Friday, October 2, 2009

FOSS.MY 2009 is Coming This October

FOSS.MY 2009 is coming this October. Do register yourself before 15 Oktober 2009 to get the special price ticket.A brief description about this event: 2009 is Malaysia’s premier Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) event. 2009 is our second such conference, we aim for this to be an annual event bringing together professionals and enthusiasts from Malaysia, Singapore, Asia and the rest of the world for a two day grassroots driven FOSS conference. is different from other events in that we focus only on FOSS and that this conference is purely non-commercial. There will be no marketing/sales talks by vendors (we are very strict on this!) so all that is presented is FOSS goodness! Instead, vendors will be encouraged to speak on the FOSS technical aspects of their projects/tools. This approach works better as it benefits all through knowledge sharing within the community.

We’ve got an excellent line up: 4 keynote speakers, 28 great talks and 8 Bird-of-Feather side sessions.

Richard Stallman (rms), the father of Free Software, will be keynoting on Free Software Movement, GNU software and GNU/Linux. There will be a substantial Q&A session where you can ask him your questions and even get an autograph. We’re arranging for Free Software Foundation merchandise to be sold so you can show your support for the FSF.

Secondly, Brian Aker will keynoting on Drizzle and MySQL database engines. He is the Director of Architecture at MySQL AB and he kick-started the Drizzle Project (an important fork of MySQL 6 which is jointly developed by Google, Canonical & Sun). He also worked on other MySQL storage engines (Archive , Federated, Memcached, CSV, Blackhole & WebMethods (HTTP) Storage Engine).

Our two Malaysia keynotes will be opening and closing the conference, respectively. John Lim is our opening keynote. He is the principle author of the ADOdb database abstraction library, an extremely widely used web infrastructure software, and it started right here in Malaysia!

Dr Yusseri Yusoff is our closing keynote. He has done amazing amounts of “behind-the-scenes” work in pushing through FOSS within the public sector and industry in Malaysia. He was instrumental in kicking off the Open Source Competency Center (OSCC) and many other FOSS government and private sector initiatives.

All in all, we have also got more international participation this time around:

James Morris (author of the kernel Crypto API, contributor to SELinux, LSM, Netfilter and IPsec)
Pradeepto (KDE hacker and co-founder of KDE India)
Harish Pillay (Fedora community, Open Source Architect/Evangelist RedHat Singapore)
Harish Mallipeddi (Performance Engineering team, Yahoo! R&D India)
Giuseppe Maxia (MySQL community)

Of course, Malaysian FOSS hackers will be present in full force. Redhuan Oon of ADempiere ERP fame, Nur Hussein on running Linux on Big Iron machines, Kris Khaira on Drupal, Errazuddin on Zend Framework, Mohan on Tomboy Web Sync, and many more will be presenting.

Check out the conference schedule:

Registration packages are available here

If you would like to register for the conference, please go to:

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