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 * Rafik has been a great helper in the Ubuntu Arabic Community, helped in setting up the forums, matching the design with Ubuntu theme and now we are working together on some other sub-projects in Ubuntu Arabic. [[ https://launchpad.net/~jad| Jad]]

About me

  • 23 years old, Tunisian, living in Tunisia.
  • Student in Medical Biotechnologies.
  • Using exclusively Ubuntu since more than a year. I was running a DualBoot before that, since 2005.

  • I'm trying to contribute in Ubuntu, even if I'm not in Informatics, mainly via the LoCo project. My goal is also to spread the slogan : Ubuntu is for everybody on earth, not only for the Informatics professionals. Smile :)


  • Informatics
  • Biology, psychology, geography,..
  • Reading
  • Cinema
  • ...


  • Email: rafik.ouerchefani(at)gmail.com

  • IRC: Rafik on freenode : #ubuntu-tn #ubuntu-locoteams and other channels.

  • Launchpad page

Ubuntu activity



I'm one of the core members of the Tunisian LoCo and a member of it's management committee. I led the team to be approved : When discussing the loco getting of CDs, I knew that the team had to be approved. Since that, I began the work to build the approval application with a first mail on Mai 16, 2008 and a second one two days later calling to collect all the informations. As I only got a few responses, I had to question, pen in hand as on this photo, the presents to the physical meeting of July 6th 2008 one by one to finally fill up the approval application and submit it to the LoCoCouncil. We got the approval on July 22.

In the team, I'm a person who work on keeping the Ubuntu spirit and guiding the members to the existent resources about the community as on this mail.

Some of my contributions in the team :

  • I designed the logo of the team (It was my very first contribution, a little one but I'm proud of it Smile :) )

  • Coordinator of the Redaction Work Group: I'm creating the documents and sharing them (using Google Docs mainly) with contributing members.

  • Coordinator of the Web & Tech Work Group. Mission : Organize the work in the group and insure the harmony between the members.

  • Main architect and developer of the Web Site. I recently sent the aplha version to be published. As I worked lonely to the present, I'm looking to found a Web Team to continue the development and insure the administration of the project in Launchpad.

  • IRC Operator of Channels #ubuntu-tn et #ubuntu-tn-meeting. My presence is nearly permanent (when I'm on my computer at least Smile :) ) to offer support *when I can* and essentially to give informations about Ubuntu, the Ubuntu community, the LoCo team and Ubuntu in Tunisia.

  • I have redesigned the wiki pages relatives to the TunisianTeam. I proposed the Idea on the mailing list and I have been the main actor.

  • I was part of the meeting held in the Secretary of Stat to talk about how the government can assist the LoCo team.



I published much articles, mainly in French, in relationship with Linux/Ubuntu. The more important are :

  • "Should I use Ubuntu, does it fit my needs" : Linux + DVD Magazine 05/2008 (With this article, I got a one year subscription for free Smile :) )

  • "Ubuntu-tn is now an approved team" , Tunis Hebdo . The Ubuntu-tn team approval announcement. I included a presentation of Ubuntu and Ubuntu-tn. On the photo, I'm the third on top right.

  • Windows vs. Linux battle continues, Tunis Hebdo. Generalities on Linux vs Windows the a comparison between HardyHeron and Vista.

Future involvement

I'll be continuing publishing Articles. I have some in stock :

  • "Piracy is detrimental to the open source and benefits Microsoft"!: (In Tunisia, we can buy an illegal copy of windows for 1$ so the people don't take the time to think about OpenSource => people become addicted to windows => they will pay the license soon or later) + slight criticism of Piracy in Tunisia.

  • Should we dare to move from Windows to Linux? (To reassure readers regarding Linux / Ubuntu)
  • Comparison: Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org ( Comparison for a basic home use, in the spirit of the preceding article windows vs linux)

  • Quality of FOSS vs their equivalant paid software: talking about bugs, plugins, compatibility,... It's also a comparison, as examples, of photoshop vs gimp, première vs inkscape, IE vs FireFox ... in the Ubuntu/Windows environments of course.

  • Other articles... Actualities...

Other future involvements

  • Insure the development and the administration of ubuntu-tn.org and forum.ubuntu-arabic.org
  • Publish a universal document about LoCo Internal structure (Inspired from what I proposed for the TunisianTeam talking about how to work on group, how to prepare meetings, etc...)

  • Continue my involvement in the LoCo Team twinning project between Ubuntu-tn and Ubuntu-fr

  • Insure my work groups road maps are fully satisfied.
  • ...
  • Continue the work I do now and more !


  • Rafik has been a great helper in the Ubuntu Arabic Community, helped in setting up the forums, matching the design with Ubuntu theme and now we are working together on some other sub-projects in Ubuntu Arabic. Jad


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