FOSS.IN 09 - Abhishek was here!

FOSS.IN 2009 was pinnacle of geekfests and it was after a long time that I saw so many open source fanatics under one roof!! Thanks to Bangalore OpenSolaris User Group (specially Sriram Narayanan and Anil Gulecha) OpenSolaris platform was successful beyond expectations in making hackers heads turn!



Sriram explaining stuff about OpenSolaris to interested participants of FOSS.IN


Everyone was so impressed with our demos based on ZFS, DTrace and Crossbow that I literally lost the count of number of times I heard phrases like "That is so cooool!" Even though we managed to keep just a table and two laptops (one was Sriram's personal laptop and the other one was mine :P ) people kept flocking to us while we demonstrated our simple hacks on OpenSolaris 2009.06.


On the last day, thanks to Joe George from Sun IEC, Bangalore, we managed to get some OpenSolaris T-Shirts and it was a riot! We had around 50 T-shirts and we had kept a condition that anyone who wants a T-Shirt would have to compete an assignment based on either ZFS, DTrace, Crossbow or Zones and we gave different sets of assignments to every participants. People were allowed to use man pages and google and it became such an interesting game that we had a long queue of people waiting for their turn to try their hands out at it.Within 5 hours all our T-Shirts were gone!


Me giving our first winner the opensolaris t-shirt


Me giving a OpenSolaris T-Shirt to our first winner


The most interesting bit happened when one of the participants (who said that he is feeling really out of place because he was very new to the world of computers) walked into our booth and asked if OpenSolaris has got something to do with solar energy. After I had a 15 mins chat, he got so interested and excited that he said even he would like to try his hand at OpenSolaris and by the end of the day, he won a T-Shirt by completing his assignment of creating a ZFS snapshot, deleting the Download folder and rolling back!


One guy trying out his assignment to win Opensolaris t-shirt while others listen to Sriram


One of the participants using my laptop to complete his assignments while others listen are taking their assignments from Sriram


Foss.in


Keynote from Philip Tellis of Yahoo! in FOSS.IN 


A few GNU skeptics who walked to us commenting on the CDDL were sent back satisfied by examples like Belenix and Nexenta. Over all, it was a great event and we learned many new lessons too! I hope hackers who drool on cool technologies will continue to fall in love with OpenSolaris!



Comments:

Nice job! :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on December 07, 2009 at 01:44 AM IST #

I clean forgot to take photographs!

After you left, there were many more people who visited our table to try out ZFS for themselves. I ran out of CDs and T Shirts :)

Also, the Belenix stall was the last to be dismantled - I had to request the maintenance folks to please wait for some more time until I finished speaking to others.

-- Sriram

Posted by Sriram Narayanan on December 07, 2009 at 06:52 AM IST #

You guys were great back in there. Waiting for my first bosug meet ..

Posted by Jithesh E J on December 12, 2009 at 08:12 AM IST #

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