Miniconfs/Free The Cloud!
This Miniconf unfortunately had to be cancelled for LCA2010 but it is coming to LCA2011!
Personal computers are giving way to netbooks and mobile devices. The browser has become the main UI for end-user applications. Enterprises are moving from data centres to software-as-a-service (SaaS) and hosted solutions. As computing ascends into the cloud, what will be the role of Free and Open Source software? And how will we preserve the hard-won advantages FLOSS provides? In this miniconf, we will discuss the theoretical and practical frameworks for freedom in the cloud; review the use of FLOSS and Open Content for consumer protection and to avoid business lock-in; and survey the Free Software that is providing an alternative to proprietary Web sites and cloud services.
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