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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Arabic Speakers Needed in Austin


Recently, we took on a project for a Iraqi couple who had spent 3 years in a refugee camp prior to finally getting to the US. Their names are Ziad and Mona and they need help far past my ability to help them.

It's not just a matter of the system we gave them being Linux...these folks are not computer users and the concept of right and left mouse clicking eludes them.

A challenge I know...

Now try to imagine trying to teach them with the Language Barrier in place.

We will be helping people like this from time to time. Their story would tug at your heart, but having seen a ten thousand refugee migration in 1991, I can only imagine. These are great people and need our help.

I have also been unable to find an Arabic keyboard or overlay locally so if you know of where we can get one without the wait induced by Internet ordering, we would appreciate your help as well. These folks live on North Lamar in North Austin so if you are able to spend an evening or two with them and help them learn to use their computers, I would be grateful.

This will truly objectify the "community" in The Linux Community.

شكراً

helios

19 comments:

FelixTheCat said...

I've posted to two of the local LUG mailing lists.

FelixTheCat said...

One other possible means to get help is to have another computer to the side with mic, speakers, and camera, and we could have someone remotely help them out.

Blog of helios said...

One other possible means to get help is to have another computer to the side with mic, speakers, and camera, and we could have someone remotely help them out.

That is an option, we just don't have the equipment or money to make it so.

h

Anonymous said...

This isn't a Arabic keyboard but something that may be helpful is Sabily. It's sort of like Ubuntu, Islam Edition. Hope that helps.

Furat said...

Unfortunately I'm not in Austin , about the Arabic keyboard the easiest way is to get Arabic stickers from ebay , it costs 2 or 3$ , and both gnome and KDE support Arabic natively

Ossama said...

Hi,
I'm a teacher and can help in providing our brother with resources and even direct training.

Blog of helios said...

Ossama, please contact me at helios at fixedbylinux dott kommm

h

Anonymous said...

As one who fled to the safety of the US through a refugee camp in Lebanon, I want to thank you for reaching out to someone who has been through much. Despite the fear and uncertainty of our times, it is heartening to see your organization reach out to all people regardless of race or religion

Shabazz

Orlandus said...

As a U.S.-born U.S. citizen who has enjoyed the advantages and privileges of living here all my life, I want to say that I, too, want to thank you for reaching out like this and that I, too, take heart from your actions just as our more recently arrived friend Shabazz has done.

Keep up the good work!

Felis_silvestris said...

I believe Ossama is the team leader for the Debian translation to Arabic - the perfect man for the job :-)

6p00e5547737e28834 said...

Posted a request on Identi.ca's GNU, Linux and Arabic groups:
http://identi.ca/notice/14552727

Mahmoud said...

hi,,

i'm not in Austin, but i think i can provide some good thinks, i can tell you which program to use, which tools they need to interactive with the trainer & of course, the translation..

i'm ready,,
rgrds ||| Mahmoud

Mahmoud said...

peace be upon you
I guess i can help about the language barrier
here is a site about gnu/linux system in Arabic language " www.linuxac.org/forum "
the site has videos and text lessons in arabic
I'm an Arabic speaker , so , just tell me if you need farther help

Anonymous said...

I can help. PhD student in Arabic in Austin. Contact me at stepasha29 AT hotmail.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

Have you considered Ojuba Linux?

Its an All-arabic linux distribution. Containing all fonts, keyboard setup, arabic-english ditc a long with a large set of arab-related additions.

The only downside is the site is all in arabic :
ojuba.org

helperF1 said...

Each time I read a blog entry from Helios I learn a lesson of what a computer expert can do to his community

aNarki-13 said...

Man, you are awesome.
I'm an Iraqi and a Linux user going on four years now, however i'm on the other side of the ocean and thus dont really know how i can help.

stickers, easiest place is amazon, for 2-4 dollars..

oh and http://www.yamli.com

Google arabic phonetic search in english, i mean, you write Shukran, it turns up شكرا
so at least this can tide you over until you can fix a keyboard or something.

books i want said...

i can be of assistance, linux novice, baghdadi born, living in the austin area.
salah.dinn@gmail.com

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