Participate in the do_action hackathon

Volunteers are needed to participate in a hackathon organised by do_action, an affiliate of the WordPress Foundation. The hackathon will take place around the beginning of July to produce quality WordPress sites for Lebanese charities and NGOs that need it.

Positions are open for developers, content providers, testers, designers, social media managers and project managers. If you love networking and maybe pick up new skills as you help others while donating your time then this is an excellent opportunity.

Go ahead and sign up on their page, choose an NGO to work with and pick a role to fulfill during the hackathon.

See you there.

Are you the victim of a ransomware attack?

Are you the victim of a ransomware attack? Have you made backups or enabled restore-points?

If so then get in touch ASAP, we will remove the infection from your computer or server and restore your data for free.

In light of the increasing popularity of ransomware as a tool for online criminals to extort money, we are available to quickly and confidentially remove the infection for you.

I know that the vast majority of ransomware affects Windows PCs and that our focus for offering support is for Open Source Software, yet this is our way of striking back against criminal hackers and at the same time promoting Open Source Software as being a much more advanced and secure alternative.

Get Linux Installed on Your Computer

Tux mascot assuring you that Linux is installed ;-)

Unleash your computer’s full potential with the more secure and advanced alternative!!

Click here to register.

Bring any computer and have any distribution of Linux installed on it.

Even Arch or Gentoo, you name it.. we’ll install it.

We could even install Linux alongside your current OS or in a virtual machine if you want to try it out without it affecting your current OS.

Time: 8:00pm

Date: Thur 18th May, 2017.

Place: T-Marbouta (upstairs)

Area: Hamra

You can choose your Linux distro here.

Either download and get with you the ISO file of the Linux distribution you want us to install or let us know beforehand, while registering, which one you would like us to download for you and we’ll install it at the meetup.

Click here to register.

Contact us if you have any questions.

Meetup.com page: here

“Revolution OS” the Story of Open Source Software

“If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I’ve won.” -Linus Torvalds

Revolution OS” is the documentary film about how, what is now known as the Open Source Software (OSS) movement, was started in the 80s by Richard Stallman. OSS grew so large that it not only challenged proprietary software, but by far surpassed it to become the dominant force in Operating System development today.

See how development of the GNU operating system and the Linux kernel is largely contributing to the spread of the most robust and free operating systems currently available, as well as of the spread of the internet as we know it today.

This movie is a geek’s delight! So if you love computers in any way, be sure not to miss this documentary about open source software’s creation and on-going growth throughout its history.

The film will screen at 8:30pm on Fri 21st of April in T-Marbouta’s Library upstairs.

Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Beirut-Open-Source-Society/events/239006106/

Blockchain Discussion with David Achkar at Bedivere

A big thank you to David for sharing his thoughts and views with us last night. The attendees included parts of the Bitcoin Blockchain Beirut, Nerd Fun Lebanon as well as the Beirut Open Source Society groups.

Apart from the future of bitcoin and the blockchain, we also discussed other topics varying from giving the underprivileged youth free access to computers, gender discrimination & reasons behind the lack of females in IT and fecal spectrum analyzers. Yes, you read that right.

Looking forward to having David with us again sometime in the future whenever he’s in town next for more invigorating discussions!

Blockchain Technology Talk with David Achkar

Exploring the Future of the Blockchain

Soon after the creation of the open source blockchain technology, Bitcoin, it established itself as the standard for electronic payments on the Internet. With Bitcoin’s growing popularity, a defined set of people seemed to be carving out a specialized niche in the world of finance. Bitcoins defined a new way of doing things financially. The currently known way is manifested by the centralized control of the creation of currency. Bitcoins are characterized as an electronically distributed creator of another.

Differences between centralized, decentralized and the distributed blockchain technology

The look and feel of the centralized control of the creation of currency is known to us. It is the cash we carry in our pockets, the cash that we exchange for goods or services when we make our purchases. It is common and generally known to all.

The look and feel of a distributed creator of currency on the other hand is unknown to virtually all of us and at best we can visualize it as data passing through cables, something that couldn’t have existed without the creation of modern and advancing technology.

Yet the communities of developers who created Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have a deeper understanding of the blockchain. As a member of that community who took part in an entrepreneurial role, David Achkar, is also an advocate for Bitcoins in the Middle East.

The Meetup

Join us on Thur 23rd March at 7:30pm at Bedivere in Hamra for a casual get-together with David over drinks and get the chance to pick his and each others’ brains concerning the most fascinating event in the fields of money, finance and new technology.

Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Beirut-Open-Source-Society/events/238408168/

DarkWeb Server Workshop and Guided Tour

How to build a darkweb server post-workshop group pic
Post-workshop group pic at T-Marbouta

Despite skepticism from an attendee that the DarkWeb server that was built live on-site would actually work, the hidden service that was created in a virtual machine on a laptop was successfully accessed through a phone with a TOR browser.

The demonstration was followed by a guided tour of some of the hidden services currently on the DarkWeb, including the varied nefarious content found in them.

For complete info with details on how to build your own hidden service, go here.

The link to the presentation is here.

Collaborative Meetup and Building a TOR Hidden Server – Coming Soon

In the spirit of Beirut Open Source Society’s mission, the following two events will be taking place this month:

The first event will be a discussion in collaboration with the Nerd Fun Lebanon meetup group regarding:

  • Establishing an IT oriented NGO connecting us with others internationally.
  • Installing and maintaining GNU/Linux installations in local public libraries and community centers.
  • Supporting the underprivileged youth in Lebanon in their quest to learn how to code.
  • Lots of other fun stuff…

Join us at Dawawine in Gemmeyze on Fri 10th November at 8:30pm for this great opportunity to network and gain experience.

The second is a one-hour practical workshop titled How To Build a Secure and Anonymous Server in the DarkWeb showing you live the steps to take to build it. This server:

  • Is location-hidden
  • Can work with either a dynamic or fixed IP
  • Is secure
  • Is anonymous
  • Is also entirely free!

Meet us at T-Marbouta in Hamra Square, Hamra, at 7:30pm on Fri 17th of November for this unique session. We’ll be in the library / meeting room upstairs.

Beirut Open Source Society’s first meetup!

The Beirut Open Source Society’s first meetup blessed by Lea, Ghassan, Mohamad and Bashir.

It was Friday the 13th on a dark and wintry January night when the inaugural meetup of Beirut’s Open Source Society took place. Four intrepid pioneers walked between rain drops and dodged the odd flash of lighting or two to talk about their experiences with Linux, why they love it so much, and what they hope to give and get out of the Beirut Open Source Society.. apart from obviously drinks 🙂

We can be reached so far at:

Looking forward to meeting the other Linux and Open Source users in Lebanon.. either through the above listed means or in future meetups (to be announced). There’s much to do..