Here’s a few photos from the conference.
Volunteers working the registration booth, welcoming three thousand or so delegates.
Delegates walking between the halls (which were constructed for the event in the Bangalore Palace gardens).
Entrance to Sulamita Garcia’s Linuxchix talk, which was held in the ballroom of the palace. There seems to be a higher percentage of female delegates here than other technical conferences I’ve attended.
Harald Welte and Jaya Kumar chatting to delegates.
Here are the slides from my FOSS.IN/2005 talks.
Also, found some good media coverage here in The Hindu.
Bangalore: The grounds of the Bangalore Palace have seen many high tech conferences — including the annual IT.in mela — but nothing like this: On Tuesday nearly 3000 young `techies’ queued up for over an hour to register for `FOSS.in’, the annual Free and Open Source Software conference which began five years ago as the Bangalore Linux event.
The atmosphere here is fantastic. It’s currently a very bright and warm day with a nice dry breeze. People are wandering around the grounds of the Bangalore Palace, sitting under trees, chatting, eating lunch. All of the technical talks I’ve seen so far have been packed. I can’t remember another conference with so much enthusiasm and such intense thirst for knowledge. It seems like there’s a looming explosion in grassroots Linux activity here (consider the fact that this huge conference itself is a volunteer effort).
I’m now in Bangalore for FOSS.IN/2005, which looks to be a very large event this year with several thousand delegates expected. Wandered around the city today with a few other speakers, and found lots of Linux books and distros available on store shelves.
(Rs. 450 is about USD $10).
There’s just over two weeks left to nominate for the SELiunx Symposium Community Delegate Program. If you know someone making important community-based contributions to SELinux, nominate them per the link and they may be selected to travel to the 2006 SELinux Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland. Remember that you can self-nominate, and that nominations are open worldwide.
I’ll be giving two SELinux talks at FOSS.IN/2005 in a couple of weeks. One on kernel internals and architecture, and another on developments in SELinux. So far, there are 185 events scheduled overall with around 3000 people expected to attend. I’ve never seen a technical Linux/FOSS conference on this scale.