[DC LoCo] Help submit "Free Software for Busy People" for a Royal prize

Kevin Cole dc.loco at gmail.com
Mon Sep 17 16:16:51 BST 2007

Hi gang,

First, very quick: Everyone turn to your left and pat the next member on the
back.  ;-)  We had a very successful event at the Takoma Park Folk Festival
yesterday, and a smaller, but also good event at the Peoples Media Center at
Al Fishawy on Saturday evening.  More on both in a future message either
from me or anyone else feeling like chiming in.   I'd like to personally
thank Jeff, Nick, Mackenzie for tabling, schlepping, etc.  Also thanks go
out to Phil Shapiro for chronicling/videotaping the event, and Hank Young
for supplying photos, and a pen just when we needed it. ;-)  (Hank's CD is
on my desk.  The photos will probably go up on the web site tonight.) And an
honorable mention to Barry Warsaw for a bit of double-duty: After getting
off stage as a musician, he stopped by the table and switched hats to
promote Ubuntu -- and who better than a guy who now works for Canonical? ;-)

Speaking of Barry, you may recall his hat's in the ring for the Pizzigati
Prize for Software in the Public Interest (http://www.pizzigatiprize.org/).
While rooting for him, we have another of our local crowd trying for a
different prize, and that's really why I'm writing...  Maybe we can help.
Read on:

Next, I'm hoping

*Forwarded Conversation*
Subject: *Submitting "Free Software for Busy People" for a Royal prize*

* From: Mohammad Al-Ubaydli* <me at mo.md> To: Kevin Cole <dc.loco at gmail.com>,
John Knight <john.johnknight at gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Sep 16, 2007 at 11:48 PM

Dear Kevin and John,

I wondered if I could ask for your help (yet again) with the book:


Would it be possible to use you, or someone else you suggest from the Linux
community, as a reference for a prize I am applying for?


If the book wins this prize then I think Free Software would receive a Royal
seal of approval in the Arab world and would begin to get government
legitimacy. More information is available on these websites but please let
me know if I can provide you with any other information, or brief you more
over the phone.

My thanks in advance for any help that you can give.

Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, MD
e me at mo.md
w www.mo.md
c 301-466-3727
* From: John Knight* <john.johnknight at gmail.com> To: Mohammad Al-Ubaydli <
me at mo.md>
Cc: Kevin Cole <dc.loco at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Sep 17, 2007 at 12:14 AM

Are you looking for multiple reviews or just a few selected reviews.

Also I have been thinking that this book could be the core of a
collaborative web site. People could add to current scenarios or create new
* From: me at mo.md* <me at mo.md> To: John Knight <john.johnknight at gmail.com>
Cc: Kevin Cole <dc.loco at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Sep 17, 2007 at 6:39 AM

Hi John,
I need people from institutions or who are high profile that can be
references when the judges ask for clarification as to why the book is

And I agree about making the website collaborative, I had a little
trouble with my host but now have all the files back.

Were you thinking of this on Wikibooks or should I put Mediawiki on my site
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