Last January-February I attended the Asia Source event near Bangalore, India. Asia Source was a wonderful meeting of FLOSS and civil society organisation people mostly from around Asia. I got to meet nice people and hear about interesting projects utilizing free software and related technologies (wiki, blogs etc.)
Frederick Noronha has now written a booklet with short articles and interviews covering many of the people and projects present at Asia Source. It is a useful resource for those interested in real-life projects utilising FLOSS in those areas.
Frederick Noronha asked me to give a report on Linux Asia 2005.
After Asia Source, Linux Asia was a boring event. The difference between community events and corporate-driven conferences is that the latter have lots of PR talk and you need to work to find out what is the reality. But I also wanted to see the corporate side of FLOSS. Some random notes below.