Open source proponents in Trivandrum celebrate Software Freedom Day

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Trivandrum: The Software Freedom Day was celebrated in the capital city last week at an event organised by Zyxware Technologies, a Thiruvananthapuram based IT services company, in association with the International Centre for Free & Open Source Software (ICFOSS) and the Free Software Users Group (FSUG-Tvm).

The theme for the day was ‘Government Organisations and Free Software in Kerala’, in the light of the government order asking all departments to migrate to Free Software. At the event, experiences of government organisations who have successfully migrated to Free Software was showcased.

Dr. V Sasikumar, Board Member, Free Software Foundation India, called for encouragement of Free Software and his introductory speech touched upon the issues of privacy and security of data which prevailed in the digital world.

As the part of Software Freedom Day celebrations, ICFOSS also announced the launch of ‘Code Free for India’ (CoFFI) programme aimed at inviting programmers from the Free Software community to develop desktop, Internet, mobile, cloud applications for the benefit of general public and for government institutions.

Satish Babu, Director, said, “Code Free for India will facilitate FOSS community members to work in addressing social issues. It will also encourage use of local language computing tools and contemporary FOSS technologies while keeping in mind bandwidth and device limitations in the country.’’

Ajayakumar, Central Database Manager, KSEB, shared his experiences in successfully developing and implementing GNU/Linux-based open source ‘Oruma’ software in over 700 offices of KSEB. “The savings from license costs of Operating System alone comes at around Rs.5 Crores.”

Harikumar, IT Nodal Officer, Khadi Board spoke about the stability and security features of the GNU/Linux based system they adopted back in 2006.

Drawing upon his experience of Free Software migration at Kerala Niyamasabha, Sooraj Kenoth, Free Software Consultant, pointed out the need for overcoming the fear and anxiety of end users prior to a Free Software migration.

Vimal Joseph, Technical Architect, Zyxware Technologies highlighted the impact of Free Software among its users by citing the example of Vocational Higher Secondary School Irimpanam students who had contributed to Tux Paint by doing the localisation of its interface in Malayalam and by addition of new stamps for the software.

Kerala IT News

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