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Linux Bahrain | Home of the Bahrain Linux User Group


The Bahrain Linux User Group is a group of computer enthusiasts with a focus on Linux and Open Source. We meet on a regular basis and we invite everyone interested in these exciting technologies to our group and our website. For more details please contact us.

Stepping Down

Dear All,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I will be stepping down as the manager of the Bahrain Linux User Group. Unfortunately I am not able to maintain the time commitment that this role requires. Me and Hasan Al-Eid created this group almost 5 years ago in June 2007. It has been a fantastic experience and I'm very grateful to all the people who have contributed to the group through their ideas and the technologies they have shared with the group. If anyone is willing to take on the role of managing the group we would love to help facilitate that transition so that the group may continue. Please contact me if this is something that might interest you. Once again thank you for all your support and interest in the group over the past few years.


Best Regards,

Marwan Alsabbagh

LUG February 2012 Gathering - The Joys of Chroot

We will have a social gathering on Saturday February 11th from 4-5PM at Caribou Cafe Seef Mall. We can get together, socialize, and catch up. Each of these social gatherings will have some sort of theme. This months theme will be chroot environments.

The Joys of Chroot

   There will be a flyer describing some of the following topics related to chroot environments:

  • The technology behind it. How it works
  • Different uses for the technology
  • Example usages

to read more about chroot check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chroot . Feel free at the gathering to discuss chroot or any other topic that comes to mind.

Amiri Arabic Font

Amiri Font
Amiri font is a classical Arabic typeface in Naskh style for typesetting books and other running text.
Amiri font is a revival of the beautiful typeface pioneered in early 20th century by Bulaq Press in Cairo, also known as Amiria Press, after which the font is named. The uniqueness of this typeface comes from its superb balance between the beauty of Naskh calligraphy on one hand, the constraints and requirements of elegant typography on the other. Also, it is one of the few metal typefaces that were used in typesetting the Koran, making it a good source for a digital typeface to be used in typesetting Qur'anic verses.

Amiri project aims at the revival of the aesthetics and traditions of Arabic typesetting, and adapting it to the era of digital typesetting, in a publicly available form.

Unix in Bahrain - Bahrain Polytechnic Presentation

Marwan AlSabbagh will be giving a talk at Bahrain Polytechnic to a large group of students who are taking an Introduction to Unix Systems course. The presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Personal history and experience in using Unix systems
  • Market share of Unix systems in different sectors
  • Unix usage in Bahrain in the Private and Public sector will be discussed
  • Overview of bash scripting for desktop and server usage
  • Run through a real world bash script used to synchronize MySQL databases between servers
  • Present a real life case for script optimization that led to a 10x speedup
  • Show advanced command line tools:
  • htop: an interactive text-based process viewer
  • pv: text-based progress visualizer that presents progressbar, IO speeds and ETA
  • pbzip2: a mutli-process command line program that can perform bzip2 compressions
  • Five of my favorite one liner bash commands that do everything from encryption and data wiping to photo resizing

The expected turn out is between 50 to a 100 students, these are the number of students taking this course. We also welcome anyone interested in the presentation to come attend as well. The talk will be held on Tuesday 20th December from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Please contact me if you are interested in attending the talk. You may use the contact us form on our website if you don't have my email address.

Intro to Bash

I'm happy to announce that our group will be offerring it's first course next month. The course will be an introduction to the shell scripting language Bash. Details of what will be covered in the course are below. The course will span over two sessions each one and a half hours. Dates and timings of these sessions are explained below. The course is free of charge. We do require that a minumum of 5 people confirm for the course so that it is worthwhile for the instructor to provide the course. Please confirm your attendance no later then the 1st of December.

Steve Jobs

Today we've come upon a tragic event in history. Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has passed away. We feel that we must pay tribute to the man who had revolutionized the computer industry several times throughout his life. He had helped shape and form the way computers and devices are being made and left a legacy behind that no one will ever forget. R.I.P. Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011.

Linux Then and Now

This is a brief image on where we've come in the past 20 years much credit due to Linus Torvalds, veryone involved in Linux and the open source world.


Play On Linux

Ever felt the urge to play a game on Linux but ran into a few difficulties trying to get it setup through wine? Well you can now set your frustrations aside as PlayOnLinux now lets you easily install numerous amounts of Windows based games and applications on Linux. 


 Recently Microsoft had come out to wish Linux a happy 20th birthday by sending out this video message to all the Linux users throughout the world.

LUG June 2011 Meeting - A New Direction

Our next LUG meeting will be on 4:00PM Saturday, June 4th at the Al Ayam Media Center(for directions see Al Ayam Media Center Directions). the topic will be as follows:

A New Direction

   I'm very happy to announce that the LUG is back! we will be having our next meeting this weekend. A number of core members in the LUG have met up and reviewed the direction and focus of the LUG. After much brainstorming and discussion we are happy to announce that we have decided to widen the scope of the group to include many more activities and topics. With the new direction also comes a new identity. We plan to call the group "Open Source Bahrain", to reflect the spirit of covering all things open source even if they don't happen to be Linux related. We have worked hard to put our vision into words through a Statement of Strategic Intent which you can find at http://linuxbahrain.com/strategic_intent.
   In this upcoming meeting we plan to present the new strategy and to have an open discussion about our new direction with all the members. We invite you all and anyone you think might be interested in joining and expanding Open Source Bahrain. I'd like to thank all the hard work and effort of all the guys who helped forge this new direction and strategy. We are all looking forward to executing it and making it a reality.

Event Date: 
June 4, 2011 - 4:00pm
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