|FROM ||Ruben I Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [hangout] Re: classes?
Most classes will be restarted in Early June
See the FSI website at http://www.nylxs.com
We are having a meeting to show off our new education center tonight at 6:30PM
NYLXS, New York's busiest Free Software group, is at it again! This
April they're opening the area's first Free Software Technology and
Education Center in Brooklyn, NY. Located in one of New York's largest
business districts, the NYLXS Free Software Education Center and
Internet Cafe is a collaborative effort between Alex Shvartsman
(http://22.214.171.124/cgi-bin/strategy/article.cgi?id=3980) and Ruben
Alex is the owner of Kings Games, a computer gaming center which caters
to players of "Magic, the Gathering". Ruben met Alex several months ago
when Kings Games first opened. He found the place a comfortable
environment for getting work done while enjoying a change of scenery
from his office. The two quickly developed a fast friendship, and
before long Kings Games was hosting its first installfest. A meeting of
NYFairUse was held there, and from then on only good things started to
happen. The creation of a Free Software Center is something NYLXS has
been trying to accomplish for many months, and thanks to Alex's
generosity it is now a reality.
Kings Games had a huge space available in the venue's second floor
overlooking Kings Highway. Several months ago the building was
purchased by a bank which didn't want an upstairs residence. They
offered Alex and his partners the floor, customized to their
requirements. Alex and Ruben were already discussing the possibility of
creating an educational center in the space, and the change in ownership
plus the subsequent move opened up this possibility.
Together they designed the entire basement (easily over 80 by 50 feet in
area) to be usable as a Free Software educational facility and an
Internet cafe. It was built to their specifications, and everything was
looking good for both NYLXS and Kings Games.
The NYLXS Board was informed of the plans, and current President Marco
Scoffier agreed to invest in six new computers and provide technical
support to Kings Games. A hardware recycling program has been
implemented, and plans for both subsidized and non-subsidized
educational programs are in place.
According to Ruben, "This is the best opportunity yet for the New York
City Free Software community to really spread its wings and provide
unprecedented services to the public at large. Not only will it give
people a chance to hang out and collaborate, but it also has serious
long term possibilities as an incubator for Free Software projects and
businesses. The room is huge and completely wired, the management at
Kings Games is the best, and Alex is one of the most fair-minded
individuals I've ever worked with. NYLXS members will be announcing
hours at the facility when our experts and members will be available to
help new users and others with Free Software issues and development.
Overall, this is the most exciting thing to come out of the New York
City Free Software community in a long time. It is going to be our
Alex is also excited about the prospects for the project. "We are
really happy to establish a 'white hat' hacker community here in
Brooklyn," he said. "The guys from NYLXS have amazing energy and
enthusiasm, and only good things will come from that."
Computer access will initially be available for non-NYLXS members at a
rate of $5.00 per hour. You can also bring your own laptop computer and
plug into the network. The Center's first open house meeting will be on
Monday, April 21st, and scheduling for support personnel is currently
being arranged. If anyone is interested in getting involved please
contact Marco Scoffier at marco-at-nylxs.com, or any member of NYLXS
On 2003.04.22 00:40 Tommy Wooh wrote:
> hi ruben, ive been trying to reach you for some time now, but ive heard that
> you just came back from out of town.
> my friends and i are interested in taking linux classes........is anything
> available for mid may, early june?
> .. tommy wooh
> .. funktion-studios.com
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