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<ul><li>FOSS in Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Himanshu </li></ul>
Nepal?
Nepal : Some numbers <ul><li>Nepal: 147, 181 sq km | Texas: 696, 200 sq km </li></ul><ul><li>Comparative size : Slightly l...
Culturally rich and diverse
Software vendors
Why not properietary software? <ul><li>Piracy </li></ul><ul><li>Affordability </li></ul><ul><li>Localization </li></ul><ul...
What is FOSS ? <ul><li>” Free and open source software, also F/OSS, FOSS, or FLOSS (for Free/Libre/Open Source Software) i...
FOSS revolution in Nepal is here
Nepali FOSS community <ul><li>FOSS Nepal : www.fossnepal.org </li></ul><ul><li>Ubuntu Nepal :  www.ubuntu.org.np </li></ul...
OLPC in Nepal <ul><li>” Mero Sanu Sathi” </li></ul><ul><li>One Laptop Per Child </li></ul><ul><li>Custom firmware </li></u...
Nepalinux <ul><li>Currently v3.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Debian based </li></ul><ul><li>Localized OO </li></ul><ul><li>Keyboard ...
 
LTSP <ul><li>Linux Terminal Server Project </li></ul><ul><li>Thin clients </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse old hardware </li></ul><...
Localization <ul><li>Small percentage of people understand English </li></ul><ul><li>Boosts attractiveness of FOSS in Nepa...
Typing in Nepali language
Local repositories <ul><li>Open source software has rapid release cycel </li></ul><ul><li>Nepal lacks good internet connec...
Future <ul><li>Ubuntu Nepal project </li></ul><ul><li>FOSS in government </li></ul><ul><li>Communal wifi </li></ul><ul><li...
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  1. 1. <ul><li>FOSS in Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Himanshu </li></ul>
  2. 2. Nepal?
  3. 3. Nepal : Some numbers <ul><li>Nepal: 147, 181 sq km | Texas: 696, 200 sq km </li></ul><ul><li>Comparative size : Slightly larger than AR </li></ul><ul><li>Population : 29,519,114 (July 2008 est.)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy : 48.6 % can read/write </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Users : 337,100 (2007) </li></ul><ul><li>GDP: $457.094(Nepal) VS $43,594 (USA)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>1 US Dollar = 77 Nepalese Rupee (Currency)‏ </li></ul>
  4. 4. Culturally rich and diverse
  5. 5. Software vendors
  6. 6. Why not properietary software? <ul><li>Piracy </li></ul><ul><li>Affordability </li></ul><ul><li>Localization </li></ul><ul><li>Hardware requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Same reason why you and me prefer FOSS </li></ul><ul><li>Power to the people! </li></ul><ul><li>etc </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is FOSS ? <ul><li>” Free and open source software, also F/OSS, FOSS, or FLOSS (for Free/Libre/Open Source Software) is software which is liberally licensed to grant the right of users to study, change, and improve its design through the availability of its source code ” - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_and_open_source_software </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering underdeveloped nations worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Software for a cause not just hobby. </li></ul><ul><li>Free as in ”freedom”, not ”free beer”! </li></ul>
  8. 8. FOSS revolution in Nepal is here
  9. 9. Nepali FOSS community <ul><li>FOSS Nepal : www.fossnepal.org </li></ul><ul><li>Ubuntu Nepal : www.ubuntu.org.np </li></ul><ul><li>http://foss-nepal.googlegroups.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>IRC : #ubuntu-np, #foss-nepal, #nepalinux @ irc.freenode.net </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals , mostly young Nepali foss enthusiasts and bloggers </li></ul>
  10. 10. OLPC in Nepal <ul><li>” Mero Sanu Sathi” </li></ul><ul><li>One Laptop Per Child </li></ul><ul><li>Custom firmware </li></ul><ul><li>Localization </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>” Doctor Nabhayema” </li></ul><ul><li>” Bal Gyankosh” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Nepalinux <ul><li>Currently v3.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Debian based </li></ul><ul><li>Localized OO </li></ul><ul><li>Keyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Spell Checker </li></ul><ul><li>LTSP </li></ul>
  12. 13. LTSP <ul><li>Linux Terminal Server Project </li></ul><ul><li>Thin clients </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse old hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Diskless! </li></ul><ul><li>Deployed in schools </li></ul><ul><li>Computing for kids </li></ul>
  13. 14. Localization <ul><li>Small percentage of people understand English </li></ul><ul><li>Boosts attractiveness of FOSS in Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Simple joy! </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul>
  14. 15. Typing in Nepali language
  15. 16. Local repositories <ul><li>Open source software has rapid release cycel </li></ul><ul><li>Nepal lacks good internet connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Solution : Local repositories and download mirror </li></ul><ul><li>Eg: apt-mirror (debian and Ubuntu based distros)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Wlink (Major Nepali ISP) hosts several distros </li></ul>
  16. 17. Future <ul><li>Ubuntu Nepal project </li></ul><ul><li>FOSS in government </li></ul><ul><li>Communal wifi </li></ul><ul><li>LTSP / OLPC in more schools </li></ul><ul><li>Nepali IT industry </li></ul><ul><li>Development of Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>? </li></ul>
  17. 18. Thank you!
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