First Annual Bangalore Debian Developer Conference
Posted Aug 13, 2005 14:09 UTC (Sat) by achitnis
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What is the Infosys context here? This event is at the Indian Institute of Information Technology!
The facts you have at hand seem to clash with the ones I have. Maybe we should compare notes.
Infosys has the single largest formal FOSS user group in India (InfyLUG), numbering in the thousands.
They have a *huge* FOSS lab, where they are constantly working on stuff, testing, improving etc. And not just Linux, but in *BSD, Cygwin and many other FOSS apps and technologies.
And they eat their own dogfood - they deploy FOSS stuff wherever they can, and advise their clients to do so, too.
Infosys encourages its developers to get involved in FOSS projects and activities, and *doesn't* insist that developers put in Infosys' company name when they contribute something.
They cater to HUGE clients who *demand* FOSS technologies, methodologies, licenses, etc. and therefore Infosys constantly runs workshops and seminars inhouse to educate its developers and managers on these things.
Nandan Nilekani, Gopalkrishnan, Narayan Murthy and other top level people are fairly FOSS savvy, and support FOSS at all levels.
Infosys groks FOSS like few other companies that I have seen. Sure, they are in the business of making money (and are extremely good at it), and sure, not everyone in the company may be as clued in on FOSS as everyone else (they do cater to clients using MS technologies as well, including Microsoft itself), but that doesn't take away anything from their FOSS related activities.
They were a top sponsor of India's largest FOSS conference last year (http://linux-bangalore.org/2004).
Among other things they hosted a lunch for all the speakers of the event at Infosys, where they also gave them a guided tour of the facilities, including the FOSS labs, and had a discussion with people working on FOSS technologies in Infosys, including kernel development.
My reason for pointing out this factoid is that the speakers included people like Harald Welte (Netfilter, GPLviolations.org), Brian Behlendorf (Apache), Scott Wheeler (KDE), Werner Almesberger, Andi Klein, Deepak Saxena and others.
So you don't have to take my word for anything - I am sure they can tell you all about it.
Which Infosys founder did you speak to, exactly? Maybe I can help clear up this misunderstanding.
Disclosure: I am one of the organisers of the Linux Bangalore conferences.
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