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From Santiago Gala <>
Subject Re: Apache community in Addis Ababa
Date Sun, 03 Apr 2016 20:11:17 GMT
I have been already 10 days here, mostly swamped with work and trying
to adapt myself to altitude. Few contacts still, but let's see.

I posted mostly in case anyone already involved and around here would
chime in. I'm trying to make contacts, not much success yet. But if
the projects we are starting here last some time, I'm going to keep
returning. Plus we are installing soon another clinics in Djibouti and
maybe other countries in the area.

I'm loving injera and fasting food, free of dairy protein, also fruits
that are a pleasure for my poor digestive system. I love the technical
challenges of IP networking with unstable grid and saturated routes. I
love the weather, the colors, the alphabet. I don't love so much the
beggars chasing foreigners, and the car and portable electric
generator noise and pollution. Tribute of the economic growth, the
grid in Bole comes down 2-6 times per day, and every single building
has a generator that kicks in in 20 segs and is switched off about 5
minutes after the grid comes back. Other areas of the city are in a
much better shape...

I saw some interest in talking about community wifi and similar
projects, though they have the same legal challenges we used to have
(telecom as a monopoly, challenges of keeping infrastructure

Let's see what comes out of this :)


On Sat, Apr 2, 2016 at 12:48 AM, Louis Suárez-Potts <> wrote:
> We had a more or less vibrant community doing Swahilii, too—but it has, as far as I
know, also declined. It’s positive cline depended upon a few. Gone, gravity took over.
> I am still in touch with some in the region. Might be feasible to re-ignite the spark,
but my guess is that it would only be really sustainable if in coordination with LibreOffice/Mozilla
and others who would benefit from the common translated strings.
> louis
>> On 31 Mar 16, at 18:12, Dave Fisher <> wrote:
>> Hi -
>> OpenOffice has outdated translations of Amharic and Oromoo. Updating these translations
via pootle can be done by non coders. The AOO project is ready to provide guidance as we are
for any language.
>> Regards,
>> Dave
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> On Mar 31, 2016, at 1:41 PM, Rich Bowen <> wrote:
>>> If you happen to find a vibrant Apache community in Addis, or, indeed,
>>> any passion for open source in general, I would really like to see a few
>>> blog posts come out of that. I guess you know of my interest in Africa,
>>> and my impression is that Microsoft has a pretty strong grip on most
>>> computing across Africa. I always love to see good open source stories
>>> come out of Africa, and I don't think I've ever heard any out of Ethiopia.
>>> --Rich
>>>> On 03/31/2016 04:27 PM, Santiago Gala wrote:
>>>> Hi, I'm spending one month in Addis for a medical imaging project, and I
>>>> wonder if there is people interested in Apache projects around here...
>>>> I'm a long timer Apache member and, while I'm not currently deeply involved
>>>> in any project, I know well the issues of community development and quite
>>>> bit of a few of the technologies in use at the Apache communities.
>>>> So drop a line if you are for a cafe talk or something more formal.
>>>> Regards
>>>> Santiag
>>> --
>>> Rich Bowen - - @rbowen
>>> - @apachecon

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