The schedule and the last chance

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The latest eLiberatica news on short:
1 - The conference schedule was published;
2 - Take the last chance to book a ticket;
3 - People who helped eLiberatica – the winners of the 2 free conference tickets;
4 - The complete list of speeches and workshops.

The eLiberatica 2008 Conference Catalogue - light version - (pdf, 1,8 MB) can be downloaded from here...

The full printed version will be provided together with the conference bag, and other promotional materials for all eLiberatica attendees.

-- Details --

1. To check the complete conference agenda, please follow the link below:

Note: We would like to provide you the best experience at this event. For this, keeping the schedule in time is a very important issue.
We would kindly ask all of our guests to be in time when the conference start. The registration is starting Friday, at 8am followed by the opening ceremony at 8:40.

To encourage the attendants to be in time, each day before conference start, around 8:30, we will distribute conference "goodies" like free eLiberatica t-shirts (we have around 100 pieces, high quality t-shirts), software kits, promotional materials and so on. These are limited quantities and will be served on “first-come, first-serve" bases. So please be in time there and you will have one ;)

2. There are still a few days you can book a ticket and participate at this great event.
For registration and more information, please check the link below:

Or directly contact Andreea Maier:
Mobile: (+ 4)-0730-119.721
Telephone: (+ 4)-021
Fax: (+ 4)-0215


3. We have the pleasure to announce you the winners; we chouse the following criteria: the ones who inserted eLiberatica logo on their websites and sent us the highest traffic (soon we will publish the Google Analytics chart).

And the winners are:
Stefan Petre with
Adrian Spinei with
Filip Chereches-Tosa with
Alex Brie with -

Thank you for your support!

More about it here

4. And if you still have any doubt about the importance of this event, we invite you to check the eLiberatica speeches scheduled for this year.

Keynotes Abstracts in the order of the schedule:

-- Day One --


+ Open Source Adoption Status: What statistics tell us

By: Felix Enescu (Romania) - VP Consulting & EXP for Romania, Gartner, Inc.
On: Friday at 09:00

The Open Source Software model continues to mature across markets, attracting more conservative users along the way. It is becoming not only impractical, but virtually impossible, for mainstream IT organizations to ignore the growing presence of Open Source Software within major segments of the IT industry. Failure to optimally manage the potential risks and rewards of Open Source will put IT organizations at an increasingly serious risk in the coming years.

+ Understanding Free Software and Open Source Licensing

By: Zak Greant (Canada) - Staff, Mozilla Foundation
On: Friday at 09:30

This presentation will provide a simple and practical overview of the common business concerns relating Free Software and Open Source licensing such as:
* Can I sell Free Software?
* When I build software using Free Software, when must I share my source code?
* Is it safe to use Free Software inside my company?
* What are the common business models built around Free Software?
Major points in the presentation will be supported with examples from the business world.

+ Legal Aspects Related to a FLOSS-based Business Model

By: Bogdan Manolea (Romania) - Executive Director, APTI Romania (The Association for Internet and Technology)
On: Friday at 10:20

The presentation will focus first on some general aspects of a software-related business, then particular aspects of an OSS business model. Specifically: copyright principles in OSS, employee-employer relationship regarding intellectual property, confidentiality, OS licenses compatibility, twin licensing, alternative dispute resolution methods and the role of the trademark in an OSS business.

+ Open Source Software in Public Administrations - A Short Report from the European Level

By: Barbara Held (Belgium) - Seconded National Expert, European Commission, Brussels
On: Friday at 11:30

In the 1990's public administrations across Europe were among the early users of OSS (Open Source Software). The European Commission took up the issue around 2000. Since then it initiates, sponsors and manages projects that further OSS, investigate OSS usage and the benefits of using OSS for the Information Society at large.
The presentation explains the policy background of these activities and the main players and projects at the European level. In particular, the promotion of OSS by the IDABC program.

+ For the first time in Europe: Digital ID Providers and OpenID Services for Romania

By: Constantin Teodorescu (Romania) - Secretary of State, Romanian Ministry of Communications
On: Friday at 12:10

Are you part of the Government but your Ministry of Finance gives you very limited budgetary resources? You'd like to develop your eGovernment system and introduce more electronic services for citizens? And the means of electronic identification of users at the other side of the Internet are missing or have a very high cost? And the launch of the electronic ID card is delayed?
What can you do?
Easy! Open Google and search for "open source digital identity", click on "get lucky". You'll find the solution - Open ID.

+ Integrating Open Source into Your Business

By: Adam Jollans (England) - Open Source Strategy Manager IBM Software Group Part I
On: Friday at 12:40

Open Source offers customers many potential benefits such as flexibility and cost savings, but also potential challenges such as support, integration and maturity. Business and organizations are today frequently asking what their Open Source strategy should be.
IBM has a unique set of abilities and offerings to be able to help customers answer this question, because of its involvement with Open Source going back over 8 years, its integration of open source components into its commercial software offerings, and its experiences with Linux, Apache, Eclipse and many other open source projects.
This presentation will offer an understanding of the Open Source ecosystem, an insight into the benefits and challenges customers are experiencing with Open Source, an overview of IBM’s Open Source approach, and practical advice on how to integrate Open Source into customer businesses.

+ Open Source at Microsoft

By: Zoli Herczeg (Romania) - ISV Evangelist, Developer & Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Romania
On: Friday at 13:10

Is Microsoft perceived as a challenge by the OSS community? If you think so, come and tell us why. We do want to understand your view and share our thoughts and plans on how Microsoft is working with the OSS community.
We do believe that challenges can be turned into opportunities for all of us.

+ Write the Future: Open Standards, Open Source,

By: Louis Suarez-Potts (Canada) - Community Manager, / Sun Microsystems, Inc
On: Friday at 14:40

Free and Open Source Software is essential to the modern informatic society. It is economically pivotal. But not everything claiming to be open is actually open. What counts is what one can do with the code and standard.
Over 70 different governmental bodies and countless corporations in Europe and around the world have chosen the OpenDocument Format and for what it does. And it is for these reasons that remains the best choice for today and tomorrow.

+ OpenSource and Sun: The OpenSolaris case

By: Vassilis Boulogiorgos (Greece) - Software Architect, Software Practice Leader / Sun Microsystems Inc.
On: Friday at 15:20

Sun has deep roots in Open Source software and recently has made it the core of its software strategy. Solaris has significant momentum as the platform of choice for organizations and developers and the duo Solaris/OpenSolaris are key players in Sun's Open Source strategy.
At this talk, we present and discuss how Sun approaches Solaris and some of the key characteristics, innovations and eventually differentiators Solaris has brought into the market, like containers, Solaris ZFS file system and Dynamic Tracing (Dtrace). We also discuss how these features in Solaris AMP (Solaris + Apache, MySQL, PHP) application development stack take to a whole different level the daily work of a software developer.

+ Open Source Software Middleware for "The Internet of Things" - Project ASPIRE

By: Humberto Moran (England) - CEO, Open Source Innovation Ltd.
On: Friday at 15:40

The EC-funded OSS ASPIRE (Advanced Sensors and lightweight Programmable middleware for Innovative RFID Enterprise Applications) aims to create an innovative, programmable, royalty-free, lightweight and privacy-friendly middleware for the Radio Frequency Identification Technology, or RFID. This new middleware paradigm will be particularly beneficial to European SME, which are nowadays experiencing significant cost-barriers to RFID deployment. It will also protect consumers by incorporating privacy-friendly algorithms. The synergies between the OS movement and the RFID revolution are paramount, and were first presented by Open Source Innovation Ltd, a British charity, during the 2006 Public RFID Consultation held by the European Commission.
The initiative, which crystallized in the €6M ASPIRE, brings together a consortium of ten renowned European partners led by Aalborg University (Denmark).

+ SocrateOpen, after two years

By: Remus Cazacu (Romania) - General Manager, BIT Software
On: Friday at 16:00

Having a long experience in commercial business software development and implementation, BIT Software moves in 2004 to open source technology and launches on the Romanian market SocrateOpen, an open source ERP/CRM system based on Compiere platform.
The presentation will include the following topics: _ Open source in the business application arena _ Why a company which developed commercial solution chooses to move to open source? _ Which is the adoption level of open source business software in Romania? _ Who is SocrateOpen/Compiere after two years from the launch? _ SocrateOpen&Compiere characteristics, innovations, and differentiators compared to commercial ERP systems. _ Can the open source model be a success model? _

+ An Open Source client application for the Hermix Conferencing Framework

By: Eugen Rotariu (Romania) - CEO, IntegraSoft SRL
On: Friday at 16:20 will launch in the near future a free conference service dedicated to private, non commercial users. The service will be integrated with the software developed for intelligent houses, and will be based on an open source client application capable to communicate with Hermix Conferencing Servers.
The presentation will focus on the structure of the open source application and will invite the auditorium to download the source code and implement its own conferencing client customized for any non-commercial applications.

+ Integrating Open Source into Your Business

By: Adam Jollans (England) - Open Source Strategy Manager IBM Software Group Part II
On: Friday at 16:40

Open Source offers customers many potential benefits such as flexibility and cost savings, but also potential challenges such as support, integration and maturity. Business and organizations are today frequently asking what their Open Source strategy should be.
IBM has a unique set of abilities and offerings to be able to help customers answer this question, because of its involvement with Open Source going back over 8 years, its integration of open source components into its commercial software offerings, and its experiences with Linux, Apache, Eclipse and many other open source projects.
This presentation will offer an understanding of the Open Source ecosystem, an insight into the benefits and challenges customers are experiencing with Open Source, an overview of IBM’s Open Source approach, and practical advice on how to integrate Open Source into customer businesses.

+ Practical Workshop 1: Kiwi, a Linux Distribution Based on Ubuntu and Made for Romanians

By: Jani Monoses (Romania) - Project Lead, Kiwi Linux
On: Friday at 17:30

Kiwi Linux is an Ubuntu derivative specifically targeting beginners and Romanian users, with emphasis on ease of setup and use.
With a live install and demo running in the background, the presentation will cover the history and the goals of the project, its relation to Ubuntu, the main differences between Ubuntu and the local developer community around Kiwi, together with inside on tips and tricks in installing and using it.

+ Practical Workshop 2: FLOSS Software Alternatives to Everyday Applications

By: Tiberiu Turbureanu (Romania) - Project Coordinator, Liberty in Schools
On: Friday at 18:00

This live demo will show that most of the common tasks for home and office desktop use work out of the box in a fresh Kiwi install. We'll present the simplicity of installing new applications from the central Ubuntu archives for activities that are not covered in the default installation.
The following topics will be covered briefly by demo'ing the existing applications: web browsing, mail, instant messaging, VoIP, multimedia, office suite, vector, bitmap and 3D graphics, interoperability with Windows computers and emulation of Windows applications.

-- Day Two --

+ Introducing itTraning - Red Hat Training Center

By: Radu Radulescu (Romania) - Red Hat Certified Trainer, Red Hat Certified Engineer, Romsym Data
On: Saturday at 09:00

Training and certification from Red Hat ensures that your IT staff is ready for complete Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments. We can help you identify who in your IT staff requires training and what level of training they need.
Radu will talk about the following Red Hat courses: Red Hat Linux Essentials, Red Hat Linux System Administration + RHCT, RHCT Certification Exam, Red Hat Linux Networking and Security, RHCE "Rapid Track" course, RHCE Certification Exam, Red Hat Linux Essentials for Windows Professionals.

+ Strategic Implementation of Free Software in Business

By: Shane Martin Coughlan (Switzerland) - Freedom Task Force Coordinator, Free Software Foundation Europe
On: Saturday at 09:20

Shane will discuss how Free Software has become a key paradigm in software technology and is expected to account for up to 32% of the European software industry by 2010. He proposes, therefore, that understanding the licensing and philosophy of Free Software is critical to assuring effective engagement in mainstream ICT.
His speech focuses on the assertion that the successful strategic implementation of Free Software includes understanding subtle differences in policy, processes and management planning when compared to proprietary software, and an awareness of emerging trends in the Free Software community.

+ Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

By: Brian King (Slovenia) - Board of Directors, Mozdev Community Organization
On: Saturday at 10:00

The large corporations that churn out the best selling consumer proprietary software get all the attention. Yet the real heroes are the FLOSS communities and individuals that provide the backbone for the industry, quietly enabling and securing the Internet and other areas of computing. The mantra of Open Source developers is "there is more than one way to do it", and choosing the right tools and technologies from the FLOSS patchwork can be daunting. The best software tools don't get in the way, but rather enable.
This talk will focus on the benefits of using FLOSS in your business, how it can fast-track you into a good position, and most importantly how if can help you innovate and turn your ideas into a success.

+ Governing the Use of Open Source

By: Martin Michlmayr (USA) - Open Source Community Expert, Hewlett-Packard Company
On: Saturday at 10:30

Free and Open Source Software has become unavoidable. For very pragmatic and practical reasons, FLOSS provides incredible benefit to those who use it. However, if this software is not managed properly, it can lead to legal, technical, and/or organizational discomfort that can result in very negative impacts on the business. HP (Hewlett-Packard) recognized these realities long ago and has developed processes, tools, and expertise to both foster and govern the use of Open Source Software within the company. In January, HP launched two initiatives related to the governance of FLOSS, FOSSology and FOSSBazaar. FOSSology is an open source tool for license detection. FOSSBazaar is a workgroup of the Linux Foundation, with partners such as OpenLogic and the Olliance Group, to share and discuss best practices related to FLOSS governance.
This talk will describe our experiences and learning around FLOSS governance and some of the best practices and tools we've identified along the way.

+ Enterprise Information Networks Using FLOSS Technologies - The Navarik Story

By: Bill Dobie (Canada) - Founder and Head of Business Development, Navarik Corp.
On: Saturday at 11:30

For over seven years Navarik has SaaS based services within some of the largest corporations in the world. The Navarik Platform provides an information network for all parties engaged in the physical movement and trading of cargo by using, creating and supporting bilateral and industry standards. Navarik has unique experience in using open source application development as a way to collect data for large industrial customers who are using proprietary or commercial data systems internally.
Our application infrastructure is built on a range of open source tools such as the Linux operating system; Apache web server, PostgreSQL relational database, and PHP scripting language.
Bill will be talking about the early stage and current challenges of selling FLOSS based applications to customers with significant proprietary architectures. He will also be discussing various ways to convince customers to deploy FLOSS systems as SaaS additions to their overall architecture and ways to satisfy the ever increasing compliance and architecture review processes of large corporate customers.

+ Mozilla Messaging and Thunderbird: Why and How

By: David Ascher (Canada) - CEO, Mozilla Messaging; Board of directors, Python Software Foundation
On: Saturday at 12:10

In this talk, David Ascher will give an introduction to Mozilla Messaging, the new Mozilla company focused on email and Internet communications, and the Thunderbird email program it produces. David will talk about the organization of the Mozilla project, why we create products like Firefox and Thunderbird, and how millions of people around the world contribute to the shared goal of an open, vibrant Internet.
He will touch on areas such as decentralized innovation, communities of participation, building business relationships which are aligned with the public benefit, and the structural trade-offs that result from an open organization.

+ The Future of Enterprise Content Management

By: Aleksander Farstad (Norway) - Co-founder and CEO, eZ Systems AS
On: Saturday at 12:50

CEO and Co founder Aleksander Farstad of eZ Systems, discusses the current trends in the ECM market and why the enterprise open source business model is already playing a key role in turning the business upside down.
The presentation also focuses how Open Source and open source based business models are playing a vital role in shaping the future of the software business.

+ What's next?

By: Alexandru Balan (Romania) - Innovation Product Manager, BitDefender
On: Saturday at 13:20

The abstract was not provided yet.

+ Dell and Open Source

By: Serban Zirnovan (Romania) - Enterprise Business Manager for Bulgaria and Romania, Dell
On: Saturday at 14:40

Several years ago, when the world was ruled by paper, data was EVERYWHERE … in file cabinets, in massive back offices … and only certain people were allowed to access it. Then, as things progressed, mainframes were used to bring all data into one place … to make it easier to manage and find. The problem was that mainframes were really expensive and inefficient. Only the elite could afford them. Today, we might think we have the best of both worlds … we’ve got all kinds of access to any type of data we want. Plus, we can share it whenever and however we see fit. However, data is once again … EVERYWHERE! We’ve gone back to where we started.
This data explosion is the primary catalyst for all storage problems today.
We’ll also discuss how virtualization allows you to tap into unused capacity hidden within the assets they already own. Virtualization also offers a way for you to reclaim IT resources that are currently being used to maintain inflexible and resource consuming infrastructures.

+ Active State and Komodo - Why we chose to make our product open source

By: Shane Caraveo (Canada) - Head of Komodo development, ActiveState Software Inc.
On: Saturday at 15:00

ActiveState has a long history of being involved with and contributing to Open Source projects, especially around Dynamic Languages. We build value added commercial software and services on top of Open Source languages and components. Our most recent contribution, however, is a first of its kind for ActiveState. We took a proprietary product we developed over many years, Komodo Edit, and released it as Open Source software.
In the process we've learned a few things, had some successes, and some failures. In this talk I'll cover some of our strategies around commercial Open Source software and why we choose to open source Komodo. I'll also discuss the area's where we've had wonderful successes and what kind of problems we've encountered.

+ RedHat and the Open Source Business Model

By: Dragos Manac (Romania) - Lead Operations, System & Network Solutions
On: Saturday at 15:30

RedHat is the world largest Linux and Open Source provider for the Enterprise. In the last 15 years Red Hat was the pioneer in blending free software with successful commercial models.
Linux based services at the high standards of enterprise customers created a solid company, a way of earning from Linux/OSS and the financial resources that were invested in the sustained development of the biggest OSS projects.

+ Google and the Open Web: Using Google APIs to Improve Your Website

By: Matthew "Chewy" Trewhella (USA) - Developer Advocate, Google Inc.
On: Saturday at 16:00

The Internet has undergone a shift in the last few years: the rapid growth of web applications has opened up a new and exciting space for developers. At Google, we're really excited about the growth of web apps because we think it provides an open, fast and easy way for developers to have greater reach, for webmasters to get great content, and for users to access powerful, useful tools.
This talk will explore some of Google's efforts in this space, including how developers can use tools like OpenSocial and the Google Maps API to build better websites and to take advantage of the Programmable Web.

+ A Panel Discussion about Open Business Models versus Closed Business Models

By: Multiple panelists
On: Saturday at 17:00

Moderator – Zak Greant (eLiberatica Conference Co-chair)
Participants: Brian King (Mozdev Community Organization), David Ascher (Mozilla Messaging; Python Software Foundation), Shane Caraveo (ActiveState Software Inc.), Shane Martin Coughlan (Free Software Foundation Europe), Louis Suarez-Potts (, Zoli Herczeg (Microsoft) and Alexandru Muscalu (Microsoft).


This being said, we wish you all our best and we hope to meet in a few days!

The eLiberatica team.


For information regarding registration or your organization's promotion during the conference you can contact us at:

International organizations, companies or individuals:

- Lucian Savluc, eLiberatica Conference Coordinator | eLiberatica Chair:

Romanian organizations, companies or individuals:

- Andreea Maier, PR Manager, Agora Media
Mobile: (+ 4)-0730-119.721
Telephone: (+ 4)-021
Fax: (+ 4)-0215

- Mihai Bucuroiu, Sales Manager, Agora Media
Mobile: (+ 4)-0723-408.990

- Daniel Dan, Sales Representative, Agora Media
Mobile: (+ 4)-0722-589.735


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- Echoes from the last edition:
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+ O'Reilly Media + Navarik Corp. + HP + IntelliNet Solutions +

+ Crescendo - the IT&C Solution House +

+ + Free Software Foundation Europe + Open Source Innovation + MB Dragan Agency +

+ ActiveState + Romanian Open Source Development Conference + + Raincity Studios + PHPRomania + Linux Users Group Iasi + + + PR Wave Directory + Severpress + + PRwave International + + news2.0 + + + Connect Magazine + Market Watch + Photo Magazine + Agora News + Channel Partner Magazine + eWeek Magazine + PC Magazine + SPIN Media + + The Money Channel + + Internet MTO Day + intelliBiz Solutions + Magnetique Marketing Agency + + + + +

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