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انبطحوا جميعا انتم فى عزبة مبارك الأول.

been to the demonstration at mogama3 al ta7rir today, as usual it was a big mess, the thing was supposed to start at 1pm but the tagamo3 started early at 12:00 and had the police lock downtown early.

to top it off al 3arabi newspaper anounced that the demo would be at 2pm instead of 1pm (nasserists when will they get a brain).

it was hardly an antiwar demo, it was mostly an anti mubarak demo, kefaia decided to give this one a skip, why? who knows, who cares.

interesting thing this time was the pro mubarak mozahra on the other side, crew cut honest every day egyptians came streaming from central secruity (amn markazy) cars to organize a patriotic pro mubarak mozahra and accuse us of being traitors, they had some anti iraq war banners (all printed in the same exact type and material), among them was a monaqaba waering gold all over her arms (رقاصة محترمة مالكباريه للمظاهرة و من المظاهرة للكباريه) .

funkiest thing about the pro mubarak mozahra was the banner that said "مبارك قائدة مسيرة الاصلاح" nice to know the pharaoh is in touch with his feminine side.

anyways the traitors mozahra was as usual, its always a good time to meet some people one doesn't get many chances to meet (its also good to remember there is a world beyond GNU/Linux and Free/Open Source Software).

this time we met ابن الوسخة حرامى الشنطة "حرامى الشنطة" the guy (is he a baltagi or a security officer) who robbed my mum's bag and cut my Unga Ornar T-Shirt to shreds while trying to confiscate my camera last year.

he is one of the minions of Walid Al Desoky, one of Egypt's most notorious torturers.

mostafa was wearing my favorite slogan اتفووه, its perfect it doesn't claim to have an answer, in fact it isn't even political and yet it is the dream of many egyptians (to spit on our leaders one by one).

same genius who created the spitting slogan made this new cool banner فلقس انت فى شرم الشيخ. Sharm el Sheikh is now a symbol, you hear it more than camp david and the Nagi el Ali like drawing is perfect for the ocassion.

more photos from the demonstration.

c ya all on the 30th in kefaia's protest.

الشباب المصرى و الجنو لينوكس و التهتهة

الناس كلها فاقدة الأمل فى شباب البلد لكن انا تجربة eglug جددت ايمانى بيهم المستقبل فى ايدينا يا جماعة، و الحمد لله شباب مصر زى الفل

و علشان اثبتلكم اللى باقوله ادى مثال بسيط للعينات اللى بتعدى علينا

ده ايميل وصل ل[email protected] النهاردة

هاىيا شباب جنو/لينوكس

انا شاب مصرى ومعاجب بالاختراعات والبرامج وانا من المستخدم جنو/الينوكس واحبة جدا توجدبعض الاشياء مش مظبوطة

1/ان تعرضو هذا الوندز الى الكلية الحربية او العسكرية او الطيرانية او اى شى ضد العدو انا اعلم موضوع انكم اعرضتو عليهم هذا وهم رفضو وجاء بعض الشركات مثل مكروسفت امام التعاون بالمال وحصل شى اعجبنى وهو انتم رفضتو وهذا شى لا يقدر بشكرالمفرودمن اولان تذهبو الى السيد الريس محمد حسنى مبارك انا اعلم انا اعلم اخبار انكم تكرهو جمال مبارك ومش بعيد تكرهو اليد الرئيس محمد حسنى مبارك ولكنهذا ليس عيب كل واحد لة الحرية الكاملة

  • 2/كان من يومين طقريبن جاء واحد امريى حتى يشرحلكم حقوق الانسان

تسمحولى انا اشراح

ان فى (1789/8/26)اعلنت الثورة الفرنسية حقوق الا نسان

)1948/12/10) اصدارت الجمعة العامة للامم المنحدة الاعلان العا لمى لحقوق الانسانوبين كل الحورات دى ان الاسلام هو من اول من اعلان حقوق الانسان قبل فرنسا وامريكا

  • المهم الان انا عندى مشروع حلو جدا لكن مش عارف انفذة

لعدة اسباب

1/الوقت2/توجد بعض المشاكل التى طقبلنى

1 المشروع)

انا نعمل اشياء ضد السكس فى الانترنت نعمل برامج توجد بعض البرامج هذا لكن مش اقوية او منتشرة فى الاسواق.


1نعمل صفحة معلومات

2او برامج الانترنت توجدالناس سوف يعملة

الاسم : احمد رمضان

السن :15

الهوية :الكنبيوتر والنت



عشان مبقاش مفترى رغم اننا بنجذب العناصر الضاربة (زى رباب ربة الأرباب الى مدير oracle بيعكسها) لكن دول مش القاعدة الغالبية فعلا شباب الواحد يفتخر يكون وسطيهم.

Why Democracy?

Mindbleed asks why democracy

So if the bane of our existence is in the condition of our nation, how will the 'ideals' of democracy translate into real improvements?

first it must be said, to me democracy is a matter of belief, with a democratic system there is always a way for people to take matters in their hand and try to improve their lot, non of us (and none of the experts) know how to solve all Egypt's problems but IMO it will be easier to live with the consequence of our choices than the consequences of imposed choices (just because they're ours).

this is not a logical argument, this is a hypothesis, a dogma if you want, something I simply believe in.

but I must say minbleed raises two good points:

  • the illiterate can never truly participate in a democratic system; one needs to be educated and a large portion of society needs to be involved in grass roots activities for democracy to be real, if 40%-60% are illiterate (and thats not talking about how educated the rest are) then how will they be able to choose candidates and form opinions about laws and what have you?
  • upper middle class types believe that if their needs are met then the country is fine; I can relate to this, I spent 12 days in South Africa and I was appalled at how such a strong democracy can abandon its poor in this way.

but apart from that I've got some answers, not to how democracy will improve our lot, but how lack of it is making it worse.

first one of the biggest problems in Egypt is police brutality and torture, to me this is concern #1, there is no way to stop this without a real democracy, truly independent courts and prosecutors, transparency etc.

and don't assume only political activists are targeted, torture now is standard procedure in Egypt, everyone is at risk and the poorer you are the more likely you'll get abused. and its not only torture, random abuse in the street is now so common place no one even considers it a problem.

this alone is worth all the trouble IMO

but what about education, poverty, standards of living, unemployment etc.

Egypt is full of people who are working on improving their and others lives, from entrepreneurs to development NGOs to activists.

many of them cannot get anything done due to corruption, unfair laws, disregard to due process, lack of transparency and so on

even worse, almost anything that involves anything requires security clearances, the whole regime is concerned mainly with protecting itself, anything that involves organizing people, or deals with young people worries them.

what about education, a major reason behind the deterioration of universities is for political reasons, last month in Faculty of Science, Cairo Univ a young graduate student was denied his job as an assistant because he ticked off some Amn El Dawla officer, we are not talking about a job that should be his here, we are talking about a job that was actually his, the president of the university had already signed his papers.

In Aswan an acclaimed local botanist was fired from her job for daring to report on plagiarism.

not to mention total lack of student activity because of intrusive regulation and police abuse.

or what about development projects, we can't connect rural schools in upper egypt because using WiFi to cross property is illegal.

we can't use community radio to organize citizens of a Giza suburb to clean their water channel because broadcasting is illegal.

you can't run a small business and feed your kids by improving the lives of hundreds of Egyptians in your local neighborhood by allowing them to call their sons and daughters abroad using VoIP cheaply because the government telco can't stand loosing profits and what the telco wants is law.

I personally know of several small engineering companies that had to shut down due to unfair and unclear Tax legalization.

with real democracy we can cap corruption, free the judicial system (the prosecutors are the big problem actually), clean up our institutes, live without fear and humiliation, maybe we'll get a chance to review old laws and procedures and improve them.

and next time the USAID suggest improvements to basic education and high school system we can say no.

ما يجيبها الا نسوانها

50-90 Women from Arish held a protest demanding the release of their male relatives improsined with no charges after the Taba Bombing.

the women there continue to show courage, I don't know why this is not recieving media attention, even the blogs missed it.

as usual I forget about Al Jazeera, their horrible HTML (it improved besara7a) and lack of RSS makes it easy, but hey at least they didn't do like the BBC and put a photo of the bombed taba hotel with the article.

Invitation to FOSS Conference 13-15 March 2005


مؤتمر البرمجيات الحرة مفتوحة المصدر و التنمية 13 – 15 مارس 2005

دعوة لحضور مؤتمر تحت عنوان البرمجيات الحرة مفتوحة المصدر و التنمية، 13-15 مارس 2005، يوميا من السادسة مساء حتى العاشرة، بفندق شبرد - القاهرة. ينظم هذا المؤتمر مركز مجتمع المعرفة ( بالأشتراك مع مجموعة مستخدمى الجنو/لينوكس المصرية (

الدعوة مفتوحة، للاستفسار
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Free Open Source Software and Development Conference 13 – 15 March 2005

Invitation to attend the conference entitled Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) and Development (13-15 March 2005, daily from 6 p.m to 10 p.m, Shepard Hotel in Cairo), which is organized by Center for Knowledge Society ( with the cooperation of EGLUG (Egyptian GNU/Linux Users Group

Open Invitation, for enquiries:
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أجندة المؤتمر

اليوم الأول: الأحد 13 مارس

6:00 - 7:00 البرمجيات الحرة مفتوحة المصدر و التنمية

  • د. مارلين تادرس (مركز مجتمع المعرفة)
  • د. عادل الزعيم (IDRC)
  • م. أحمد السبكى (RITSEC)

7:00 - 8:00 الملكية الفكرية

  • م. أحمد حسين (TE Data)
  • ا. محمد حجازى

8:00 - 8:30 استراحة

8:30 - 10:00 التحديات التى تواجه البرمجيات الحرة مفتوحة المصدر (دراسات حالة محلية)

  • نموذج لشركة تكنولوجيا المصادر المفتوحة (Open Craft)
  • مركز أبو النمرس لتكنولوجيا المعلومات (كوسبى)
  • البرمجيات الحرة مفتوحة المصدر فى مدارس أبو قرقاص (التنمية العربية)
  • انتقال شركة ملابس جاهزة إلى الاعتماد التام على البرمجيات الحرة مفتوحة المصدر (مجموعة جنو لينوكس مصر)

اليوم الثانى: الأثنين 14 مارس

يحتوى هذا اليوم على عروض تقديمية تقنية لحلول و تكنولجيات البرمجيات الحرة مفتوحة المصدر

6:00 – 7:00 الاستخدام المكتبى و حالة التعريب

7:00 – 8:00 أدوات النشر على الويب

8:00 – 8:30 استراحة

8:30 – 10:00 تكنولوجيا فى متناول اليد

اليوم الثالث: الثلاثاء 15 مارس

6:00 – 10:00 معرض البرمجيات الحرة مفتوحة المصدر

سيقوم متطوعى مجموعة جنو لينوكس مصر بتقديم عروض عملية تفاعلية، و ستتواجد بعض الشركات و الجمعيات المهتمة بالبرمجيات الحرة مفتوحة المصدر للتعارف و المناقشة و للإجابة على كل أسئلتكم.

Conference Agenda

First Day: Sunday 13th March

6:00 – 7:00 FOSS and Development

  • Dr. Marlyn Tadros (Center for Knowledge Society)
  • Dr. Adel El Zaim (IDRC)
  • Mr. Ahmed El Sobky (RITSEC)

7:00 – 8:00 Intellectual Property

  • Mr. Mohamed Hegazy
  • Mr. Ahmed Hussein (TE Data)

8:00 – 8:30 Break

8:30 – 10:00 Challenges Facing FOSS (Local Case Studies)

  • Business Model of a Local FOSS IT Company (Open Craft)
  • Abu El Nomros Community Media Center (Cospe)
  • FOSS in Schools of Abu Qurqas (ArabDev)
  • Clothes Company's Complete Migration to FOSS (EGLUG)

Second Day: Monday 14th March

This day will consist of Technical Presentations on specific FOSS Technologies, Solutions.

6:00 – 7:00 Status of FOSS Desktop and Arabization

7:00 – 8:00 FOSS Web Publishing Platform

8:00 – 8:30 Break

8:30 – 10:00 Affordable Computing

Third Day: Tuesday 15th March

6:00 – 10:00 Mini-Expo

EGLUG volunteers will give hands-on presentations, and Companies and NGOs interested in FOSS will be available for discussions and will answer all your questions.

reseeding the 267 arabic ebooks torrent

the torrent for 267 ebooks from 3ala el ma3refa stopped working when ArabFiles moved to a new server and deleted all their torrents.

I uploaded the torrent again and I'm seeding it, if you missed the books the first time don't miss them now.