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Latest Happenings In Focus

ST Team
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
ST Team
Red Hat India launches open source community development program

As part of its efforts to encourage open source development in India, Red Hat Inc. recently announced the commencement of an open source community development program, through the launch of a portal http://108.redhat.com/.
The company also celebrated the first Red Hat Developer Day, an event aimed at bringing together Linux developers and users, and through sharing of technical knowledge and expertise, help grow open source technologies, development, techniques, tools and standards.
Red Hat believes that such events and the portal will encourage interaction among the users and developers of open source programs. Such collaboration will help customers define the technical content they need, and, in some cases, help them become editorial voices themselves.

“In the last year, India has been witness to large-scale enterprise deployments of Linux across verticals, including government, financial services and telecommunications,” said Nandu Pradhan, President and Managing Director, Red Hat India. He hoped that the site, apart from reducing barriers to open collaboration between Red Hat, customers, partners, and the open source communities, would also help the large enterprise customers of Red Hat globally.

The portal can draw project members together to solve real problems, making it easier to work with open platforms in various environments, facilitating collaboration and improving software. “A large objective of the Red Hat Developer Program is to bring awareness of the fact that open source makes developers out of everyone,” said Satish Mohan, Head-Engineering, Red Hat India. He said that everyone has the capability to become bug testers, interface designers, idea creators, information architects, and so forth. “We want to connect and empower developers, as well as learn from them,” he added.

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