§ Free Software Philosophy, Movement, Ethics and Practice. Was held last 10th March 2010, 11:30 am at Room Theatre #4. By Richard Stallman, President, Free Software Foundation, USA (Developer of the GNU / Linux System) gave a talk on Free Software Philosophy, Movement, Ethics and Practice
Richard Mathew Stallman Launched the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org) in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer award, and the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates.
§ Launching of Free and Open Source Student Society. Was held last 23rd November 2010, 10:00 am, Lecture Theatre #1 at SQU. CIRC organized a function under the patronage of Dr. Salim bin Sultan al Ruzaiqi, CEO of the Information Technology Authority (ITA), to launch the Free and Open Source Software Society. The ceremony was attended by Prof. Amer Al Rawas, SQU Deputy Vice Chancellor for Post Graduate Studies and Research.
Prof. Hadj Bourdoucen, Director of Communication and Research Center delivered a speech where he said that SQU has been a pioneer in contributing to the national initiative for the support of the Free and Open Source Software implemented by ITA. Mr.Yaqoub al Farsi, Director of the National Initiative for Free Software delivered a speech in which he said that the launch comes within the framework of joint cooperation between SQU and ITA in a bid to support the national programmes for the free software which is part of the e-Oman strategy.
Khalil bin Ibrahim al Ma’awali, Head of the Free and Open Source Software Society said the group aims at promoting the cooperation spirit and innovation among SQU students and the Omani society in general and spread awareness of the Free and Open Source Softwares.
The first Omani pilot computer system based on GNU/Linux called Omanix Intilaqah was unveiled during the function. At the end of the ceremony, certificates were distributed on the first batch of graduates from the training programme for trainers on GNU/Linux, first level, which was implemented in cooperation with Linux Professional Institute (LPI).
Launching the first distribution of Free
& Open Source Omanix
Inauguration of FO3S
Distribution of certificates.
First batch of LPI Certified Instructors