Wednesday Nov 26, 2008

Delegate kit for this geek meetup

If you are attending the event, make sure you collect your cool delegate kit. The delegate kit consists of a FOSS mug, open software stickers, and a couple of DVDs. Latest Sun software (including OpenSolaris) is part of the delegate kit. You get to pick a nice FOSS t-shirt too at just Rs. 100/- or $2. This is half the actual price. All this in an elegant cloth bag.

Talking about the "event FOSS" itself, it would be imprudent to call it a conference. FOSS is better classified as an informal geek meetup! The only thing fixed about the event is the agenda. If you have something to share, you can always call for a BoF (or Birds of a Feather) where you can talk to individuals with similar interest. If you want to show a demo of some technology/software and think some folks would be interested, you can call for a BoF by all means. Just use the charts at the corridor and indicate the demo name near the entrance of a BoF tent. As you can see, the event is quite informal. And that adds to the charm.

The weather in Bangalore today is the best that you could have asked for. It is chill and there is a light drizzle! Inside the campus, there are snacks to much and unlimited free wi-fi. What more do geeks want?

Tuesday Nov 25, 2008

Sun demos @ FOSS

As a gold sponsor of FOSS.IN 2008, Sun has a stall to showcase our technologies and products. We want to demo our best-in-class open source products. The demos planned are: OpenSolaris/Virtual Box, NetBeans, GlassFish, WebStack/MySQL, and OpenStorage.

You are encouraged to visit our stall to get more information on the demos. Ask us questions and learn how to use the products. All the best. We had a stream of visitors this morning for our booth (see pictures).

Saturday Dec 08, 2007

Live Blogging Day 5: GlassFish BoF

As part of FOSS.IN 2007, a BoF on GlassFish was held. GlassFish is an enterprise-quality Java EE 5 application server that offers advanced clustering, centralized administration, and best-in-class performance built by the GlassFish community. The Java EE SDKs contain the Sun Java System Application Server (Sun's supported distribution of GlassFish). For more information, click here.

The BoF was a success with lot of people attending. Some photos from the GlassFish BoF.

Live Blogging Day 5 or Day 1?

For many people in Bangalore, it is Day 1 (of the 5-day India Pakistan cricket match). But for those attending FOSS.IN, this is the closing day (Day 5).

Outside in Bangalore today...:-)


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

Short video of ZFS BoF

A short (amateur) video of the ZFS BoF held this afternoon.

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.

Live Blogging Day 4: PostgreSQL BoF

PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source relational database system. It has more than 15 years of active development and a proven architecture that has earned it a strong reputation for reliability, data integrity, and correctness. It runs on all major operating systems, including Linux, UNIX (AIX, BSD, HP-UX, SGI IRIX, Mac OS X, Solaris, Tru64), and Windows. It is fully ACID compliant, has full support for foreign keys, joins, views, triggers, and stored procedures (in multiple languages). It includes most SQL92 and SQL99 data types, including INTEGER, NUMERIC, BOOLEAN, CHAR, VARCHAR, DATE, INTERVAL, and TIMESTAMP. It also supports storage of binary large objects, including pictures, sounds, or video. It has native programming interfaces for C/C++, Java, .Net, Perl, Python, Ruby, Tcl, ODBC, among others, and exceptional documentation.

Read PostgreSQL about page for more information.

Naturally, the PostgreSQL BoF was an instant hit. Guess who conducted the BoF? None other than Josh Berkus, an acclaimed PostgreSQL leader. Click here for a brief bio of Josh Berkus. 

Live Blogging Day 4: ZFS BoF

Anyone who has ever lost important files, run out of space on a partition, spent weekends adding new storage to servers, tried to grow or shrink a file system, or experienced data corruption knows that there is room for improvement in file systems and volume managers. The Solaris Zettabyte File System (ZFS), is designed from the ground up to meet the emerging needs of a general-purpose file system that spans the desktop to the data center. 

Click here for more information on ZFS. Head out to the ZFS BoF tent to learn more about the most advanced file system on the planet.

Thursday Dec 06, 2007

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 :-)


Mahipalsinh Rana


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