(Jan 2014) The President of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), Dr. Richard Mathew Stallman, visited India in January 2014, and visited Kerala during 15-16 January 2014. Besides delivering a public address on the topic "A Free Digital Society" on 16 January, he also visited the Chief Minister of Kerala on 15 Jan 2014. The Director of ICFOSS held discussions with Dr. Stallman on 15 Jan 2014 wherein
(21 Sep 2013) This year, Software Freedom Day is being celebrated on 21st September. Please see here for the Message from ICFOSS on Software Freedom Day.
ICFOSS and The Apache Software Foundation have launched a pilot programme for Joint Mentoring of Young Developers (June 2013). For more details, please go to the announcement page .
Professor Beth Kolko of the Department of Human Centred Design Engineering at the University of Washington, US, visited ICFOSS during 19-24 Feb 2013. Prof. Kolko conducted a 2-day workshop at Technopark on "Building Things That Think" that introduced participants to the emerging world of Open Source Hardware. She also delivered two lectures, the first at Trivandrum on the theme "User, Builder,
Professor Leslie Chan of the University of Toronto, Canada, is scheduled to visit ICFOSS on 18 December 2012. Prof Chan is a well-known champion of Open Access initiatives around the world. Prof. Chan would be accompanied by Prof. Subbiah Arunachalam, Chennai-based consultant and campaigner for Open Access. Prof Chan and Prof Arunachalam would be visiting ICFOSS as a part of their Trivandrum
ICFOSS announced its pilot programme on Startup Startup Acceleration and Incubation Support Programme for FOSS-based Enterprises. This programme aims at providing individuals and groups—including students and graduates—a set of non-financial support services that would help them to work first as part of the FOSS Community, and then as individual enterprises. For more information and for applying,
The Director of ICFOSS, Mr. Satish Babu, also the President of the South East Asian Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC) and the Computer Society of India (CSI), called for a new legal framework to address the emerging problems in the technology-society interface. He said that the legal frameworks of 19th and 20th centuries may not be able to address the challenges of the 21st century
The R & D project of the Dept. of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Govt. of India, jointly being executed by ICFOSS, CDAC-Chennai and CDAC-Delhi, officially started off with a kick-off meeting held on 14 August 2012 at ICFOSS Office, Technopark, Trivandrum. Representatives of CDAC Chennai, CDAC Delhi and ICFOSS took part. The two-year project has
ICFOSS has decided to adopt the FOSS-based Financial Acccounting System, GNU/Khata, for popularization as a public software resource. GNU/Khata has been developed by a group of programmers led by Mr. Krishnakant Mane, currently working at IIT Bombay, and has been supported by the National Mission on Education through ICT (NME-ICT). Click here for details.
ICFOSS published the first issue of its Open Access Journal, Journal of Free Software and Free Knowledge in March 2012. The journal was launched earlier by Dr. Ramachandran Thekkedath, Vice Chancellor, Cochin University of Science and Technology.