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the conference that never was
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lawgon
so finally the opposition got together to organise a transparent, democratic, community conference to expose foss.in. Support snowballed - then came a lowlife called Kalia - took a prominent role in the fledgling conference without a name, and then one fine day he defected to the other side. Boom - no conference. Lessons learnt:

1. No edifice built on sand will stand long
2. Never trust a php guy.


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when they first set up their website, they had something like this: 'Some of us are dissatisfied with the way foss conferences are being held in Bangalore and hence want to hold a real foss conference'. Later, this disappeared from the site. But this says it all: http://fsck.in/

So how did that "expose" foss.in ?

Re: foss.in

(Anonymous)
Who care for exposing & they make fun of me when I told name of my college....maybe only IIT student is allowed in foss.in.....we need nice floss conferencee that allow all to speak on the linux work they do........

as anyone who has anything to do with foss knows, students of elite institutions are the last people to get involved in foss. The only foss in foss.in is the 'foss' in the title. They are about creating a caste system in the community.

I read the line 'Some of us are dissatisfied with the way foss conferences are being held in Bangalore and hence want to hold a real foss conference'.

And the statement never said they are going to expose anyone in the conf. Your blog post says so.

No its not. Thats you assumption.

based on knowledge of the people involved and on the conversations on the mailing list. For example: http://groups.google.com/group/nonameconf-community/msg/79117e75b099044a

Since I took an active interest in the initial discussions, I completely agree with Lawgon's view that this was an event which targeted to challenge FOSS.in. I mean if someone says it wasn't, then why did the organizers plan to do it in December in Bangalore and that too at such a short notice?

It's sad it didn't take off the way it could have...

I guess it has more to do with lack of time, leadership and organization skills. And also I guess a vast silent majority who wanted to chip in quickly figured out that this was not going to fly....

> that too at such a short notice?

AFAIR, mukt.in v1, was organised in < 30 days.
Turned out > 150 people to the event.

With help of couple of really good Samaritan speakers from foss community chennai, 1 Sun employee, 1 supporter from nrc-foss, foss enthu students, word-of-mouth(email) publicity in ilugc and 2 co-founders burning cash off their tiny pockets.

One of the co-founders definitely had the every intend to prove that so called "lowlifes" in foss can make a difference. And it did get proved.

I am sure, NNC could have done it/can do it still.
Just need to stick firm on the ground.

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