La Dynamique du Libre en Côte d’Ivoire

12 juin 2017 Commentaires fermés

Une fois de plus, nous voici plongés au cœur des actions de la brillante jeunesse de Côte d’Ivoire. @yiyikoh, Ovillage, JerryClan de Côte d’Ivoire, etc, sont autant de lieux et de projets mis sur pied par de jeunes ivoiriens très ambitieux, ceci dans le but entre autres de promouvoir les logiciels libres, d’instaurer des plateformes d’entraide et de solidarité entre jeunes entrepreneurs et de faire connaître leurs projets à travers le monde.

C’est dans ce même ordre d’idées que la JMSI (Journée nationale de la Maintenance et de la Sécurité Informatique) a été mise sur pied par la même dynamique de jeunes en 2016. Cette journée a été créée dans le but de promouvoir les nouvelles technologies en particulier celles de la maintenance, de l’électronique et de la sécurité informatique. La première édition célébrée l’an dernier a connu un franc succès avec la présence de nombreux professionnels de la maintenance, des experts spécialisés qui ont partagé leurs visions et leurs expériences avec les personnes présentes.

Photo de famille avec le vainqueur du concour de maintenance de la premier edition de la JMSI

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Yes, Jerry Can in Africa !

22 février 2017 Commentaires fermés

Friday May 25th 2012, has been a very special day for the Free Software community in the Ivory Coast country. The Yamoussoukro town, commonly called Yakro by the Ivorians, experienced a significant event in the whole coworking history. The sharing night” gathering, as the coworkers decided to name it, was hosted in the City Hall of Yamoussoukro, which is the political and administrative capital of this country. One could see, all night long and under the high authority of Wilfried NGuessan, the master of ceremonies, busy coworkers sharing ideas and putting all their efforts together to finalize their projects. And this is precisely at the end of this famous “sharing night” that was born the very first Jerry built in Africa. And at the same time, the JerryClan Ivory Coast community was also born, with the pulse of Florent Youzan, Jean-Pierre Koutouan, Cyriac Gbogou, and the Afriworkers network.

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Ivory Coast JerryClan community during the first JerryMarathon in Attécoubé (Abidjan)

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YES, JERRY CAN ! (Jerrycan)

16 février 2017 Commentaires fermés

Le vendredi 25 mai 2012 a été un jour pas comme les autres pour la communauté du Libre de Côte d’Ivoire. La ville de Yamoussoukro, communément appelée Yakro par les Ivoiriens, a vécu un événement des plus marquants de l’histoire du coworking2. « La nuit du partage », comme ont décidé de la nommer les coworkers, a été abritée dans les locaux de la mairie de la capitale politique et administrative qu’est Yamoussoukro. Toute la nuit, et sous la haute autorité du maître de cérémonie Wilfried N’Guessan, on a pu voir les coworkers s’activer, partager des idées et mettre leurs efforts en commun pour la réalisation de leurs projets. C’est au terme de cette fameuse « nuit du partage » qu’a vu le jour le tout premier Jerry fabriqué en Afrique. Ainsi est également né le JerryClan Côte d’Ivoire sous l’impulsion de Florent Youzan, de Jean-Pierre Koutouan, de Cyriac Gbogou, et du réseau Afriworkers.

 

 Communauté du JerryClan Côte d’Ivoire lors du premier JerryMarathon à Attécoubé à Abidjan

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A Distro For All Seasons

1 novembre 2016 Commentaires fermés

In its September 2016 edition, the Linux Format English magazine published a long interview of our Emmabuntüs collective, conducted by their journalist Jonni Bidwell.

The paper begins with a brief history of the first voluntary actions made by Patrick at Emmaüs community of Neuilly-Plaisance, and the first traveling companions who started the Emmabuntüs collective adventure.

Next comes the definition of the three fundamental axis of our involvement are clearly explain :

  • develop a distribution easy to install on aging computers;

  • help humanitarian communities to perform these installations and then diffuse the Libre Software ideals among the newbies;

  • and doing so, dramatically reduce the amount of electronic waste on our planet.

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Une distro pour l’éternité !

31 octobre 2016 Commentaires fermés

Dans son édition de Septembre 2016 la revue anglaise Linux Format publie une longue interview du collectif Emmabuntüs conduite par leur journaliste Jonni Bidwell.

L’article débute avec un historique rapide des premières actions de Patrick bénévole à la Communauté Emmaüs de Neuilly-Plaisance, et les premiers compagnons de route qui ont démarré l’aventure du collectif Emmabuntüs.

 Puis la définition de ses trois grands axes d’engagements est clairement explicitée :

  • développer une distribution facile à installer rapidement sur de vieilles machines ;
  • aider les communautés humanitaires à faire ces installations, puis à diffuser les idéaux du logiciel libre aux débutants ;
  • et ce-faisant, réduire notablement le gaspillage électronique sur notre planète.

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Montpel’libre : the dragonfly of Liberty, from Equality to Fraternity.

24 août 2016 Commentaires fermés

Eight years spent weaving its web beyond its boundaries, disseminating ideas on computers, on technologies and on social actions, thanks to its couple of antennae; and a couple of eyes to understand the mysteries of the world around, in order to better serve it; and a couple of wings to better cover the world through accessibility and humanitarian mapping parties; three couple of legs to better grasp the transmission of the free (as in freedom) software and better cope with all the encountered difficulties : this is how is made our Dragonfly [Libellule in French] Montpel’libre

In 2008, the free software experienced an exponential growth. More and more individuals, companies and institutions adopt this idea. An increasing number of events around the free software germinates around the world with the goal of promoting the Libre Software and defend its interests. Because it must be said that things did not always look so rosy for these missionaries.

The Montpel’libre association was born December 2nd 2008 with the goal to establish – for the free software – a large freedom of usage, an equality in its utilization and the brotherhood needed to link all users together. Since then, this association is comprised of 25 active members, 65 participating members, and a galaxy of volunteers, constantly struggling to demonstrate the high value of the free software as a common good.

In addition, the association also cares about equally important topics like strong social and solidarity economy, social and digital innovation, sustainable development. Hence the great diversity of the members: novice Monpel’librists , designers, lawyers, hikers, gardeners. This diversity demonstrate that the association is not only a network of geeks and computer scientists, but a tremendous asset by itself.

The solidarity which stands out of the digital world activists in general and the members of Montpel’libre in particular, is even more visible during these last days with the unconditional support given to one of them, CELLOU DIALLO, a very active volunteer who was part of the organization team during several Montpel’libre events, and various other associations. One could see all these Libre Software advocates and proponents of the social and community grouping, huddle together – like one herd of antelopes – to defend one of them and let him free of the justice machinery and have his administrative status regularized.

The Montpel’libre team during a free software demo within the Emmaüs community of Montpellier in December 2015.
On the photo, from left to right, are : Cellou, Pascal, Quentin. In the background : Romain, Patrick (of Emmabuntüs) and François (of Multisystem). Missing in the picture : Nicolas et Cédric.

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With THOT for a 2.0 solidarity

21 août 2016 Commentaires fermés

In this world, each individual has access to Internet and is enough digital savvy to have a great influence on its social and economical environment. Each individual, fully aware of the ecological impact on our planet, generated by 60 million tons of yearly electronic waste, should be able to clean and preserve its environment. We have in this world a perfect equality between rich and poor persons, and between Digital Natives 1 and Digital Immigrants 2 in what concerns the access to the ICT 3 … May be this world will never leave the dream realm to become reality …

Actually, is our world nothing but Utopia ?

Since year 2011, the Emmabuntüs collective did set up its own GNU/Linux distribution named Emmabuntüs in order to simplify the refurbishing of aging computers, which are given to humanitarian associations. The first goal of this collective is to expand the life span of the electronic devices, and – by doing so – dramatically reduce their waste. Reminder : only 10% of the waste is recycled.

Hello, I am Emmabuntüs ! Test me out !

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The march of the YovoTogo children toward the digital age

15 août 2016 Commentaires fermés

With a population of 7.5 million inhabitants and an area of 56,785 Km2, the Togolese republic is a Western Africa country which economy is based mainly on food crops and phosphate mines. Its true wealth is the wide variety of landscapes going from arid plains to green valleys, passing through great savannas in the north of the country, planted with great baobab trees.

This is the small but great country of Emmanuel Adebayor1, where Claude Féré and his spouse Marie Paule Oré settled to continue the service project which was initiated several years ago by a missionary aunt.

If you go in the Togolese savanna area, more precisely at Bombouaka, in the Tandjouaré prefecture, you cannot miss the Saint Louis Orione Center which is hosting children with disabilities. This center was set up some 40 years ago aiming at the disable children assistance. I is formed with several buildings dedicated to the administration, the patients reeducation, the teenagers home, the postoperative accommodation, the operating theater, the orthopedic workshop, the boarding school for young and severely disabled children, carpentry and welding apprenticeship workshops, the study hall, the computer room …

After their first visit to Togo, Marie Paule and Claude were extremely moved by the harsh reality this country is facing, ands also because one of the building displayed the name and the picture of her aunt. Since the destiny is changing like a chameleon skin, it seems natural that their feet brought them back here, where their hearts were already staying.

Building displaying the name and the picture of the aunt

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The new look of the Akashganga school’s main gate

11 août 2016 Commentaires fermés

Ailleurs Solidaires (approx. « Together Abroad ») is a humanitarian association based in the Calvados (French Normandy) which main goal is to help needy children in the « Akashganga International Academy » (only its name and its willingness to exist are really international), a school located in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Access to Internet and computer-based tools were impossible in this school : Ailleurs Solidaires, assisted and advised by the nearby CaLviX association (promoting the Free Software) donated a total of 12 used laptops computer loaded with the Emmabuntüs distribution. For numerous children/teenagers, this was the first opportunity in their life to reach a computer. And, of course, to train themselves, to use their first spreadsheets and word processors, for example, but also to understand what the Open-Source movement is about.

Since then, Emmabuntüs has been adopted by the children, and the school management fully understood its importance as a pedagogic tool, and how much the knowledge of an operating system based on GNU/Linux will bring to the students future life.

To mark her recognition and adhesion to the Libre Software values, the lady Principal of the school had the main gate repainted and decorated with the two penguins you can see on the picture below. She could not think of a better way to express her gratitude, and both the decision and execution were completed in a record time.

Picture by Olivier.Gonzalez.Caen — Personal work, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Le nouveau portail d’entrée de l’école d’Akashganga au Népal

10 août 2016 Commentaires fermés

Ailleurs Solidaires est une association humanitaire, basée dans le Calvados, dont l’objectif majeur est d’aider les enfants démunis de la « Akashganga International Academy » (elle n’a vraiment d’internationale que le nom et la volonté de l’être), école située à Katmandou au Népal.

L’accès à l’outil informatique et à internet était impossible pour cette école : Ailleurs Solidaires, aidée et conseillée par l’association normande CaLviX (dont l’objet est la promotion du logiciel libre), a offert en 2015 et 2016 un total de 12 ordinateurs portables usagés, avec le système d’exploitation Emmabuntüs. Ce fut l’occasion pour de nombreux enfants/adolescents de toucher, pour la première fois de leur vie, un ordinateur. Et bien sûr de se former, de connaitre les premiers tableurs et traitements de texte, par exemple, mais aussi de comprendre ce qu’est le mouvement Opensource.

 Depuis, Emmabuntüs a été adopté par les enfants, et la direction de cette école en a compris l’intérêt pédagogique, et ce que la connaissance d’un système d’exploitation basé sur GNU/Linux pouvait apporter  pour le futur de ses élèves.

Pour marquer sa reconnaissance, et son adhésion aux valeurs du Libre, la directrice a fait repeindre le portail avec les deux pingouins (manchots) qui figurent sur la photo. Elle ne voyait aucun autre moyen d’exprimer sa gratitude, et la décision fut prise et réalisée en un temps record.

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