“August Penguin” last Friday

This post deals with the “August Penguin” event that took place last Friday.

What the “August Penguin” is?
“August Penguin” is the major community conference of the Israeli Open Source fans.
It is organized by the community (again community, yes!) and it is not commercial.
It takes place in the first Friday of August.

The organizers are all volunteers, mostly from Hamakor – An Israeli Society for Free Software and Open-Source Code (Registered Society) which is a registered Non Profit Organization. http://www.hamakor.org.il/

And even though there are sponsors companies –  those companies have nothing with the contents.

There is an Open Source community in Israel!
That’s great!

Unfortunately I did not attend this year (I did last few years).
I woke up late.  I mean not only in the day itself … but remembering to save the day  –  I had to be somewhere else (family).

This year there was a huge debate about the sponsorship that was given by … Microsoft.

Hamakor people agreed to receive the sponsorship saying that Open Source doesn’t mean hating Microsoft. And like any other company –  it’s only a sponsor and it has no influence on the content.
There were, however, some people that didn’t like to see the Microsoft logo on an Open Source conference.

Here is a collection of links and posts describing the conference.
That’s the least I can do –  to know what happened.

I hope next year to come.

והרי כמה קישורים לפוסטים של לפני ואחרי כנס “אוגוסט פנגווין”:

Teldan “Info 2008” Conference – My presentation

I wrote a post in Hebrew – פוסט בעברית about it.

On Wednesday – 2 April 2008 – I participated in Teldan “Info 2008” Conference.
The day I had the title:
“לקוח או לקוח שבוי? הספריה וצרכי המשתמש – בעידן web 2.0”
(“Customer or captive? The library and users needs at the Web 2.0 era”).

The presentation I gave was titled:
“חופשי זה יותר מחינם” ספריות וקוד חופשי פתוח / “קתדרלה” או “בזאר”
(Free in more than gratis – Libraries and Free Open Source software – “Cathedral” or “Bazaar”).

The specific day was organized by Haifa University library, so many of the speakers were from Haifa.
Therefore also the presentations can be found at the Blog of Haifa University library.

A PDF can be also found on my home site in compressed (zipped) format.