FOSS.IN: A report
Posted Dec 8, 2005 13:21 UTC (Thu) by achitnis
Parent article: FOSS.IN: A report
While the primary objective of FOSS.IN/2005 was to encourage people to get involved in FOSS, a hidden agenda was to show companies just how they are shooting themselves into the foot by creating hordes of employees who cannot function unless micromanaged.
And I think that message got through pretty clearly.
The other message we were hoping to send is that you don't have to be a developer to contribute to FOSS. Time will tell whether that got through or not, but I think this message was equally important.
Two days after FOSS.IN, someone contacted me saying that he wanted to contribute, but wasn't a developer. I asked him what he did as a job, and he said "I do technical and end-user documentation" - and he said it with a long face. I almost jumped out of my seat to grab him and point him at projects (I think he will start with KDE) - documentation is an under-addressed area in the FOSS world.
Also encouraging is the formation of FOSS groups in colleges. Students of one college have already announced their intention to do so, and several others are drumming up support as well.
And finally - despite Bill Gates being in town spreading a few billions in largesse, I was contacted today by the Indian Government about increasing the Government's support for FOSS *in* and *as* education. Even our state government, which is notoriously MS-oriented, has approached us asking how they can help.
Little drops of water, Little grains of sand....
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