Free and Open Source Software
Chitnis has worked extensively to promote Linux and Free and Open Source Software.
As Consulting Editor for PCQuest from 1996 to 2002, he was responsible for the PCQuest Linux Initiative, an effort to introduce FOSS and Linux to readers of the popular magazine.
Working with the FOSS community (most prominently the Bangalore Linux User Group that he had helped create in 1998), seminars and articles, he encouraged people to try out and use FOSS technologies. He also encouraged the FOSS community to participate in large technology events such as Bangalore IT.in. The exposure from these events gained the community more visibility and credibility in industry and government.
In 2001, Chitnis, along with a group of like-minded friends, was a key organizer of the Linux Bangalore series of FOSS community driven conferences. Now known as FOSS.IN, the conference has become one of Asia's largest annual FOSS events. He also served as a faculty member at the National Resource Centre For Free/Open Source Software.
In 2003, Chitnis was invited by the National Computer Board, Government of Mauritius, to speak to government, industry and academia about FOSS. He often speaks to students and faculty at universities, colleges and schools. As a keen supporter of Indian innovation, he uses FOSS as a platform to get students to think beyond the technical curriculum in India, and to experiment with technologies as tools, not as ends in themselves.
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