Last saturday (Feb 7th, 2009) Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community organized FOSS Info Mela 2009 at Brihaspati Vidyashram, Naxal. The prime sponsor of the program being D2Labs was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Science and Technology Ganesh Shah, who at the ceremony also inaugurated the newly opened FOSS Research and Training Center situated in the same institute. This research and training center, consisting 24 computers total, is the first of its kind in Nepal. FOSS Nepal Network, Help Nepal Network (HeNN) and Brihaspati Vidyasadan are working together to run this center.
The fair was organized to raise awareness among the general computer users about free softwares and their importances. The fair was sponsored by supported by High Level Comission for Information Technology (HLCIT), Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, D2Labs, Kathmandu Univeristy, Brihaspati Vidyasadan, Help Nepal Network and Digitrust Enterprises. With a large crowd visiting the fair which had attractions like Virus Free Stall, LTSP Demo, Open CD, Open Art, Documentary show, Linux Distros, etc. FOSS Community from IOE, KU, Prime College and Infomatics College also had their respective stalls. D2Labs and D2Hawkeye Services had a featured stall to give out information on upcoming Open Software Challenge Nepal (OSCN) 2009.
The Pictures are here: