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Software Freedom: Why Should We Care? ( III )

September 23rd, 2008

September 20th was celebrated worldwide as software freedom day. Ankur Sharma, a Nepali Software Freedom activist, has sent an article to promote awareness regarding software freedom. His article is being presented here as a series of three posts: Concepts, Cases and Celebration. This post is the last one in the series summarizing the FOSS initiative in Nepal and the celebration.

Few years back, free software enthusiast from Nepal gathered and formed FOSS Nepal (Free and Open Source Software Nepal) community which currently has ~650 members in Nepal and abroad with an active mailing list. We have been running different awareness campaigns and helping government, organizations and academics to migrate to FOSS through mailing list support, interaction, awareness and hands on trailings, we host weekly FM programs and monthly talk session aliased FOSS ka kura. Beside that we celebrate SFD (software freedom day) every year.

This year, we celebrated SFD 2008 on 20th of September with different events ranging from candle vigil on the eve, small exhibitions with CD distribution documentary shows, drills and expert sessions to help user migrate to free software.

I would like to extend this opportunity to welcome you all to join our community.

Author Information
Ankur Sharma completed his Bachelor in Engineering (CS) from Nepal Engineering College in 2006. His final year project with Shankar Pokharel, titled “Mero Sanu Sathi”, went on to collaborate with One Laptop Per Child Project. At one time, he served as a technical lead and General Secretary for One Laptop Per Child Nepal collaborating with Nepal Government to successfully deploy OLPC laptops on selected government schools. He has been FOSS activist since 2004 participating actively as a resource person for raising awareness and facilitating migration of Free Software in Nepal.

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  1. February 20th, 2009 at 11:24 | #1

    We too support the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community. We would like to congratulate the FOSS members and the community and wish them the best of luck for the future as well.

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