Saturday, July 08, 2006

Free/Libre and Open Source Software contributors from India is a page to focus on who's contributing code in/from India to the world of FLOSS. Let's see how far it can go....

Warren Brian Noronha, GNUgeek

Warren wrote to me about the plans to have a Drupal coding fellowship programme in India. And BTW, we have launched a new blog called SouthAsiaICT4D. It came real following the idea and promptings of Reba Shahid, an ICT journalist in Karachi's SPIDER magazine about the internet.
Am just trying to build up this page on the helpful, to catalogue code contributions to the FLOSS world from India, and by Indians. We had a big discussion on the Project Resource Centre (PRC) list on about whether this is happening at all, in propotion to the sector here, and if not -- why! My hunch is that this field is simply invisible... but growing. We need to make it grow faster!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Warren, Drupal... and training

Warren Noronha, a geek (no relation), whom I met in Belgaum years ago and subsequently learnt was in Silicon Valley, recently wrote in about a Drupal Internship for India.

His note says:


With 75,000+ Drupal power websites and an emerging industry supporting over 150 professionals, the open-source [read: free software] Drupal project and community is exploding. At the heart of this community is an incredibly active and productive group of contributors. Creating contributed modules, themes, bug fixes, and core enhancement, these individuals define the course of the Drupal project and the ecosystem of users, tinkerers, and professionals around it. The type of candidate we are looking for: * Doesn't have to have a formal higher education in computer engineering * Doesn't have to be pursuing personal projects relevant to Drupal * Doesn't have to have job experience * Has to be a self starter * Has to be genuinely curious and interested in developing software * Has to have web application development experience * Has to be social and willing to provide support to others. Through this internship program we will attempt to train students from India the ins and outs of Drupal and help them established themselves as long term contributors to the Drupal project. Over two months the selected students will work closely with project mentors on real world Drupal projects; contributed modules, and core patches. They will learn the Drupal development process and gain extremely valuable experience interacting with a live open-source project. Students will be paid a stipend of 4,600 INR to 8,000 INR a month depending on the level of their contributions to the Drupal project. More Information: CLOSEQUOTE

Very interesting! Learn skills and get paid for it, eh! And above all, contribute to a socially-useful project. FN