Friday Dec 07, 2007

Live Blogging Day 4: When the master spoke...

Just concluded...a great session on free and open source by Simon Phipps. In his talk, Simon addressed several open questions on licensing, patents, and trademarks.


Notes from Simon's session

  • Sun is the largest commercial contributor to open source
  • Sun contributes to 750 free and open source software products
  • Today, Apache software foundation and Ubuntu are very key to free software
  • We operate in a "global mesh" as part of the FOSS community
  • FOSS is an expression of change in society
  • FOSS is not about saving money, it is about sovereignty
  • Sun is engaging in open source to be part of the bigger community
  • We need to learn how to handle software patents

Simon also talked about:

  • Corporate behavior
  • Trademark issues
  • Transparency vs democracy

Simon also announced the "Sun Open Source Community Innovation Awards" in his talk.

Wednesday Dec 05, 2007

Live Blogging Day 3: Aren't you here?

The big day is finally here. Atul Chitnis will formally inaugurate FOSS.IN in under 2.5 hours. Outside, it is a bit gloomy with light drizzle. But 2800 open source minds are going to brighten up Indian Institute of Science, the venue of the conference.

Why aren't you here? :-)

Are you an open source developer?

As an open source developer, you have several reasons to stay motivated and continue to contribute to your chosen product.

Sun gives you one more reason for you to keep innovating! What's that?

Thursday Nov 29, 2007

FOSS.IN Featured Speaker: Josh Berkus

We are glad to have Josh Berkus,  PostgreSQL expert attending FOSS.IN next week.


More about Josh:

Josh Berkus is primarily known as one of the Core Team of the world-spanning open source database project PostgreSQL.  He has been involved with various open source projects since 1998, including, LedgerSMB, Bricolage and OpenBRR, and currently sits on the board of Software in the Public Interest, Inc.  Sun Microsystems employs Josh in its Database Technolgy Group as the strategic lead for Sun's PostgreSQL for Solaris product offering. Contact: Josh regularly blogs here:

Josh is speaking on PostgreSQL 8.3: A story of many patches:

PostgreSQL 8.3 is out.  Learn how it was developed, including how the biggest feature of the new version was developed by an Indian programmer, Pavan Deloasse, and how you can contribute to the new version.  Also, find out about some of the features in the new version.

Why is Josh excited to be in FOSS.IN?

In his own words...

It's the first chance a member of our core team has been able to speak at a major conference in India.  Since India and China are in all probability the future leading countries in software, it's very important that PostgreSQL build up our Indian community. I hope to get started on that at FOSS.In.

Wednesday Nov 28, 2007

FOSS.IN Countdown: 5 days to go


We just have 5 days for FOSS.IN 2007 to begin. The "Project Day" events deserve special mention. A project day is a whole day of activity (Talks, demos, and discussion) on a particular technology or tool. We are glad to have a dedicated day each for OpenSolaris and OpenOffice.

  • December 4, 2007: OpenSolaris
  • December 5, 2007: OpenOffice

The OpenSolaris project day has been featured in this blog. Keep visiting this blog for more information. The OpenOffice project day will also be featured in this blog in the next few days.

Announcing: OpenSolaris Project Day

FOSS.IN, the largest community driven conference in the Indian sub-continent features a day long event on OpenSolaris [December 4, 2007]. The Bangalore OpenSolaris User Group (BOSUG), the user group driving this program is one of the most active and happening OpenSolaris user groups world wide.

The Bangalore OpenSolaris User Group (BOSUG) will organize the one-day event.


  • Want to contribute to some of the hottest opensource technologies?
  • Curious about what OpenSolaris related technologies are all about?
  • Gung-ho about contributing but not sure where to start?
  • Want to be part of a happening community group?

Join us at the OpenSolaris Project Day.

Get a peek into:

  • The OpenSolaris community
  • OpenSolaris related technologies
  • OpenSolaris based distros
  • Contribution opportunities

What should you do now?

  • Register to attend FOSS.IN
  • Indicate your interest to attend the OpenSolaris Project Day track in the registration page

For more information, visit the BOSUG page: Click here for information on the proposed project day.

Tuesday Nov 27, 2007

FOSS.IN Featured Speaker: Dr. Frank Peters

We are glad to have Dr. Frank Peters, Information Products Manager coming to Bangalore next week for FOSS.IN. Frank will speak on " Documentation Project".


More about Dr. Frank Peters:

Frank Peters is a manager in the Information Products Group of Sun Microsystems working on Desktop documentation from Hamburg, Germany. He is co-leading Sun's documentation efforts for open source software inside IPG enabling technical writer groups to adapt easily to the open source mindset and allow efficient work in open source communities. Frank has been working on and StarOffice documentation since 2001 and co-leads the documentation project. Frank has 10+ years working experience in hardware and software technical documentation and holds a degree in Chemistry.

Summary of Frank's talk: OpenOffice Documentation Project:

The talk will introduce the Documentation project and describe its importance as part of the community effort. The roles of the existing publication and collaboration channels, like Web, Wiki, Online Help and User Forum, as well as aspects of connecting the process of generating and maintaining user and developer documentation for with software development, release management, and localization will be described in detail.  A view on the future of documentation collaboration and knowledge management will outline perspectives for working with documentation. The audience will be able to understand how documentation interacts with software development and release processes, and will be given hints for how to participate in the documentation community.

Why is Frank excited to be attending FOSS.IN?

In his own words...

There are a lot of open source enthusiasts in India. I want to enthuse some of them to be part of the growing documentation community and help users and developers to adopt around the globe.

Monday Nov 26, 2007

FOSS.IN Countdown: 6 days to go


With just six more days for the conference to open, everyone is gearing up to the excitement. Follow this blog to learn about:

  • Why FOSS.IN is the hottest event this winter?
  • Featured speakers, leaders, and demos

There FOSS.IN schedule was published yesterday. Some changes to the schedule are likely to be announced today.

FOSS.IN schedule announced

The FOSS.IN schedule has been announced. Bookmark this page.

FOSS.IN Featured Demo: OpenJDK

Look out for a demo on OpenJDK when you attend FOSS.IN next week. Sun engineers Vaibhav Choudhary and Vikram Aroskar would demo the product.

The OpenJDK demo has been designed to demonstrate the following:

  • How to download OpenJDK?
  • List of dependant modules or software to be installed for building OpenJDK
  • Setting up environment in NetBeans IDE for the build
  • Details of workspace structure
  • How can you contribute to the OpenJDK project?

If you are thinking of learning more about or using OpenJDK, look out for Vaibhav or Vikram.


Mahipalsinh Rana


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