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Ubuntu life in 2020

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The year 2020 was quite extraordinary, because a lot of things developed quite differently from how they were supposed to because of the Covid-19 crisis. Even though a lot of things happen virtually at Ubuntu, it also had an impact on my Ubuntu life.

Every year I attend a few trade fairs to present Ubuntu and/or give talks. In 2020, this only took place virtually and in a very limited way for me. In March, the Chemnitzer Linuxtage were cancelled and one fair after the other was cancelled.

In my home town I go to a Fablab where we also work on Ubuntu. After the meetings in January and February, this was also cancelled. Now and then this still took place virtually, but somehow it didn’t create the same atmosphere as when we met in real life.

With the team members of the German-speaking Ubuntu forum ( we organise a team meeting every year, which is always very funny and partly productive. In 2020 it had to be cancelled. Since I have also reduced my other contacts to help contain the virus, I have only met two people from the Ubuntu environment in real life since March.

But, of course, Ubuntu life was also progressing in 2020. The whole year I had the responsibility as project leader for in a three man team and had some issues to deal with there. In „ubuntu Deutschland e.V.“ I am the chairman and had to take care of tax benefits again this year, which we were able to do successfully.

I also deal with translations in Ubuntu, namely into German. There are always ups and downs here and things don’t always go well. At the beginning of the year, we were at 86.71 per cent with the German Ubuntu translations. One year later, we are now at 86.33 per cent. Okay, a little bit less, but overall almost at the same level. By the way, this means that the German translation in Ubuntu was and still is number 2. Only in Ukrainian has Ubuntu been translated more so far. Perhaps becoming number 1 is once again a goal we can tackle in 2021.

In 2020, my LoCo has also lost its verified status. This is mainly due to the fact that there was no longer a LoCo Council and therefore no application was written. However, there have now been a few movements, so that we can also tackle this at the beginning of 2021. I also had a hand in these movements. In October, I stood for election to the Community Council and was also elected to this board. In the last two months, I was able to move a few issues forward and clean up the mess.

In Ubuntu we say: I am because we are. This saying has been very interesting in 2020, because many of my work colleagues and friends have focused on exactly one part of it: what I do has an effect on my fellow human beings and vice versa. Perhaps we can also develop this approach socially and see this not only in the crisis, but also in life as a whole.

Now there is only one thing left for me to say: Happy New Year 2021.

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