Repository Update

Simpson Moyo simpsonmoyo at
Tue Feb 17 10:37:31 GMT 2009

Great stuff Patel,

I am currently running an ubuntu development server on my home
network. It is also running ebox for traffic shaping and ip address

I am also running Ubuntu on my development pc - Ubuntu still has a
long way to go when it comes to workstation setup... it took me close
to 3 weeks to get everything i needed working 100%. but even then...
all opensource WYSIWYG IDEs are totally crap so i have to use wine to
run dreamweaver...  (which crashes on all later dreamveaver versions
so i have to use a 7 year old version of dreamweaver). My productivity
has gone down about 15% but im sure with time and with the right tools
this will improve.

I LOVE Ubuntu as a server. Its ok as a workstation, but still has a
long way to go... No where near windows... but if you factor in the
fact that windows costs $$$$, and that most users dont need to do half
of what i need to do... then i guess ubuntu is a good alternative to
windows for most people...

But i have to say... it has a very bright future...

Simpson Moyo

On 2/17/09, Kalpesh Thaker <luminary06 at> wrote:
> Hi
> Just a quick update on our locally hosted repository for the last couple
> days!
> i have been working hard in the background to get some new stuff going on
> our repository server...
> New downloads have been added to the ISO section of the site (
> i have added 8.04.2 Desktop/Server/Alternate ISO's to our collection... so
> for those of you out there running
> LTS releases of Ubuntu 8, this may be a worthwile upgrade. The alternate ISO
> cd images can be used to easily upgrade
> your machines from older ubuntu versions....
> You will also find Edubuntu ISO images on our server... apparently this
> version of ubuntu is mainly directed for schools
> and other educational entities. It is recommended for ages 8-18 if im not
> wrong......
> I have included the Edubuntu v7 & v8 images. For v7, you will find desktop
> and server versions, however for v8, they have only
> released addon cd's which install the edubuntu facilities as an addon to
> already setup ubuntu desktops.
> i will be running tests of edubuntu software for promotion in schools
> soon... One of our current projects in the zim loco team
> is to promote ubuntu in the computer classroom.....obviously there are alot
> of snags involved in converting schools from closed
> to open source infrastructure, so we have got quite a huge task ahead.
> However, with the help of our very own parliamentarian team member, we may
> get there ;)
> for now we will need to approach schools and try and come up with a solid
> solution for them...edubuntu is definitely one of them.
> In an ideal world.. i'd like to see police stations, gvt schools, and other
> government/non-government offices using open source based
> desktops. We all realise just how powerful ubuntu software can be... and
> will definitely give MS a run for its money in these scenarios.
> In the downloads section, you will also find DVD images of the recently
> released Debian version 5 (lenny). I am trying get the addtional 4 DVD
> images, however this may take a while due to their sizes. If you are a
> debian junky (like me).. please feel free to give it a go....
> New repositories have also been added... these are compiling everyday,
> overnight.. ...once completed, they will show up on the
> site. I have added Ubuntu 9.04 (jaunty) as well as
> debian v5 for those interested. the repositories do take
> time to build, so check back next week sometime if you're keen on using
> these. I have removed the ubuntu 7.04 repository as i feel its rather a
> waste of space. However, 7.10 is still running on there.
> For those of you who use CentOS, heres a reminder that we have an up to date
> CentoOS repository setup on our servers as well...
> you may find details of this page
> Also, just another reminder that the built in repository list of
> in an ubuntu installation, is NOT our local
> repository......this repo is actually based in South Africa and is
> appaulingly slow for us in ZIM. if you need to connect to our local
> repository,
> please visit you will find a neat little how-to.
> Our repository is not publically accessible, and only allows connections
> locally within zimbabwe...we are looking into getting our repository
> certified as an official repository, however one of the requirements of that
> certification, is that it has to be publically accessible.
> I am looking into this, and will get back to you when we have a final
> resolution on the issue of international bandwidth.
> Any feedback/suggestions/comments/complaints on the repository server from
> you are most welcomed....
> so please do get in touch.
> All repo help/enquiries can be directed to repo at or you may
> contact myself directly
> regards
> kalpesh.

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