I knew about this event 2 days ago by coincidence. A group of programmers and software and knowledge freedom advocates are organizing an event in Alexandria University’s Faculty of Engineering to educate people about some targeted topics from the 1st to 15th of September 2009.
from their sessions schedule. I can see that they concentrate on topics related to
– programming under Linux
– Open Solaris
I had an interest in attending this event as I didn’t attend any offline event for a long time, maybe that last one I attended was .NetWork‘s 7th gathering. the fact that I’m a night programmer, makes trying to wake up early seem impossible. I go to bed every day at 7:00 am and I can’t succeed to sleep before that time. but today I did it somehow and slept for 2 hours then went to the event.
The first session was a beginners level session about Linux Ubuntu and the presenter did well at introducing the audience to what is Linux, but the only thing I hated, is that way he described windows as evil or bad operating system compared to the great Linux system. he wasn’t fair enough, but this is how most of the my operating system rocks people do (whatever if they are using Mac, Windows or Linux). in total, the session was good but I was seeking for a more advanced session, maybe I didn’t have to attend that session .
The second session was about Wikipedia. a number of the Arabic Wikipedia contributors were there trying to get some of the audience into writing for Wikipedia or even contributing suggestions. between the sessions they held a workshop to educate the interested audience on how to add/edit pages on Wikipedia.
I noticed something interesting. The Wikipedia presenter in the second session had a notebook with Windows 7 installed. I thought that he will be using Linux but it seems like those Wikipedia guys/gals don’t belong to the same geeky class as the other organizers of the event, but they share the same vision and target.
the day is rated good and I wish to attend the next sessions till the end of the event. if you are in or near Alexandria or passing by and interested, join the sessions at lectures hall M3 in the preparatory building in faculty of Engineering Alexandria.