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An invitation to join Ubuntu’s Q&A group on

This is an invitation to anyone interested in joining a multi-lingual, freely-licensed Ubuntu Q&A site to check

As a disclaimer I should mention that I work at Canonical as a senior support analyst for Ubuntu support (both desktop and server) and I also train other people to provide Ubuntu support. I am also the admin and creator of the Ubuntu group in Shapado (10 months ago). So I constantly switch my community and professional hats 🙂

I use the Answers system in Launchpad extensively (including its FAQ facility) but it lacks two big features:

  • Non-English language support – also known as « l10n » or « localization« . That would be Bug #81419.
  • A reputation / trust system

As you can see that bug report is in an odd deadlock. My interpretation of it is Answers and Launchpad itself were not planned from the beginning to be multilingual. It’s so big now that this can’t be done quickly or easily.

The reputation system or « making Launchpad more social » is a huge feature request too, perhaps traditionally out of scope for such technically-oriented online resources (at least in the traditional Free / Open Source communities). It’s also something I am missing from my daily interactions with customers when providing commercial support.

So when I learned about Shapado I found a nice tool that could complement my advocacy needs, and some more. How is it different than Launchpad’s Answers ? To me, it’s primarily the language support, but many other features are a bonus.

Regarding the recent proposal to have an Ubuntu community in Stack Exchange, see How does Shapado compare to StackExchange ?. I honestly don’t want to join yet another English-only site that runs on non-Free software that I can’t fix or translate myself. I can’t ask anyone around me to do that either. That proposal was forwarded to the LoCo Teams contacts mailing list, asking team contacts to forward it. I am sorry but as an Ubuntu Member and Ubuntu QC contact I won’t do that. I am sticking with my principles for now, and using any free, open source alternative I can get.

So if you’re interested in using Shapado for Q&As in English but also French, Portuguese and Spanish (for now), see and

If you’re interested in setting up your own local, localized Shapado Q&A server, see the installation instructions, the question asking about Ubuntu/Debian packages, and the Shapado « needs-packaging » bug report.

Here is more information on Shapado:

In true dogfood fashion, one can report bugs or make suggestions at directly, just by using the « bug » or « feature-request » tags 🙂 There is also a more traditional bug tracker.

How does Shapado compare to StackExchange?


Primera reunión de organización Ubuntu Honduras: Jueves Feb. 19, 9PM

I invite anyone interested in helping out organize the Honduras Ubuntu team to come and meet fellow users on the #ubuntu-hn IRC channel, next Thursday night February 19th.

When: 9PM, Tegucigalpa (UTC-6) time (click on the link to get the time in your time zone)

Anyone wanting to join can use their IRC client or the Mibbit service.

See the announcement thread at:[U-HN] Primera reunion de organizacion Ubuntu-hn

No, I haven’t moved to Honduras, just helping out there 😉


Decreto 1014 sobre el uso del software libre en el gobierno ecuatoriano

I got this via FSF Latin America, however it’s beeing reported in a few other places.

The Ecuador Government now has a free-software law and will pretty much mandate that its government uses free, open-source software only. They cite « technology sovereignty and autonomy » and the main concerns, among many others.

The Ecuador Ubuntu LoCo Team is also aiming at becoming official soon… coincidence ? I think not 🙂

Alcance libre, EcuaLUG and other sites mention the news. Esteban Mendieta even has an original scan of the signed law! (mirror)


Al otro lado de la ausencia – video sobre el secuestro de los diputados colombianos

Ayer pude ayudar a mi hermano en Cali a publicar un corto-metraje que recién me había mostrado la semana pasada. Asimismo lo pudimos enviar a unas 900 personas. Me gustó mucho que antes de enviarlo únicamente en YouTube me consultara sobre los formatos de archivos de video y las licencias libres – hacía tiempo me venía pidiendo información pero ayer tuvimos que hacer un « crash course » intensivo y este es el resultado.

En este momento hay muchos sentimientos de frustración, impotencia, incluso culpabilidad, pero al mismo tiempo satisfacción, al menos ínfima, de poder ser solidario de alguna manera en esta tragedia. Es como un puño en el estómago. En fin… decidan.

Amigos y amigas,

Este video, realizado hace algunas semanas, adquiere una triste vigencia hoy, en vista de la noticia de la muerte de 11 de los ex-diputados del Valle secuestrados desde abril de 2002.

El corto fue realizado con familiares de Juan Carloz Arbeláez, uno de los líderes asesinados y Sigifredo López, el que señalan como sobreviviente.

Espero de corazón que estas familias puedan descansar y que cese la manipulación del dolor para la guerra.

El video en formato Ogg Theora y el link a su página en YouTube se encuentran disponibles en

El formato libre Ogg Theora permite verlo en Linux y muchas más plataformas fuera de Windows y Mac OSX, aunque tambien lo he subido a YouTube.

Se permite el uso y distribución bajo licencia Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 – Colombia :


Daniel Rodríguez
Productor Audiovisual
Cali, Colombia