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NGO Team Plans for Oneiric

July 13, 2011

This blog has been quiet for a long time, so I think for all Planet Ubuntu readers it might make sense to explain again what this team is about.

The aim of the Ubuntu NGO team is to make it as easy as possible for charities, non-profits and other NGOs to benefits from what OSS and Ubuntu have to offer. The motto we chose in an earlier meeting was “helping others help”. We also have a team mailing list with around 150 people from all kinds of NGOs who make use of Ubuntu already, so it’s a great resource if you want to share ideas, plans or ask for feedback in this area.

The problem this team has always been facing is that it’s comprised of people who care a lot about not only Ubuntu, but also about their NGO or about general matters which keep them busy, that’s why at the last UDS we decided to choose some more realistic goals which might bring more activity to the team again.

Here’s our list of TODO items:

  • update our template for case studies that we publish
  • reach out to team member about his journey to Haiti and how the project went, so we can maybe get a report and discuss/publish it
  • reach out to team member about his journey to Sierra Leone and how the project went, so we can maybe get a report and discuss/publish it
  • organise monthly meetings
  • remind everybody on the mailing list to share their stories, so we can repost on the blog, etc.
  • try to get a story in Ubuntu User
  • investigate current ngo software packaging initiatives

If the world of NGOs, charities and Ubuntu have always interested you, join the team, the mailing list and help us help making things better.

Also: do join us on IRC in #ubuntu-ngo on


Ubuntu NGO : What is it we do again?

November 11, 2009

Aloha, we seem to have been a bit quiet here.  We’re a new group having formed last May in Barcelona at UDS, and trying to find our footing and what we should be doing.  Tonight we had our IRC meeting and one of the points raised was perhaps a slogan would explain what we do better.  A number of slogans were suggested but we thought we’d ask people what they thought.  In the past few months we’ve been working on some packages, CiviCRM and the NGO Interview series, (Interview 1 234 ) which haven’t gone away we just need more NGOs to interview.  We are also looking the issues NGOs face when they use open source or reasons they don’t fully 100% use it and how we can help.

The aim of the Ubuntu NGO team is to make it as easy as possible to make use of Ubuntu in charities, non-profits and NGOs and benefit from the best free  software has to offer.

The idea behind a slogan, would be a one sentence that sums up what the Ubuntu NGO team does so others understand it, as it is NGO means Non Governmental Organisation in some countries and Non profit elsewhere. Some of the slogan suggestions are below, but we’d like some help on choosing one, or perhaps you can suggest a better one.

  • Ubuntu NGO: Helping Integrate Freedom
  • Ubuntu NGO Team, helping others to help
  • Ubuntu NGO: Helping Your Charity Donations Go Towards What’s Really Needed
  • Ubuntu NGO: Taking Software Freedom From Theory To Practice
  • Ubuntu NGO: Taking Freedom From Theory To Practice
  • Ubuntu NGO: helping NGO’s to short digital breach

Thanks, and if you want to help out in any way, all the information is HERE

Introducing the Ubuntu NGO team

June 25, 2009

You might have read about the Ubuntu NGO team in a few other places already, but as the team has formed now, plans for this cycle are being made and we are meeting this Friday, 26th June 2009, 15:00 UTC in #ubuntu-ngo on we thought we would introduce you to the team properly. Here’s an interview with the team:

What do you like best about Ubuntu?

  • Jonathan Carter: I like Ubuntu because I can’t find a better operating system for my needs. I like the Ubuntu community because the community members are mature, friendly and easy to work with.
  • Daniel Holbach: The community by far. The enthusiasm and strong will to work together and achieve something great. The spirit of helping is just fantastic and still thrills me after 5 years of being with the Ubuntu people. :-)
  • Rubén Romero: The commitment shown by the great people that take part of this project. Ubuntu’s success is a combination of process planning (technically and socially apeaking), transparency, a pragmatical approach to openness, a strong adherence to freedom and a inclusive-by-default attitude in all areas of the project.
  • Paolo Sammicheli: “I am what I am because of who we all are”. I feel a positive energy from Ubunteros coming from all the world and I think we are providing a positive contribution to the entire world.

Were you involved in NGOs before?

  • Jonathan Carter: I worked for the Shuttleworth Foundation for nearly 3 years working on Open Source promotional activities and getting hardware and free software into schools. I’ve worked with other NGO organisations as a result as well and still do so today.
  • Rubén Romero: Worked some with Greenpeace, Amnesty and some local interest organizations. All of which have shown interest in Free Software.
  • Paolo Sammichelli: When I was more young, about 10/15 years ago, I was involved with voluntary activities in Ambulances and I also participated in international humanitarian expedition in Russia, Albania and Moldovia helping orphanages. In my blog I have few old photos on that time.

Why Ubuntu in NGOs/CSOs?

  • Daniel Holbach: To be frank: everybody should use Ubuntu, not just NGOs. :-) Charitable organisations are very dear to our heart because their ideals very closely map to what we believe in.
  • Jonathan Carter: I agree with Daniel, additionally, the predictable stable release and support cycles are crucial in IT planning and makes Ubuntu a great system for organisations running on shoe-string resources. Many NGOs rely on volunteers to carry out their work, the vast amount of community documentation and support resources available for free makes Ubuntu a very supportable system for the volunteers of such an organisation.
  • Paolo Sammichelli: Because Ubuntu can help NGOs creating good and useful things and also NGOs can help spreading Ubuntu. We both win. :)

Is this about shared values, better technology, more innovation for the buck or a combination of these?

  • Jonathan Carter: In my experience some NGOs have specifically shown preference to Ubuntu because of its values, so I’d certainly flag that as an important aspect of it. I think many come for the values, and then stay because they learn how powerful the technologies behind Ubuntu are.
  • Daniel Holbach: Definitely a combination of these. We share values and can easily deliver great, tailored solutions for specific use-cases. Also do we help to spend 100% of the money on the projects itself, not on software licenses

Does free software by itself as a product of communitarian work resemble the work of idealistic organizations?

  • Laura Czajkowski: Yes, the fact that it is free encourages people to try it, and not rely on being locked into a situation where they have to go back time and time again or it expires. So people are being give more for a longer period of time, they are being give the whole system.

What is your main interest in the team? What are you going to help out with?

  • Laura Czajkowski: It’s great idea and a way of spreading the information I have and will learn with others so more people can learn and help to educate others further.
  • Jonathan Carter: I certainly want to do what I can to make Ubuntu an even better system than it already is for the NGOs I work with, I also want to share positive experiences with Ubuntu and get as much feedback from the “real world” to the Ubuntu developers.
  • Daniel Holbach: We all want to make the world a better place, it’s one of the core beliefs that brought us together. We are going to listen to NGOs, document best practices, set up solutions and I look forward to all the people getting involved in this place.
  • Paolo Sammichelli: I would like to collect experiences and information because it can inspire other people to do the same, or better.

How can people with an interest help out?