Sunday Dec 09, 2007

The best of FOSS.IN 2007

Five days of brainstorming, discussion, presentations, demos, and lots of FUN. The best moments of FOSS.IN are captured in this video. I have added some background music too :-)

FOSS.IN 2007 might have ended, but the spirit of FOSS continues to live...


Saturday Dec 08, 2007

Day 5 Live FOSS.IN Quiz

Bright day outside. Brighten it up further by winning a goodie from Sun. A real simple question this time.

  • What does "Sun" stand for?
    • Sun is a star in the Universe
    • Don't joke. Sun is not an acronym
    • Scott (McNealy) Unix Network
    • Standford University Network
    • Sun Unix Network

Answer by leaving a comment on this blog.

Friday Dec 07, 2007

Open Source Community Innovation Awards

Here is the formal announcement of the awards program.

Live Blogging Day 4: Faces of FOSS.IN 2007

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 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.

Thursday Dec 06, 2007

OpenOffice BoF

"I looked forward to the Documentation related talk from Frank Peters - that is an area that could do with some love especially when it comes to providing local language documentation. Additionally, getting an insight into areas like extensions, documentation, macros allows someone to choose what and where to contribute to. A round of thanks to those who came a long way to be part of the Project Day, it was nice to meet old friends and make new ones. I had fun, and I hope that if we can manage the BoF tomorrow it would be fun as well"....This is what Sankarshan, a key OpenOffice contributor had to say in his blog. The OpenOffice BoF indeed proved to be quite useful for those who attended.

FOSS.IN Laptop Sticker Contest

G. Karunakar just  announced the Laptop Sticker Contest in the FOSS.IN mailing list. The laptop with most FOSS stickers or the best decorated one gets a prize (possibly an IndLinux t-shirt). Some sample laptop pictures were also posted so that you know what is the expectation:

This photo was clicked by Karunakar. I picked this up from the FOSS.IN mailing list.

You can vote for the on flickr (by selecting as favourites). Get your laptop clicked today!

Community Lounge @ FOSS.IN

The FOSS.IN conference offers immense opportunity to interact and network with members of the open source community. The organizers have made several arrangements to make this possible. Instead of just presentations after presentations, there are hackathons, demos, installations, and BoFs. A real nice community lounge is an added attraction. Community lounges offer space to set up your laptop and they have wifi too. Several like-minded people are likely to come there, and it is your chance to say "Hello".

After all, what does a techie need? Bean bag, unlimited wifi, and junk food :-)

Live Blogging Day 3: Demos, demos, and more demos!

  • Does open source excite you?
  • Want to know where bleeding-edge technology is developed?
  • Want to see the next generation technology at work?

Look no further. Go to the Sun booth, talk to our engineers. Ask the questions you always wanted to ask. You can also participate in the Sun quiz and hackathon contests.

Live FOSS.IN Quiz: Question 3

Answer by leaving a comment. Complete Sun's vision statement:

Question 3: The network is the ____________

  • Mobile phone
  • Computer
  • iPhone
  • Ethernet
If you give the correct answer (which I will confirm), you can walk up to the Sun booth to collect your goodie. The winner will be featured in this blog.

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? :-)


Mahipalsinh Rana


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