Bangalore's premiere Linux event, FOSS.IN, turns 10 this year. What started out as Linux Bangalore in 2001, organised by a group of hackers and Linux technology enthusiasts from the Bangalore Linux Users Group, is today a well-attended conference. In 2004, it was re-christened as FOSS.in.

Slated to be held in mid-December, the event announcement is out and invitations have been called for. Known for its distinguished guest list, comprising hackers from across the world, and well-streamlined technology tracks, the Free and Open Source Software event is now in its tenth year.

Metamorphosis

Originally designed to be a national FOSS conference, it metamorphosed into an international event that strictly focuses on the technical side of FOSS, and on bringing together the Linux community to generate code. This year's edition will be held from December 15 to17, and the venue will be the NIMHANS Convention Centre, same as last year. This year, the event will be held over three days instead of the usual five days. The event has been moved to mid-December to allow students to attend. As has been made clear since last year, “We are enlarging the scope of the event to include more technology,” says Atul Chitnis, founder of FOSS.in. “While FOSS is still very much at the heart of the event, we are encouraging people to be more involved in technology, and get into the ‘hacker mindset' that has been the basis for the FOSS movement across the world, but has been more or less avoided here in India.” FOSS.in will feature more practical hands-on, more “workouts”, more workshops, and fewer talks and tutorials this time around. This is quite in line with its credo “Talks is cheap, show me the code”. The participation fee for students is Rs. 500 and Rs.1500 per head for individual participants, and Rs.5,000 per head for corporate attendees. For registration details, log on to www.foss.in