FOSS.in Report

FOSS.in is a big developers event in India. Previously it used to be Banglinux which later renamed as FOSS.in. Sun did a platinum sponsorship for this event.

Sumitha, Vinay and Mahesh took the responsibility of doing the ground work for this event.

We planned to showcase various technologies

\* DTrace
\* SMF/Zones
\* ZFS
\* Belenix
\* GlassFish
\* Netbeans

DTrace:
This was the major attraction within developers, every one were amazed with this technology people after seeing this demo have the below common question.

\* Is is part of OS or separate package ?
\* Is this technology being ported to Linux or any other Unix flavors ?
Belenix:

We started distributing Belenix live-CD. There were some common queries among developers

\* Does Belenix run on x86 pc ?
\* What advantages does Solaris have than linux ?
\* What are the features available one Solaris ?
\* What architectures does Solaris support ?

For people who were really interested we distributed Solaris 10 DVD's.

Some common queries about opensolaris :-
\* What licensing does this follows ?
\* Can I start modifying it ?
\* Can I strip down the kernel/utils and customize it ?
\* What's the Sun's strategy behind Opensolaris ?

People who handled various demos :-
Belenix - Myself, Moinak, Popuri, Ram and Anandth
DTrace - Pramod, Jalan, Ramesh, Kini, Sanjeev, Syed and Pavan
SMF/Zone - Vineeth, Shivani, Madhu, Ganga, Ganesh, Saif and Vivek
ZFS - Mahesh, Vidya, Kishore and Venku

Sorry if I had missed out some names... Each of our volunteers were so enthusiastic about this they worked hard to make it a grand success.

When compared to other stalls (google,hp,yahoo....) Sun stall was much crowded.

One of the stall GCI solutions were running a competition on Redhat linux. So I juz gave it a try and won the competition. Next day Alan Cox distributed prizes for winners. I got "The Mythical Man-Month" book as a prize autographed by him.

Some wins about FOSS.in
\* Solaris/OpenSolaris awareness among developers.
\* Sun stall attracted a large visitors.
\* More number of developers showed interest in Opensolaris and have signed up with BOSUG usergroup.
\* Distributed more than 1000 Belenix Cd's and arround 400 Solaris 10 DVD's.
\* India's leading newspaper The Hindu carried article about Opensolaris and Belenix.

For more info on FOSS.in visit Madhu's blog.
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