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eLiberatica 2008 – The Benefits of Open Source & Free Technologies

30th – 31st May 2008 (Friday-Saturday), World Trade Center Bucharest, Romania

Following the huge public success the first edition of eLiberatica gained in 2007, the second edition will continue in the same tradition: to gather community and business leaders around the world to talk about the hottest Open and Free Technologies topics.

eLiberatica has its unique spirit and identity; you will learn and discover new things, meet international IT personalities, business people, high-tech professionals, you will make new friends, new partners, celebrate and truly enjoy a live event.

eLiberatica 2008 is intended to focus on these main concepts:

  • Business adoption – how to make/save money and gain profit using Open and Free Technologies;
  • Government, administration and public schools – the importance of Open and Free Technologies;
  • Professional growth participating in the FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source Software) community;
  • Break the code – tips and tricks, things you will not find in IT books.

High profile keynote speakers from:

and more… check here.

For more information you can check eliberatica.ro website.

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And our tax money goes to?! Microsoft, congrats!

Here’s a screenshot from www.prefecturabrasov.ro, the official website of Brasov City Hall (prefecture), picturing the usage of Microsoft Word documents on a government scale.

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It seems to me a bit peculiar that a government institute purchases proprietary software out of public budget money. I’ll take the opportunity to endorse some of the points Jim Willis advocated at the eLiberatica FLOSS conference. Here are a couple of slides:

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Government needs to get out of the business of trying to predict the applications that citizens want” – good one!

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Tax payers pay for the software“. Interesting… why pay when there’s a pretty decent, usable, FREE alternative out there?

Use OpenOffice.org

I thought it would be a good idea to ask the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology or the Ministry of Interior and Administration Reform (since I’m not sure which one of them is responsible for this) to check out the Romanian OpenOffice.org project and train their employees into using OO, since all the documentation is free.

And if they really feel like buying something, than buy the Open Office CD.

Thank you Mr. Minister for considering my request.

(via Marius)

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Just back from eLiberatica

It was insanely great! I had the time of my life with amazing guys like Zak Greant, Brian Behlendorf, Monty Widenius, Kurt von Finck and many others. I have tons of notes to scrape through and tens of pictures to show you. I’ll post a full review of the event with my impressions and pictures. And I also have some interviews cooking up with the speakers. Just need to “get better” after the eLiberatica goodbye party last night :)

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eLiberatica

eLiberatica is an IT conference that will demonstrate the advantages of adopting, using and developing Open Source and Free Software solutions.

eLiberatica – Romanian IT Open Source and Free Software Conference

Lucian Savluc published an official list with the event guests:

I am so proud of this event, because it will take place in Brasov , my beautiful home town. Looking forward to it.

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