Foss And Me

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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.

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Foss And Me

  1. 1. FOSS + Me Mukti 2010 Debayan Banerjee ForwardBias Technologies [email_address]
  2. 2. #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
  3. 3. Love Affair <ul><li>Stole money to buy floppy
  4. 4. First computer in Std 8
  5. 5. Windows 95
  6. 6. First brush with Linux
  7. 7. Games bored me pretty soon
  8. 8. C++
  9. 9. Gave me a direction in life
  10. 10. Drop Year. The Fight. </li></ul>
  11. 11. College <ul><li>Brought my old box in 1 st Year
  12. 12. Wrote a few programs
  13. 13. Pocket Tank Machine
  14. 14. “ Khula Maidan” 2 nd Prize
  15. 15. (Over) Confidence </li></ul>
  16. 16. 2 nd Year <ul><li>IT Department. Best Department in the World :)
  17. 17. Confused. Looking for problems.
  18. 18. ISI Kolkata, Digital Image Processing Seminar.
  19. 19. Trying to be useful to LUG
  20. 20. Computer stops working, waiting for a new one </li></ul>
  21. 21. 3 rd Year <ul><li>New Laptop. Good Morning GNU/Linux :)
  22. 22. My plan for LUG.
  23. 23. CodeCracker. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Souvik Ray, CSE, OnMobile Swapnil Sonawane, CSE, Amazon Shreyank Gupta, Red Hat Rajat Kansal, IT, Novell - > Amazon
  25. 25. 3 rd Year Continued.... <ul><li>CodeCracker a huge success
  26. 26. People start listening
  27. 27. We do good things with the server. New website, Repositories. Mailing lists, IRC
  28. 28. CodeCracker selected in the Finals of Software Design Contest at IIT Kharagpur.
  29. 29. CodeCracker goes global
  30. 30. Fail @ GsoC , summer internship applications rejected.
  31. 31. Sajal Sir gives me an OCR project.
  32. 32. Feeling Lost just before summer vacations </li></ul>
  33. 33. 3 rd Year Continued.... <ul><li>Red Hat Internship </li></ul>Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay, Red Hat India
  34. 34. Final Year <ul><li>Indic OCR. Interacted with a lot of people. My work was noticed.
  35. 35. Thomas Breuel mentions me on his wiki on segmentation methods. Ray Smith lauds my work.
  36. 36. Sarai Fellowship.
  37. 37. Mukti 2k9 </li></ul>
  38. 38. I missed out on... <ul><li>Coding/ Algorithms
  39. 39. My work was not being peer reviewed
  40. 40. Missed Novell </li></ul>
  41. 41. Paradise Lost, Real Life begins <ul><li>My first company. Free Software Philosophy embedded in *everything*
  42. 42. Interacted with Bangalore's Free Software Company
  43. 43. Worked on Free Software, but not technically challenging things
  44. 44. Money stopped flowing
  45. 45. Philosophy kept pushing us, to the edge
  46. 46. Eyes opened, and I realised..... </li></ul>
  47. 47. Philosophy is not a substitute for technical excellence. The later is a pre-requisite for an engineer. The former is cherry on the cake.
  48. 48. I Quit <ul><li>Even before I had another job in hand, but was confident.
  49. 49. My FOSS background gave me the confidence, I was also doing a lot of travelling at the time. </li></ul>
  50. 50. IIIT Hyderabad, MS in Computer Science <ul><li>Was encouraged by people who were working with me on OCR
  51. 51. Prof. C. V. Jawahar met me in Chennai and encouraged me too.
  52. 52. Went to IIIT. They just accepted me into the research program, I was shocked.
  53. 53. It happened because of Tom Breuel and Ray Smith mentioning my work on the internet.
  54. 54. Had to say no because of low stipend :( </li></ul>
  55. 55. I joined :) <ul><li>Interviewing for my new job.
  56. 56. Grilled for 4 hours. They had seen my code online already. I also went back to the books and it helped.
  57. 57. We are a FOSSy company, but not fulltime Free Software. Keeps me challenged, interact with the Qt/git community regularly and pays well :) </li></ul>Pradeepto Bhattacharya, KDE India
  58. 58. Travelling :) <ul><li>Love the travelling man!
  59. 59. Never been on a plane before I left college.
  60. 60. Since then I have flown 10 times, and never paid for it myself :)
  61. 61. Chennai, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Delhi
  62. 62. Meet *awesome* people
  63. 63. Went to FOSS.IN for the first time. </li></ul>
  64. 64. The Future <ul><li>Roshan has 3 packages in Fedora repositories
  65. 65. Linux usage has gone up in the college
  66. 66. Programming skill shave improved
  67. 67. This was exactly our aim when we set out
  68. 68. Focus on more small but regular events than on big annual event
  69. 69. What about Google Summer of Code?
  70. 70. IOTA projects?? </li></ul>
  71. 71. Thank You, Questions? Debayan Banerjee ForwardBias Technologies [email_address]

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