Saturday Feb 23, 2008

Code For Freedom contest closed

Well, the Code For Freedom (CFF) contest is finally over. The results are posted on the CFF site. The grand prize winners will be awarded at Sun Tech Days in Hyderabad on 29th Feb 08 by Ian Murdock. Congratulations to all the winners. Thanx to everyone who contributed. Without all these contributions, this contest would not have been successful.

I was tracking the contributions to the OpenSolaris technology. The load in the initial stages of the contest was negligible. But during the end it reached a peak. I used to stay awake till 3am chatting with students answering their queries. Here is a screenshot of one of my gmail chat session. In the last two weeks of the contest, more than 50 contributions were submitted. The last contribution to OpenSolaris was submitted on 23:57 on 14th Feb 2008 IST! Just minutes before the contest ended.

Many students have committed to continue the contributions to OpenSolaris even after CFF. This contest has definitely raised the interest level of the students across India to contribute to open source projects. I believe, its just the beginning ...

Its not just the students, even we have learnt a lot while conducting this contest. We have received a number of feedback on what went well and what could be improved. Many people are asking if we'll have CFF next year. Well, I don't know. AFAIK, no decision has been taken in this regard. I hope it is...


Wednesday Dec 21, 2005

FOSS.IN events

FOSS.IN was held at Palace Grounds in Bangalore from 29th Nov to 2nd Dec 2005.  Sun was a platinum sponsor for this event.

We were giving demos on the new technologies of recently open sourced Solaris.  The demos were on Dtrace, ZFS, Zones and SMF.  We also had demos on Glassfish which is an open source application server and Netbeans which is an open source IDE.  We had a demo on Belenix which is a live cd of the latest Solaris.  We were giving away free Belenix CDs and Solaris 10 DVDs.  We had not planned for Looking Glass demo, but we setup a demo station as many delegates were asking for it.

The crowd at Sun's stall was overwhelming.  The volunteers had a difficult time to handle all the delegates.  We had a large number of delegates registering for Bangalore Open Solaris User's Group (BOSUG) and some of them were interested in being part of Open Solaris development
too.


I found a couple of other stalls there quite interesting.

One stall was from Spike Source.  They bundle a whole bunch of open source software, test it and make them work together.  This whole bundle is  available for free.  Patches are released periodically and are also free.   The charge is for service which include providing a relief before the next scheduled release of the patch.  Their solution is not available on Solaris, but they are already planning to do so in the near future.

Another stall was of project Phoenix.  This is a open source product written mainly in Python.  This software is used to conduct physics experiments.  The software and the circuit diagrams are availble for free on their website.  Users can add their own experiments.  This is very useful for schools and colleges.

Some of the stalls did not have any open source related products.  I guess they were there just for marketing their products.

This event left all the organisers and volunteers exhausted.  But hey! We got a free t-shirt :-).

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