while building own website 2011: started hacking around with Android 2012: ported Xperia S firmware to X10 2013: CM device maintainer for 15 Xperias 2014: Contributions to AOSP, CM, Micromax 2015: Selected for GSoC, learning webstack
always) • Free to modify, to suit my needs • Support base, community, Q/A sites, forums • Can look at the source and learn • Can fix bugs on my own, and do good for the world ;) • Can add my own features, and contribute back
with 1000’s of devs • Learning good coding practices • Cleaner code, as everyone will look at it • Work on real projects that the world uses • Shoulder to shoulder with great developers • Learning how large systems work
7th grade. • Was excited to know an OS other than Windows can exist • Became a permanent Linux user by 9th grade, had far more features on a 700MB CD than a 9GB DVD of Windows • The ease of use, and the major updates every 6 months made me <3 FOSS
hacking scene after getting my first Android phone • Soon realised the whole Android OS source was open and anyone can modify and compile • XDA-Developers - one huge resource to learn how to start building the android source code. • Learnt about CM, a modified version of Android. Started building CM for my Xperia. • Learnt Java and C++ largely by reading others’ code
FOSS world. • Importance of authorship, licenses, copyrights and copylefts • Learning git, and then gerrit. The initial shock of your code being reviewed :P • Delving deep into version control, and it’s importance in the FOSS world. • Understanding more about how the community drives a FOSS project.
always exciting. Getting green dots was always an accomplishment. • Started creating small websites and apps as personal projects. Used Github always. Felt special about sharing code with the world. Also github was convenient. • Some projects became popular - a tool to modify kernels, a multi-touch library for Android, a custom kernel for Xperia phones
electronics projects. Felt Arduino IDE lacked some features, became a contributor. • Contributed to many Android libraries, GNOME plugins, almost anything I used personally and found bugs or features lacking.
OSDConf ‘14 at JIIT, Delhi ◦ Mobile Developer Summit ‘14 @ IISc Bangalore ◦ DroidCon India ‘14, Bangalore • People using and contributing back to my personal projects on github • Started an OSS Special Interest Group at DTU • Selected for GSoC 2015
- “Open Event” • Basic idea : Android and Webapp templates that any conference/seminar events can use to generate microapps for their event. • Co-incidentally had worked on a similar idea - “Eventful” - autogenerate apps for events for non-tech- savvy organisers, as a personal project. • Selected, and an awesome experience so far.
Asia. • Privilege to work under awesome mentors, for eg, Mario Behling - founder of Lubuntu. • Learning to work remotely as a team. Scrum updates, synchronisation mails etc. • Opportunity to move out of known domain (Android/Java/Systems) and learn the web stack, and create webapp in Angular JS.
involved is to switch to an OS that's FOSS. You'll automatically use >90% FOSS Apps • Linux often requires you to delve into shell, or build your packages. Instructions are simple, but you start getting the feel of compilation/configuration. • You might have the itch to fix or add parts of an app you're using. If you're using Open Source apps, you just might, because you can
instead of 'programs'. • A software or an app is a product. It needs icons and design. • You need to test, get it working everywhere. Make it 'installable' • Your code needs to be documented so that you, or others can read it later. • Open Source is largely about 'developing' and 'coding' is maybe 10% of it.