Open Source People Appreciation Day, ctd.

During my holidays I made it, among other beautiful stops, toย the wonderful city of Esfahan.

While I was there, Software Freedom Day was being celebrated at the University of Esfahan. I met Ehsan Shahrokhi a day earlier and he gave me the opportunity to give a brief talk at SFD.

Like all the other experiences I made in the country, it was absolutely fantastic. Everybody was incredibly welcoming, everybody was extremely friendly, very helpful and just wonderful.

I loved the atmosphere there. Everybody was trying hard to contribute something good to the Open Source world. There was a large Ubuntu following and there were people of other parts of the wider community, but there was no bickering, complaining or distro, flavour, editor, or desktop environment wars going on.

Apart from that dedication there were two other things that really impressed me:

  1. The percentage of women. There were at least 40%-50% of women in the audience. It was just fantastic to see much more women participating than in any other places as I had seen up until now.
  2. How the event in Esfahan attracted people from all over the country. There were people who drove there from Mashhad, from Tehran and other places. Take a look at a map and see how far it is.

In just one day I made lots of new friends in Esfahan who are all determined to bring something good to the world. People who welcomed me in an incredibly friendly, hospitable way and with lots of good humour. Thanks a lot everybody!

It was easy to promise to come back one day again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love the way FOSS brings people from different communities so much together.

  • you rock man… ๐Ÿ™‚
    we hope so come back to Isfahan-Iran soon

  • I’ll be happy in the next journey come to mashhad ๐Ÿ™‚

  • mFat

    Daniel we really miss you. Yes in Iran we have a big Free Software community. There are distro wars and GNOME vs KDE quarrels but they mostly happen in forums and IRC channels.

  • I hope to see you soon ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for bloging

  • Salaam Daniel,
    I appreciate you and happy to see you in Iran.
    I am happy to have a good foreign friend who is belong to Open Source Community.
    I hope to see you again in Iran or Germany and have a good collaboration together in near future. Be Omide Didar ๐Ÿ™‚

  • thanks for to participate in isfahan conference

  • salam , hale shoma khobe ? ๐Ÿ˜€

    If you Remember, I had an interview with you for LinuxFM in FSd in Isfahan .
    I guess maybe you like to listen your voice in LinuxFm

    it starts from 15:48 in this file :

    and other (interview) starts from 10:28 in this file :

    • Mersi, kheili khoobam.

      Thanks a lot for sharing – it was a fantastic day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • monireh

    hi daniel

    i like 2 speak with u but i can not speak good on live…..!!!!!!

    the guests from other country are hiclass!!!!!!!!!!!
    and at all we love human being…..

    we hope to si u in esfahan…… in our community

    • Thanks a lot – I hope I can come back one day. ๐Ÿ™‚