For the second consecutive year, a six-week summer course to introduce free and open source software to public administration professionals is being organised in Thessaloniki (Greece). An introductory course took place last Wednesday and the next five classes will cover the use of a free software desktop systems, free software solutions for office productivity and project management.
The summer school is organised by the Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (Eel/Lak) - representing 25 universities and research centres in Greece - and the School of Informatics of the Faculty of Sciences of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
The course is open to all but is targeted at those working in Greek public administrations - including health care and education. Attendees will be introduced to the use of both the Fedora and Ubuntu Linux distributions. Instructors will also present LibreOffice, a suite of office productivity tools, OpenProject, for project management, GIMP, for editing graphics and VLC, for handling multimedia files.
The course is free, and attendees will receive certificates upon completion.
Challenges and awards
This is the second summer school organised by Eel/Lak this year. The advocacy groups last week also introduced some 1350 developers to free and open source, a project involving nine universities and research centre's across the country. The top 135 developers that submit the most significant contribution will be awarded 1,000 euro each.
Programmers were asked to help solve challenges presented by the participating institutes. Examples include the University of Patras, which last week asked participants to help improve Gretl, an econometric software solution. Last Thursday, the Scientific and Technological Park of Epirus and Ioannina University, organising a workshop on 'Open Source for Rural Development and the Environment', introduced attendees to PHP, CSS and HTML.