Diary of an open source developer workshop

Published in Tectonic

Independent journalist Frederick Noronha blogged his way through the Asia Source open source developer workshop held in India earlier this year. Now he has collected all his writings over the entire workshop and released them as a small book which offers a fascinating insight into the state of open source software, not only in Asia but throughout the world.

With open source developers from around the world attending the event the booklet covers a broad range of topics from Croatia to Ubuntu and from blogs to Pakistan. Even South Africa gets a chapter with an interview with Dwayne Bailey of Translate.org.za project.

Noronha says the booklet is a series of ”news-features and reports that I wrote, in an attempt to offer a flavour of the event and also act as an introduction to the people who attended. While this does not claim to be a comprehensive report – and many interview-worthy people were obviously missed out, largely due to paucity of time during an event-packed week – the writer’s hope is that this endeavour will give a feel of what happened, specially for those who were not there.”

Asia Source is one of a series of open source developer workshops held globally to bring together developers to share skills and learn from one another. Africa Source was held in Namibia in March of 2004 and Africa Source II is scheduled for September 2005 in Uganda.

Noronha’s booklet can be downloaded from http://www.tacticaltech.org/AsiaSource_booklet