FSF arabia, will it happen someday? </li></ul>
Quote <ul><li>You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. </li><ul><ul><li>Buckminster Fuller </li></ul></ul></ul>
Future of FOSS <ul><li>PCs: </li><ul><li>GNU/Linux is gaining ground, rising quickly in usability in the last few years (which mainly was its drawback).
Companies jumped in (Google Chrome OS). </li></ul><li>Embedded systems: </li><ul><li>Gaining ground as currently writing an OS especially for an embedded system is not worth it in most of cases, simply install linux in lots of current systems. </li></ul><li>Mobile devices: </li><ul><li>The next (or current?) hype for linux. Android is linux based. But Maemo/Meego is the really interesting thing: Linux+GNU+Debian stack+X+Gnome+QT </li></ul></ul>
Quote <ul><li>First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. </li><ul><ul><li>Mahatma Gandhi </li></ul></ul></ul>
A Strategic look <ul><li>Our country is low on financial resources, which doesn't give us lots of fields to success at.
If we look at the software field without the FOSS, it's already dominated by big players. We can't compete with them cause we don't know the know-how of operating systems, database engines, .. etc. All we can do is some websites and somethings like that, but we can't touch the core technologies. </li></ul>
A Strategic look (Cont'd) <ul><li>FOSS gives us the knowledge, and IT doesn't mainly rely on big finance.
If we tried to work with proprietary software, we will be salesmen for the big players (For example who creates a website using .net and SQL server, forces his client to buy these licenses).
The know-how gives us the ability to enhance the current solutions and even create our own. So we won't be limited to waiting for new releases of proprietary software.
We shouldn't be controlled by a certain company/entity. </li></ul>
What's in it for me? <ul><li>End user: better and cheaper software.
Developer: very big learning resource, and technologies in continuous development.
An enterpruneur / business guy: dramatically lower costs, having better customization, more easy to create your own product or provide your services. </li></ul>
Bottom Line <ul><li>You got freedoms, it's your right. Use them, and ask for them.