Monday, April 25, 2011

Talk at MSRIT on Android being Open Source

I was invited by VRGLINUG the GNU/Linux Users from M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT). Annually, Mukthi a premier, student focused, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)event. It serves as a forum for promoting FOSS among the student community, and spreading an awareness of how FOSS can be a good alternative to proprietary software.

Mukthi 11.04 was hosted on April 23rd and 24th 2011, featured a host of talks by FOSS luminaries.
My talk was about: “Android is open, but let’s do it right”.
- Android overview
- Why Android?
- Open platform and Open source
- Android is Open, what does it mean for a developer ?
- Abiding to OSS policies

Some interesting questions I faced from the OSS enthusiast students:
- Why is honeycomb not open sourced by google ?
- How should we get over the fragmentation issues ?
- Can we integrate QT on android ?
- Can we program C/C++ on android ?
- Why new version builds on devices like Motorola etc take time ?

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:
Some interesting comments from the audience:
“Android is not truly OSS”
“Android innovation speed is amazing”
“It would be great to see less prices android phones coming soon in the market”
There were some interesting talks by well recognized experts from the FOSS world, as well as professionals from the software industry. It was very well received by all.
I had fun interacting with the knowledgeable audience. One more memorable event for me :)

The message is very clear "OSS will never die and all thanks to the great community support and believers "

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