Monday, March 7, 2011

Knowledge saturday

In Mongolia, we have local FOSS community since 2007, and we've been organizing events for non-FOSS users and beginners. But some members of our community were asking for real and practical knowledge sharing than mailing list, forum, wiki etc. We've been discussing how to fulfill this demand, which was more than required to become more attractive for non-beginning users. Now, we have Knowledge Saturday.

Knowledge Saturday is event where volunteer members teach about 3 or 4 topics and it's hold on last Saturday of the month. And within 2 hours will have grasp and practical understanding of 4 topics. First event held on 23th Oct 2010, and the topics were 'How to install Ubuntu 10.10', 'Git - version control system', 'Python 101'. Last was on 26th Feb 2011, and topics were 'Unix file system basics - File owner, group, permission', 'Drawing with Inkscape', 'Symfony - web development framework'. And we're preparing for March 2011, which will be held on National University of Mongolia.

First steps were a bit difficult, because we needed to volunteer speakers, venue and some technical resources. We didn't had chance to record talk during first few events, now we're trying to record talk and make them available on Vimeo. Now it's getting a lot easier because people understand how it's important to have open knowledge, open knowledge sharing. People want to share their knowledge.


Fred said...

Hey great efforts! The best is to indeed have a regular meet up the same day of the month, at the same place and same time. It takes time to grow your group but it will become a regular place for all the GNU/Linux/GNOME users in your city.

Then a website to give people a chance to find you and share information (mailing list or forum). I've been part of the Beijing GNU/Linux User Group for some time ( and it grew that way. You can also join the GNOME.Asia mailing list (gnome-asia-list@ and ask questions or share your experience. We're a happy crowd and happy to help.

Good luck and maybe see you one day in Mongolia!

slashdotaccount said...

Great work!

I noticed that the Debian Installer is not available in Mongolian, if you want to launch a Mongolian translation effort for Debian (installer, package descriptions, software, website, wiki and so on) please check out these web pages:

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