[Ambassadors] Fedora Tunisia at SIB expo. in Tunis (Tunisia)

Ilyes Gouta ilyes.gouta at gmail.com
Tue Nov 30 17:52:33 UTC 2010


Hi,

This year's local expo SIB [1] and [2] has just wrapped up down here
in Tunis and we're glad to announce that we, Tunisian Fedora
Ambassadors, were there at the event where we had a dedicated booth
(albeit for a limited time) to present Fedora, the project and the
distribution.

The expo itself is an opportunity for the local companies, businesses
and telecoms to expose their latest computer software/hardware
offering and services. For this year's exhibition, the local emerging
open source community (mostly university clubs, few businesses)
negotiated with the organizers a dedicated booth that would be
allocated for every group according to a time table [3].

Fedora presence has been scheduled for the 25th of November and for
the occasion we decided to produce some Fedora 14 DVDs to distribute
them among the attendees. Nihed brilliantly took care of the task and
these were actually ready only on the last day of the expo (Saturday
the 27th) just on time for the last and biggest meeting for the local
open source attendees at SIB. We're going to distribute the remaining
stock of the produced DVDs in the forthcoming days, during meet ups at
universities and Engineering schools.

The booth was managed by me, Nihed and Zied during our time slot. We
had mostly students from the Engineering schools asking a lot of
questions about open source, Linux, Fedora, the 4 Fs, the difference
vs. the other distributions. We used [4] as a basis for our
presentation and [5] as a custom poster for the event. Eventually,
Nihed managed to get interviewed by the local radios [6, 7] which are
thriving for interesting and exciting content, where he mainly spoke
about open source as a viable alternative for user.

It was an amazing opportunity to meet people, talk about a common
passion, think about how we could improve things and do better.

One of the coolest highlights was Tech. and Engineering school
staffers and students asking us to organize practical days and
workshops on site, that's in their own schools, to talk about Fedora,
Linux and open source in general. We already asked to provide us the
major themes/concepts they’re interested in and started brainstorming
and drafting a program/course. Indeed, this would bring a lot to the
student as far as awareness, competence, visibility and communication
are concerned.

-Ilyes Gouta

1. http://www.sogefoires.com/index.php/salon-sib.html
2. http://www.tekiano.com/tek/tek-news/3-4-2919/tunisie-le-sib-it-2010-comme-si-vous-etiez.html
3. http://www.tekiano.com/tek/soft/3-10-2910/tunisie-le-logiciel-libre-a-l-honneur-au-sib.htm
4. http://fedoraproject.org/w/uploads/a/af/FOSSMeet09.odp
5. http://ilyes.fedorapeople.org/Fedora%20Poster%20Final_2000x1000.png
6. http://www.mosaiquefm.net/index/a/Actif/Cat/57
7. http://www.radioexpressfm.com


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