Let me start with a story I had heard about long ago when I was at Adobe. There was this guy who had come in for interviews for a technical role. He passed all the tech interviews with flying colors, the team liked his personality and felt he would fit in well, and the manager … Continue reading The 5-year limit to being a coder in India?
Why do I keep going back to foss.in? Because I'm the kind of person who needs extrinsic motivation. That's why having a good circle of friends with a positive attitude is so important to me. And that's why the foss.in community is so important to me. Because one must always strive to be in an … Continue reading The magic of foss.in
Today is the first day of foss.in/2008, and on this occasion, I'm happy to announce the first public release of my Creative-Commons licensed book on the Vim 7 editor. This book is meant for both beginners and advanced users. For beginners, it walks you through the first steps to learning about modes, discusses about typing … Continue reading Announcing my free book on Vim
Two days before the BMS College Information Science Department Fest called "Genesis 2007", I received an email from a couple of students asking me to talk about "introduction to open source". Apparently, they were frantically looking for a speaker. Since I'm not the right person for this, I agreed to come only if they didn't … Continue reading Why students and open source?
The past 3 days of foss.in/2006 have been very interesting. As Gopal said, this conference is in the hallways. I've seen/had a fair share of amazing conversations from watching a passionate debate of companies "exploiting" people by getting them to work on their open source product vs how is it exploiting if it is voluntary … Continue reading foss.in 2006
Yesterday was such a long and awesome day. The day started with me missing Taj's talk on Entropy and I'm still kicking myself for that one. I attended Gora's talk on IndLinux efforts and I got to know about the various efforts in localization and translations going on. ![Thumbnail] Then, Alan Cox spoke on Modern … Continue reading foss.in day 4
Today, the keynote address was by Andrew Cowie on Inside|Outside, and it was a brilliant talk. Cowie is a very animated and fun person. The talk was about how people are on the inside or outside of the community and what it takes to cross over. He gave various examples, including himself on how he … Continue reading foss.in day 3
Today morning, the first session was a Linux Kernel roadmap by Jonathan Corbet. Although I've never been a kernel-level guy, the talk was interesting and he clearly explained how features have been added and improved over the various versions, and how the development process has improved and become more "professional." ![Thumbnail] Then, it was my … Continue reading foss.in day 2
Today's the first day of foss.in/2005 and I actually managed to wake up early. When I reached the venue, I saw a looooong queue of people waiting to get into the place. It seems there was a power outage and because of that, they couldn't do the registrations. But one of the privileges of being … Continue reading foss.in day 1
Continuing the nostalgia, here are pictures of the LinCDs.com shirts that Yashwanth (it was his idea) and myself wore at LB/2003. The LinCDs.com name is a bit worn off now. Those numbers you see below the name is the version numbers that we had at that time. 9.0 was Red Hat, 9.2 was Mandrake, 3.0r1 … Continue reading LinCDs