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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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Softicator.com – Romanian Web2.0 Software Directory


I am proud to announce the pre-launch of Softicator.com (soon to be a .ro), Romanian software directory like no other.

Softicator will promote romanian software – be it desktop application, webapp, script, of all categories – from currency converters to ERPs, and under all licensing models – from commercial to open source.

It will be web2.0 all the way, with

  • tags
  • user comments
  • user ratings
  • rss feeds from all over the place
  • free basic service
  • not to mention gradients and an arial rounded logo :)

We plan on doing big things for the Romanian software market, including a secret weapon we’ll launch once we’re all settled. With an initial ad-generated revenue model, we wish to improve our karma and drag out into the light all the geeks writing apps and scripts in their lairs. Oh, and we’ll target corporate people with CRMs also…

I say “we”, since I’m the initiator and co-founder of the project along with a gang of cool geeks you’ll meet on the softicator blog. Till then, keep in touch with our capture tool on www.softicator.com

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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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Human weakness

Prepare yourself for human weakness
“Google created a hugely complex search product, which uses all sorts of mathematical techniques and options to find web pages. How it all works would boggle the minds of most users, but Google doesn’t make them even think about it. It provides a simple interface which anyone can learn to use in about one minute. Users require little knowledge and tend not to get confused.”
Remember this when designing your next product or interface.

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What is Free Software?

Free software means software that respects the user’s freedom. There are four essential freedoms that the user of software should always have:

  • Freedom Zero is the freedom to run the program however you wish.
  • Freedom One is the freedom to study the source code of the program and to change it to make the program do what you wish.
  • Freedom Two is the freedom to distribute copies of the program to others, when you wish. Now this includes republication of the program.
  • And Freedom Three is the freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others when you wish, and this also includes publication if that’s how far you wish to go.

via Robin Good

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