I would like to thank the Free/Open Source Software user group members of Jaipur and the Jaipur Engineering College and Research Centre Foundation for organizing between May 16-17, 2009 at their college premises, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

fosjam poster

The event has been organized in 10 days time, with heavy discussions on #lug-jaipur on I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the students. The online registration rose to 280+.

We had students coming from outside Jaipur as well, and it was a mad rush. The organizers didn’t have the heart to say “no”, but, they still managed to accommodate 200 people. This, I assume, is the first time that this kinda workshop has been planned at this place. People, there is no need to panic! It is not the end of the world, yet, and this is not the last workshop that we are going to do in Jaipur.

The profiles of the user group members are at

Special thanks to all of them for their energy, spirit, dynamism in organizing the event.

I also met students from Malaviya National Institute of Technology, (MNIT), Swami Keshvanand Institute of Technology (SKIT), Gyan Vihar Institute of Technology et. al.

It was a pleasure to meet the Director of the Institution, Mr. Arpit Agarwal, a young, open-minded entrepreneur, who was very happy and eager to hear students talking about Free/Open Source. His continued support for this cause, is greatly appreciated. He is happy to help us in organizing more workshops for the young minds, or even a national FOSS unconference in Jaipur!

There are about 17+ colleges around Jaipur, and workshops have to be taken to other places like Kota, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner et. al. Most of them are affiliated to Rajasthan Technical University (RTU).

Some students are fluent in English. Most of them prefer to converse in Hindi. Of course, technical jargon is in English. So, it is mostly Hinglish.

A separate IRC session was organized to show people how to login and use IRC.

Lot of them use Fedora or some distribution, and are extremely happy with it. Those who enjoy it have realized the power of Free/Open Source Software. The others have started to realize that there is something important here that they can work with.

My presentations, code, documentation are available at

Some photos taken during the trip are at

The organizers could possible provide more concrete statistics on the event. Please bear for some time for people to get back their sleep, and you will hear more from blogs, event reports, photos.