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