· “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 programs 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 Software.
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 program for trainers on GNU/Linux, first level, which was implemented in cooperation with Linux Professional Institute (LPI).
· “Pirated, Software, Definition and Alternatives”. Was held last 29th March 2011 at Room F17, Sultan Qaboos University.
· “Unlicensed Software, Definition and Alternatives”. Was held last 10th October 2011 at Faculty Club Annex, Sultan Qaboos University. The Free and Open Source Software Society, FO3S, functioning under the Communications & Information Research Society (CIRC) at Sultan Qaboos University, recently organized a symposium “Unlicensed software, the implications and the alternative”. The event was held under the patronage of Prof. Amer bin Ali al Rawas, SQU Deputy Vice Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies & Research.
· “First gathering of GNU-Linux Users”. Was held last 25th December 2011 at Lecture Theatre #4, Sultan Qaboos University.