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Neil Coetzer ncoetzer at
Fri May 2 14:32:16 BST 2008

Hi Kalpesh,

I discussed the web site and domain registration with Garth last year at
the same time that I requested hosting of the repository. He asked me to
submit a request via the Yo!Africa web site, which I did. I don't think
the web site necessarily has to be on the same server as the repo. The
web site can be hosted on your normal server and just link to the repo,
as such. The domain would be specifically for the web
site itself. The repo would eventually need to be on a sub-domain for us to "conform" to the Ubuntu standard
practice. If you could push registration for those domains, that would
be fantastic. In light of the fact that enet is maintaining the repo
server, etc. it would probably be better to host the web site as a
standard site on your usual servers, if that's still an option?

I also remember asking at some stage if Yo!Africa would take "ownership"
of the domain name for now, and then perhaps when we get registered as a
non-profit organisation, we can take over official ownership from there
- does that make sense?


On Fri, 2008-05-02 at 09:28 +0200, Kalpesh Thaker wrote:

> Hi Ronald, great to "meet" you..
> I definitely agree with your points as well..... a person with your
> experience could be a great 
> asset to the ubuntu community.
> its great to hear that companies are now going native with ubuntu
> infrastructures! for me that is a great once apon a
> time
> nearly all companies were using pirated software.
> Okay, as far as what yoafrica has donated, basically, they've donated
> a co-located hosting 
> package, which involves hosting a dedicated server in our data centre,
> with its own dedicated bandwidth. Unfortunately, this does not include
> support other than physically keeping the machine connected and
> running 24/ discussed before i'll volunteer to do this...
> (no one else will get access to our data centre in any case) and if
> ray from enet will agree, i can help with maintaining the repository
> as well.
> Due to the nature of service for the repository, international
> bandwidth is expensive, and should be heavily limited by the
> shaper...i'll confirm to what specs... 
> im sure international bandwidth would only be used to update the repo
> in any case. 
> however, the repository will work extremely quick locally.....
> at whatever speed your connections can local bandwidth is
> free.
> However, this is completely different from our usual
> these have their own dedicated hosting servers... i dont think there
> was any talk of hosting an ubuntu website on these...?
> Neil, The alternative is to setup apache2 and virtualmin on the ubuntu
> repository itself, and install joomla 1.5 on it...then host the site
> from there... i can draw up a backup strategy for this as
> well....however, someone will have to communicate with ENET on that
> one, to find out if its okay to do so. i dont mind setting it up if we
> get a go ahead from enet, and if their too tied up with other
> things..i can then get the dns setup at yoafrica for
> to point to the repository... just an idea.??
> I will try and follow up with the domain registration with comone.....
> i know i've been having endless delays with registering
> lately... but basically, either way the website wont be happening
> until the domain is registered.
> i think a meeting would be super cool... that way things can be
> discussed and planned out more clearly and formally.
> kalpesh.
> On Fri, May 2, 2008 at 1:41 AM, Neil Coetzer <ncoetzer at>
> wrote:
>         Hi again Ronald,
>         Some valid points.
>         Firstly, when you talk of people "joining" Ubuntu Zimbabwe,
>         are you referring to the LoCo Team or just the community as a
>         whole? Can you elaborate a little on what 'value' you think
>         people should get from membership? 
>         0. Mission - Yes, I agree.
>         1. Vision - Once again, agreed.
>         2. Organisation - Team Structure - In some cases LoCo Teams
>         operate fine without any formal structure/leadership, and in
>         other cases formal structures have been established. I don't
>         particularly mind either way myself, but this would have to be
>         decided on by the LoCo Team as a whole and we would need
>         opinions from all the members as to whether or not they feel a
>         formal structure is necessary at this point, and if so, to
>         what extent.
>         3. Ground Rules/Constitution - You might want to take a look
>         at these, which already apply to our community, as part of the
>         worldwide Ubuntu Community.
>         This Code of Conduct applies to everyone in any Ubuntu
>         Community: 
>         The Leadership Code of Conduct applies to anyone in a
>         leadership position, which includes all LoCo Team Members:
>         4. Registering as a non-profit organisation would definitely
>         be a good thing and is something we have discussed briefly
>         before but never acted on. Do you know how to go about this?
>         Registering with CSZ could also be a good plan.
>         5. I agree that we need to have a structure in place to handle
>         the sourcing of funds and handling of donations, etc. I would
>         suggest however that we wait until the country stabilizes a
>         little more before making any decisions. Should we decide to
>         open our own bank account, the last thing we need is to
>         discover that the signatories have suddenly emigrated to the
>         UK :) However, I must be honest and say that I would be
>         strongly opposed to any form of membership subs as I don't
>         feel this would conform to the ideals of Ubuntu. Membership
>         must be free for all, remembering that there is no lower or
>         upper age limit for membership and any lack of finances for an
>         individual should never be an issue where membership of our
>         community/team is concerned. Any funds that come in must be in
>         the form of donations, or as a result of any fund raising
>         projects that we might run. As a compromise, we could perhaps
>         have a voluntary subscription for those members who are
>         willing and able to pay it, but at the end of the day it would
>         basically be a donation.
>         Web site:
>         As far as I know Yo!Africa uses Joomla as a default (Kalpesh,
>         please confirm), and in my opinion Joomla is the best to use
>         so this would probably suit us well. Raymond and I did work on
>         a site last year and most of the graphics and layout were
>         completed, with only the content left to do. However, both of
>         us have recently changed jobs and moved to Harare (him from
>         Kwekwe, me from Masvingo) so have not had much time lately to
>         continue working on it. At the time, we designed a standard
>         site (without using any content management systems). I'm at
>         home until Monday but will make a plan next week to let
>         everyone see the "look" for the site that we had come up with.
>         What I would suggest, if everyone approves the "look" of the
>         site, is that we then apply that look to a custom Joomla
>         template. Since the site was designed with css, we could just
>         transfer those style sheets to the Joomla template. I have
>         only messed around a little with customising Joomla templates,
>         so if anyone else is more confident in this area I would most
>         willingly hand it over.
>         Off the top of my head, I would say the main priorities for
>         the site are as follows: 
>               * To provide links to Ubuntu resources for Zimbabweans,
>                 including local repository information, local
>                 downloads of Ubuntu iso's, the Zimbabwe Ubuntu forum,
>                 mailing list and LoCo Team pages (which could be
>                 relocated from the wiki to the local site, once it's
>                 up and running). 
>               * To provide information and further links relating to
>                 open source. I did e-mail ZOSS last year in connection
>                 with some sort of affiliation and interlinking of
>                 sites, but to date have not received a response. 
>               * To provide notice for any upcoming/planned events in
>                 Zim. 
>               * To provide updates on Zimbabwean projects (such as the
>                 Freedom Toaster). 
>               * In the future it might be an option to have our forum
>                 hosted locally with the site, but I think we're still
>                 too small for this. At present with the forum being
>                 hosted along with all the other Ubuntu forums, we can
>                 benefit from the exposure and experience of Ubuntu
>                 users worldwide, whereas a local forum would only be
>                 read by the relatively few Zimbabwean users. 
>         We have received approval from Canonical to register the
>         domain and I have requested this to be done
>         through Yo!Africa but have not received feedback yet. Kalpesh,
>         can we liaise on this? As a side note, I did notice that
>         somebody has registered the domain which has
>         nothing to do with Ubuntu Linux - I'm not sure if we have any
>         grounds to complain regarding copyright infringement under
>         Zimbabwean law? Probably not. Does anyone know?
>         Ronald thanks again for your input and enthusiasm. I must
>         admit that I have been a bit lax following my move up here,
>         but I'm fairly well settled now so we definitely need to get
>         the ball rolling again. I think we should definitely organise
>         a team meeting if possible at some point soon.
>         Regards,
>         Neil 
>         On Thu, 2008-05-01 at 18:55 +0200, ronald munjoma wrote:
>         > 
>         > Hello,
>         > 
>         > I am sure you should be sick and tired of my emails by now
>         > (my apologies, I had to go through the mailing list, this is
>         > my last email today, I will summarize everything I have to
>         > say here - based on your previous emails and my thought,
>         > think of it as digest)
>         > 
>         > I am a member of HLUG and ZOSS (founding member in both
>         > cases) to be honest with you I have not derived much value
>         > frommy  membership (I also feel that I have not added much
>         > value to the other members). The two organizations are
>         > "dead" when it comes to activities, mailing list posts,
>         > forums, meetings, installfests....
>         > 
>         > When people join Zimbabwe Ubuntu they expect to derive so
>         > value from their membership, please make sure that these
>         > people get something back and at the same time let us allow
>         > them to add some value to us (networ-effect). That been said
>         > we should come up with a compelling value proposition (Whats
>         > In It For Me) for prospective members.
>         > 
>         > I strongly feel we nedd to formalise the group, right now we
>         > are just but a bunch of individuals posting on the net. Yes
>         > open source projects, groups are self organising, self
>         > controlling, self ... I strongly feel we need to come up and
>         > agree on the following;
>         > 
>         > 0. Mission
>         > 1. Vision
>         > 2. Organisation - Team structure - postions, titles, duties
>         > and responsibilities, expectation
>         > 3. Ground rules/Constitution
>         > 4. Register the group as a Non Profit Organisation, register
>         > with the computer society (I dont see any value for members,
>         > but it gives us credibility with whoever we would like to
>         > work with)
>         > 5. setup a board of trustee - funding ahs to be sourced,
>         > membership subs have to paid to run the group - we need
>         > people to hold us accountable.
>         > 
>         > (some might feel this is too eraly for this and our numbers
>         > are still small, we need to get these in place so as to
>         > grow, I suggest we have an interim committee in place, whose
>         > main responsibility is to put the above listed items in
>         > place - the list is not exhaustive)
>         > 
>         > Freedom Toaster
>         > Some two years ago efforts were made to bring in one from SA
>         > for use during the LInux Expo, we were told the machine was
>         > huge. I feel we can make a simple CD/DVD duplicator and turn
>         > it into a Freedom Toaster. Any ideas are welcome. When we
>         > had a Suse installfest we asked people to bring in blank
>         > CD/DVDs which we burnt for free, we also did the same at the
>         > Linux Expo. If we are going to host an installfest we can
>         > also use PXE boot.
>         > 
>         > I have been using APTonCD with a friend to keep our boxes up
>         > to date, we can also distribute APTonCDs for updates.
>         > 
>         > Website
>         > Which type of hosting package did Yo! donate? If it supports
>         > php, mysql, we will make use of Open Source content
>         > management solutions, Joomla, drupal, Xoops... the choice is
>         > unlimited. I am prepared to work on this, I will need help
>         > with the graphics design and content.
>         > 
>         > I feel we can make good use of the Wiki pages for now, they
>         > need some updating, which I am prepared to do as well,
>         > please suggest the content that you will like to see on the
>         > wiki site.
>         > 
>         > 
>         > 
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