I just took a moment to create a collage called "Faces of FOSS.IN 2007". So many passionate people, lot of ideas, loads of enthusiasm. We had lots of fun too. Just one more day to go for FOSS.IN to conclude.
I wanted to paste the observations of a Mr. Gopal, a FOSS.IN attendee. Mr. Gopal sent his observations to the FOSS.IN mailing list. I have taken only the relevant portions of his mail. Full mail text is here.
At 59 years of age, I think I was the most ancient creature to attend foss-in 2007. Also the only fully grey-haired fossil in the venue. Also the only illiterate person to participate in the event. I have no software background; I graduated as a mechanical engineer, but ran a business as a pseudo-metallurgical engineer. Nobody discovered!
Why did I register for foss-in 2007? Because I didn't have any work to do at home (I stay in Bangalore). At only Rs. 600 for five lunches and 10 cups of tea and 20 biscuits and air-conditioned ambiance for five days; it appeared dirt-cheap to me (I have never come across a power-packed pure technical event like this priced so cheap!). Since I travel by public transport (Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation) with a 30 rupees-a-day pass, commuting charges did not amount to much either. And I thought: any GYAN is a bonus and a welcome one!
I attended many sessions and the inauguration. My observations and views are given below:
- You people are confident, intelligent, and articulate; and yet not arrogant.
- You dressed in a `don't care attitude' style, and yet it was not vulgar or obscene
- Some had weird hairstyles; But all heads were well above their shoulders. All heads seem to contain a load of grey matter.
- You are prime-movers of modern India.
- That you did not invite a politician or a an official of the government to do the inauguration was the best thing to have happened. The other best thing was that you invited the volunteers to light the lamp and kick-off the show.
- You showed that you are environment-friendly by giving a cloth bag as part of the conference kit.
- There was energy and good vibration all around; I took lots of it with me when I left the venue.
- It was a no-frill event; you stuck to the principle of `keep it simple'.
- Feet-tapping music during the inauguration added to the tempo.
- You people were playful, and yet serious.
- I guess the average age of the attendees must be around 30 years.
Note: After three days, I have become somewhat literate. I have already downloaded openOffice.org and started to write using that. I also plan to start writing in Hindi using some application that was discussed at the IndLinux session. Hope I am able to do that.
Best wishes to all of you.