Free/libre and open source software (FLOSS)

Taking to FOSS, Indian-style
Taking to FOSS, Indian-style 12 December 2005 Frederick Noronha

APC member BytesForAll joined India’s (and probably Asia’s) largest Free/Libre and Open Source Software events, FOSS.in (http://foss.in). There were big names taking part, such as Welsh kernel hacker Alan Cox. There was a real mixed bag attended. This included Women geeks from Brazil, Indian techies keen to enlarge their tech skills or see how IT can become relevant to the lives of this country of one billion with a large poverty sector, those keen to plug in its benefits to the ...

In Brazil, a threat to the telecentres turns into an opportunity... for improvement
In Brazil, a threat to the telecentres turns into an opportunity... for improvement 12 December 2005 RITS

When an intiative in Brazil to promote community telecentres was endangered, the threat was turned into an opportunity. Free Software tools were re-engineered in a way that they became more powerful and useful. Telecenters that are part of a telecentre-network can use the new system to allow roaming accounts between telecenters. So, a user can create an account on a telecenter in one city and go to other city and login with his original account, without having to make another profile for him...

WentAfrica2005 GETS GOING IN UGANDA
WentAfrica2005 GETS GOING IN UGANDA 05 December 2005

http://wentafrica.blogspot.com/ is an electronic reflection of the Women’s Electronic Networking Training, which began in early December at Uganda. Women from Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, Zambia, Sudan, Cameroon, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Senegal are participating in the second such workshop being hosted by APC-Africa-Women. This year, the focus of WENT Africa 2005...

Open Forum of Cambodia, government train teachers OpenOffice in Khmer
Open Forum of Cambodia, government train teachers OpenOffice in Khmer 26 October 2005 APCNews

APC-member Open Forum and the National ICT Development Authority of the Cambodian government (NiDA) submitted a proposal for teacher training to InWent (International Capacity Building, Germany) and received support for training 300 computer end-user teachers, as well as for training 30 Linux administrators (for which Open Forum is developing training materials in Khmer). If the present rhythm ...

Different technology multinationals, one destination: Tunis
Different technology multinationals, one destination: Tunis 21 October 2005 APCNews

Big companies on the technology business have known for long that the dissemination of information and communication technologies can promote democracy, but that it can also be a very profitable business. Seeking new potential markets, they send their best lobbyists to pressure governments and international agencies into using their products. Paulo Lima of APC’s brazilian member group RIT...

Battleground of ideas: FLOSS debate raises tempers at BytesForAll
Battleground of ideas: FLOSS debate raises tempers at BytesForAll 21 October 2005 APCNews

APC member BytesForAll’s mailing list recently played host to a strong, and at times polemical, debate on proprietary-versus-FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software). It threw up a range of issues about the role of FLOSS in the ‘developing’ countries, its role in localisation, how it competes with proprietorial software, why its benefits haven’t yet reached regions li...

Lessons from Siem Reap...software is not just a tech issue
Lessons from Siem Reap...software is not just a tech issue 03 October 2005 APCNews

BytesForAll co-founder Frederick Noronha, an active Free Software evangelist, went to Cambodia’s small town of Siem Reap. But his goal wasn’t to reach out to the splendoured Ankor Wat temple structures nearby. Rather, it was to take part in FOSSAP-II, the Free and Open Source Software Asia-Pacific Consultation 2005. FN, as he is known in the GNU/Linux circuit, brings home lessons pi...

Bridge-building, Philippines-style: linking Free Software and non-profits
Bridge-building, Philippines-style: linking Free Software and non-profits 02 October 2005 APCNews

The Philippines is moving fast ahead in the task of building bridges between non-profits and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). LinuxWorld Philippines, is the biggest and only nationwide Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) event in that country.

Africa initiative on free software options for non-profits
Africa initiative on free software options for non-profits 30 September 2005 APCNews

Africa Source II, an attempt to enhance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) skills of those working with non-profits in the region will be held in early January 2006, at Kalangala Island on Lake Victoria, Uganda. This eight day hands-on workshop is aimed at helping those working with NGOs on the continent to acquire technical skills.

Behind the mumbo-jumbo of "Intellectual Property"
Behind the mumbo-jumbo of "Intellectual Property" 18 August 2005 Communication Rights in the Information Society (CRIS)

Why do intellectual property issues matter to civil society? Because they affect the public’s access to knowledge in the public domain and to copyrighted work, and infiltrated into the domain of food and medicine, threatening the sustainability of indigenous knowledge and biodiversity. What can be done to protect the global commons, and culture and life forms in the public domain that are...

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