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Re: Ubuntu short talk at Africa London Event
On 21/06/11 12:17, alan c wrote:
> Yesterday I gave a short talk at the London event of 'Africa
> Gathering', an organisation which:
> 'provides a space to bring technophiles, thinkers, entrepreneurs,
> innovators and everybody else together to talk about positive change
> in sustainable development, technology, social networking, health,
> education, environment and good governance in Africa'
> The event was at the Guardian News & Media, Kings Place, London. 120
> or so people attended.
> A show of hands indicated that about a quarter were already aware they
> were using Ubuntu or similar, and about two thirds were using some
> free software (such as Firefox) somewhere. The media ecosystem is of
> course a bit Mac rich.
> My talk was a short sharp 5 minutes (timed!!) slot. In a slot like
> this there is time only for carefully chosen words, and I aimed to
> make it interesting, informative and revealing.
> For your information the content is copied below:
> 'Africa Gathering' Talk, Ubuntu, 5 minutes
> Ubuntu is an African word, a philosophy, it means (roughly speaking)
> 'Humanity to others'. Nelson Mandela said of Ubuntu - a travelling
> stranger would be given food and water naturally, without having to
> ask for it. He said this is part of what Ubuntu means.
> Since 2004 - Ubuntu has also been - An African solution for computers.
> African entrepreneur, Mark Shuttleworth, made millions of pounds using
> 'Libre software', Free software. He said he could only have done it
> with Libre software. He created Ubuntu to give something back to the
> Libre software community. His company, Canonical, sponsors Ubuntu. It
> is free of charge.
> (Companies make money from Libre software by selling services, not
> selling software)
> I use Ubuntu, and so do my friends and family use Ubuntu on their
> computers. I help a local charity, they now use Ubuntu. If people want
> to use Ubuntu I help them.
> 'Ubuntu' runs on your computer. It is an operating system for your
> computer. It can be a new computer, or a recycled computer. Maybe
> even an incomplete computer - one without even a 'hard drive' -
> Ubuntu will still work!
> It is excellent software. I have used it for 6 years. It may be
> gratis, (free of cost), but most important, "Libre Software" is free
> of restriction in use! Free of restrictions in examining the code!
> Free of restrictions in making your own version! Free of restrictions
> in copying! It is created by the Community, for the world, in the
> spirit of Ubuntu! It is free software, yet it is copyrighted 'OPEN'.
> Are you surprised it is not in the shops? . . . . . When did shops
> sell 'Community'?
> It is changing people's lives inside and outside Africa!
> It changed my life. I now love to use my computer. It is fast and
> secure, I love the community support, and I contribute to it when I
> can. I love the Ubuntu philosophy, and I love to use this with my
> For business: value can be created locally - it can be created in
> Berkshire (UK) where I live, or created in Africa where Ubuntu was born.
> The OPEN code is freely shared - this is very good for the community -
> worldwide - and local community, anywhere it is used. It helps to
> create a sharing, caring community. Using and helping with
> Ubuntu, you gain from your own actions, AND you gain from the
> community! You are part of the community. A Win-Win.
> Companies freely contribute code because they get more back from the
> community than they spend.
> The OPEN CODE allows Local Opportunities:
> self education from examining the code, skills in computers,
> encouraged from strong community support. It allows local support to
> develop, and importantly allows local services to be created -
> This all brings local value, encourages local entrepreneurs, and
> produces local prosperity.
> Ubuntu has about 20 million users worldwide and it is growing fast. It
> changed my life. It can change yours too.
> It can help change Africa's future.
> African software for Africa!
> In time there may also be web content from the event
> I note that my photo and bio are not appearing on the site, I am told
> that this is probably due to admin overpressure more than anything else.
Video is now online:
and specifically (me) -
Hope you like it.
I also have made a home video of me giving a slightly modified version
of the original talk, and this was used in a Cardiff local club
('dorkbot' meeting) recently. I represented Ubuntu and 'Attended' the
meeting via skype and teamviewer and gave a short demo and handled a
few questions too. (I do not have a public link to the home video).
In terms of ongoing 'activity', I continue to run monthly computer
fair 'Infopoint' tables at my local (Bracknell) computer fairs. I am
happy to share the materials with anyone who would be interested.
I recently purchased a Ubuntu pre installed notebook 'Meenee' -
excellent value. It is surprising that so little has been publicised
about this machine.
Meenee MNB737 13.3 inch Laptop (Black) , 320 GB hard drive , 2 GB RAM
, Bluetooth , webcam, wifi, Ubuntu it was 225 pounds, but has
increased to 235 lately. Perhaps people are finding out how good it is.