Staff Reporter

Kochi: The national conference on free and open source software at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) on November 15 will discuss the brunt of global financial crisis on the information technology (IT) sector. Another plenary session on November 16 will mull over the social relevance of free software.

The seminar is also expected to come up with a modus operandi to combat the move to legislate patent law on software in India. Thirty seminars on as many subjects related to free software and free knowledge are organised under social, knowledge, technology and software streams as part of the conference.

There will be 12 open forums and four parallel workshops with two of them, on Linux installation and localisation, carrying on for two days.

Freedom show, an exhibition of various free software platforms, tools, packages and services along with their applications, will take place from November 12 to November 16.

In conjunction, IT@School project-trained high school students will display their learning process.

Registration for the conference is open till Wednesday on http://nfm2008.atps.in or on 0484-2862104. Students carrying nomination letters from the heads of their institutions are exempted from payment of delegate fee of Rs 100.

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