International meet on free software next week

Our Bureau Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on December 22, 2011 Published on December 22, 2011

The International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (Icfoss) will organise the Fourth International Foss Conference, Kerala (Fossk4, from December 27 to 29.

The event is being organised by the Icfoss and supported by the Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC), Delhi; the Computer Society of India; and the Institutions of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


Kerala's Minister for Industries, Mr P. K. Kunhalikkutty, will inaugurate the event, which is being attended by representatives from countries in Africa, Latin America, Europe and the US.

Prof S. V. Raghavan, Scientific Secretary, Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Union Government , will deliver the keynote address.

One of the architects of the National Knowledge Network, Prof. Raghavan will deliver an address on the theme, ‘Open source software as the basis to create national software assets.'

The inaugural ceremony will be followed by two days of technical sessions at Technopark here, a spokesman for the organisers said here.


Fossk4 is the fourth in the series of free and open source conferences being organised with the support of the Government of Kerala. Earlier events in the series were held in the years 2001, 2005 and 2008.

The fourth conference is built around the theme of ‘A decade of Foss: Looking back, looking forward,' and aims at reviewing the last 10 years of Foss in the State, the spokesman said.

It also seeks to foster international cooperation with other developing and developed countries and highlight Kerala as a destination for Foss-based activities, including R&D and software development for a wide range of domains including e-governance, business and social computing.


Discussions will be organised through plenary presentations as well as through parallel break-out tracks dealing with technology, education, policy, development and culture.

The theme for the presentations would be “The next decade: Achieving the potential of Foss for communities, enterprises and Governments.”

The conference will take up ‘open hardware, one of the new developments stimulated by the Foss movement, which enables creation of royalty-free, programmable and customisable hardware for a wide range of local applications.

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Published on December 22, 2011
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