Archive for April, 2010

Ubuntu-za Planet Update

Planet ubuntu-za readers a post just for you.

A few days ago I announced our new website then yesterday Morgan announced our new planet. We decided to switch away from using a separate planet system in favour of using one of the built in Drupal ones since it would be far more integrated into the whole Ubuntu-za system and allow for easier administration.

How does this affect you??

If you subscribed to the old planets RSS feed you should update it to the new one. We will try to add  redirects from the old urls to new ones but as some rss readers don’t seem to follow redirects we thought it was easier and safer to simply update you guys.

So if you were using You need to switch over to

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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 Ubuntu Comments Off on Ubuntu-za Planet Update

Ubuntu-ZA Launches New Website

Some of you might have noticed that our old wiki has been down for some time.  Well yesterday I officially changed dns over to point to our new improved website. We tried to keep some of the most active links alive and we are still in the process of adding content and tweaking the theme a bit but see how awesome it is.

It is a little squashed but you can see an overview or simply go to the main ubuntu-za website.

This is just a standard drupal theme which will be released on Launchpad as an ubuntu-za project. It borrows some aspects from the official Drupal theme which is still under construction. This theme was created by Raoul Snyman.

Our server also changed hosting to make shared use of the clug VPS server that was sponsored by frogfoot.

Thanks to every one that made this migration possible, I know it was a lot of work but I do think the reward is already visible with our great new shiny Lucid matching themed website 🙂

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Monday, April 26th, 2010 Ubuntu 4 Comments

Open Application for EMEA Board Membership

Last week Daniel Holabach announced on the ubuntu-news-team mailing list that there were going to be some restaffing within the boards more specifically the EMEA board which would mean  need of new members.

I would like to give my thanks to the current members stepping down. I wish you all the best for your participation in other aspects/teams in the greater Ubuntu community.

  • Alan Pope
  • Dennis Kaarsemaker (Seveas)
  • Mark Van den Borre
  • Mathew Helmke (forumsmathew)
  • Stephane Graber
  • Szilvester Farkas (phanatic)

I thought it was worth mentioning those 3 irc nicks because they were the board members that along with  Joseph Price(Pricey) accepted me into Ubuntu Membership on the 2rd of March 2009.

Here goes nothing.

If I have learnt one thing about what makes Ubuntu so great is the openness. So rather then sending this application just to the mailing lists I thought it was best to send it to the Ubuntu community via the planets that be. (A copy of this has been forwarded to the appropriate board)

I when I first read this announcement on planet Ubuntu I first thought was finally Africa could have the possibility of  having a representative on the board it is a pity Jonathan Carter beat me to it by just a few months don’t hold this against me.

A answer to a few of the main questions.

Tell me about yourself.

I am currently a 23 year old Mobile Developer.  I am into any thing technical related I guess you could call me geeky. I have a passion for Open Source software for reason that go far beyond a simple GPL licence and spread into the communities that open source thrives on ie Ubuntu.

My activities in the Ubuntu community; I am currently the  loco contact for the South African team. I am also a moderator on a relativity quiet forum. I have also been a member of the beginners team for +-1.5 years and very recently I have been driving a project to rebuild website which was lost during a failed migration of hosts.

“David doesn’t judge you by the colour of your skin, the car you drive, clothes you wear, but rather by the operating system you choose.” — To quote from a friend of mine

Tell me about your best and worse qualities?

I would think one of my greatest qualities is being able to motivate others. I have an abundance of energy and when I put my mind to something I give it 110% and this seems to flow into other people. I guess you can’t really expect people to do things if you cant be bothered to do.

I speak my mind.  To quote paultag ‘David has an ability to “cut” right to the case’. While I don’t necessarily think this is bad it something that is definitely worth noting.

If I were to ask someone to describe you, what would he or she say?

David kind, caring, considerate, and generally think of others over himself. I also think they would mention. He is always willing to try and help and should he be unable to do so he will either know where to point you for better information. He isn’t scared to simply say he doesn’t know the answer but will try to help where ever possible.


Any how I am pretty sure most people will have stopped reading by now so I am going to simply end off by saying I would greatly appreciate if the council would consider my application kindly and this would be my official self-nomination.

For those of you that know me and are willing to sponsor my application please feel free to at my wiki

David Rubin| |

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Monday, April 19th, 2010 Ubuntu Comments Off on Open Application for EMEA Board Membership

Fixing Xmonad Enter Bindings

So I switched over Xmonad during the Ubuntu-za jam with the help of Vaughan I say help but it was more like me copying his configurations over to my machine with very minor tweaking.

His configuration contains a few handy key bindings, one of which is super+shift+enter which opens up a terminal.  The problem was in the process of copying configs over this binding didn’t seem to work. We tried the standard things

  1. Absolute binary paths is /usr/bin/xterm
  2. Changing terminals to gnome-terminal
  3. Good old windows trick of rebooting
  4. xmonad –recompile

None of them seemed to work and we were out o luck so we just decided to remap it to super+shift+g (not 100% sure why G though).  This worked but it bugged me to no end. I eventually got some help in #xmonad on freenode  by vav.

Xev you can get what keycodes are emitted.

xev | grep keysym
state 0x0, keycode 36 (keysym 0xff0d, Return), same_screen YES,
state 0x0, keycode 36 (keysym 0xff0d, Return), same_screen YES,
state 0x0, keycode 77 (keysym 0xff7f, Num_Lock), same_screen YES,
state 0x10, keycode 77 (keysym 0xff7f, Num_Lock), same_screen YES,
state 0x10, keycode 104 (keysym 0xff8d, KP_Enter), same_screen YES,
state 0x10, keycode 104 (keysym 0xff8d, KP_Enter), same_screen YES

As you can see it see it seems to be when num-lock is on the keyevent fired for Enter key changes, I am not sure if this is a Xserver bug or not but other computers don’t seem to exhibit the same behavior?

Any how once you have that worked out fixing it is trivial just simply bind to both key events.

((modm .|.  shiftMask, xK_Return), spawn $ XMonad.terminal conf )
, ((modm .|.  shiftMask, xK_KP_Enter), spawn $ XMonad.terminal conf )

I hope that this might help some one Googling.

Thursday, April 1st, 2010 Ubuntu Comments Off on Fixing Xmonad Enter Bindings