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DST to celebrate Software Freedom Day

By   |  August 28, 2007

Software Freedom Day, the worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), will take place on September 15. One of the main South African events will take place at the department of science and technology in Pretoria.

Coordinated globally by the non-profit company Software Freedom International, the goal of the event is to educate the worldwide public about of the benefits of FOSS across all fields from home and business through to government and education.

The three key speakers for the DST event will be the deputy minister of science and technology, Derek Hanekom; the chief information officer of the same department, Aslam Raffee; and Bob Jolliffe of Freedom to Innovate South Africa (FTISA).

Confirmed happenings:

  • LPI exams will take place. (click here for related story)
  • Translation of Free and Open Source Software
  • Bring your own CD’s and burn a Linux distro on the Freedom Toaster
  • Joomla!, Moodle and Chasimba installations, demonstrations and training (online or stand-alone)

There will also be freebies and giveaways, including nine Linux training prizes compliments of LinuxHoldings.

Pending happenings:

  • Collaboration suite showdown – Kolab (Impi Linux) vs Zimbra (Obsidian) vs Scalix (Synaq) vs Groupwise (Novell)
  • Short and Sweet short film, animation and indie music
  • One Laptop Per Child Project showcase
  • An installfest is being considered, but will depend on security.

The event will take place at the department of science and technology, Building 53, at the CSIR Campus, South Gate. For a map, click here.

Visit the SA site to view progress of the event and updates to the timetable. Any suggestions for other happenings at the event are also welcomed on the site.


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