Linux Asia 2006
March 2006

Linux Asia 2006

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Asia’s open source conference and expo, 8-10 February, India     Habitat Centre, New Delhi India
Special Focus- India Education Forum It’s the talk of the time, the big discussion, about easy-to-use, virusfree desktops, about  high-performance clusters, about data and application migration, about  wireless computing,  bout scalable storage and virtualization, and about  best practices,  ollaboration,  standards and saving big money.  Linux Asia conference and Expo 2006, the place to preview and evaluate the  open source latest technologies firsthand, paved the right forum(s)in New  Delhi, India from 8-10 February to put out all these talks and discussions for  all- from SMEs, ITES and BPOs, large enterprise, banking, financial  services, insurance, telecom, media,
government and education. Organised by Technetra, the  technology consulting comany in  partnership with EFY Group, a India based technology publications
company, LinuxAsia Conference and  Expo, the annual event since 2004, became an essential platform for  decision makers, managers, technologists and analysts from industry and government to learn, network and interact with  global and Indian open source peers and  players, in its third year this time. India Education Forum became the focal point for Digital Learning team  in Linux Asia 2006 that highlighted several industry sessions, forums,  open source panels, projects, awards, and many more with the theme “The  Customer Speaks”. India Education Forum on 10  February in the Gulmohar room of India Habitat Centre was started with the keynote ofDr. M.S.Vijay kumar,  assistant provost, Director of academic computing, IS&T, MIT,  honorary advisor – National  Knowledge Commission. The panel comprising Aruna Sundarajan,  ountry Programme Director, GESCI,  UNICT, Sadhana Bhalla, Principal, Mira Model High School, Delhi, Kushal Mitra,  IIIM, West Bengal and Venky  ariharan, Red Hat  furthered the forum with a very triumphant discussion on Open Source Solutions for Indian Schools. Open  Source in Universities, Open Source Educational Tools, Modernising the  Education Curriculum and Building a FOSS Education Community for India  are the other discussions, which  made the forum an illustrious one with panels like Dr. Sanjeev Singh, University of Delhi, Shankar Iyer, Red Hat, Zaheda Bhorat, Google, Narinder Bhatia, CII Shiksha India, Danese Cooper, Intel, HNS Rao, Navodya Vidyalaya, Anand Adkoli, Liqwid Krystal, Prof. CN Krishnan, NRCFOSS  and others. The India Habitat Centre, spread over nine acres of beautifully  landscaped environs in the heart of the capital city of India, provided an  ideal physical environment to  LinuxAsia 2006 with a range of facilities that would maximize the  effectiveness of the individuals and institutions, in their holistic support of the habitat.  Workshops: Apart from the education Forum, workshops at LinuxAsia provided a classroom  setting for collaborative learning and an opportunity to experience the  power and potential of Linux and open source software. Motivating  Open Source Contributors and Building Communities, Linux – Ready for the Enterprise, Open Solutions  Workshop by Novell, LinuxFest  Workshops by IBM are some of these workshop sessions that retained the  high-quality approach in promoting the knowledge of open source.  ‘.ORG Mela’- this free and open expo area for all open source community members interested in presenting  their open source projects to a FOSSfriendly  audience backed up showcasing their work and projects. And it created a platform LFY Reader’s Choice Awards where Linuxfriendly and Open Source products,  projects and services in the Indian marketplace got recognized. HP, IBM, Red Hat India, Sony, Lenovo along  with a few others shared the Industry  Awards, while some others were  recognized with Honourary Awards. Venkatesh Hariharan of Red Hat India  and Mark   huttleworth of Ubuntu became Indian Open Source  Personality of the Year and International Open Source Personality of the Year.  Lots of cool talks at  edora’s FUDCon on February 9, IBM’s LinuxFest on  February 10, Linux Developer  amp on  February 8 and 10, Novell’s workshop on February 9 and many more  pen  source talks, workshops and tech days- a great experience harvested in
Indian capital. ❏

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