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Κυριακή, 22 Μαΐου 2011

«Pardus a Turkish OS from scratch» interesting presentation by Gökmen Göksel

I attended both the workshop and the presentation «Pardus a Turkish free software OS from scratch» at the FOSS conference at NTUA yesterday.
I was impressed by the professionalism [reflected also by the speaker himself] with which the Turkish government seems to handle free software.

I also had a friendly conversation with Mr Gökmen Göksel, a young developer working at TÜBİTAK/UEKAE, the state research center which produces the OS, who explained to me that his work on Pardus is not only his duty as an government employee but also he sees hacking and code writingas his own hobby.

Pardus is an example of a state-funded project, which remains open-source, receives help from its own international community, and tries to serve the public.
I think it is a serious effort of state produced FOSS that we should also consider in Greece.
Turkey is by no means the only government that invests in FOSS. You can have a look at 

the [American] Air Force Research Laboratory’s Software Protection Initiative (SPI),
yes, they also offer a light OS for civilians to use, 
 and also read what the US Department of Defense think about free software.

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