Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Ubuntu GutsyGibbon Release Party

Dear all,
The Ubuntu KenyanTeam will be having a release party for the latest Ubuntu release which is version7.10.
The venue of this party will also be at the Surf N Bites restaurant, view park towers
this Saturday Nov 3rd beginning at 4 pm. You are all welcomed.



DEMO - OLPC, HTC Touch, iPhone - TODAY

Come and check out the OLPC - One Laptop Per Child we got our hands on.
$100 laptop running Linux. Very rugged. Play with the Sugar UI. Neat stuff.

We'll also hopefully have the iPhone which we missed last week.

Wananchi Online
1st Floor, Loita House
6pm, 30 October 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


For the meeting today, we have an iPhone loaned by Imran (Kenfones Ltd) to be demo'ed.

Come by to check it out ..

Meeting at Steers on Muindi-Mbingu Street



update: We will also demo an HTC Touch

Monday, October 8, 2007

MEETING - The Future - 9 Oct 2007

Hey guys ...

This Tuesday, we'd like to have a special session of skunkworks - to discuss where guys see us going in future.
So I'd like to encourage everyone to come for this ... if necessary, we'll move to a bigger location.

When we started out with the group, there was all sorts of thoughts we had
- we needed a forum for techies to interact
- we needed techies to start DOING things - developing and innovating new ideas eg for local content, user support etc.
- we needed to create a shift of culture - develop a passion of being a techie.
- many other confused ideas :)

In the past few months, we now have over 400 guys on the list (perfect for safaricom marketing)
So we've got an active forum ... people are talking .... now it's time to DO SOMETHING.

The agenda for the meeting will be
- what do YOU want to gain out of skunkworks
- how should we organize the group - setup committees etc
- what sort of things do you see skunkworks doing to fulfill its agenda
- how can skunkworks CHANGE THE WORLD - by this, we mean how can "skunkers" develop new ideas for local content for example ... how can we create a thriving culture of software locally like Silicon Valley and so on.
- Ideas for a software development competition - cash prize being FUNDING to actually develop your business idea.

Regarding local content - a bunch of us have been debating this a lot on the skype chatroom - here are some links:




Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Meeting 2nd October 2007

During this meeting the true identity of Fyodor was revealed, so those who missed can keep guessing.

He started out by giving us a brief summary of his skills and interest in the IT field then went on to discuss several vulnerabilities commonly found in our networks.

The first major point that emerged is that many networks are predictable- How many of us take the time to change the default passwords and configurations? also discussed footprinting and exploration used by intruders to gather info about systems.

The first technique dicussed was banner grabbing using nmap to fin open ports and the version of the server running- the first step in finding your way in. A solution given was to change the default greeting e.g " go away we are patched"

The next technique dicussed was SQL injection and how it can be used to gain access to databases on Oracle or MySQL. Soultions given were 'idioit proofing' to make sure that overflows can not occur, making sure database has a password, validating input, no default account.

He later went on to discuss exploration tools such as nmap- to find out status of ports, nmblookup- to display shares on remote machines using SMB, rpcinfo and how to use telnet to find out users profiles on mail servers.

Lots of info, a series on security could be set up soon and Fyodor said he will avail material some time soon.

Monday, October 1, 2007

MEETING - IT Security - 2 October 2007

Fyodor will be talking kesho about IT Security - and what's been discussed loads on the list.

"I want to skip the whole "who is a hacker" issues and delve right into how
its carried out and offer any sys0ps an insight on how to combat
very basic hacks. It will be from a blackhat perspective and be
prepared for astounding revelations from independent analysis i
carry out of top corporate companies in the country."

Venue: Wananchi Online, 1st Floor, Loita Hse
Date: Tuesday, 2 October, 6pm

Ngigi Waithaka on OSS for Business

Enterprise Final Frontier
Ngigi Waithaka - Alliance Technologies - www.at.co.ke
Why is it that open source solutions dont sell on the enterprise level?

What Enterprises consider when they are considering a solution:

Stability – Platform / CompanyExisting Infrastructure
How does the solution work with the existing resources / systems?
Implementation Skills
Most of the people who know the solution are techies – no people from other professions can actually implement the system.
Breath of solution
Rather than have many different solution – we want one solution that has everything - Windows
Integration / upgrade path
Most firms still use Win2K for servers. Why use Fedora which will be changed every six months?

None of these factors are about the technology. They are all about the solution – how good is it. In alot of these.. the marketing sucks or otherwise the lacking in the open source solution.

The Enterprise is not a price sensitive market – Cost is not really an issue. It is just one of the factors – often the last factor.

For the govt.. the price does not matter.. if a guy has been given 50m for an ERP and there is one that nears that amount – even if an open source solution is 2m, its a hard sell.

Kiania says we should provide a cost for licencing with the solution. If the commercial version is 3m, give a quote for 2.5m not 200k. Its hard to sell something that is free to someone who is ready to buy.

Market the solutions not as Linux based solutions but as solutions. Dont market the solution as a Linux CRM – but rather as a CRM. It will sell better.