Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
On February 19th 2008 a public organization was established to promulgate and promote the open source software in Russia. The organization has been established by the former deputy Victor Alksnis and former school principal Alexander Ponosov, which are public figures but a little bit odious, which is a plus when promoting the alternative OS.
The name of the mentioned above organization is Regional Public organization to support open source software and hardware development ‘Open Source Technology Center’, i.e. RPO CeOST. Victor Alksnins is the chairman, while Alexander Ponosov is his deputy.
The Center does not plan to make profit, which is also forbidden by the status of the organization, its founders say. The Center will resemble the world Linux-community by it structure. ‘There will be no fixed membership in the organization, party-membership cards or meetings. We are not a party, we do not intend to hold meetings of participate in elections’, - Victor Alksnis says. – ‘Our task is to explain, help and provide legal assistance’. Initially the Center will have no office, but its site will be launched soon.