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March 18th, 2006, 11:01 PM
Hello All :)

I was talking to Susana on #ubuntu-women and she mentioned that this channel does not having official status from Canonical/Ubuntu. However, this wiki page <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/InternetRelayChat>, lists #ubuntu-women as an official channel. Could someone please explain what is missing here ?

I hope you all agree that Ubuntu-Women can function as a cohesive seamless unit under the larger Ubuntu community. To that effect, it will be nice to achieve better understanding by communicating towards mutual co-existence between Ubuntu and Ubuntu-forums.

Feel free to mail the UW list <ubuntu-women@lists.ubuntu.com> with the date, time and we can talk it over IRC too.

Hoping for a positive reply from you all :-)
Thanks !

March 23rd, 2006, 02:32 PM
Hi svaksha and other members,
I am not sure whether or not #ubuntu-women is an official channel or not. Also, I wasn't aware that there was a mailing list. I'd like to incorporate the ubuntuwomen.org website with all this information, and perhaps re-do it as something more useful (instead of a blog, perhaps a static page of information?). I don't want there to seem like there are 2 different ubuntu women groups, since we have this forum for discussions, and we have the IRC channel (official or not) for live discussion. Perhaps having a blog where people sign up is redundant, since people have signed up for this forum already, and now have to sign up to post on the ubuntu women blog.

I'd like to have the uw.org site more static, have a bio page, where everyone here can give a brief summary of themselves, and I would put links to this mailing list, and IRC channel, and update it with information when needed. I'm thinking something similar to the page at Gnome Women (http://live.gnome.org/GnomeWomen) and such.

Everyone please state your suggestions (especially geekchick9 and panickedthumb), you can send me a PM as well. I appreciate the feedback.

March 23rd, 2006, 07:07 PM
I was trying to navigate my way through the two groups myself, so I posted a mail to the list:


svaksha replied giving me a list of sites used by the ubuntu-women group she heads up, separating "official" and "unofficial":


Ubuntu has officially registered ubuntu-women.org/.net/.com I wonder if it would be a good idea to point ubuntuwomen.org to this domain too once it's set up? I expect the ubuntu-women site will have much the feel of the Debian Women (http://women.alioth.debian.org/) site.

A lot of the recent mails on the list have been about setting up a wiki and groups and such to work on getting more women involved. Perhaps we can start a topic here on this forum as well to aid the mailing list group in the tasks they're undertaking.

And just so this post doesn't seem entirely off-topic for the topic name, svaksha announced in this mail to the list (https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-women/2006-March/000143.html) that the #ubuntu-women channel on freenode is now official.

March 25th, 2006, 08:28 AM
When and who decided all of this? Do you know when Canonical purchased ubuntu-women.org/net/com? I am only curious as I made sure I asked for permission to purchase and use the domain ubuntuwomen.org (http://ubuntuwomen.org), specifically for this purpose of having our own website a few months ago. I even created a thread about it. I guess I could just have it re-direct to ubuntu-women.org, so that we have one central location. I just wanted to be a part of writing the HTML/coding of the homepage, as it was my small contribution to the linux community.

March 25th, 2006, 03:26 PM
According to the whois information ubuntu-women.org/net/com were actually registered this month, according to the last CC meeting logs (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/CC_2006-03-21) she requested the domains be registered in "Dec or Jan".

I'm afraid I don't know how you formally ask ubuntu to create an official sub project (like ubuntu-women) and get them to register and host the domain for you, you might want to email svaksha directly about that.

I just wanted to be a part of writing the HTML/coding of the homepage, as it was my small contribution to the linux community.

Oh absolutely! And I would like to help as well, so would several others. So I think having it hosted on ubuntu servers rather than privately hosted is the way to go. You're on the mailing list (https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-women) now, and that seems to be where most of the website planning effort is going, so just pick something you want to create, submit ideas and we can get going :)

I did like your idea with the blog. And having static member profiles would be nice, as well as information about how to join mailing lists, the irc channel, and contribute further.

April 13th, 2006, 10:17 AM
Hi BinaryDigit and Elizabeth,

Susana had mentioned that our IRC #ubuntu-women channel was unofficial but I had no idea since (being a creature of habit) I use email a lot more than the Forums. (I hope that changes soon :-)) Before Ubuntu I was involved in Debian-Women and LinuxChix (still am) and am sure that Ubuntu-Women will learn and benefit from those projects.

IMHO, volunteers (like us) are transient, so its our responsibility to create an independent community that survives in the future. Surely you will agree that it is much more beneficial for the Ubuntu-Women project to get recognition and support from Ubuntu/Canonical. Being choosy about the sub-projects they support, it took months and things fell into place only after the Asia Business Tour.

Lizzeh, thanks for redirecting your domain. BTW, she is helping me test the site and I am also rewriting some pages, especially on how to involve youself in new projects. There are very few women (atleast not openly visible) in the Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Edubuntu projects. I have seen some women in the translation teams and LOCO teams but they are few. Maybe the UbuntuForums have a larger representation.

What do you think we should do to increase participation of women in the main Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Edubuntu projects. There are many women who have done packaging or compiled kernels before so if they could write about that we can include that on our site. So please contribute your ideas/suggestions/articles and all efforts will be appreciated.

Btw, here Ubuntu Women is listed as a 3rd party project that is not sponsored by Canonical, Ubuntu or the Ubuntu Forums. That is confusing , since Canonical is supporting/hosting the Ubuntu-Women website and mailing lists and has recognised the IRC channel in the Community Council meeting. Can someone from the forums clarify this please !?

Thanks for reading !!