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My talk at Mukti 2010, NIT Durgapur. http://mkti.in . This talk was originally supposed to be given by Pradeepto Bhattacharya, but it was cancelled for some reason.

My talk at Mukti 2010, NIT Durgapur. http://mkti.in . This talk was originally supposed to be given by Pradeepto Bhattacharya, but it was cancelled for some reason.

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    • FOSS + Me Mukti 2010 Debayan Banerjee ForwardBias Technologies [email_address]
    • #include <std_disclaimer.h> This talk was born out of a random discussion with some very good friends who are also FOSS contributors. It might contain random philosophy and craziness that some of us have been involved in without being worried about too many other things. I will be at my shameless best today :D
    • Love Affair
      • Stole money to buy floppy
      • First computer in Std 8
      • Windows 95
      • First brush with Linux
      • Games bored me pretty soon
      • C++
      • Gave me a direction in life
      • Drop Year. The Fight.
    • College
      • Brought my old box in 1 st Year
      • Wrote a few programs
      • Pocket Tank Machine
      • “ Khula Maidan” 2 nd Prize
      • (Over) Confidence
    • 2 nd Year
      • IT Department. Best Department in the World :)
      • Confused. Looking for problems.
      • ISI Kolkata, Digital Image Processing Seminar.
      • Trying to be useful to LUG
      • Computer stops working, waiting for a new one
    • 3 rd Year
      • New Laptop. Good Morning GNU/Linux :)
      • My plan for LUG.
      • CodeCracker.
    • Souvik Ray, CSE, OnMobile Swapnil Sonawane, CSE, Amazon Shreyank Gupta, Red Hat Rajat Kansal, IT, Novell - > Amazon
    • 3 rd Year Continued....
      • CodeCracker a huge success
      • People start listening
      • We do good things with the server. New website, Repositories. Mailing lists, IRC
      • CodeCracker selected in the Finals of Software Design Contest at IIT Kharagpur.
      • CodeCracker goes global
      • Fail @ GsoC , summer internship applications rejected.
      • Sajal Sir gives me an OCR project.
      • Feeling Lost just before summer vacations
    • 3 rd Year Continued....
      • Red Hat Internship
      Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay, Red Hat India
    • Final Year
      • Indic OCR. Interacted with a lot of people. My work was noticed.
      • Thomas Breuel mentions me on his wiki on segmentation methods. Ray Smith lauds my work.
      • Sarai Fellowship.
      • Mukti 2k9
    • I missed out on...
      • Coding/ Algorithms
      • My work was not being peer reviewed
      • Missed Novell
    • Paradise Lost, Real Life begins
      • My first company. Free Software Philosophy embedded in *everything*
      • Interacted with Bangalore's Free Software Company
      • Worked on Free Software, but not technically challenging things
      • Money stopped flowing
      • Philosophy kept pushing us, to the edge
      • Eyes opened, and I realised.....
    • Philosophy is not a substitute for technical excellence. The later is a pre-requisite for an engineer. The former is cherry on the cake.
    • I Quit
      • Even before I had another job in hand, but was confident.
      • My FOSS background gave me the confidence, I was also doing a lot of travelling at the time.
    • IIIT Hyderabad, MS in Computer Science
      • Was encouraged by people who were working with me on OCR
      • Prof. C. V. Jawahar met me in Chennai and encouraged me too.
      • Went to IIIT. They just accepted me into the research program, I was shocked.
      • It happened because of Tom Breuel and Ray Smith mentioning my work on the internet.
      • Had to say no because of low stipend :(
    • I joined :)
      • Interviewing for my new job.
      • Grilled for 4 hours. They had seen my code online already. I also went back to the books and it helped.
      • We are a FOSSy company, but not fulltime Free Software. Keeps me challenged, interact with the Qt/git community regularly and pays well :)
      Pradeepto Bhattacharya, KDE India
    • Travelling :)
      • Love the travelling man!
      • Never been on a plane before I left college.
      • Since then I have flown 10 times, and never paid for it myself :)
      • Chennai, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Delhi
      • Meet *awesome* people
      • Went to FOSS.IN for the first time.
    • The Future
      • Roshan has 3 packages in Fedora repositories
      • Linux usage has gone up in the college
      • Programming skill shave improved
      • This was exactly our aim when we set out
      • Focus on more small but regular events than on big annual event
      • What about Google Summer of Code?
      • IOTA projects??
    • Thank You, Questions? Debayan Banerjee ForwardBias Technologies [email_address]