Photos by/Fotos de: Selene Yang
In just a couple of days, our LoCo Team is celebrating its third anniversary.
It’s quite refreshing to see the way we’ve evolved over the years, from a small and local LUG-ish organization to a broader free software community where we build new relationships every day with similar communities and work with some interesting projects.
One of these new and interesting initiatives is the collaboration between our community and the free culture movement. It all started with some informal meetings with a couple of local bands previous to the 2008 Software Freedom Day event.
Today, we see the first results of this collaboration with the release of the first album of a Nicaraguan artist under a Creative Commons.
Orgánico is the name of Cecilia Ferrer’s album, available for free from the Jamendo and Rocknica websites. The album includes nine songs, of which two are in English, and the sound is a fascinating combination of rock, pop and electronic beats.
I’m more of a classic-rock-heavy-metal-junkie-kind-of-guy, but I must say I really enjoyed this album. The vocals are great and the mixture of Latin American and European rhythms is awesome. If you haven’t heard of Cecilia Ferrer yet, please go to Jamendo or Rocknica and download the album.
Building a free society doesn’t only require free software. It’s also important to have universal access to knowledge in the form of free and open content, content that can be freely distributed, shared and build upon.
Free culture is essential for a free society. Cultural works should not be restricted by patents, unfair copyright laws and big monopolies.
This month, ‘Libera la Música‘, a group of artists, creators and free software advocates, started a campaign on the social website Facebook for liberating Nicaraguan music.
The target of this first campaign is aimed at Carlos Mejía Godoy, a national icon, and one of the most significant musicians in the history of Nicaraguan and Latin American folk music.
According to a spokesperson of the group, the purpose of this campaign is:
“to raise awareness within the Nicaraguan society about the importance of free culture and to start the debate about the need to reform the actual copyright laws in our country.”
The Linux journal magazine recently published an article about ALBAstryde: an agricultural information system build by SIMAS, a Nicaraguan NGO, on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, and released under a GPL v.3 license.
ALBAstryde is a dynamic web-based information system that combines data from different sources. The numeric data can easily be combined with textual data (by placing comments on the graphs), the write ups from the wiki component, and PDF documents (added in a library section).
Some members from our community were involved from the beginning in the process of building ALBAstryde, and that’s for me, one of the most remarkable aspects of this system; that the knowledge of building, operating and extending ALBAstryde is available locally and not depending on foreign experts.
If you want to know more:
The Ministry of Education have plans for developing an Ubuntu-based educational distribution aimed at public and private elementary and secondary schools in Nicaragua.
There’s a work group in front of this project, constituted by high-level officials from the Ministry of Education, representatives from the National Technological Institute (responsible for vocational training nationwide), delegates from the main private and public universities, and members from the Ubuntu Nicaragua LoCo Team.
This work group is going to meet next week in order to draft a plan for the first twelve months.
One of the first tasks is to identify and classify all the free educational software included in the Ubuntu repositories, and see which software packages needs to be adapted to fit the national curriculum for schools and how much new software has to be developed from scratch.
This is a great opportunity for our LoCo, both in terms of further advocating the use of FOSS in the country, as much as in gaining technical expertise in packaging, developing and maintaining Ubuntu packages.
Hopefully, in the long term, we’ll be able to contribute back to the Ubuntu project with patches for software that’s already available in Ubuntu and some new and exciting educational software in areas where it’s lacking.
The official Nicaraguan GNU/Linux distribution for schools is definitely a step forward in the right direction.
Con este título, La Brújula, el primer semanario libre que circula en Nicaragua, dedica su edición de esta semana al software libre en conmemoración del Día de la Libertad del Software, a celebrarse este sábado 19 de septiembre.
Descarga la edición electrónica aquí.
Ilustración: Edwin Moreira/La Brújula Semanal/CC
One of the coolest things about the SFD event was the opportunity to hang out with some old friends. And for the very first time we have a group photo of (almost) all the past and present members of the Ubuntu Nicaragua Community Council.