have "someone on the
ground" looking after it. Once things settle down a bit I'll also need
to start discussions with you about the Ubuntu Zim web site, but one
step at a time.


On Fri, 2008-04-25 at 11:37 +0200, Kalpesh Thaker wrote:
> Good Day Fellow zim-ubuntu-ans!
> Im new to the Zimubuntu group, and would like to become an active
> member
> of Ubuntu Zim LoCo Team. 
> A short introduction if i may, my name is kalpesh, I currently work as
> a hosting 
> sysad for yoafrica/webdev. I will be volunteering to look after our
> new zim based 
> ubuntu repository box with regards to connectivity in our yoafrica
> data centre... 
> our main goal is to keep it live 24/7...
> This repository is currently being setup by Enet Solutions... and
> should be available
> very shortly! there are just a couple more storage issues that need
> sorting.. ..
> Since we are preparing to launch the repository....i have had an idea
> for sometime,
> that im hoping might be of interest to keen ubuntu members. 
> On the zimbabwe team forum site, theres was a topic which discussed
> trying to 
> distribute ubuntu cd's as a free service. Some of the ideas that can
> up, 
> were for people to send in self addressed and stamped envelopes with a
> blank disc 
> enclosed.
> I have been stewing around an idea to create our first freedom toaster
> in zimbabwe 
> for some time now.,,, if you're not sure what it is..please see
> www.freedomtoaster.co.za.
> the freedom toaster is a project started by mark shuttleworth.. to
> help distribute 
> ubuntu and other open source software in an easy convenient way.
> I am very keen to get a freedom toaster in zimbabwe going. I think it
> would be a great
> achievement in getting open source "out there". i am a very
> technically minded person,
> and can do most of the work with regards to computer components and
> installation.
> however, if there is anyone else who would be interested in helping
> out, you are most 
> welcome to join in. We will need various people to do various
> things... from marketing..
> to painting.. to finding sponsors... to sourcing a location for it...
> to donating equipment..
> to finding people to donate... to advertising.. (so we can be in the
> ubuntu culture spotlight)
> ..so if you are interested.. and can help in any way possible.. please
> do get in contact.
> At the moment, alot of people are tied down by various work and
> economic issues (myself 
> included) so, we're not planning to rush the construction or planning.
> But i think a start,
> with a discussion would be great :)
> keep well... and see you all in cyberspace!
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