COMPDES is an international conference on IT and development, organized by the University of Alcalá (Spain) and the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) in the city of León (90 kms./50 miles northwest of the capital city Managua).
I was pleased to see that there were a lot of talks related to Free and Open Source Software, despite the fact that it wasn’t a FOSS exclusive event.
My talk was about the use of Free Software in the Public Sector. It went pretty well, until the Q&A session 🙂 The end of my talk trigged an avalanche of questions, well… not really questions but a lot of assumptions, myths and FUD about Linux were repeated one after another.
I quickly dodged the bullets and hit back hard with the concept of a free society and the right to learn. I explained that we’re not Microsoft-haters, and that our choice of OS is a matter of freedom, not of price.
It was an intense experience, to say the least. Afterwards, a group of students from UNAN-León approached me and Norman and told us they were forming a local LUG and asked us for help. That was pretty cool and we promised to come back and hold a Linux Tour event in León.
Some photos from COMPDES:
Hotel El Convento, León
More photos here.