Monday, September 28, 2009

ILC, GCOS, RMS, Olimpiade Office, dll.

Sumpah Pemuda 28 Oktober 1928 telah mengilhami beberapa personal, organisasi profesi, komunitas, sekolah, lembaga pemerintah dan swasta, serta perguruan tinggi di Indonesia untuk berbuat sesuatu yang beda pada Oktober 2009 ini. Setahu saya, semua itu bukan asal beda, tapi kegiatan yang menguras fisik dan psikis untuk memajukan TIK Indonesia dengan memasyarakatkan peranti lunak Merdeka/Open Source.

Kegiatan itu antara lain:
  • ILC 2009 (Indonesian GNU/Linux Conference) di Unhas Makassar, 10-11 Oktober 2009.
  • GCOS (Global Conference on Free/Open Source Software), di Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta, 26-27 Oktober 2009.
  • RMS (Richard M. Stallman) Berbicara tentang Free Software dan GNU/Linux, di Gedung BPPT Jakarta, 28 Oktober, dan di Univ Indonesia Depok (tentative, 29 Oktober).
  • Juga beberapa kegiatan serupa di Univ Negeri Padang (tentative 17-18 Oktober), Univ Merdeka Malang (tentative 19 Oktober), Univ Persada Indonesia YAI Jakarta (tentative 28 Oktober), dan final Olimpiade Office Open Source (ODF Olympiad) di Jakarta 24-25 Oktober 2009.
Menurut sumber-sumber yang dapat dipercaya, berbagai kegiatan yang sejalan dengan usaha kemandirian dan kemerdekaan di bidang TIK ini juga berlangsung di berbagai sekolah, pesantren, lembaga pemerintah, BUMN, dan perusahaan swasta.

Semoga semua kegiatan itu tidak hanya berhenti di kegiatan sesaat atau seremonial, tapi benar-benar menggugah semangat dan menggerakan seluruh fisik dan psikis peserta dan panitia untuk berbuat nyata dalam penggunaan software legal berbasis software merdeka (Free Software) atau terbuka (Open Source Software) untuk kehidupan yang lebih baik.

Selamat berjuang kawan-kawan, masa depan TIK Indonesia ada di tangan-tangan kalian.


Anonymous said...

Pak Rus, I attended the event today seeing RMS at BPPT.

Here is my feedback that I would see the improvement for the next event :

(1) The event should've started at 9 o'clock not 9:15 WIB. It's totally unexcusable to let Richard waste his time and introduce Richard to bad Indonesian culture about being late (even a minute late). I still remember his expression when hundreds of students came late in 10. If no one respects time in Indonesia, then who else would do instead of us ? It's our half part of responsibility to emphasize the importance of being intime to our communities, another half part of responsibility which is coming late as attendant is not our responsibility anymore, that belongs to the attendant's responsibility.

(2) Richard should've brought his water while walking to the stage. I followed my intuition hearing he cleared his throat several times and that broke my heart. The two chosen ladies who brought waters (and pepsi) should've been trained to smile more to show our Indonesian hospitality and not late to give him water. That reminded me of my dry throat when giving a workshop from morning to afternoon with problematic microphone (although as a speaker I'd rather be proactive to get a handy ergonomics microphone instead of relying on people's readiness which is not always the way I want, anyway).

(3) For Pak Mario as a moderator, he's done his job well overall, however, he also needed to mention the timing rule before opening question and answer session. It's unfair to let some guys have longer time than others because there was no timing rule mentioned. The fact was I saw both Pak Mario and you there gesturing with clock on your wrists which didn't solve this timing per question problem. It's important although Richard said, "I don't care", because the moderator is the king of the discussion going on there who got the power to let the timing going well.

(4) I was wondering why Richard didn't give us slide presentation even on his GNU Emacs on those two big slide projector viewers at the front. Many people would bother to see those text-based screen view, but some geeks there would say that's the beauty of it. I still remember the day when I didn't present my slides using Keynote, I used ViM instead because of my incapibility. In fact people/attendants still cherished me. Slide is USEFULL to help audience to remember points he talked, again, even only text based on the sea of white/black/gradient background (remember zen presentation way?) on his GNU Emacs.

Anonymous said...

(5) Regarding "perfect" recording that I learned from International Ruby communities is usually they use one camera for a speaker. then one camera for attendance. then one special camera for slide. then edit the video to show the speaker and the slide side by side horizontally while sometimes in speaker's great pitch and ambience would show the recording that is happenning to audience.

(6) I didn't have breakfast, I was starving, I had breakfast at two in the afternoon today, I think it's a good idea to gather more sponsors to provide better foods. As for me as attendant, I don't mind paying as long as I got best quality. Although not all mass would agree to pay, but we can still think to gather more sponsors, more affiliators to help to pay for the money instead.

Despite all of my feedbacks above which I really hope you would find it constructive, I appreciate your effort. I even might want to learn to organise such a big event from you. And I state it here because I want to say *Thank you* A TON for that. (I heard lots of your movement positively from Wiro, A Suse guy, that was with you on InfoLINUX, that happened to be a friend of my friend, Hasan, A Perl guy)

I let you know that this is only one of my thanks for any free software activists. Other ways of expressing my gratitude to free software activists is by participating in free software communities in free software things that I'm capable of. I'm basically just at the level of beginner user though, anyway, I still have to introspect more on softwares' license that I use whether it's GNU or not / not as pure as Richard for sure.

Note: I wrote my comment in English so that other internet users can know what's going on in Indonesia. I accept lots of feedbacks from friends outside Indonesia regarding our posts in Bahasa Indonesia although I personally would like to keep the balance between Indonesian and English on Media because people in Indonesia mostly can read English but can hardly understand/speak English.

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