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Written by Dmitri Dawkins   
Thursday, 13 November 2008 07:59

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About JaLUG PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dmitri Dawkins   
Friday, 07 November 2008 11:27

About the JaLUG

The purpose of the Jamaica Linux User Group (JaLUG).

Formed to be a driving force for the advancement of Linux use in Jamaica, the user group is an information base for Linux catering to both seasoned and new computer users alike. The group has at it's backbone a group of technically inclined individuals who cater to the spectrum of experience levels ranging from Linux geeks and enthusiasts to those who have never seen the Linux Operating System (OS). The group consists of students and professionals in the fields of education, communication and computing all of whom are committed to seeing Linux becoming a mainstream OS nationwide.



Below is an excerpt from our Memorandum of Association

...The objects for which the JALUG is established are:

(A). To promote the dissemination and use of information on Open Source and Linux issues using various forms of modern information and communication technology

(B). To introduce and connect public, private, non-government and community sector agencies and interests to local and international sources of information on Open Source & Linux utilizing the Internet and other tools.

(C).To provide information on Jamaica’s Information and Technology Sector and Technological development via the use of Open Source and Linux.

KDE Americas Conference PDF Print E-mail
Written by uten   
Friday, 07 November 2008 16:43

KDE Americas Conference


In January of 2008 two Jamaican IT professionals were invited to attend the KDE Release party at Google's Head Office in Silicon Valley, US. The event was the first of its kind in the western hemisphere, and after a huge turnout it was decided that a KDE Americas Conference needed to be arranged. Jamaica was nominated as one of the possible venues, and was shortlisted for further consideration. After returning to Jamaica the attendees Roger Pixley and Dmitri Dawkins got to work on their proposal, contacting several hotels and submitted two options to the KDE Events Committee. After months of deliberation Jamaica was chosen to host the inaugural KDE Americas Conference. Jamaica was chosen because of it's central location, the availability of flights, the paradise-like venue and because of the impact it would have on the country. The event will be held in Negril Jamaica, January 17-23, 2009.

KDE is an international technology team that creates Free Software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDE's products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, comprehensive office productivity and groupware suites and hundreds of software titles in many categories including Internet and web applications, multimedia, entertainment, educational, graphics and software development. KDE software is translated into more than 60 languages and is built with ease of use and modern accessibility principles in mind. KDE4's full-featured applications run natively on Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X.

The inaugural KDE Americas Conference is expected to attract over 200 visitors to Jamaica who will be attending the event. The event is a developers conference as well as a release event for KDE 4.2 the latest version of the KDE Desktop. Even though the event is aimed at developers, it's list of attendees does not stop there. Representatives from top tech companies who use KDE are also expected to attend and will speak about how KDE helps them in their business and how their technologies help contribute to KDE. There will also be "Birds of a Feather" talks, which are small group discussions about specific programs and technologies.

Because of its wide range of applications this event will be huge from a development view, and also because of the oppurtunities it will create. Members of the KDE e.V. (KDE's Legal team) will be there to explain how Companies and Governments switch to KDE and the legal licensing aspect. For instance when Brazil wanted to switch all the computers in their school system to run KDE they contacted the KDE e.V. and now 52 Million students in Brazil will be using KDE. Also when the European Union wanted added security in KDE's Mail software they contacted the KDE e.V. to meet their needs and now Kmail has encryption and security built in for everyone to use. The KDE e.V. is a registered non-profit organization that represents the KDE Project in legal and financial matters.

Regular KDE users are not to be left out either, their role in this conference will also be very important. KDE users are welcome to attend to help test new software as it is created at the conference and to contribute their valuable input on the user interface and stability of the work being done. Not only that but all patrons of the event will be the first to see a host of new features and development, as well as what's next to be done. The entire event will be recorded so that KDE users around the world can also watch the talks on different applications and technologies.

Jamaica itself will benefit greatly as local attendees will learn about this open source application suite that covers nearly every imaginable task necessary and it's development framework. Local sponsors will help support the most groundbreaking Open Source Conference Jamaica has ever hosted as well as receive great exposure internationally. The beauty of the KDE interface is that you do not have to change from your operating system of choice but can run it on nearly anything (Linux, Microsoft Windows, MacOS, BSD, Solaris), and use these applications for personal or professional use at no cost. Jamaicans will be better exposed to an alternative choice of desktop applications that is free to use for everyone without having to change OS.

Anyone can attend the event but they will require registration on the event website http://camp.kde.org , registration will open shortly. As the event date draws closer more information such as list of speakers, sponsors, and activities will be posted on the website. The event is going to be a milestone technologically for Jamaica and we at the Events committee are looking forward to seeing you there.

For further information on this event and how you can support it please contact:
Jamaica: Dmitri Dawkins - uten.jm@gmail.com
International: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Last Updated ( Friday, 07 November 2008 16:58 )
Project Brainstorming PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dwayne Smith   
Sunday, 02 November 2008 01:12

Business Open Day:  Have a day for Businesses who are interested in what Linux can do for them come and probe that possibility. 



  • A sufficient group of people with saleable Linux skills as well as a pool of "experts" that can field questions. 
  • An assured number of organizations that will participate. The more we know of before hand the better to a) avoid wastes of time and b) prepare examples and demos before hand
  • Possibly Media coverage (Would be helpful for a demo of something in that field so they would have personal reasons to report it) 


Open Office - or rather an Open Source Office[OSO] - a demo office that uses only open source applications (I think this should an out of the box "appliance", perhaps installable via apt-get):

  • productivity suites [OO]
  • document management [Plone or Alfresco]
  • intranet[Drupal or Plone]
  • CRM
  • fax management [haylafax tough]
  • mail server, file server
  • internal communication [jabber network, openwengo]...
  • Openbravo (ERP) (can this be used for CRM?)


cant think of anymore now, could the people in the business world add more to this list please


KDE e.V. 2009 Jamaica 


    Things to be done: 

  • Confirm a place for the meeting
  • seek sponsorship in Jamaica (International will probably be done by KDE e.V.)
  • invite interested parties to attend
  • setup a local registration system
  • possibly organize transportation for JALug members 
  • Create a web enabled map for getting from the airport to Negril (OpenStreetMap ?)


OpenCALS (Open Source Computer Aided Learning System)

A collection of the best in open source education and small business techniques and applications designed to help teachers and administrator provide a secure, productive learning environment. Primarily based on (E)ubuntu



  • Classroom/Lab management
  • Administrative tasks
  • Security and Internet
  • Email and collaboration
  • Web resources 

Please make suggestions for the above areas or feel free to add modules. The Open source office is a great project to run with this one.



  • Indentify project members 
  • Finalized applications to be used 
  • Identify school(s) 
  • Seek sponsorship (donors- PCs) (if needed) 
Last Updated ( Friday, 07 November 2008 11:33 )
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