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NepaLinux 2.0 is out now

Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya has been developing NepaLinux 2.0, an open source operating system released under the GNU General Public License. Released on June 20, 2007, NepaLinux 2.0 is the follow up to the localised operating system NepaLinux developed by the team at Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya under the PAN Localisation project supported by the International Development Research Centre, Canada. The team aspires to make the system simpler and user-friendly with every new release. For more details about NepaLinux 2.0 and its release, visit the website http://nepalinux.org

Good Copy Bad Copy

Directors Andreas Johnsen, Ralf Christensen, and Henrik Moltke tackle a difficult subject in this short documentary available online. ‘Who owns what?’ is a topical question pertaining to copyright in the entertainment industry and the documentary attempts to answer that by going to all the subjects involved from music producers to industry experts (watch for Lawrence Lessig of Creative Commons). A little over 8 minutes long, Good Copy Bad Copy has been sold to Danish Broadcasting Corporation. The directors are looking for worldwide distribution of this compact but engaging film. Donations are welcome online and parties interested in airing it locally are invited to contact the directors via the website:
http://www.goodcopybadcopy.net.

Bangladesh Information Society watch group formed

Monjur Mahmud reports on the creation of Bangladesh Information Society Watch Group (BISWG) in Dhaka in a bid to review the progress of WSIS action plan in the country. The initiative was taken at a discussion meeting jointly organised by BNNRC, Bytesforall Bangladesh, and Monthly Computer Jagot at BNNRC office in Dhaka on June 23. AHM Bazlur Rahman, chief executive officer of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio Communication (BNNRC), was nominated convener of the newly formed body. The meeting was organised to share present status and create awareness on WSIS action plan. Stressing the need for increasing the number of Internet users in Bangladesh, Kafi said Internet users should go up to build a vibrant information society in the country. Referring to different global conferences on ICT, he said priority issues of the developed nations and least developed countries (LDCs) are different and that’s why problems of the LDCs are not addressed at these meetings. Kafi emphasised on more participation from developing countries at the global level. For more information, visit: http://bangladeshictpolicy.bytesforall.net/?q=node/318.

Required reading: the next 10 years

Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig has announced he is moving from copyright to tackling corruption. He writes, “I have decided to shift my academic work, and soon, my activism, away from the issues that have consumed me for the last 10 years, towards a new set of issues: Namely, these. “Corruption” as I’ve defined it elsewhere will be the focus of my work. For at least the next 10 years, it is the problem I will try to help solve.” To read his blog entry, visit:
http://www.lessig.org/blog/archives/003800.shtml.

Ekgaon, solutions for the poor

Ekgaon Technologies is a network of expatriates and Indian techies based around the world who believe in getting independent rural communities to run enterprises.Current ventures include a CAM Mobile Services Framework, Mahakalasm MIS, a medicinal plant portal and promoting the Indic-Computing Consortium, apart from commercial projects. Writes Frederick Noronha, by supporting ‘community-owned and managed enterprises, cooperatives and financial institutions’, ekgaon hopes it can contribute to a bottom-up, locally self-sufficient and environmentally sustainable model of rural and international development.
http://www.ekgaon.com.

Notes on a WSIS round table

Shahidul Shuvra shared his analysis of the WSIS initiative after attending a recent round table meeting. He writes, “The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) was a series of United Nations facilitated multi-featured rendezvous to bring hi-tech and cyber blessings to the grass roots level of all least developed countries. The core word of the summits was to bridge digital divide by giving many facilities to the poor countries possessing little or no info-tech. But we have already forgotten the essence of both summits. Virtually there is no government cell to follow up the declaration of the summits. In fact, those concerned in the administration forgot that Bangladesh is one of the signatories of the UN declaration in the summits.” For the entire article, visit:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/bytesforall_readers/message/10522

Linux training in Vietnam

IOSN ASEAN+3 in cooperation with InWEnt Capacity Building International, Germany and NetNam Corporation of Vietnam are holding a training of trainers session in Hanoi, Vietnam for Vietnamese participants over 10 days (30th July-10th August). According to a press statement, this course prepares participants for Linux Professionals Institute (www.lpi.org or LPI) certification as well as to become Linux trainers in their own right. Application deadline is July 6, 2007. For more information, visit: http://www.iosn.net/asean-3/countries/vietnam/events/linux-training-of-trainers/

Monsoons online!

A team the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune, India, has a useful web resource centre on Asia’s summer rain fest: the Monsoons. Called Monsoon On Line (MOL), the website monitors and forecasts the monsoons. Visit their website at: http://www.tropmet.res.in/~kolli/MOL/

The Basebox: everyday tools for NGOs

Natasha Primo reports that Tactical Tech and Women’sNet have launched the latest edition of the BaseBox. The BaseBox is described as a collection of tools for the day to day running of small-to-medium sized NGOs such as activist and advocacy groups. The Box contains a set of peer-reviewed Free and Open Source Software tools, with associated guides and tutorials. The edition can be accessed online but it’s primary form is as a physical box set of CDs. Some of the features the suite covers include word processing, volunteer management, web browsing and eMail, project management, finance and fundraising, surveys and anti-virus. Aside from the BaseBox CD the edition also includes a copy of Ubuntu, a GNU/Linux operating system, and SME Server. For more information about these CDs please visit this website:
http://base.ngoinabox.org

ShareIdeas.org to channel mobile revolution

Ridhi D’Cruz points out a budding project supported by Nokia and Vodafone. ShareIdeas.org is an online community and a wiki for exactly what the name suggests

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