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Hacking a Country: FOSS in India

Atul Chitnis
Chaos Communication Congress 23th (23C3) 2006
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This talk is about the growth of Free Software in India. It includes an overview of how Free Software has spread not only within the industry but also with in the Government and Education. Includes examples of Indian innovation based on Free Software, including the Simputer. Atul Chitnis has promoted Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and driven community initiatives in India since the mid 1990s. In this talk, he presents an overview of these activities, from pushing a million Linux CDs into the country via the PCQuest Linux Initiative, engaging the community with industry and government through participation in large scale events, to the founding of Asia's best known and most successful FOSS event series (FOSS.IN, formerly known as "Linux Bangalore"). He also presents samples of his current work, which includes the opening of technologies associated with the Simputer, whose future he now guides as part of his work at Geodesic Information Systems. His talk will include demonstrations of the technologies involved. Finally, he will explain some of the "social hacks" he has resorted to over the years to force the FOSS community, the Indian government and the industry to get talking to each other, and will summarize the direction and future of FOSS not only India but in Asia.

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