Public launch of the OpenMRTD.org project
Readers of this blog will already know it since quite some time: I've been
working on a RFID stack, a library for accessing electronic (biometric)
passports, as well as a matching frontend application.
anyway, since librfid now has stable support for ISO14443A and B (both used for
ePassports), and libmrtd now successfully parses EF.COM, EF.DG1 and EF.DG2, I
think it was about time to do a public announcement and a homepage for OpenMRTD.org.
FOSS.in/2005: Linux Bangalore outgrowing itself!
Today, FOSS.in (the event formerly known as
Linux Bangalore) has released their first list of confirmed international
I could hardly believe my eyes, it is truly amazing. Is this the event that
I've been to in 2003, as one of the only two non-Indian (and non-Indian
Now they have a line-up including Jonathan Corbet, Brian Behlendorf, Jeremy
Zawodny - and last but not least Alan Cox!
Please don't misunderstand me, there is no 'quality ranking' of conferences
based on their number of foreign speakers. But this at least proves that
FOSS.in has become an equal event in the line of Linux Kongress, UKUUG or even
As of now, the number of Indian Free Software developers, maintainers or even
project leaders is still very small. This especially holds true when you
consider the size of the Indian IT industry today...
So getting together the FOSS enthusiasts in India, and the international "FOSS
veterans" should create a very creative environment and provide an excellent
opportunity for lots of people to get motivated, to get involved, to write
code, to join the Free Software community.