FLOSS Kosovo is a non-governmental non-profit organization established in order to support, promote and develop:
*Free/Libre Software as defined by the Free Software Foundation;
*Open Source Software as defined by the Open Source Initiative;
*Open and participatory knowledge as that supported by the Wikimedia Foundation;
*Education in information technologies through open courses like those from MIT;
*Standards, culture and open society by using free and open communication as are those supported by the W3C and Creative Commons.
To achieve its goals, the association will undertake, without limitation, the following activities:
*The Annual Conference available to the general public with the lowest prize possible to help the aspirations set out above.
*Enable access to free and open source software and relevant knowledge by facilitating the distribution and localization in the local languages of Kosovo.
*Cooperate with local and international partners and sponsors of the industry, academia and government to drive forward the aims of the association.
FLOSSK began in March 2009 at the initiative of James Michael DuPont as a result of the desire to organize a conference on free and open software. After six difficult months and with the help of many supporters FLOSSK organized the first conference of free and open software in Kosovo in August 2009.
Apart from the Conference, FLOSSK continued to work in various activities such as organizing Software Freedom Days in different cities of Kosovo, lectures on free software throughout Kosovo, translating software, collaborating with the media to promote free software and creating local free software groups in various cities.
From the beginning FLOSSK members and the general public learned about GNU/Linux operating system, FLOSS programs for solving everyday problems, map creation using OpenStreetMap, and met free software movement figures from around the world.
Come and join us, let’s work together to develop and promote free and open source software in Kosovo!
The further mission of the FLOSS Kosova is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.
FLOSS Kosova will provide the essential infrastructure and an organizational framework for the support and development of open knowledge and software projects and other endeavors which serve this mission. FLOSS Kosova will make and keep useful information from its projects available on the Internet free of charge, in perpetuity.
The term Free and Open Source Software and Knowledge in the sense of the FLOSS does not refer to the price, but rather to the following four freedoms:
* The freedom to use a program and knowledge for any purpose
* The freedom to study the program and knowledge and adapt it to your own needs.
* The freedom to make copies for others.
* The freedom to improve a program and knowledge and make these improvements available to others, so that the whole community benefits.
This definition of Free Software goes back to the idea of freely exchanging knowledge and ideas that can traditionally be found in scientific fields. Like thoughts, software is non-tangible and duplicable without loss. Passing feeds an evolutionary process, advancing thoughts and software.
If you want to get involved in the day-to-day activities of the organization and help out you’ll find us here.
Discussions on Facebook are made at: https://web.facebook.com/groups/flossk/