Banagalore FOSS Community is celebrating Feb-March as FOSS Month 2006. We met at Kunningham road last friday and discussed the details of organising the event [See the minutes of the meet]. It was a wonderful meet where we discussed a lot of things. So welcoming all of you to FOSS Month.
Right now listening to phenom on “Radio City Live!”.
We started cooking from last week. Last Saturday we got ourselves a gas connection and sunday we purchased the utensils and started with a grant lunch with ‘payasam’. In the evening we made chicken curry. Now every day we cook dinner and we are enjoying it. I had to consult mom to make beans curry. Today also we had cooked chicken curry as it is a holiday.
Thats all for now.
Mark Shuttleworth of Ubuntu fame (also Second Space Tourist and first African National in space) visited Bangalore last week (Thursday 19th Jan 2006) as part of his Asia Tour. I was lucky to listen to him twice a day, first in HP and then with BLUG. He talked about the reasons why he started Ubuntu project his vision for its future … and most interestingly his experience in space.
He talked about launchpad
which is a collaboration tool for Free Software projects, especially for big projects like a distribution. He was very enthusiastic about the collaboration between various distributions and relation with upstream. He emphasised that we (foss community in India) is in the right time and taken a right choice. He talked about a sustainable model for Canonical. Ubuntu encourages customised distros based on Ubuntu and they offer such service too (for example Spain has its own version of ubuntu which is in Spanish and all the bookmarks and RSS feeds are relevent for them). He has autographed on Ubuntu CD for all of us.
Follow Your Dreams.
It was a very inspiring interaction for most of us. I’m looking forward to more involvement in the Ubuntu/Debian community.
He showed us the photos of his space trip and told us all about his experience. He was very enthusiastic about it. He went to Russia and learned Russian for the trip. He conducted some experiments in space.
It was such a wonderful experience which I would remember always.
Update: VR has a wonderful blog entry on it.
I have not got a chance [read: lazy] to write about December blug meet, even though we are discussing about the January Blug meet [Surjo has written about it long back]. Surjo could have made it easier for me only if it was in my cubicle ! It happened in the same office I work, Embassy Icon HP office in Infantry Road. I work in 4th floor and the seminar hall was in 4th floor. This time the emphasize was hack fest which blug has taken up. [Read about it in Tejas’s blog]. We started discussing about a desktop application that shouldn’t be tied to a a particular Desktop Environment [Shreyas, who is a GNOME foundation member, was trying hard to be neutral in presence of KDE folks like Swaroop]. There exists a similar application called stardict but what we wanted is the ability to look up meaning in wiktionary and definition from wikipedia that could be accessible from any desktop application[Answers.com is in the making of one and there is a news that it is going to be a proprietary application. Wikinerds Portal has an article about it]. The application will be using dbus to exchange message between applications. The GUI will be programmed in gtkmozembed in python. Tejas has already written the wkipedia query part and after the exams get over more hands will be coding on this. 4 guys from PESIT volunteered for this. Shreekanth Jha [My colleague who joined with me] also came for the meet. After the meet we all moved to Coffee Day in Kunningham Road. The discussion continued and one interesting story I heard was from Kushal Das [From Durgapur who co-ordinates dgplug.org]. There used to be fights between their college and nearby college. When he narrated the incident we were like Oh its like we see in cinemas. The talk about the January meet is already out (on19th). This time Ubuntu team is visiting Bangalore as part of their Asia tour. Blug will be interacting with Mark Shuttleworth [the multi millionaire behind Ubuntu] and other Canaonical [the company behind Ubuntu development] folks. I am looking forward to this interaction.