The concluding part of Hamara community participation at #SFD2015 Mumbai, Directiplex
After this it was turn of Raju to share about his experiences of his short yet exciting journey into the world of FOSS. Raju started by sharing how he came into the world of FOSS, how he found himself to be a loner most of the times (this is something most of us feel or used to feel but that’s beginning to change) , how he found a friend, a classmate Manish Kumar and was able to instill the ideology of FOSS into him. As Manish is/was an avid Akshay Kumar fan they had the grand ambitions of having a GNU/Linux distribution dedicated to Mr. Akshay Kumar and call it ‘Khiladi Linux’ 😉 . As fate would have it, Raju got a year back while his friend moved forward and Khiladi Linux fate has been sealed till date. Raju’s idea is once we have Hamara Linux Debian port complete, he would want to do a Khiladi port as well and eventually even Hamara would like people to be able to do things like that. He also went on to explain how he was jumping IRC channels and by chance met Vikas on IRC and how his journey started with Hamara.
After this there were sessions from other people as well that we attended and enjoyed and also had opportunity to network with most of the people therein. Shortly afterwards though, we were roped in for an education + working panel.
The first to start on the panel was Vikas and he shared how we are looking for talented people. He did share that anybody who has done any free software work, anybody who has done some meaningful contribution in a public repo. are welcome to talk with us. Hamara is looking for talented people. He also shared that there are no short-cuts and how most of us (which is true btw) spend at least 3-4 hours on the web just reading news, reading and learning about new technologies as well as socio-political news, economics etc.) While having understanding of technology is good, having knowledge of various other systems and sub-systems also allows us to understand how they influence what and how we are working. Vikas shared that they should be reading the newspaper everyday, at least all the headlines and the editorial columns to have a rounded understanding.
Next up was yours truly and as most people were still using MS-Windows I shared about how you can have uptimes of your machines to 2-3 years easily running 24x7x365 days a year. People were easily awed by that. I did share that I had access to a UPS which made this possible and also a run of good luck (didn’t have an electricity blackout more than 2-3 hours) . What I did however forgot to share was that this was all on the off-the-shelf/consumer grade hardware. The entire system which I was talking had set it together for around 15-20k reusing some of the body parts of the older machine. The 3rd year when it went down (again due to lack of electricity beyond which the UPS couldn’t function) used that opportunity to clean it with a vacumm. From what little experience I have had both on Intel and AMD (on both platforms) while I may have an issue of performance at the beginning/start when I have a new machine (the newest processors, the newest motherboards) over period of time, it all pays off. Of course, I also do my bit in troubleshooting in case issues happen. I would have expanded that bit and shared with that if this is the experience with consumer-grade off-the-shelf hardware people would have a ball of time when using server/industrial-grade stuff or enthusiast type machines.
I know and have experienced that systems/machines have twice the shelf-life in companies which use free software vis-a-vis companies which use commercial software (MS-Windows or any other).
Most of the time such machines are re-used as something else once they cease to do the primary role for which they were bought as more transactions happen or/and more things/services are added on the Server which the old machine might not be able to handle. This is and can be easily corroborated by a blog post I came across recently.
For enthusiast machines, I do know and have quite a number of friends who are more than passionate in building such kind of enthusiast machines (water cooling, low-latency RAM and other cool stuff) although that’s a different passion and madness altogether, you do get a sort of high when you build something like that and see it working.
Anyways, there were few more people after us who also shared and re-inforced the same ideas that we shared and that culminated in the end of the event for the year.