Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Today i took that giant step and decided to proceed with my planned linux program, it appears there will never be a perfect time, i will just have to make do with what i have.

I posted the information below to the most popular user forum in the country today and am counting on Nigerians to make the program a hugh success.

I have absolutely no plans whatsoever to make one naira from the project, its absolutely "open-source free".

Warning!!! I kind of type very fast, so their might be a couple of typos here, just overlook them ok? Idea is need.

Hi guys, my name is Olusegun Martins, am a fedora approved ambassador here in Nigeria and in the spirit of open source (free software) I am putting together a fedora Linux training event scheduled to hold before the end of the year.
For those of you who haven't heard about fedora, it’s probably the most widely used flavour of Linux distribution available today, it was curled out of red hat but is now a fully fledged operating system on its own. The fantastic thing about Linux and open source is you don't really have to spend a dime for the quality of software you get.

The training will be in form of a presentation, and basic hand on practical to teach you the essentials of Linux computing. You will get to know how you can leverage the power in just about anywhere.. be it at home, in the office or even (especially) as a dedicated server. It will probably span a period of 2 days (Weekend) and will try to be as in-depth as possible.

Fully installable Fedora Core 5 cds (the most recent), T-shirts and training audio cds will be given out free to the participants.
It's absolutely free, no registration, no hidden cost, nada, zilch is required just come down enter your name in the register and you are good to go.

Due to the magnitude of the intended project I am looking for individuals who will be ready and willing to dedicated time, venue and resources to the success of the project for absolutely nothing other than name mention.

The event is intended for everybody, not just advanced computer users but everybody, if you can browse the web, access your email, use Microsoft word then you qualify, as a matter of fact you qualify even if you can't do any of the mentioned but are willing to give it a short.

The most important right now is securing a venue, speakers and a date so planning can be based round that. So if you have like a large enough hall preferably in Ikeja, Lagos and are willing to let us use it for 2 days please reach on the provided numbers and email or send a photo of the location to my email add.

If you consider yourself an authority on linux and are willing to talk at the event , kindly contact me as well
You can get more information about me and the intended project either via my fedora wiki page or my blog site.

1 comment:

Eze Uba said...

Hey, it's great knowing we are no longer in the backwoods here when it's Linux time. Actually I've been looking forward to something like this but like you said yourself: I never really havethe time on my hands to start. I got into Linux from Redhat 9, ugraded to Fedora Core 3, then Core 4, now running dual boot Core 5 and Win Xp sp2. Tried Ubuntu and Kubuntu, but honestly they don't measure up to the strength of Fedora. Suffice to say that Fedora is the most complete Linux distro I've ever tried, and believe me I've tried quite a few: Damn small Linux, JAMD, KNOPPIX, etc; quite a few indeed. OK, so how do we go about improving awareness about Linux and its inherent advantages over Windows here in Nigeria??? When people do not even understand the fact that there is an alternative to Windows; whenever I've tried to explain the concept of Operating system to peopel around me they always have Windows imprinted on their minds. How do we change this mindset? The comes the training and the weaning off from Windows... If you ask me, it's a hard task my friend, but we can always hope for the best. However, I believe that making Linux distros easily available will make it easier to let people know about it and actually get them to use it; really one doesn't have to be wiz like me to use Linux. That should be the focus of the message. Cheers and keep up the good work.