The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

Determined to surpass all the obstacles and embrace new technology, the Iraqi LUG held its first installfest.
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Mabrouk

oc_192's picture

Mabrouk le jami3atna we inshallah yom ele kol el jami3at beeh alinux we bol beet bil 3raq beeh computer

thats was in iraqi

wish the best for my country

oc_192

Re: The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

swapna's picture

IT'S REALLY A GOOD NEWS THAT IRAQ AFTER A LOT OF SUFFERINGS HAS MADE A STEP INTO THE WORLD OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE. THE OSS IS INCREASINGLY BECOMING POPULAR AMONGST PEOPLE AND IRAQ BEAING A WELL KNOWN COUNTRY SHOULD NOT BE UNTOUCHED FROM THIS WORLD OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE.

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Anonymous's picture

I was touched by your story there, which made me cherish all the internet resource I had now :)

Chengkang from Taiwan

Re: The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

Anonymous's picture

Wishing you all the best. I hope the fighting will stop and peace come upon your country. God Bless you.

Simon
Malaysia

Re: The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

Anonymous's picture

Good luck shabab.
:)

Mohamed Eldesoky

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Anonymous's picture

This is great !!! Goodluck and more power to you...

jojo from philippines

Re: The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

Ashraf's picture

teslam ya wared, this was bel 3raqi of course
This is the result of your help Abu Jasim :) You were the first who have sent me Linux CDs, thanks to Linux-Egypt as well
Thanks to all
Ashraf Hasson

Re: The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

Anonymous's picture

Happy hacking! Freedom and friendship and honesty to and between all peoples in the world!
Pekka, a Finn in Sweden. :-)

Re: The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

Anonymous's picture

Amazing. ...and the high point of our Installfests is only pizza and pop!

btw, You picked a really great disto for teaching students to learn Linux! Although I use Gentoo, Mandrake is (usually) much easier and much quicker to install and gives you the packages you really want (within a Red Hat type package layout).

It's been awhile since I've used Mandrake, but as I remember, if you want to watch those DVD Movies, you can download libdvdcss and other non-GNU material from an optional mirror (all in one location)!

Good luck and I hope you guyz nab or round up those that think issues can only be solved behind a gun or roadside bomb quickly!

Geez. I really wish somebody would introduce those guyz to a really great game of frozen-bubble or tuxracer. I'm sure once done, they'll put their weapons away and enjoy the games more then fighting!

Re: The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

Ashraf's picture

Exactly, ease to do things and move around the system made us choose Mandrake, although I presonaly use SuSE9.1 and RedHat9.0
one of the things that I've been asked about was DVDs and other media formats, I recommended Mplayer which ships with Mandrake10.0 by default.

"Geez. I really wish somebody would introduce those guyz to a really great game of frozen-bubble or tuxracer. I'm sure once done, they'll put their weapons away and enjoy the games more then fighting!"

LOL .. I sure wish that too.

Re: The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

Anonymous's picture

Congratulations on your event and on making progress in getting open source known in Iraq.

Have faith, Linux advocates the world over have had to confront similar ignorance and disinterest for more than a decade, but Linux is gaining wide acceptance now.

Just know that our prayers and our hearts are with you. Freedom requires commitment - you should know that better than us. We want freedom in software, that seems like such a small thing compared to your struggles.

Re: The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

Anonymous's picture

Always nice to hear of small changes that can make a huge difference in a place like Iraq. America supports all our rebuilding efforts in Iraq.

Peace and prosperity to you.

Paul in Wisconsin

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Anonymous's picture

Your courage and determination in the face of adversity is a shining example to people around the world who wish for Liberty and Freedom. You, and others like you, are the seeds of the *New* Iraq and I know you will succeed. My Heart is with you.

Rob in Oklahoma, USA

Re: The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

Ashraf's picture

Thank you Rob for the nice feelings and encouraging words.

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Anonymous's picture

This is really nice to hear coming from a Iraq. It shows a willingness of the wonderful citizens of Iraq to rebuild their country and go on with their lives to the fullest no matter what they face daily. If there is any way I can help please do not hesitate to check on us at www.linuxkenya.net

Moses in Africa.

Re: The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

brianlane's picture

I'm glad to see you making progress, both on the Linux front and on the path to being a free country! Many of us outside Iraq don't know much about your available hardware or network infrastructure. What kinds of machines are readily available? I've heard that you don't have a problem getting 1GHz or faster machines and that you even have DSL available in some places.

Depending on how Iraq is connected to the rest of the internet you may want to (or may already have) setup mirror sites of the popular distributions to make downloading and burning CD images faster.

Your installfest had a better turnout than most of the ones we do at KPLUG!

Keep up the good work.

Brian

Re: The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

Ashraf's picture

Computers and Network hardware are available, though it's not at the reach of a high percentage of people in Iraq. It's becoming easier to buy a computer these days though, I even noticed that Laptop business in Al Sena'a St., the main computer shopping street in Baghdad, is becoming fruitful these days. More people are capable of buying a computer but lack awareness.
In regard to Internet connectivity, I worte this on our portal, How do Iraqis get online , which should give you an idea on how most Iraqis get to the Internet.
Network hardware is still somewhat expensive but computers are avaible in different flavors up to 2.8GHz CPUs or maybe more!

wireless broadband ISP in Ira

TigrisNet's picture

wireless broadband ISP in Iraq

www.tigrisnet.net

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brianlane's picture

Thanks for the report, it sounds like you are about at the point that the US was back in the early 90's (except for the lousy phone lines). Dialup can really suck, especially if the ISP doesn't have 56k capability, and with the size of most programs these days downloading can take forever.

Has there been any attempt to setup free wireless internet services so that you don't have to go through an ISP to communicate with others? It wouldn't get you to the internet, but you couls start building local networks. In the US there are groups like Seattle Wireless that are doing things like this.

People could then setup hotspot servers for others to download things like Linux destributions, updates, etc. off of instead of having to try to go through the dialup ISP.

Brian

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Ashraf's picture

As far as I know, there has been no such attempts to connect different ISPs yet. I don't know if it's possible at the current time since those ISPs are fairly scattered. Nevertheless, I'll be talking to my ISP in regard to this idea. Setting hotspot servers would require a steady power over days which is not possible due to repeated power downs during a single day. It'll take time though until things get straight. Nevertheless, it would be great to have such a wireless network :)

Re: The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

Anonymous's picture

Definitely. Be careful out there, people. Hope the fighting ends as soon as possible, and that Iraq is back on its feet again.. Say, is that Mandrake I see being installed on those computers?

Re: The First Linux Installfest in Iraq

Ashraf's picture

Thank you for your support and nice feelings.
Yes, it's Mandrake 10.0 Community (Download Edition - 3 CDs). We agreed that it's easy to install for new incomers due to the visualized partitioning utility plus other things.

I hope it goes well

Anonymous's picture

I hope you continue to have success in spreading the word about open source software. More importantly, I hope that peace, security, and prosperity come to the people of Iraq.

Re: I hope it goes well

Anonymous's picture

I second that - Way to go!

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