Here is the abstract of my talk proposal for Fosdem 2010:
20 years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. But in many places it still exists in the minds of the people. New Europe is still fighting proprietary software and the FOSS application is still very limited.
The presentation deals with the application of FOSS in several countries from the Balkans and Central Europe, what is going on with the software patents, the open source browsers’ market share and the open standards.
Examples will be given for talks with the governments on the subject. The new and important topic of open digital government, in which everyone can participate on the principle of open source and open interfaces, will also be tackled.
In about 40 minutes the Speaker will present how freedom enters in this part of Europe, even only in its technological aspect.
In the beginning there will be a demonstration, representing the results that can be achieved through the use of open standards in Europe.