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Hi, I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the Free
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. Over the past three years I have been learning
about Linux and the issues revolving arround Free Software and Fair Use.
I have become very passionate about the potential of Free Software. As
well as the potential of it's adoption and use. Central to the
fulfillment of this potential is an understanding of the technology and
the human factors which determine its use and development.
I first heard of Linux while helping to administer funds for my
university. A group of students (our in-house LUG as it turned out)
came to me asking for funding to distribute free cds with different
Linux distributions on them.
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. These were
organizations with little financial backing, all of which were planning
and implementing extensive educational initiatives. I became interested
in their information infrastructure. While I didn't have the techincal
expertise at the time (and frankly, still don't), I began to realize the
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).
Ok. That's some background on me. And now to the really juicy stuff..
The Free Software Institute.
The Free Software Institute is an initiative of NYLXS. Its goal is to
promote Linux and Free Software through eductaion and training. This
meant to be a service to the Free Software community. 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.
The current plans include:
Introduction to Unix1
Introduction to Unix2
Apache: Introduction to.., Advanced Administration
Perl - Intoduction, Advanced, Advanced Web programming with...
The classes are meant to accomodate verying levels of experience.
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. And a 2 month GTK Workshop beginning on Jan
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.
We currently need people who are willing to share their knowledge and
are willing to teach! I am also looking for people willing to help
organize this initiative.
I propose a meeting on Thursday, Jan 3 at the Typhoon Brewery (22 E 54th
St) at 8:30 PM. If someone would like to arrange another meeting time
or place, please let me know. Also, please feel free to contact me
through the list, or directly (info below) if you'd like to share any
thoughts on the Institute, get together, or volunteer your time.
You can also IM me using AIM at SangreToro
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because it's either fair use or useless....