Subject: Event: Book Donation Party for LUG of Iraq
From: Rich Bodo <>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 15:14:01 -0800 (PST)

A quick summary:  

We will be throwing a party in Mountain View, CA on the 26th of this
month.  All of you are invited.  Bring a book that you think might
help someone in Iraq to use FOSS to build technology infrastructure.
Pizza and drinks arrive at 7PM.  Midnight movie.  Hope to see you


This is the official press release:, Freedom Technology Center to Host "Books for Iraq"
Mountain View, California and the Freedom Technology Center are teaming up to
help jump-start Iraq's recovery with computer software and hardware
book donations.  Linux and open-source software enthusiasts will meet
at Mountain View's Freedom Technology Center all day Friday, March 26
to pack and ship badly-needed computer books to the new Linux Users
Group (LUG) of Iraq. The event is sponsored by, a
leading Internet community for book readers and book releasers.

"We need all kinds of computer books," said Ashraf T. Hasson,
co-founder of the new Linux Users Group of Iraq.  The group is
establishing a Linux Center in Baghdad to conduct training in all
levels of Linux usage, administration and development. Today in
Baghdad, up-to-date PC hardware and all software are readily
available, but computer books are not.  Iraq's growing population of
Linux users need all kinds of computer books, not just Linux-specific

The Freedom Technology Center and will handle the
packing and shipping, and invite supporters to simply bring a favorite
technical book. Donors can pre-register their book at's website, and track the book's journey as it travels
among the emerging high-tech circles in Iraq.

Books will be accepted from 9am to midnight. From 7pm to midnight, the
Freedom Technology Center will serve pizza and provide demonstrations of
its new Linux-based information technology training lab.
About the Freedom Technology Center

The Freedom Technology Center is a new non-profit IT training facility
located in downtown Mountain View, California. Upcoming classes include
an enterprise Samba class to be taught by Samba developer John H.
Terpstra and a series of Linux administration classes to be taught by
noted author and consultant Jim Dennis.


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For updates and directions, please see

For more information: Don Marti, Freedom Technology Center: or 510-814-0932.

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