Noticia 20-2-04conclusionesEnglish

Jpsé Carlos Alarcón y Juan Reig

The conference in Malaga opens up free software to society

Fotografía: Luis Serrano
20-02-2004 WEB EDITORIAL STAFF
Some 5000 people have attended the International Free Software Conference which has been taking place in Malaga over the last few days; from the 18th until the 20th of February. José Carlos Alarcón, the General Secretary for the Development of the Information Society in Andalusia, stated at the closing press conference that initial estimates for attendees were at 1500 for all three days. He stressed that the conference objective with regard to this had been more than adequately achieved and that “free software has leapt from the strictly technological environment of the developer into the whole of society”. Juan Reig, the Conference Director, stated that during the event the most commonly used words have been those of “freedom” and “sharing”.

José Carlos Alarcón said that the global recognition of this event has exceeded initial predictions. He highlighted the world interest that this conference has arroused, with more than 100 registered media companies, the extensive level of attendance,the participation of those present at the plenary and thematic sessions and at the exhibition stand.

Alarcón announced that the International Free Software Conference will have continuity and that it will be held again in Andalusia. He added that “the progression of the Conference has reinforced the suitability of the event slogan “Open Source for an Information and Knowledge Society”.

Up to 5000 attendees

The number of attendees, is at aproximately 5000 people. 1862 of those registered online prior to the International Free Software Conference in Malaga. During the course of the Conference 1720 people registered, 600 students, 400 youths and 200 independant visitors. An average of 2100 members of the public registered daily.

There have been 142 speakers and chairpersons and 22 workshop directors. 40% of speakers have attended from all over the world, from 25 countries such as Australia, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, UK, France and Belgium.

2500 Guadalinex manuals have been distributed, 1500 copies of the book “la pastilla roja, Software Libre hacia la Revolución Digital (the Red Pill, Free Software and the Digital Revolution)” by Alfredo Romeo and Juantomás Garcia, prologued by Miguel de Icaza. 10.000 Guadalinex Cds have been made available to attendees.

Connection requests for the audiovisual signal

The Open Source International Conference has provoked 10.680 connection requests from the web for the online audiovisual signal. This has been made possible for users through the use of two streaming channels which have been transmitting for 10 hours a day in English and Spanish with a connection speed of 128 kbps. No less than 5000 connections were made on Wednesday the 18th and 4500 were made the following day.

During these past three days the video broadcast of the conference has been followed by people from 30 countries including; Spain, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, USA, Italy, Belgium, UK, France and Canada.

The entire conference has been recorded in digital video and will be available for downloading from the Conference website as well as on DVD.

Repercussions for the Tourism sector

Thousands of visitors staying in the Costa del Sol has been one of the repercussions on the Hotel industry resulting from the Conference. The Conference has generated a total of 1755 over night stays during these last few days; 18th, 19th and 20th of February.