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Freed.in Day-1

Hi all,
I was going through many motions/emotions as this was gonna be my first freed.in

One of the first things I had to do is find the route from Patparganj where I lived to JNU Life Sciences Auditorium where the event was going to take place.The solution was as follows :-

a. Patparganj/Mother Diary to Nehru Place Bus 534

b. Nehru Place to Munirka Bus No. 764

c. Munirka to JNU Campus 615

I hope to see the number of buses lessened as the Metro takes shape more and more.

The event itself started an hour late at around 11:00 hours.
Mr. Kishore Bhargava apologized for the lateness in starting the day. He explained that the event had been almost cancelled as there didn’t seem to any enthusiasm for the same. He thanked the efforts of FSF India
as well as the Fedora Project Board for the funding given by the organizations. He also called on the dias
number of people who had managed to make the event a reality. Most probably
working with people and logistics. Their picture is alongside.

Inauguration
prof. Andrew Lynn

Prof. Andrew Lynn by ramkrsna (2009) from freed.in flickr pool under an open license, on Flickr

Professor Andrew Lynn started the day with OSDD . OSDD as described by Prof. Andrew Lynn is a CSIR collaborative initiative. The overall scheme of things is very similar to the BOINC client and WCG initiatives where I’m involved in as a user. There are few differences which I should mention however :-

a. The BOINC and WCG is primarily individuals giving their spare computing cycles while the OSDD chooses to have only educational and medical institutions having high bandwidth links between them
b. Its actually a CSIR Indian Government initiative so the possibility of bureaucracy stifling the whole project is quite a bit.

The only upside I see is if students are mentored well they can contribute and learn a lot about their subject as well as grid/high-throughput computing.

One of the other interesting talks was given by Rahul ‘Fedora’ Sundaram.
He talked about using tools such as smolt and others.

A question was raised why smolt is an opt-in profiling tool and the answer
given that people may have privacy reasons. An example given by ramky was about a typical
web server for finance companies or something. They obviously do not
want to share that information. Similarly other users such as those in
medicine and others may share the use-case as well.

Fedora does have place for all these metrics on their wiki.

The only problem I have with these tools and I dunno if there is anyway
to improve is it doesn’t accurately state the state of affairs.

While I think I have stated it before but here it goes again :-

a. Most of the people would/do not venture out of the tools given by
the downloaded/shipped CD/DVD. I for one use abiword as well as gnumeric instead of OO.O
although I may use .odt and .ods for compatibility reasons.

b. Hence when the time comes to upgrade/update I will do both as I don’t know which of those may/will regress in some functionality or the other. I’m usually on the bleeding edge (within the ubuntu universe) at times and that doesn’t help the cause at all.

c. I am little skeptical about some of the results that smolt gave. Rahul showed that ‘Dell’ is the number one server used by his customers. From what I know IBM (The Big Blue) drives lot of its business from selling GNU/Linux solutions. Where does that figure would have been good to know.

All in all, a good start for people who are/were unaware of the stats.

rahul 'fedora' sundaram by Niyam Bhushan, taken from freed.in flickr pool under an open license

Rahul ‘fedora’ sundaram by Niyam Bhushan (2009), taken from freed.in flickr pool under an open license.

A note :- All the pictures have been taken either from freed.in and the freed.in flickr pool.

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