Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Free and Open Source Software Day 2010


Free and Open Source Software Day 2010
(FossDay ‘10)

19th February 2010
KICT Building (ICT)

Organized by:
Information & Communication Technology Students’ Society (ICTSS)

Software has gained so much in importance in almost every sector of society that it has become a strategic societal resource. Moreover, in recent years the software market has shown signs of entering a much more volatile and vigorous period. This re-invigoration of the market is due to the emergence of F/OSS, which has made commercial in-roads in major segments of the software market. This development has led to some unrest with software and service providers and users alike, which may be the natural reaction of a high value market injected with new competitive offers. In terms of the market, F/OSS most likely will increase the competition in the software market from which positive fall-out for the consumer is to be expected.
              Free and open source software, also F/OSS, FOSS, or FLOSS (for Free/Libre/Open Source Software) is software which is liberally licensed to grant the right of users to study, change, and improve its design through the availability of its source code. This approach has gained both momentum and acceptance as the potential benefits have been increasingly recognized by both individuals and corporate players.
              'F/OSS' is an inclusive term generally synonymous with both free software and open source software which describe similar development models, but with differing cultures and philosophies. 'Free software' focuses on the philosophical freedoms it gives to users and 'open source' focuses on the perceived strengths of its peer-to-peer development model. Many people relate to both aspects and so 'F/OSS' is a term that can be used without particular bias towards either camp. A lot of big organizations are now looking at open source products such as Linux and Open Office as a way of saving money.
Linux is one of the examples of Open Source Operating System. Most Open Source Software is designed to run under Linux. Linux is a unique Open Source operating environment different from Windows and Mac OS but can do all of the same things; surf the web, send e-mail, process documents, play games, burn cds, scan, print, send faxes and so forth.
In respect with this agenda, this concept paper is presented to organize relevant programs namely ‘Free and Open Source Software Carnival (FOSSCAR). This program aims at raising public awareness and understanding on the Open Source Software.

To raise awareness and understanding of Open Source Software
To promote and  introduce the concept of Open Source Software
To provide a platform for sharing of knowledge and experience among the participants
To establish a strong connection between our university and industrial organization
To build co-operation and relationship with other universities


Learning and Sharing”

The main problem faced by the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community in promoting it is because the public lacks knowledge of what is FOSS is. This event will be a good place where public, especially IIUM community to learn about FOSS. This event also will be an excellent place for the public to experience the world of FOSS. Through seminar talk and showcase the FOSS community can share their knowledge of FOSS with the public.


This program organized by Information and Communication Technology Student Society (ICTSS), in collaboration with Open Source Competency Center (OSCC), Malaysian Administrative Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU). It is a three days program and meant to give participants an eye opening on the power of Open Source Software technology.

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