KDE And Asia - The Divide : Technical or/and Cultural
Speaker: Pradeepto K. Bhattacharya
One of the ever green discussion topics is - why there are (comparatively) less contributors to KDE/FOSS from India and Asia at large? Now that is true to an extent although the scenario is changing. When compared to Europe, Asia is ( probably ) still lacking behind in number of contributors to FOSS.
So what is (maybe) the crux of this issue? Technical ? Or Cultural? Based on my few experiences, I would like highlight a few points and try to bring some of these issues to the table. The issues range from "culture of hierarchy" to "schooling and education system" to "infrastructure available" and more. I would like to discuss and find some probable solutions for the same. I will showcase and share some examples / case studies / experiences from my 3 year long involvement with KDE in India and a very short and sweet experience from Taiwan. I would also like to talk about some of the changes / developments since I last spoke about KDE and India at aKademy 2006 at Dublin.
Pradeepto K. Bhattacharya
Pradeepto Bhattacharya is a Free Software enthusiast / developer /user / evangalist, primarily focusing on The K Desktop Environment ( KDE ) Project. He has been evangalising KDE since 2005 and developing KDE-PIM applications since 2006. He is the contact person for KDE in India and Asia and is a KDE e.V. member. He speaks at various conferences and universities in India and abroad about KDE Project, Qt/KDE development and its various components like KDE - Education, KOffice etc.
He lives in New Panvel, near Mumbai, India with his family and works as a software engineer at KDAB.