India's free and open source software (FOSS) thrust is growing bigger. Its annual event, freed.in, has just concluded. And it drew some prominent speakers and serious support from industry.
This year's "community event promoting freedom in technology, software and related fields and personal privacy" was held over the past week at the School of Information Technology (SIT) at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
India Linux User's Group hosted freed.in in collaboration with SIT. It drew sponsorship from industry heavyweights Intel, Google, Sun Microsystems and others, giving a hint of the growing role that technology built by hobbyists is now playing in the global IT sector.
Freed.in - earlier called freedel.in - is the second-largest event of its kind, after the FOSS.in event held in Bangalore every December since 2001. The Bangalore event was earlier called Linux Bangalore.