Ubuntu-za Is Jamming

So I guess it is about time I finally blog about it. Ubuntu-za in conjunction with Clug will be hosting a Jam. I just want to thank Stefano and Maia for all their hard work in setting it up and being so proactive.

Maia long with a few other people from -za have wiped up a pretty cool post for the even if I do say so my self.


You can find the source for both the English and Afrikaans versions on Spread Ubuntu.

As you can see from the post the event will be at the Shuttleworth Labs at UCT directions between 10am – 5pm on Sunday the 28th March 2010. If you can’t make it for the full time don’t worry just pop in at any point. We will have the full LEG mirror so even if you wont have to worry about downloading all those big packages or worrying about downloading large ISO’s just for testing.

Reasons to come

  • Having fun learning from others.
  • Get help installing Ubuntu
  • Trying out the development release. Don’t worry you don’t need to be a developer or even an experienced Ubuntu user.
  • Translations
  • Want to save bandwith and come copy the repos
  • Learn how to report bugs so that they might actually get fixed!
  • Learn packaging
  • Watch some cool pre-release demos from Lucid

In preparation  for this event I went and upgraded my laptop to Lucid. I don’t really know how long it took because I did the very trusting thing and went to sleep after entering Y.


I did wake up with a nice shiny blue screen asking me if I wanted to overwrite my grub menu selected keep original and about 5minutes later I had a nice shinny purple lucid looking screen. Woohoo.

I also then reporting my first Lucid theme bug. Before I have every one goes on about oh noes not another move buttons to the right bug report this one is slightly different. It actually requests if the buttons are by default on the left can we make the theme previews or at least the default theme on the left too.

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Friday, March 19th, 2010 Ubuntu 1 Comment

Broadcom BCM4322 Wireless On Ubuntu Karmic

I recently tried setting up a Dell Laptop with a Broadcom wireless driver. It was the only thing that wasn’t auto detected and setup correctly. Which got me a bit worried.

[email protected]:~$ lspci | grep -i net
0e:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)

One of the first hits in Google was from Dimitar while this blog post has nice detailed instructions. It seems to miss points that make Linux so amazing the first being package management and on this point being able to upgrade your kernel. I found that blog post to be very informative and detailed but the part that made me question things was

Then click on the “Status” button and select “Installed”. Then search for “linux-”. Select all packages that start with “linux-” and then Package -> Lock Version.

What so I wouldn’t be able to do kernel updates? That wasn’t going to do at all. So I did what any good Floss user would do and read the read me from the BroadCom driver page

Some distros (Ubuntu and Fedora at the least) already have a version of
this driver in their repositories precompiled, tested and ready to go.
You just use the package manager to install the proper package. If
its available for your distro, this is usually an easier solution. See
the end of this document for further discussion.

This is something I haven’t seen that often official drivers pointing you to the Distro maintained versions. Linux has come along way in recent years. Any how for all those that happen to stumble here from Google and other places. I just want to mention the easier way to get the drivers working is written in the readme. 🙂

Go to System->Administration->Hardware Drivers
Choose the Broadcom STA wireless driver

Sometimes the driver does not show up in the Hardware Drivers choices. In
this case, try reintalling the driver from the GUI or shell like this:

From the GUI:
Package Manager (System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager). Click the
Reload button in the upper left corner of Synaptic to refresh your index then
search for and reinstall the package named bcmwl-kernel-source.

From the shell:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get –reinstall install bcmwl-kernel-source

In either GUI or text case, after reinstalling, reboot your machine.

Now go back to System->Administration->Hardware Drivers
and you should see the driver enabled and working.

I really hope this helps some one from compiling their own driver and having to maintain it between kernel upgrades. Btw I have upgraded my Karmic kernel to the latest with it still working.

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Monday, March 15th, 2010 Ubuntu 10 Comments

Mxit Isn’t Android Friendly

Today I tried out the official Android Mxit client. I was very very disappointed. The inability to press the “back” button upsets me. This button is always referred to as back back and never exit. It is part of the Android spec.

The reasoning is simple they don’t want you to background the app?: Pressing the back button asks the user “Logout from MXit” with the options “no” and “logout” neither were what I wanted to do.

Fear not Android users there is a work around. Pressing the home button will background the activity and return you to your home screen.

Mxit please fix your back button. Thanks

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Sunday, March 14th, 2010 Mobile 5 Comments

Stellenbosch Ubuntu Hour Report Back

A few days ago I mentioned Ubuntu Hour.Well we put some details and a pic on our wiki. All in all I think it was good start, I got to start my morning off with a decent cup of coffee that I didn’t have to make my self. Even though it was small I think we showed off Ubuntu well with T-Shirts, Stickers and 2 tables with 3 laptops powered by Ubuntu.

I know the timing isn’t great for work people (9am – 10am) so maybe we can think about switching it around or have another one at a pub after work for some beers? One of the main reasons for this time is the idea of starting something like this is to try make it fit into your routine not change your routine to fit it since this makes it easier to keep up with it in the long run.

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Friday, February 5th, 2010 Ubuntu Comments Off on Stellenbosch Ubuntu Hour Report Back

Community Is More Then Just Numbers

Hopefully this gets me back into the whole blogging thing.

I have been meaning to write this for some time but oddly enough real world requires time and effort as well. We don’t often realise that Ubuntu success isn’t as much because it is a great distro but rather it is a great community.

Although this applies to most groups with in Ubuntu I would like to use this post to direct my thanks at Ubuntu-ZA. Over the last few weeks we have noticed an uptake in the number of users that pop into our irc channel #ubuntu-za or on the mailing list with issues we might have found simple or mundane but you guys have been there in full force to help out, educate, enlighten and enrich their lifes for the better.

One such case deserves special mention Kilos. He came into #ubuntu-za as a complete new user to Ubuntu. He was a Windows man before. He mentions on his blog one particular case where he was trying to mount a Floppy drive no one in #ubuntu-za had even used a floppy drive in years and yet for hours people offered help and guidance talking him through it.

I don’t want this to sound one sided on the contrary, Kilos has put far far more effort into learning then we as a team have given back. I just felt it was necessary to point this out for references. It truly amazes me how one can learn things if one puts the effort in.

Any how I am rambling I just feel it prudent to share his blog, to think that ubunu-za could have such an impact one some ones life amazes me.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 General 1 Comment