Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ask About Life, Blogging and Linux in the Middle East

Isam Bayazidi is about as far from the current U.S. media stereotype of an Arab as you can get. He's worked on the Arabeyes (Unix/Linux in Arabic) project, helped start the Arabic Wikipedia, co-founded the Jordan LUG, is a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), works as a senior software developer for Maktoob, an online community that boasts more than four million members, and created Jordan Planet, a blogging community whose members have many different religious and political viewpoints. Isam is also a long-time Slashdot reader, so he's the perfect person to ask what's going on in the Arab (cyber)world today. One question per post please. Isam will answer 12 of the highest-moderated questions. We'll run his answers verbatim as soon as he gets them back to us.

(18:31:03) Jad: lel 2amam da2iman ya abu yazidi
(18:31:53) Isam: yala man.. I would like to thank you.. and thank every one who supported me in the last years.. without you I won't be holding this award (I am effected by the Oscars)

[tags]isam, bayazidi, slashdotted [/tags]


  1. Alrighty, i'll throw in a question.

    In today's rapidly growing world of blogging hysteria, a phenomenon if you wish, do you beleive the arab world mentality can express itself and indeed stand out amongst the overflow of information across the web? do you think we are "out there" or are we just a small closed loop that feeds from the outside just enough to keep itself alive while not providing any real output? and secondly, where do you see it going in the future, did we bring something new or are we just repetitive, are we just riding the tides and doing the fashionable thing or are we bringing true genuine content to the web/blogging world?

    Thank you.

  2. Bakkouz, shot your question here http://interviews.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/02/28/1224256