Its been over 8 months since i moved to Chennai, the southern part of India. Chennai has a strong free software user as well as contributor base.
I was invited as speaker at an engineering college (jaya college of engineering). I was amazed to see the enthusiasm among student s about free software. The college has students contributing to free software allready.
I interacted with a crowd of over 200 students. Most of them were freshers and knew what free software is. I am sure with the guidance of teachers/staff/faculty the college will produce more contributors to many more projects.
Apart from regular talk there were Software stalls as well where students were showing demo of popular free software like Scribus, Inkscape, Kde/Gnome, text editors like Vi/Emacs and office suites. I was happy and surprised to see school students participating in the event.
I was extremely happy to meet the HOD of college Comp Sc, Mr. Kumaran who is leading this initiative since year 2007.
I had word with them and we are also going to organize Ubuntu “Oneiric” release party next month.
Lastly i did got a shiny memento for my presence at the event.
First of all thanks to KDE e.V for sponsoring my trip. It was great place to meet g33ks and folks i been chatting mostly via IRC.
I met many folks like Andre , Lydia and Aaron to name a few. I was happy to see participation of attendees from India most of them being GSOC students and contributors.
Vishesh and Rohan
The two freaks above they been allready doing some awesome work, vishesh with nepomuk and Rohan with bug fixes on Kde and Ubuntu.
I also met awesome team of kde-www although neverendingo was not there i had conversation with annew on the userbase related contribution.
I also got chance to meet Mr. Shuttleworth and attend his say on copyrights and stuff.
Mark Shuttleworth and Michael Meeks
I love KDE and Gnome both, but there are people who are very strict to there choice. I might be wrong but we need to be flexible and give/show love to both. Am happy to see KDE and Gnome folks all at same place.
KDE and Gnome
I been organizer of an open source event and i need to learn the commitment part from the organizers, hats off to them for everything.
seaLne (setting up connector in hall for hack session)
Its been one of the best experience for me, i would especially thank andre and lydia. They gave confidence to me for submitting my talk
I am happy for all those parties and beer i had during Island and beach party.
I am very grateful to work with my awesome OSS team at csscorp who helped me with all the valuable suggestion for my talk.