Lucian Savluc has posted some videos on YouTube of the eLiberatica Open Source and Free Software IT Conference that I had the good fortune to speak at and participate in at the start of the Summer. Local Romanian IT thinkers, Zak Greant of the Mozilla Foundation, Louis Suarez Potts of Sun/Open Office, and others give their thoughts on what is happening in the OSS market in Eastern Europe.
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The general message I took away from the conference was:
a) the market is not as large as other parts of the world, or even other parts of Europe.
b) the market in Eastern Europe is in its infancy and there is a lot of opportunity.
c) Open Source software and services have become mainstream and will continue to make inroads.
I think these are exciting times in Eastern Europe not just related to business, but in areas of social development, innovation, and culture. If you have a free half an hour or so I encourage you to watch the videos to get a feel for what is happening in the OSS world there.