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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