Invitation to help us test Kontact on Windows

We’ve started a cycle of Kontact on Windows packaging and stabilization which
will allow everyone to get a taste of the Kolab client on Windows.

The work on this is ongoing, but in the meantime it would be great to get some
feedback to help us identify outstanding issues. And while these packages are
not intended for productive use, they may already prove useful to some.

The packages from the last cycle can be downloaded at

http://files.kolab.org/local/windows/kolab-enterprise5/experimental/2011-03-09-12-58/

And we’d appreciate feedback to our mailing-list: kolab-devel@kolab.org.

Who creates the Bulgarian web?

Years ago the answer to this question inevitably would have been “The web companies”; the companies, which first launched websites, made them popular and attracted many users; the ones, which developed the Bulgarian web through many new portals, services, discounts, advertisements, and so on and so forth. If you ask them now – “Who makes the Bulgarian web?” they would answer “We do”; if we ask the people on the streets, they would probably answer the same: “They do”.

But that’s not true. You, creating and sharing content every day, commenting, writing, blogging, uploading pictures and video, publishing articles in Wikipedia and anywhere else, YOU create the Bulgarian web, not the companies, remember that! Things are changing at a breakneck speed and while years ago the web companies created the web, now they are just a small part of the whole cloud of everyone, included in the task and taking part in it, willing or not. The web-evolution started a long time ago and YOU are a part of it. YOU CREATE THE BULGARIAN WEB.

I believe that’s the spirit for a Firefox birthday party; it must clarify and teach, not just to gather people, who know what Firefox is to drink beer and talk loudly. That’s why we launched a campaign to make this happen. From October 14th until November 9th the Mozilla Bulgaria Team will present about 6 lectures in different places around the country, telling of the open web, our freedom, the personal space of each of us and the way we can protect it in the Internet. We will be discussing open standards, explaining what Firefox is and why we should celebrate on November 9th not only an anniversary, but something bigger: the realized notion that web – this is you.

Sync to replace delicious?

I just saw a tweet posted from @danbri with a question is Sync (Wave) going to replace del.icio.us and … Waw this is an amazing idea“. Why not if I can choose some ‘public’ categories (during the setup) or if I can use a specific tag, they can be visible under my username to a public website?

Wikileaks and Pirates

Ahoy Pirates,

Wikileaks is all over the news and some Pirate Parties have already planned or
are planning to actively support Wikileaks. As an umbrella organization, PPI
itself will not issue any press releases or take any concrete steps itself
to support Wikileaks. We think that every Pirate Party should decide
themselves if and how they want to support Wikileaks.

However there are currently several initiatives from Pirates and Pirate
Parties that we want to communicate to the PP-leaders list. Perhaps these
information can help your party if it wants to support Wikileaks.

1) Complete Wikileak mirrors hosted by Pirates and Pirate Parties

Yesterday evening several Pirates from Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and
Austria started to work on ideas how to create complete Wikileaks mirrors
and not just link to the current servers. They think that when the
authorities realize they can’t delete the domains, they will go after the
content.
They created a mailinglist that you can join here:
https://pippin.bash.info/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/wikileaks-koord Some first
ideas have been collected here: http://wikileaks.piratenpad.de (ask on the
mailing list for access to the pads).
These Pirates are also trying to figure out what legal consequences a
complete mirror hosting can have in several jurisdictions. If you are
interested to help and know the legal situation in your country, you can
contact Thomas Gail at thomas.gaul@piraten-thueringen.de for for information,
on how to get on this team.
Some of the information is in German (as the people spontaneously decided to
work on this), but they assured us that they will work in English from now
on so that everyone can participate. A first telephone (mumble) conference
is set for Sunday evening 19:00h CET.
Mumble-Server: talk.piratenpartei.ch
Room: PPS Organisation
(you will need a mumble client from http://mumble.sourceforge.net/ )

2) Press release proposal / statement of support

Some Pirates wrote a statement of support for Wikileaks here:
http://openpad.me/m9av1kOVgs This message can be signed and published by
your Pirate Party. Add your Pirate Party to the list if you support
Wikileaks and you and other Pirate Parties can publish this message with the
list of supporters to show the international support.
The PPI translation task force was asked to translate the message and we
encourage everyone to participate and help to get even more translations.

3) Support actions already taken + instruction on how to create a mirror

In this Pad http://openpad.me/9uef9LAdOq Pirates summarized actions already
taken by Pirate Parties and wrote instructions on how to create a Wikileaks
mirror yourself.

We hope that some of these information helps those Parties that want to
support Wikileaks. If there are any questions feel free to contact the board
at board@pp-international.net.

Best regards,

the board of the PPI

KOLABoration in action

OpenFest 2010 – the eighth edition of the annual fest for open culture, open software and free sharing of knowledge will take place on 20th and 21st November 2010. For second year the fest will be held at the business center Interpred in Sofia.

This will be the eighth time that OpenFestwill gather together the fans of the free and open software and culture with its diverse agenta. This year the accent will fall strongly on the technical lectures.

In the spirit of out tradition to present free/open alternatives Bogomil Shopov will acquaint us with Kolab – the full equivalent of the expensive and closed solutions such as Exchange.

Yes, I will be talking about Kolab. Do you know what is this:

If you ask the guys from “IT Crowd”, this may be .. the Internet, but in fact is an ugly black box – yes, the same like Microsoft exchange.

What if you can rely on a better solution for your company? Why not be able to look what’s inside the box and to fix something to make your groupware experience better?

Come and see me, presenting the blue open box, called Kolab.

IS INTERNET BECOMING THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION?

This is a title of the ONLINE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT CITIZENS FORUM with Members of the European Parliament Tanja Fajon (S&D/SD), Slovenia participating from Multimedia Center Kibla, Maribor, Slovenia and Christian Engström (Greens-EFA/Pirate Party), Sweden participating from Sweden. It will happen on Friday, 12th November at 17.00.

We kindly invite you to participate through Online Citizens Forum Web Page. We also encourage you to send this information to everybody who might be interested.

The web page will support online participation through a video stream of the discussion taking place in Multimedia Center Kibla, Maribor (www.kibla.org) while your direct participation will be supported through a special chat room in which the moderator will be taking questions prior to and during the discussion. The discussion will be moderated by Simon Delakorda from the Institute for Electronic Participation

Content:
• Free flow of information and services in the European Union and the protection of copyright and patent laws.
• The role of the European Union in ensuring the protection of all internet users.
• The future of information technologies and new forms of political participation with respect to the functioning and the role of the European Parliament in political life.

The event is organized by European Parliament Information Office for Slovenia, European Parliament Information Office for Sweden, Pro et Contra – Institute for Culture in Dialouge (www.zainproti.com) in cooperation with Multimedia Center Kibla.

Wordcamp Romania 2010

Am fost invatat sa fie un vorbitor de WordCamp Romania in Bucuresti. Am sosit la Piata Unirii cu sotia mea Silvia la ora 8 si pentru 20 de minuti am gasit Bucharest Hubb – unde evenimentul are loc.

Atmosfera a fost .. Awsome :) Nu e adevarut n-am inteles nimic :) Am inteles 30 la suta de toate discuttile si daca, anul viitor primesc una invitatia sa fi vorbitor sa incerc sa vorbim in Limba Romana. :))

Am întâlnit o mulţime de oameni noi din Bucuresti, Oradea, Cluj si din alte oraşe din Romania.

Am un noi blog in Limba Romana :))) Daca aveti, pot sa ma folositi – http://blogu.lu/bogo/
Multumesc !