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LinuxJournal: How I Spent my Summer Vacation Bringing Linux to Nicaragua

Jul 30, 2004, 20:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Brandes)

Nicaragua.

Not exactly the country most people think to look when they want to get a Linux job. This is the reason that I was so confused when I saw the job posting. I was on my way to class, like any other day, when I saw a piece of paper taped to the wall. It wasn't by a bulletin board or anything, just randomly taped to the wall. After reading over it, I realized that I fit the description of who the company was looking for almost perfectly. I had been through a lot of Spanish training, spent a good long while using Linux--I'd even been using SuSE for two years, the distribution with which the company is doing everything at the moment.

I promptly e-mailed the listed address, and after about a week's worth of conversation, it was agreed that I would be a good fit for the job. So, here I am, in Estelí, Nicaragua. Why would Estelí need a Linux geek? Simple. Many people use computers down here. Whether it's in their offices, or when they go to an internet café, there are quite a few computer users.

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