My pleasure to introduce: Yash from Mauritius


Yash is a Systems Engineer with an entrepreneurial spirit based in Mauritius. He founded the first and only Ruby User Group locally — Rubidius. It has its homepage here and its could-be-more-activemailing list here. Earlier this year he “predicted that the future of web apps will be based on Ruby on Rails.” Rails sustainable productivity for web-application development is a full-stack, open-source web framework in Ruby for writing real-world applications with joy and less code than most frameworks spend doing XML sit-ups Says Yash: “My interests lie in Business, Free and Open Source Software, Optimizing Business Processes and Investments, Music … Continue reading My pleasure to introduce: Yash from Mauritius

Booklets on FLOSS… from Bangkok


Free/Open Source Software: A General Introduction by Kenneth Wong and Phet Sayo is a 60-page booklet, part of the Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme’s e-Primers series. What makes it interesting is not just that it is written in a simple and easily-accessible style, but also the fact that it is freely downloadable. (From http://www.iosn.net) Its preface calls the Free and Open Source (FOSS) movement one of the “new technologies and … new opportunities… that is playing out before us today”. It also calls it many things at the same time. Including, a “revolutionary development process, disruptive technology, ideological movement, new knowledge … Continue reading Booklets on FLOSS… from Bangkok

Fighting disaster… FLOSS style


Chamindra de Silva informs that Sahana phase I is currently being deployed in Pakistan together with the support of NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority) of Pakistan, IBM Crisis Response Team and IBM Pakistan. NADRA has a comprehensive people database as they build and maintain the central system that maintains the registration of people (identity card, passport, etc). In Pakistan, however the system is not web based and under tight security controls. Thus Sahana fills the gap of making the data accessible to the other organizations involved in the relief effort such as the NGOs. Apart from that NADRA does … Continue reading Fighting disaster… FLOSS style

Big names for a Bangalore event…


Atul Chitnis announces that the overseas speakers for the foss.in event to be held in Bangalore in end-November will include: Jonathan Corbet, co-author of “Linux Device Drivers”, and editor of LWN.NET, aka “Linux Weekly News”; Andrew Cowie of Linux Australia; Harald Welte, who’s chairman of the netfilter/iptables project, and the man behind GPL-violations.org; “Mr.Wizards-of-OS” Volker Grassmuck; the man behind the Apache project, COLLAB.NET’s Brian Behlendorf; “Mr.PHP” Rasmus Lerdorf; the Diva of Open Source, Danese Cooper; Yahoo!’s Jeremy Zawodny; the man behind Linux Sound and Audio Dave Phillips; and the legendary hacker Alan Cox. ———————————————————- FOSS.IN/2005 is a major Free/Libre & … Continue reading Big names for a Bangalore event…

Battleground of ideas… FLOSS vs proprietary


APC member BytesForAll’s mailing list[1] recently played host to a strong, and at times polemical, debate on proprietary-versus-FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software). In this debate, there were these couple of great posts here [2] and here [3], that put things neatly in perspective — thanks to David Geilhufe who is co-founder of the SocialSourceFoundation.org [4] and Sunil Abraham of Mahiti.org [5]. This debate threw up a range of issues about the role of FLOSS in the ‘developing’ countries, its role in localisation, how it competes with proprietorial software, why its benefits haven’t yet reached regions like Africa, and how … Continue reading Battleground of ideas… FLOSS vs proprietary

Learning Curve… a newsletter from the Azim Premji Foundation


‘Learning Curve’ is a newsletter from the Azim Premji Foundation. You can find out more about it by writing to them. The interesting thing is that these guys aren’t pushing IT into schools, but actually trying to improve the quality of education itself. In one recent issue (Issue V, March 2005), a number of interesting topics and writers were covered. Ssomeone at APF probably sent me a copy, because we met up recently at the Asiasource camp in Bangalore, and one continues to show an interest in their work — ITforDevelopment, and education itself. It’s nice to see India’s best … Continue reading Learning Curve… a newsletter from the Azim Premji Foundation

Getting history wrong… JD Fernandes is actually the name of the bookshop


October 3 is a day when I spend usually on going back down memory lane, and reminiscing. So is October 10. The first day was when I entered for a full-time job into a newspaper office, in 1983. The second date was when the paper which we joined as college kids actually hit the stands. We thought Herald would be a big splash when it came out (with a dateline error) with its English-avatared first issue. Nobody, or almost nobody, noticed it. The Navhind refused to carry an advertisement about the birth of a ‘rival’ newspaper. To add to the … Continue reading Getting history wrong… JD Fernandes is actually the name of the bookshop