openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019, Bali, Indonesia

I was at openSUSE.Asia summit 5-6 Oct 2019 at Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia . It was a great experience to be there. I got the opportunity to meet Douglas DeMaio openSUSE project Manager, Dr. Gerald Pfeifer, Chairman openSUSE. It was really great to meet Neil McGovern and Rosanna Yuen, from GNOME Foundation. Rosanna shared GNOME stickers that I will share with my students back in India. I would like to congratulate openSUSE.Asia summit local organizing team. They had really done a great job. It was a nice combination of quality talks and keynotes. I also presented my proposal at the conference for openSUSE.Asia 2020 to happen in India next year. It is been more than six year that I am an open source practitioner and promoter. It has been memorable Journey till date..

Following are the few of the glimpses form the event.   


Workshop on Road to Become a GNOME/Open Source Contributor

On Friday 18, January 2019, We organised the workshop on Road to Become a GNOME/ Open Source Contributor at Department of Computer Science and Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Manav Rachna International Institute of Research & Studies, Faridabad.


GNOME foundation member, Umang Jain  visited our campus to make students familiar with open source and its usefulness. He introduced the students with the  basics of the open source. He has the opinion that the students must be introduced with the very basics so that it become easier for them to pick up difficult tasks. Hence to started with the basics commands of git.


In the second half after lunch, he made students to do hands-on exercise, which students found exciting and enjoyed doing it. Most of the students could successfully complete the task. He also give students the brief introduction about the sir Richard Matthew Stallman, Karen Sandler, to name a few the prominent figure in open source. Finally, we discussed about google summer of code (GSoC), students Learnt that GNOME is taking part in GSoC in almost every year from its inception. In the end we took group photograph.


It was really a very informative and successful event as per the feedback by the students. Many thanks to Umang. We are planning to continue to give students inputs about open source by organising sessions through live video conferencing, so that they can turn themselves from users into contributors.



GNOME.Asia Summit 2018

GNOME.Asia Summit 2018 was co-hosted with COSCUP 2018 and openSUSE.Asia Summit in Taipei, Taiwan 11-12 August 2018.


At the conference there were fabulous welcome party, talks by experts, group photo sessions, Bird of Feather (BoF), committee member’s dinner 🙂 and unforgettable one day tour.  It was very well organized and a great conference. As always it was fun to meet Kat, Nuritzi, Max and his sweet wife, Emily, BinLi, Ben, Neil, Mathias, Harris, David king, Jonathan Kang, Eric sun, Siska, Sunny, Estu and open source users from all around the Globe. I also made many new friends namely Ana, Fuminobu TAKEYAMA, Denial, Rania.




Photos Courtesy of: Siska Restu Anggraeny

I was glad to meet Raju from India at the conference. He was the man who provided me with the Internet and his support all the time when I needed it. I would like to say many thanks to Umang Jain who was there all the time with me from take off from and to landing back to India. I enjoyed every moment out there. Many thanks to Max for the wonderful conference. I had to deliver my talk on the second day of the conference. The topic of my talk was “Humanitarian FOSS Projects”. The message that I wanted to deliver is simple. We have open source software to help humanity. GNOME’s accessibility project include software for people with various disabilities such as Orca for visually impaired, mouse trap for physically challenged people since 21 years.  Humanitarian FOSS  is community building project, started by a group of computing faculty and open source supporters in 2006 at Trinity College, Wesleyan University, and Connecticut College. The aim of this project was to make students learn computing by serving society by some or other ways. They work on real cause in a team that help them grow in multi-faceted ways. By working on HFOSS project they know what they are doing, how will it benefit society. That is the driving force for the students to participate in such projects. Students of these universities have contributed to POSIT, GNOME accessibility project, Sahana, InSTEDD, OpenMRS so far. Hope Humanitarian FOSS projects keep helping students learn open source technologies by doing good for the society all over the world and help us to have a better world. sponsored-badge-shadow

GNOME.Asia summit 2017

GNOME.Asia summit 2017 was held in Chongqing city of China. The venue was the Chongqing University approximately 90 years old with the vast beautiful Eco-friendly campus. I was invited as one of the speakers. The topic of my speech was “Why FOSS in education make sense?”. The message of my talk was to incorporate the open source in the education system. I believe that faculty members in the computer science department in various Universities around the world should be made aware and practice open source software and also if possible contribute to open source project. This way they can guide their students in the best possible way. They can act as the medium between the student and the open source project mentors as the teachers knows their students well. They can direct their students according to their capabilities and interests. A very good initiative by TeachingOpenSource (TOS) an organization that makes University Instructors and open source communities come together and support students to learn how to contribute to active Humanitarian Free and Libre Open Source (HFOSS) projects. They also organize Professors Open Source Software Experience (POSSE) workshop biannually. This workshop has three stages of participation. Stage one comprises of approximately 20 hours of online activities. Stage two includes a two and a half day face-to-face workshop that makes the participant professors from the various Universities in the world come together. Stage 3 is the ongoing participation in a community of faculty members.

Meg ford, one of the GNOME Foundation board member is working in the direction to bring campus students to contribute to GNOME in collaboration with Mozilla’s Mozilla Campus Club in 20 Universities in USA. If any how we can succeed in bringing “the contribution to an an open source project” as a course with credits in the University programs then we can think of having more young contributors and admirers of Open Source Softwares.

In the summit, I really liked the keynote talk by Nuritzi Sanchez, President, GNOME Board of Directors, which rightly said that “the future of GNOME is You”  the students, the younger generations. We still need to make more efforts to bring in youth for them to  leverage open source software and projects.

One important question that is obvious and comes to everybody’s mind and was also the question in the summit is “How to raise money by contributing to Open Source?”. Although there are various ways to earn money by using open source projects, In fact, Almost every IT company around the world are earning billions using open source software in their applications, products and services. Being an Asian students where as far as I know, parents bears the cost of complete education I would suggest, a student, rather thinking of start earning money out of contributing to open source they must think earning other benefits out of it that may be even more beneficial for them in their near future. Such as earn knowledge, earn skills, earn relations, earn trust etc..etc. With all these invaluable features they will for sure end up getting a best job or even they can end up opening their own start ups.

Final words: I loved going to GNOME.Asia summit 2017 because I was not shy this time 🙂 I was confident, I was enjoying each and every moment being their, meeting GNOME foundation members and hard working local organizing team members. I must say many thanks!! to GNOME.Asia summit local organizing team.






POSSE Workshop at University of Bologna, Italy


I attended Professors’ Open Source Software Experience, workshop at Bologna, Italy July 1-2, 2017. It was out of the box wonderful experience. Teacher’s in higher education are working so hard to bring students to HFOSS/FOSS. It was a great pleasure to meet very energetic and hardworking POSSEs’ organizers Heidi Ellis, Gregory Hislop, Stoney Jackson, and Gina Likins in person.


Gregory Hislop giving HFOSS related information to the participants at POSSE, Bologna, Italy, July 2017, courtesy POSSE

It was truly a great feeling to be with the people of the same species like me from all over the world. The participants in the workshop  belonged various to countries like UK, Germany, Swaziland,  Macedonia, Spain, Brazil, Italy, India and so on..

In the workshop we went through many interesting activities. I liked the introduction being done in the very different style. In spite of introducing ourselves we introduced each other. I also enjoyed various sessions related to open source projects understanding. Activities related to git and licensing were also enlightening. I enjoyed every moment of the workshop.

I wish my students to use and contribute to open source projects in return. By now they at least know about open source applications, but how to contribute they still have little clue about it. This is also because of  faculty members too are repulsive to open source software projects. As they have little to zero knowledge about FOSS. They know about open source tools, they are also using these tools to perform their research related activities. But do not know whom and how to contact the maintainers of those tools. It is really a big challenge to bridge the gap. We need to organize many FOSS related activities for the faculty members as well as the students. In this effort, we need the support of open source software communities. As they already are doing great for the students, they are not providing any kind of support to faculty members. I believe faculty members should also be supported in learning about FOSS/HFOSS. Like, may be outreach program for faculty members. As FOSS is new to them as well. If we wish to incorporate FOSS in engineering courses, they are one who will take it into the classrooms perhaps.

I know GNOME community is working hard to help the students and the faculty members together. So that both the entities are on the same platform and enjoy learning Humanitarian FOSS in the classroom. Still there is a long way to go…






This is on my mind today

When I was young I read one story. It was named ‘sadaa satya bolo’ meaning always tell the truth, The teacher Dronacharya taught his disciples a lesson ‘sadaa satya bolo’. Every student in the class learned the three words. The next day teacher asked the students to tell what they have learned from the last class. Everybody said the well versed without knowing the meaning ‘sadaa satya bolo’. But one student Yudhisthira was quite because he did not understand the meaning of those words, teacher got angry, punished  him and directed him to come prepared next day. The next day again he repeated the same scene by standing quite, every student in the class was laughing at him, some were whispering the answer at his back but Yudhishthira was quite and firm. The Guru gave him the another chance by telling him to come prepared the next day. The another day the class assembled again to watch Yudhishthira’s  reaction, when the teacher asked Yudhishthira to tell the lesson, he was blank , no answer, teacher got furious about his behavior, he could not stop himself from picking up the thin sesam stick and started hitting Yudhishthira’s palm till tears start coming his eyes. He asked him son what is so difficult in it that you could not learn this simple lesson. Yudhishthira replied politely, sir, When I did not understand the meaning of the lesson then how can I tell lie in front of you? The guru Droncharya’s heart filled with affection threw away the stick, hugged the student and said you are my true disciple. Rest all the students have simply crammed the lesson but you have practiced it in life.  That student later became famous with the name Dharam Raja, The righteous king, Yudhishthira.

I really love such small stories from my childhood. I remember a few. Yudhishthira followed his heart, always tell truth which filled him with positive energies, that help him become the great Yudhishthira. He was not afraid of the consequences of not telling the answer, not ashamed in front of the students that what will they think about him but interested in the true meaning of the lesson. What I feel about life is also a lesson struggling knowing its TRUE meaning.


GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 call for sponsors

GNOME Asian Conference

Call for sponsors


GNOME.Asia Summit

21st -24th April 2016, India


We invite sponsors to connect with the local market, discover new business opportunities, and increase awareness about their products. About 500 participants are expected to attend the Summit from Asia and other parts of the world.

In previous years GNOME.Asia Summit has been held in Beijing, China in 2008 and HoChiMinh City, Vietnam in 2009, co-hosted with COSCUP Taipei, Taiwan in 2010, Bangalore, India in 2011, Hong Kong in 2012 and Seoul, Korea in 2013. The joint GNOME.Asia Summit & FUDCon APAC 2014 conference was hosted in Beijing, China and in 2015 Depok, Indonesia.

GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 is going to held in India this year during 21st -24th April 2016. The venue for the conference is Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad, Delhi NCR Region. The University fully support the local organizers in their efforts with organizing the 2016 GNOME Asia Summit.

Kindly click brochure for GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 sponsorship document. We would like to invite you to be one of the sponsors for this historic event. Details about the sponsorship are given in the brochure. We also have combined sponsors packages with GUADEC, for example, combined sponsors of both GNOME.Asia and GUADEC. It would be a generous sponsorship for you to support GNOME to grow in Asian community.




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If you find a sponsorship package unsuitable to your company’s budget, custom sponsorship packages are available. That could include the sponsorship of:

  • Lunch/Dinner

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  • Delegate kit (tshirt/mug/usb drive, etc.) which will be distributed to all participants

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  • Hardware (e.g. computers, notebooks, mobile phones and other devices that can be used as freebies or lucky draw gifts to guests and participants.)

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Faculty of Engineering &Technology

Manav Rachna International University


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