One great thing about this year's event, as reported by a few students of mine who attended
the conference, was that a good number of students were seen running around ... and many of
them were NOT from Bangalore!
Should getting "credit" be the only thing which drives a student to a conference?
Coming back to the Indian academic community, yourself at IMSc, Ajith at NSC Delhi (
http://nsc.res.in/~elab/phoenix/ ), GCC group at IIT Bombay and a lot of others should be
doing interesting, fun and useful stuff with GNU/Linux and Free Software - it's time that we
try to bring together these people - an attempt was made some time back with the
FOSS-in-Science conference ( http://www.space-kerala.org/fsc/ ) - let's hope we see more
progress in this area...