Wednesday, August 31, 2011

FOSS Should Promote Freedom In Society

FOSS initiatives should provide the technological means for establishing better collaboration amongst people and promote freedom in the society. Such a call was raised during the consultation on ‘Future Directions of FOSS in India’, organised by the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS) at Technopark in Trivandrum. The consultation was organised as a part of ongoing celebrations for the 10th anniversary of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in India.

Satish Babu, director, ICFOSS, said, “Kerala has proved its commitment to FOSS in the past 10 years. ICFOSS has been able to live up to the expectations that the FOSS community had.”

It is worth mentioning here that Trivandrum is popularly called the FOSS capital of India.

According to a report by Kerala IT news, the participants of the consultation included the representatives from the government, institutions of higher education, technology organisations, NGOs and the FOSS community.

The speakers talked about their vision for the future of FOSS. Talking about their respective domains, they highlighted the gaps and limitations that need to be resolved as the next step of promoting FOSS. They also gave suggestions for the future journey of FOSS in the state.

According to the report, a FOSS Visioning Expert Committee has been established that will work on preparing the roadmap for ICFOSS. The committee includes Dr Rahul De, professor, IIM-Bangalore, Prof. Sebastian Morris, IIM–Ahmedabad, Prof. Sunil Mani, Centre for Development Studies (CDS) and Soman Nair, registrar, CDS.

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