We had recently received the opportunity to provide video conferencing and live streaming services for the recently concluded fourth International FOSS Conference conducted by ICFOSS which was conducted from till 27-12-11 and concluded on 29-12-11. The technical support we offered was designed to be simple and can be replicated with minimum of effort to cover any other Free Software event. We have created an article on the technical aspects of setting up video streaming in Ubuntu and posted it on Ubuntu Manual. Check out the post on How to stream your webcam videos live online using Ubuntu. Feel free to share it with other FOSS enthusiasts who want to organise similar FOSS related events.

The ICFOSS Conference was a commemoration of 10 years of FOSS in Kerala. The event was inaugurated in a function held at Taj Vivanta by Mrs. Dorothy Gordon, Director General, Ghana Advanced Information Technology Inst itute (AITI)and then subsequently the presentations and discussions were held at Technopark and spanned 3 days. During the course of the event people from Zyxware had the great opportunity to attend the programme and meet passionate FOSS promoters. Of course, this was along with providing live streaming of the program itself.

During the course of the 3 day meet we got the opportunity to be an active participant in a Free Software event and also received a platform to interact with a number of passionate people in the Free Software industry. We were able to interact and share our views with individuals ranging from established personalities in the software industry to young and successful entrepreneurs who have been successful in managing a venture that is based on the Free Software business model.

The event also had a number of talks by passionate speakers through which we were able to gain deep insights into the world of Free Software like the importance of having Open Hardware along with Free Software, the significance of privacy and security in social networks and most notably how to start a successful venture based on the Free Software model.

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