FOSS.IN 2007 - The Countdown begins
By moinakg on Oct 27, 2007
Well the interesting and hectic days are coming back. FOSS.IN, one of the most prestigious FOSS conferences in Asia will be held from Dec 4th to 9th, 2007. SUN is participating this time as well. This time the conference has been expanded to 5 days from the usual 3 days and includes some changes.
The aim of the conference this time is to kick-start more widespread FOSS contributions from India. India has long been known as big FOSS consumer but not contributor, and this is an attempt to change that. The conference this time has less number of talks and a bunch of in-depth sessions called Project Days. First two days of the conference will be Project Days where there will be a series of deep technical/contributory sessions/workshops on a bunch of topics and OpenSolaris is one of them. See here for the first list of main conference talks and Project Days sessions. I am taking a Project Days session on Indiana where I will be taking the audience through a deep technical session as well as discussing how to get involved. There are other folks from SUN giving talks like Jim Grisanzio on getting involved in OpenSolaris, Josh Berkus on PostgreSQL, Roger Brinkley on OpenJDK, Glynn Foster on Introducing OpenSolaris. The OpenSolaris project day has a good number of community speakers.
I like this idea of Project Days. This time round there is an experimental Hacka-center where there will be PCs with net access. So folks can have impromptu hacking/experimentation sessions. BOFs are mostly being pre-planned. In all a good collection of activities to foster more contributions.
This time the organizers have been particularly strict about the nature of the talks and the background of the speakers. If you see the list of talks all newbie-style and evangelism talks have been avoided. Rather they wanted talks which discuss advanced technical topics and also focus on how to contribute or get involved. So they are trying to attract a more mature and developer oriented crowd rather than FOSS-newbies.
The new participatory content is welcome and probably should be expanded upon in future. The list of talks is impressive. Hey, India with the huge technically talented population has to have a corresponding impact on FOSS development. Anyway it is gonna be an interesting ride. If you are nearby Bangalore in the beginning of Dec do not forget to register and visit.