LinuxNews.com: Against All Odds, LinuxFEST Yugoslavia Will Happen, Organizers VowNov 16, 2000, 17:29 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)
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"In an environment of poverty created by years of conflict and punctuated by the recent overthrow of the ruling military regime, Linux organizers in the former Yugoslavia remain determined to champion the operating system by staging a major Linux event in their still-troubled capital, Belgrade--and hope the worldwide Linux community can help them in their struggle."
"Despite continuing unrest in that city, LinuxFEST 2000 is expected to expand from a Linux enthusiasts' event to a full conference, featuring research, educational and promotional presentations and lectures as well as an install-fest and Linux exhibitors. LinuxFEST2000 is scheduled for December 15-17, 2000. The conference's organizers, who fought long and hard to get this off the ground, still need much in the way of material help--Linux CDs, posters, T-shirts and magazines--from their bigger Linux cousins. Anyone wishing to pitch in can contact the conference's organizers at info@LinuxFEST.org.yu."
"Boris Dragovic of the LinuxFEST organization team described the difficulties Linux users have encountered in his country. "Well try to imagine, I know this might be hard from personal experience, a country that has been under dictatorship, very severe economic sanctions for more than a decade. A country where the living standard can not permit anything [more] than essentials, where only lucky ones could afford books, magazines, Internet," he explained. "And Linux came around in 1990-1991, when the situation was grave." Dragovic continued."