The Future is Open Source

An ITGilde Initiative


Our mission is to foster the growth and use of the Open Source Software in Zambia and Africa!

Our approach is to create communities in countries where we have found motivated people that want to start an open source community. Working with the local open source enthusiasts, we
organize events; find sponsors for venue, course materials, certification and logistics; organize an initial open source training and community building; help to certify community members with world-wide recognized high-standard Linux Foundation certification; and enable local talent to further educate and build the local communities.



Start your open source career

Do you dream of starting a career as an IT professional?

Join our community to learn about open source solutions and learn skills to start a career as open source professional.

As a member you have access to our online community and you can join events that are organized to learn, share knowlegde and connect with like-minded people who are passioned about the opportunities open source enables.



Our sponsors

You can join the Living Open Source community for FREE, thanks to our sponsors Linux Foundation, Pearson IT Certification, University of Zambia, Zambia National Data Centre, Sparc Systems Africa and supporters like students of Sander van Vugt’s online courses and ITGilde members.

Want to join as a sponsor?

Sparc Systems


In May 2018 Linux trainer and author Sander van Vugt wrote an article starting with ‘Open Source has been good to me. I want to be good for Open Source as well’. In this article he offered help and support to one person to acquire a Linux certification. Someone who may otherwise never would be able to start a career in open source and make an impact in their local community.

Who would have thought this was the start of an open source community impacting so many lifes in a short period of time.

Soon after the winner of the scholarship Santos Venter Chibenga and Sander met, the ‘Living Open source project’ was born and Santos initiated the local Zambia Linux community.

A 3-day event to ‘make Zambia Open Source’ followed in the same year during which almost 200 students learned about open source solutions, career opportunities and mastered Linux in preparation for Linux certification.

And the story continues: A new ‘Train the Trainer’ event in Zambia is planned and invitations from other countries to introduce an open source community are noted. Living Open Source is a vibrant and growing movement!



Giving back to open source


Meet our team

These enthusiasts, experts and advisors are making sure the Living Open Source community is well served.


Santos V. Chibenga

Team Leader

A Red Hat|Linux Foundation Certified professional, an Open Source enthusiast. He is a local Zambian Linux community initiator, team player and helps promoting of Open Source Communities.


Chansa Kabwe

Tech Lead

A son of the Open Source and Linux community. Local Zambian Linux community co-initiator. A Lisp and AI hacker. He lives and thinks in Emacs.


Edwin Zimba

Operations Lead

– Tech Enthusiast
System Admin, ITIL & CCNA, CAN Network Technician.


Bill Sangiwa


IT/IP Network Evangelist. Skilled in IT Systems and Solutions, and Carrier Grade IP Network Design.


Sander van Vugt

Advisor and Initiator

Linux Expert | Linux Trainer | SUSE, Red Hat, Ubuntu and Linux High Availability Clusters Specialist


Pieter Izeboud

Advisor and Initiator

Founder & Partner ITGilde: Coöperative of 100+ exceptional Open Source DevOps entrepreneurs; Regio bestuur KNVI Noord.


Support us

fostering the growth of open source and Linux in African countries.

The mission of Living Open Source is to foster the growth of Open Source and Linux in African countries. The long-term ambition is to make this a global movement.

Does the open source philosophy appeals to you and does our mission resonates with you?

We would like to welcome you as a sponsor.

Contact Sander van Vugt at to investigate opportunities to participate in this Living Open Source movement.



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