Kushal Das

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What else we did at foss.in

We talked and talked and kept on :) foss.in is a great event to meet all your friends and I love that part a lot. In day 1 after reaching the venue as we were standing just outside the main gate other speakers also started coming. Pradeepto landed with Sharan, Adriaan and Sayamindu were also there. We all went together towards the 750 hall for Harald’s keynote which was as good as expected.

After the keynote we all moved out, the kde-in local team (BMS lug people) also joined us and managed to setup the KDE stall with full of awesome posters including amarok posters :) We, the fedora people also sat down on the ground in the same stall and as they  ran out of CDs I started putting Fedora 9 live CD to distribute. Rest of the day we just talked on everything. All other friends also came and joined us there. The hot topic of the first was the kde handbook. After the day ends we started moving out. At night I went through the details for my talk.

The second day started with Sayamindu’s talk on “Coding for education, coding for the last one billion”, this talk helped me personally a lot as I was not so much familiar with Sugar. He started with very basic details on Sugar and went on to the code level. After that we again came to the stall and put the XO(s) on the desk , Sayamindu was carrying two and I carrying one from office. It suddenly became a huge crowd puler as everyone was too much excited to see those little green wonders. We also distributed lot of stickers and live cds. My talk was scheduled just after lunch on the same day on “Getting Started with OLPC Activity Development” and this time I made only one jpeg image as slide (which I forgot to show anyway). I started vim and started to talk :) Within my talk I also copied code from Sayamindu’s Imageviewer and used it in my Jukebox to add a new feature. The talk was too much code oriented and no one asked a single question in the end. The review-o-matic workout was also started in the same time of my talk, my only contribution in that workout was giving git commit rights to rishi. tuxmaniac also joined the group from 2nd day.

Next day was full of KDE, we had some superb entry level talks on different parts of KDE and some high level ones also. Me and Soumya already made a plan to work on maps for Kgeography (Soumya made total 3 which I need to commit) and sat down in the stall with others , OLPCs were working as crowd puller anyway :) Someone suddenly came and told that he liked my talk :) Susmit also joined the Fedora team that day. At night we all went together to “Rasa” for dinner. Veg and Non veg people sat in different table and somehow we managed to make a hilarious scene while dividing the bill.

Day 4 we spent while chasing people with video camera and doing interviews and funny interviews :p . Again almost the whole day was spent in the stall , somehow people were really less in that day.

Everyone was tired on day 5 (usual story in the last day of any event). Kalyan’s end keynote was really mind blowing. I am trying to put the video up somewhere. The full photo set can be found here. Also read Sayamindu’s report and Soumya’s report.

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