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OSCON Lessons for Africa

The Open Source Convention of 2008 has closed its doors. It might not have been right to count our gains and losses during the conference, but it is time and timely, to do so.

The first of all lessons was the increasing number of attendance from Africa. The word increasing may look absurd, because it does not mean from 20 to 50 or even from 10 to 25, but at least it means from 3 to 8.

OSCON: Open Source, Open World. What should we discuss there?

In one week the open source community will meet at OSCON. I'll be part of a panel - Open Source, Open World - that will discuss the success and challenges for open source worldwide. Danese Cooper, that is hosting the panel, asked the participants to list a few questions that we should discuss on the panel.

Open Source is taking new turns in Africa.

Open Source in Africa is taking a different turn. It is going policy. We have done the "raising dust" or advocay part. We have also done the debate part of it. The time for constructive and sustainable action is here. The Free Software and Open Source Foundation is now engaging with Regional blocks to entrench FOSS in national ICT Policies. In the recently-concluded FOSS meeting between the Foundation and representatives of the member states of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, there was little time for talk. It was more of doing and action than talk and debate.

Zak Greant's OSI Weekly Report 2008 Weeks 15 - 20

This report is a summary of Zak Greant's Open Source Initiative activities from April 13th to May 17th, 2008.

These Weeks

Zak Greant's OSI Weekly Report 2008 Week 13/14

This report is a summary of Zak Greant's Open Source Initiative activities for the weeks of March 30th to April 5th and April 6th to 12th, 2008.

These Weeks

  • Light OSI community service work (mostly answering private queries on mailing lists, discussing OSI issues at Go Open, etc.)
  • Dropped the ball on the RfP - just got too busy.
  • Keynote at Go Open in Oslo, Norway

Next Week

Study: ~50% of Norwegian Software Vendors Integrate FOSS Components

... based on an extensive screening of software companies, with more than 700 responses.

Analysis shows that close to 50% of the software industry integrate OSS components into vertical solutions serving all major business sectors.

In addition, more than 30% of the companies using OSS components have over 40% of their income from OSS related services or software.

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Zak Greant's OSI Weekly Report 2008 Week 12

This report is a summary of Zak Greant's Open Source Initiative activities for the week of March 23rd to 29th, 2008.

This Week

  • Alolita Sharma, Andrew C. Oliver and I sent the draft infrastructure RFP to the board for review.
  • Worked with the rest of the OSI team on developing the affiliate/membership/somethingship program.

Next Week

Zak Greant's OSI Weekly Report 2008 Week 11

This report is a summary of Zak Greant's Open Source Initiative activities for the week of March 16th to 22nd, 2008.

This Week

Zak Greant's OSI Weekly Report 2008 Week 10

This report is a summary of Zak Greant's Open Source Initiative activities for the week of March 9th to 15th, 2008.

This Week

This was my first week of real activity in 2008 (except for my attendance of the March 2008 OSI face-to-face meeting.)

Job Posting: OSI is hiring a Programs Manager

Hello all you Open Source fans out there!

Some of you have quite rightly suggested enhancements to the overall services OSI offers the Open Source community. We've decided to do something about it...namely, to hire someone to help our all-volunteer Board of Directors work more effectively to get certain things done.

The job description is posted here, or you can just click the "OSI is Hiring!!" item in the navigation bar on the left of this page.

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