FOSS: Keynote

I was able find a power socket at the end of the room where I was able to get
my notebook charged again and guess what Dr. Ruwan from the Colombo University
too was running around trying to get his notebook charged too.

The Prime Minister who was supposed to be the Chief Guest was a no show due
to his presidential campaign (and don’t let me get started on yesterdays fiasco
where all the roads were blocked, it took me fours hours to get home!) instead
Prof. Tissa Witharana the Minister of Science and Technology turned up and read
out from a scripted note. The other speakers included Prof. Samaranayake and
Manju Hathotuwa of the ICT Agency who spoke
about what ICTA is doing to take ICT to the masses. I must say that I’m pretty
impressed with how far reaching these were.

After a tea break the CXO conference kicked off with Dr. Sanjiva‘s Welcome
Note where he gave an introduction to FOSS and what it was all about. Dr.
Sanjiva though iterated the fact that Free software does not mean free as in
‘Free of Cost’.

I’m right now listening to the Manager of the Open Source Lab from IBM, India
who’s going into detail on all the open source projects that IBM has been
contributing to.

FOSS: Keynote