Let a thousand flowers bloom aka seeding FOSS User Groups

A handful earlier interns from L2C2’s 21-day Fast Track FOSS internship program - Susmit Shannigrahi, Subhodip Biswas, Arindam Ghosh are busy with the $SUBJECT above these days. They are being led by Susmit who is also a Fedora Ambassador and an active member of the global Fedora Infrastructure group.

Their approach is very much in line with the overall ILUG-Cal’s core vision of helping set up a multitude of student FOSS groups and *mentoring* them so that there is faster and across-the-board uptake of FOSS in general and more active contributions and more Google SoC candidates.

Between 26th and 28th September 2008, they were invited by the organisers of VNIT-Nagpur’s annual Technical Fest - AXIS ‘08 to conduct a 3-day workshop on introduction to FOSS and followed by hands-on installfest and sessions on software development using FOSS tools and infrastruture.

That was 3 weeks back and the results are already coming in! They have formed the VNIT GNU/Linux User Group, so far it has 59 members and counting. They have also set up a local Fedora mirror (so that they do not need to depend on the college’s Internet connectivity at all times to stay updated).

We are expecting more exciting news from VNIT-Nagpur. Good job guys! :)

One Response to “Let a thousand flowers bloom aka seeding FOSS User Groups”

  1. Easwar Hariharan Says:

    I’m subscribed to the ILUG-Cal list but based in Mumbai(also subscribed to ILUG-Bom list).Could some details,background or roadmap be provided for people ignorant about current ILUG-Cal activities?

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