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Lesotho FLOSS Workshop

The Community Education Computer Society (CECS), an ICT training NGO established in 1985 in South Africa, will be conducting a 2-day workshop on free/libre and open source software (FLOSS) in Maseru, Lesotho on 20 & 21 August 2009.

Workshop Objectives
The objectives of the workshops, which are supported by OSISA, are to:

  1. Create an awareness of FLOSS and the potential thereof.
  2. Build capacity to conduct OpenOffice Writer courses in Lesotho

Workshop Outline
Day 1 is an open day to anyone who has an interest in free/libre and open source software (FLOSS). The following are some of the aspects to be covered:

  • Introductions
  • Overview of free/libre and open source software
  • FLOSS business models in Africa
  • Demonstrations and how to use the following software:
    • Joomla (an easy Content Management System for website development)
    • Open Workbench (project management software; similar to MS Project)
    • TurboCASH (accounting software; similar to Pastel and QuickBooks)
    • FreeMind (mindmapping software)
    • OpenOffice (productivity software; similar to MS Office)
    • Ubuntu Linux (operating system; similar to MS Windows)
  • Questions and answer session

Those attending will receive a CD with the software which is mentioned above and the software which is listed below. Let us know if you would like to get a CD but will be unable to attend.

Day 2 is aimed at trainers or potential trainers in Lesotho. CECS has developed a reference manual for OpenOffice Writer - Level 1. This manual contains the same course outline as the MS Word 2003 - Level 1 course outline. The objective is to peruse and comment on the course material as well as strategise conducting courses in Lesotho.

How to Register?
Thus, if you are interested in attending this workshop then complete the registration form which can be found on the FLOSSLit website.  The venues for the workshops will be provided to those who registers.

Workshop CD
The CD will contain the following free/libre and open source software:

  • 7-Zip -- compression software [WinZip]
  • Blender -- an animation program [Maya | Lightwave | Cinema 4D]
  • Dia -- a diagram creation tool [MS Visio]
  • FileZilla -- an FTP program to upload files to your website
  • Gimp -- an image manipulation program [Adobe Photoshop]
  • Httrack -- to copy websites to be viewed offline
  • Inkscape -- vector graphics editor [Adobe Illustrator]
  • Kompozer -- for the design of static websites [Dreamweaver | Frontpage]
  • Firefox -- a robust web browser [Internet Explorer]
  • Thunderbird -- a e-mail client [Outlook Express]
  • Scribus -- layout and DTP software [Coreldraw | Adobe Indesign]
  • Tuxpaint -- interactive paint program for children
  • Wamp -- to set up your computer as a web server

The proprietary equivalent is shown in brackets [  ]

The CD will also contain the following free software:

  • Adobe Reader 9 -- for viewing PDF files
  • Avg 8 -- antivirus program
  • PdfCreator -- creating PDF files
  • Spybot -- anti-spyware software

For more information contact Arnold Pietersen at


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I congratulate  'Community Education Computer Society' representing DeepRoot Linux for your efforts towards the imminent 2-day workshop on FLOSS in Maseru, SA.

We, DeepRoot Linux, have the experience of working full-time on FOSS since August 2000, could assure you the guaranteed success of your endeavours.FOSS enables robust IT solutions at a reasonable (or free) cost ensuring security, stability and scalability. It is gaining traction by the day.

Please feel free for any inquiries or perspectives from us (if need be).

Our sincere wishes are with you for your efforts.

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