FOSS.IN - History - Linux Bangalore

Linux Bangalore

Linux Bangalore was India's premiere Free and Open Source Software event, held annually in Bangalore, India.

The event featured talks, discussions, workshops, round-table meetings and demonstrations by national and international speakers, and covers a diverse spectrum of FOSS technologies, ranging from Kernel-programming and Embedded systems to Desktop Environments and Localisation to Databases and Web Applications to Gaming and Multimedia, to community and User Group Development.

First held in 2001, the event has seen the participation of thousands of delegates from across India and the world, and replicated its success in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Unlike commercial "Linux" events, Linux Bangalore is a community-driven event, conceived, planned and built by the free and open source community of India, and facilitated by the Bangalore Linux User Group.

The event was seen as a touchstone of the success of FOSS in the mainstream software world in India, and this was reflected heavily in the demographics of the event audiences, which show large participation by software developers.

At the conclusion of LB/2004, which saw some 3000 participants, it was announced that name of the event would be changing to reflect the fact that this was no longer a "small, regional event". The scope would also be expanded to cater to a wider range of topics.

On August 12, 2005, it was announced that the name of the event would be changed to FOSS.IN.

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