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Free open source software launched at SQU - Sultanate of Oman
Source: http://www.omantribune.com/index.php?page=news&id=80078&heading=Oman
Source Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Country: Oman (Sultanate of)
Created: Nov 30, 2010

MUSCAT Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) organised a celebration to launch the free and open source softwares group under the auspices of Dr Salim Bin Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of the Information Technology Authority (ITA).

Khalil Bin Ibrahim Al Ma’awali, head of the Free and Open Source Software Group, said the group aims to promote the cooperation spirit and innovation among SQU students and the Omani society in general and spread awareness of the free and open source softwares.

He launched the first Omani pilot computer system based on GNU/Linux called (Omanix Intilaqah).

The ceremony was attended by SQU deputy vice-chancellor for Post Graduate Studies and Scientific Research.

The Director of IT&C Research Centre at SQU Dr Hajj Bordosin delivered a speech in which he said that SQU has been a pioneer in contributing to the national initiative for the support of the free and open source software implemented by ITA.

Dr Yaqub Al Farsi, Director of the National Initiative for Free Softwares, said that the launch comes within the framework of joint cooperation between SQU and ITA in a bid to support the national programmes for free softwares which is part of the e-Oman strategy.

At the end of the ceremony, certificates were distributed for the first batch of graduates from the training programme for trainers on GNU/Linux, first level, which was implemented in cooperation with Linux Professional Institute (LPI).
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