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Linux Journal: Finland Works on an Applied Linux Institute

Sep 04, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frederick Noronha)

"An old saying posits that a prophet is never recognised in his own home or time. Helsinki, however, is trying to all that wrong. To start, the city is planning an institute that would play an important role in promoting FLOSS across the globe, specifically in developing countries. It's a nice way of remembering that it was in this city that a college student once contributed the kernel of a new idea about how software is developed and shared across the globe.

"The whole idea of the Applied Linux Institute began about six months ago, following a seminar organized by KePa, a Finnish development network that recently put together the study 'FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software) in the Developing World.' One common thread was how significant the ideas of FLOSS were to the countries of Asia, Latin America and Africa. To Seppo Koskela, one of the two people involved in taking this concept forward, 'The idea is simple: to get together the small Finnish Linux activities (from) here and there and, when we are strong enough, to start to cooperate and to help South-to-South FLOSS efforts...'"

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