FOSSmeet was held from April 4 – 6 in NITC. And guess what I was there in Calicut on 3rd Arpil itself, so effectively I was in Kerala for 4 full days, what an achievement ! Congratulations to me.
Reached Calicut by train at 7:30 am. Made into Indian Coffee House for a day’s stay.
While Madhu and Vatta were worried about their SoC proposal status and went in search for a Cyber cafe, I was busy installing Ubuntu on an old Laptop. Tried my best and finally succesfully installed Edgy. You have to believe that it was a hell of a laptop powered by VIA C3 processor and 200 MiB of RAM.
As per Manish’s advice we went in search of Dakshin Veg, the only so called eatable hotel in Calicut. Walked about a kilemeter and found it. Santosh and me ordered meals as we were hungry and we were treated with a full meals of Boiled rice. Oh My God.. First blow to all our stomachs.
We waited for about an hour in the bus stand and took a bus to NITC and reached there by 2:30 pm.
We were greeted by Manish who took great care of us and provided the much needed internet access to us. We then roamed around the campus and spent time at the mini canteen where Arvind made good comedy.
Return back to Calicut, had a night walk and slept nicely.
We had breakfast at Dakshin Veg and went fully loaded with all our luggage to NITC.
We were given accomodation at the PG hostel. Have to mention here that the hostel is maintained spotlessly neat.
We waited all day at NITC, roaming here and there in search of some eatable food which would atleast go down our throats.
Finally, at 6pm FOSSmeet kicked off. A boring introductory session, rather formal which followed by two amazing sessions Octave and Blogging.
Here I won’t write about the talks as the details are already mentioned in fossmeet website
We three set the trend by wearing shorts to the fossmeet. For those who don’t know, lungi is the trend in kerala 😉
Then, mini canteen was the only go for us and we ate some aloo parota.
Very much was expected of this day but NITC organisers made a mess out of it. Lots of communication gaps. Sessions rescheduled , canceled and it became somewhat unprofessional. With our stomachs getting food of kerala genre, we could not tolerate this.
Praveen gave good idea about Open ID.
Nevertheless, we attended all sessions and late in the evening Pradeepto’s session was simply inspirational.
Meanwhile Niyam was there all day with his impressive artwork. His session on GUI was rocking.
Much of the rescheduled sessions were on the last day and we three were the only delegates who spent the most amount of time in NITC. Yes, we are great.
Blender by Santosh Tottingal, College projects by Pradeepto, Aanjhan and Kartik were simply out of the world.
Just when we thought that everything was over, Niyam came up with a unique session of its kind – Audio tools in Ubuntu Studio. Infinite music editing and creating tools are available muft and mukt. Very special thanks to Niyam for this session.
We bought a fossmeet T-Shirt and bid goodbye to NITC. Took the return train and as we were reaching Bangalore we felt heavens.
Snaps of our NITC meet can be found here.
Bangalore rocks 😉