Muscat: To spread wider awareness about Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), the Ministry of Technology and Communications in partnership with Sultan Qaboos University and Middle East College, is organising the first FOSS Boot Camp under the theme of ‘4IR & Emerging Technologies, DevOps Tools, Digital Content Development’ which started on March 9, and will continue until March 11 in Middle East College.
FOSS Boot Camp witnessed the attendance of over 150 participants including undergraduate students, job seekers, employees, IT enthusiasts and professionals from Oman and GCC and Mena region. FOSS Boot Camp includes significant series of training workshops related to FOSS such as cybersecurity using Open Source tools, Identity management in Linux environments and MS Active Directory integration, WordPress for intermediate web developers and Introduction to Laravel Framework.
The event aims to enable participants to understand FOSS technologies and encourage the development of FOSS applications and solutions. Moreover, it seeks to promote the adoption of such applications and solutions in work environments and the continuation of enriching the GCC market with these services.
The Boot Camp focuses on several topics in the field of FOSS technologies including developing commercial activities using FOSS, promoting innovation, creativity, security and privacy, education, knowledge, algorithms, devices, platforms and encourage local resources to seek careers and business in IT projects, particularly in FOSS technologies.
Eighteen workshops and lectures will be held over the three days that will support the skills and abilities of participants. After the welcome address, six workshops were presented on several topics like Cyber Security using Open Source tools, Identity management in Linux environments, MS Active Directory integration and The Journey from Microsoft and Mac OS to the Linux world.