Ubuntu 9.04 Party Manchester

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Hey folks, I’m going to break the habit of a life time here and actually tell you about an event in enough time to make plans for it. Usually I’m a failmeister and only announce these things at the very last minute but I’m trying to fix that, so here goes. Next month there will be a release party for the new version of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope, terrible name if you ask me) at the BBC in Manchester (UK), Friday 24th April at 7pm. I’ll be attending, barring any natural disasters and if you’re within easy traveling distance we’d love to see you there too. Perhaps even if you’re not within easy traveling distance but are ridiculously committed you could also come, don’t put yourself out too much though.

It’s all being fantastically organised by Lucy Bridges of Manchester Free Software fame. It’s really great that the BBC have agreed to host the event in their bar and a big thanks go to Ian Forrester of BBC Backstage for this. The address is New Broadcasting House, Oxford Road, Manchester M60 1SJ. Here’s the OpenStreetMap details:

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…and here’s the Google Map for those of us who hate freedom. If this offends you please avert your eyes and for the love of god keep scrolling, scroll like you’ve never scrolled before man (or woman)!!

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Ok so that’s the details out of the way. There’s no dress code that I know of and if you wait in the reception of the BBC building someone will come and escort you upstairs to the bar; tell one of the staff why you’re there though, that might help. Obviously if you turn up in your mankini or leather chaps they might have something to say about it but most outfits should be fine. You don’t have to be an Ubuntu user to come, you don’t even have to like Ubuntu that much (for all you haters out there). It’s a night of Free Software and fun, whatever your distribution or denomination. There’s an Upcoming event and also a Facebook event about this as well.

Apologies to folks in other parts of the world for whom this information is largely irrelevant but there may be a release party near you, have a look on the Ubuntu site and perhaps join a local party… for local people 😉

Hope to see some of you there to enjoy some drinks and geekery together,


Important: – Please see Lucy’s comment below and be sure to let her know if you’re coming to the event. This is a BBC requirement to comply with fire regulations. You don’t have to give anything other than a name, no official ID. Send a message via Identi.ca or add yourself to the Facebook or Upcoming events. Thank you! 🙂


  1. Thanks a lot for advertising the event. The more people who hear about it the better 🙂

    I’ve just got two minor things I would like to add..

    Firstly, the event is not being organised by Manchester Free Software. It’s being organised by me with help from the Ubuntu community in Manchester. That said, I fully expect lots of people from Manchester Free Software to be there.

    Secondly, where possible I really need the names of people who might be turning up. This is required by the BBC, due to fire regulations, etc (no ID is needed just a name). So if people think they might be coming, can they either reply to this blog post, add themselves to the upcoming or facebook event pages or send me a ‘dent at http://identi.ca/lucy

    • @Lucy – Sorry I mistakenly thought it was something to do with MFS, would you like me to update that bit to say something like “organized by Lucy Bridges (also of Machester Free Software)” or leave the group name out alltogether? Don’t mind, just let me know. I’ll also add an amendment about registering to the bottom. I haven’t added myself on Upcoming yet I keep forgetting so I’ll do that now 🙂

  2. Those changes are great, thanks 🙂 I’m blushing now though!

  3. How do you embed the OSM? It’s a nice touch.

    • @mjjzf – Thanks, it is very handy to be able to do that. You get up the section of the map you want in the browser and then go to the export tab, there’s an option on there to get the HTML to embed. Seems to work well

  4. I hope I will be able to come, am not totally sure that I will be able to get there but am putting my name down anyway so I can come if I am able 🙂

    • @Joe – Would be good to see you there if you can make it, fingers crossed 🙂 I might be driving over, so if you’re really stuck I may be able to pick you up somewhere on the way. I’ll let you know my plans nearer the time, not 100% sure yet.

  5. @Dan – That would be great if you could as I am somewhat lacking in money at the moment (waiting to find out if I have a job and can get off the dole at the moment)

    • @Joe – I’m not sure how I’ll be getting there yet but I’ll let you know nearer the time. I’ll either drive or a friend will I expect. I know times are a bit rough at the moment for everyone so if I’m heading that way I may as well meet you somewhere on the way. It’ll be like car pooling 🙂

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