[Ambassadors] News from Egypt :)

Ahmed Araby araby.ahmed at gmail.com
Mon Dec 31 09:38:24 UTC 2012


Hello ambassadors,
Good morning from Egypt :)
Two days ago the government here in Egypt anunced a deal with Microsoft  ,
with 43M$
All opensource communities and activists in Egypt started to move and act
to stop that deal or at least limit It's effect
We organized a stand (1) In front of the prime minister's office (2)(3)
Ahmed Mekkawy(4)(5) (OpenEgypt(6) member and Opensource Activist) arranged
a meeting with the minister of communications in Egypt who's in charge of
almost anything related to IT field in the government
Nadeen(7) and I attended the meeting as Fedora Community Ambassadors
There has been other communities in the meeting (Ubuntu(8), Adf(9) and
others )
We've talked about many things but the results was not as expected, they
are still continuing with the deal as it
But they promised there'll be a  commitment to open source in the upcoming
projects, also they said there will be other meetings
People in the street started to ask "What's opensource? why ?" , That's a
great achievement for us
As I said this is not our last move


1) https://www.facebook.com/events/368019856627453/
2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cARRc5XVUnM
3) http://www.aswatmasriya.com/multimedia/micro
4) https://www.linkedin.com/in/linuxawy
 5) https://twitter.com/linuxawy
6) http://www.openegypt.net/node/5926
7) https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Nspirit
8) https://wiki.ubuntu.com/EgyptTeam
9) http://arabdigitalexpression.org/

-- 
Ahmed M. Araby
(FAS : egydev)
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