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>>My name is Paul Rodríguez. I am 22 years old and am taking a leave of
>>absence from Hampshire College where I was studying Comparative Religion
>>and Political Science.
That's a hot topic this season.
>>When I took a leave of absence from that school, I went to work with a
>>variety of NGO's and local organizations in Brazil.
What are NGO's?
>> I became interested
>>in their information infrastructure.
One of the most exciting aspects of Free Software is what it can do for
disenfranchised sub-cultures around the would, even in NYC. It's always
been a passionate burn in me to enable and empower communities in
Brooklyn which are fail even to know how disenfranchised they are from
the main stream of America. They are emotionally and sociologically
shackled and self-shackled in so many ways that only through something
like Free Software will they ever develop into more functional groups of
In the olden days, I remember taking the LL train out of Canarsie and through
East NY, burned rubble, overrun with drug pushers and manevelent individuals
who overwhelm all hope and sense of survivalbility in these communities.
Nobody ever fed these people dreams and I can remember friends in minority
communities as I grew up at a certain point, broke off into a despair and rage
in and around Junior High School. At this point, stereotypes took root, friends
would suddenly call me an enemy and it was no longer safe to be with them.
It seemed completely irrational at the time, and it still is.
Free Software allows you to put something powerful in their hands, to be
producers to their maximum potential. John Hall outlines the potential for
free software to build industries in the third world where labor is cheep and
dollars are scarce. This is also true in Crown Heights, Bushwick and Bed-Sty.
Our educational inititive to to move on three fronts. One is training and
general computer education in Languages, Network and tools. Secondly
is getting free software into the schools, which Marcus Conti is supposed to lead.
And it's not just B'Tech and Styversaunt I want to get into, but also we need to get
to Jefferson, Wingate, Erasmus, Boys High. We need to get into the worse schools in
the city and hope to build sparks and momentum.
Third is corperate training. We need to start bring Free Software to Corperate
Amerca by selling it too them and providing support training in MYSQL,
The Gnome DeskTop, The Gimp, Prostgres, Applixware (this is not free but
SELF is), Star Office, etc. We are going to be building from the inside a tight
network of prepared and ready consultants to help businesses reach their
>>enormous potential of free software in a great veriety of environments.
>>As it so happens, Brazil has a very active and growing base of Linux
>>users (as evidenced by 18 year old Marcelo Tosatti, the new maintainer
>>of the Linux kernel).
That makes me feel good to know an 18 year old, regardless of how brilient
he is, is entrusted with the future of the Linux kernel.
>> We are putting
>>together a complete "cradle to grave" Linux educational program. These
>>classes are designed to be taken together to get a well rounded base in
>>Unix administration. This includes use, installation, programming, and
>>system and network administration.
Hopeful, people existing this program will fit into our growing pool
of Consultants and promoters of Free Software. It's our Guerilla Warfare
>>The current plans include:
>> Introduction to Unix1
>> Introduction to Unix2
>> Apache: Introduction to.., Advanced Administration
>> Perl - Intoduction, Advanced, Advanced Web programming with...
Do we have that proposed outline somewhere? I think I posted the original one twice.
(I personally don't remember lisp being on it :)
>>The first of these classes, Introduction to Programming with Perl, just
>>finished up its 10 lesson (50 hour!) course last week. We are currently
>>in preparation for an Advanced Perl and Web Programming 5 week course
>>beginning on January 6th.
That class was not a part of the NYLXS Curriculum. Brooklyn Linux Solutions needs
to recoup some losses before nylxs goes off the air.
>>And a 2 month GTK Workshop beginning on Jan
This is going to be excellent.
>>With the funds generated from these classes we are looking to allocate
>>space that will be available to the various Free Software groups in the
>>area. Securing a space for the community to meet, learn, and discuss.
>>I propose a meeting on Thursday, Jan 3 at the Typhoon Brewery (22 E 54th
>>St) at 8:30 PM.
OK, but that place is noicy. Have you ever tried the Killarny Rose downtown?
Put the engagement on the Calendar.
>>You can also IM me using AIM at SangreToro
And you can use paulr-at-nylxs.com
>>Do You Yahoo!?
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