Calling Engineering Students: Why Contribute to Open Source?

Why should I contribute to open source? How will contributing to open source help me as an individual? We all are asked this at any open source meet-up or conference. Questions that are very valid (even if they sound selfish). In fact, because they sound _selfish_ that’s why they _are_ much more genuine. These questions generally prop up when you _preach_ (engineering) students to get involved with open source projects — to contribute code, bug fixes, documentation, etc. We can talk as much about the principles of Open Source and Free Software, the philosophy, why freedom matters,...

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Remember those days?

Once up on a time, “Linux” was something I found in the CD archives of the British Council Library. The year was 2002, and the Linux “version” was Red Hat 7.0. Back home with the two-CD bundle, after setting up the BIOS to boot from the CD-ROM drive, I was lost looking at things like /dev/hda1, swap, RPM, and all the other assorted jargon. I mean, where the heck was the familiar C:, D: drives to install stuff on, or EXE files I needed? Anyway, back to the library, I picked up a book that would help me install this “Linux” thingy. Following the steps, it wasn’t all that...

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Give me Liberty or Give me Death

This is my first blog – and understandably I have butterflies on my fingers. Common Sense tells me that the title is cliched. If that is the case, I offer my regrets. If it sounds plagiarised (and if that can be applied to a phrase) – my apologies…But I guess I have the freedom to modify, redistribute, transmogrify the phrase above, even as I lift it directly from Patrick Henry’s Famous speech and no one would/should slap a piracy/plagiarism case upon me for using the phrase above….. Common Sense, also tells me that a restriction on the freedom to use great...

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