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Idlelo 5, The 5th African Conference on Open Source and the Digital Commons

The 5th African Conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons, Idlelo5, will take place at the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Convention Centre in Abuja, Nigeria from 19th - 23rd March 2012. The theme of this Idlelo is "Open source Solutions for Achieving Millenium Development Goals.

ICT@innovation will be taking part and will be participating in several activities under the Networking and International Exchange Pillar.


ict@innovation's first regional training of trainers course on Linux system administration has taken off in Nairobi. The training which started on Monday, 1st November, brings together about 20 participants from across the East African region, that is Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

Lessons from Idleo4

In my wildest dreams, I never thought that I would ever get to sit down with Jon ¨maddog¨ Hall over breakfast and discuss open source. This happened during the just concluded Idelo4 conference in Accra, Ghana. I was totally blown away by his humility, taking into consideration that he is one of the foremost open source evangelists in the world. I got to discuss many issues with him and his presentations at the conference were extremely inspiring. In terms of the Idlelo being a time and place for the open source community to refresh and refuel, this one was way up there.

ict@innovation @ IDLELO

This years Idlelo conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons is taking place from  May 17th – May 21st, 2010 in  Accra, Ghana. The IDLELO Conference, themed „Development with Ownership“, is a premier international forum on Free and Open Source Software in Africa and is therefore an especially important event for any ICT programme. It presents the opportunity to discuss new issues, tackle complex problems and find advanced enabling solutions able to shape new trends in FOSS and related technologies on the African continent.

The challenge of promoting FOSS in Africa

I have been involved in FOSS advocacy in Kenya for the last 7 years. My love affair with FOSS started when I was looking for a content management system (CMS) for a sports portal I was proposing to develop back in 2003. I looked around and what I saw was not impressive. The figures that were being quoted for applications like octigon were basically far out of reach for me as i was just starting out in my consulting business (BTW, just google that name and see what happened to them).

Idlelo 4 Conference 2010 - Accra, Ghana

Idlelo 4 Conference 2010 - Accra, Ghana >Call for Papers and Presentations: deadline 28 February 2010 The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) is hosting its fourth biennial conference Idlelo 4, 17 – 21 May, in Accra, Ghana. The purpose of Idlelo 4 is to discuss new issues, problems and innovative solutions which are shaping FOSS and related technologies on the African continent.

Celebrating Software Freedom Day 2009 by Promoting International Networking

This year, to celebrate SFD, InWEnt hosted a virtual event to connect its programme partners in Asia and Africa working to promote FOSS.

Germany's Open Side: Discovering the Open Source Scene and Meeting the Community in Berlin

A full programme awaited the FOSSFA-delegates upon their arrival in Berlin - a week of meetings, conferences, trade fairs and receptions all around the topic of Free and Open Source.

FOSSFA@e-Learning Africa

This years e-Learning Africa took place in Dakar, Senegal from the 27th - 29th of May. Athough this report is both belated and short it is worth mentioning the outstanding contributions FOSSFA-representatives made during this conference – the largest on ICT and Education in Africa.


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