Ubuntu-Pakistan Updates: Doing some serious Ubuntu-Linux Activity throughout Pakistan

Fouad Riaz Bajwa bajwa at fossfp.org
Sat Aug 26 13:06:55 BST 2006

Dear Community Members,

In order to engage with the FOSS community and carryout some serious
Ubuntu-Linux Activity, you are recommended to order free Ubuntu-Linux CDs
from http://shipit.ubuntu.com and distribute these freely to all your
friends, family members who own a computer, computer vendors, universities,
colleges and schools (Please order Edubuntu from www.edubuntu.com for

I have recently visited CD vendors in Lahore who are literally selling these
free CDs in Hafeez Center and local CD stores for Rs.100-300. The FOSS
community does not force you to stop this; you may earn money from FOSS but
should also be rather ethical and decent with pricing something that is
freely distributed to you. If you find any similar activity, politely
discuss with the vendors that they should not charge un-affordable prices
for free Ubuntu-Linux CDs.

Also you can invite our community Volunteers as well Linux Pakistan members
to deliver seminars and meet-ups in colleges and universities in your cities
for Ubuntu-Linux. Please correct me if the destination is wrong:

1. For Islamabad is our friend Kamran Azeem [producer of the first Linux
Book and Linux CBTs]
2. Mr. Khurram Bhatti - Location?
3. For Lahore, Mr. Atif Khan and Myself
4. Mr. Faraz Khan & Mr. Rehan of Emergen Consulting, Karachi
5. Mr. Khawar Nehal - Location?

Please note that these Volunteers will only provide basic knowledge about
Ubuntu-Linux Desktop and Server Installations, using the programs in these
environments and basic APT commands to update your hardware Operating System
and various packages from the Internet. For advanced programs, these
professionals may charge appropriate fees because we nowhere recommend
anyone to go blindly training without covering their own costs for such an
activity. Please contact them before making any arrangements and seek their
availability as some destinations may be further off to accommodate and they
may recommend other people from the community to help.

For all other volunteers who would like to join similar initiatives, kindly
drop me an email so that we can help organize a trainer mailing list, I hope
Kamran, Khawar, Faraz and Khurram will be kind enough to work with me on

Mr. Waqas Toor who has also joined the Ubuntu-Pakistan community has shown
interest to localize Ubuntu-Linux Desktop and Server guides available in
English language from https://help.ubuntu.com/. 

We are also working out the first Open Source Software Mirror for Pakistan
on the Cybernet Internet Backbone so that Ubuntu-Linux will be available
from 45 Cybernet offices nationwide as well as quickly downloadable through
their dialups and dsl connections. We will also be mirroring this server to
the PTCL and PIE, NTC networks so that all universities in Pakistan will be
capable of accessing these opportunities. The Karachi Mirror is expected to
be replicated by Faraz Khan. 

Ubuntu-Linux CDs on an urgent basis are available from the Linux Pakistan
team at Rs.35 per CD from http://www.linuxpakistan.net. 

Remember, prevent software piracy, start from your homes, schools, colleges
and universities and as you gain the alternative IT knowledge on Linux, you
may extend this to your offices. Follow the example of many companies
including Allied Bank, Dollar Industries, SNGPL, Bank Islami, MCB, etc! In
the government and enterprise sector PSEB-Open Source Resource Center,
Ministry of IT&T etc are all available to help your enterprise companies and
government departments to migrate to FOSS.

Fouad Riaz Bajwa
Team Leader
Ubuntu-Linux Pakistan LoCo Team
Cell: 92-333-4661290
Tel: 92-42-5030039
E-Mail: bajwa at ubuntu.com  
URL: www.ubuntu-pk.org
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