Canonical's Prakash Advani ( left ) and Jon Melamut at the Ubuntu Developer Day in Bangalore, Jan 27 2011 ( IndiaTechOnline photo)
First ever Ubuntu developer day in India renews tryst with Open Source


The first ever Ubuntu Developer Day in India, attracted over 500 of the Open Source operating system’s best and brightest users and developers to Bangalore,last week.

"We were very pleased with the interaction at the event and the opportunity to update this very important audience for Ubuntu" said Jon Melamut, VP Product and Sales, OEM Services, Canonical.

"We are thrilled at the popularity of Ubuntu in a key country for us, like India with its huge potential for users and developers on open platforms”.

He introduced the audience to new features in Ubuntu like UTouch – gesture based computing that may end up making Ubuntu a strong option for tablet PCs. ( There is as yet no Tablet version, though one can doenload Ubuntu for Netbooks). He also explained the growing ecosystem of OEMs and peripheral makers who are joining the list that says “ Works with Ubuntu” ( peripherals) and “Ubuntu-ready” ( PCs).

John Bernard, Global Marketing Manager, Canonical & Prakash Advani, Partner Manager, Canonical (Central Asia) told IndiaTechOnline: “India is the fastest-growing region for PCs and notebooks in the world. We have been actively supporting local OEMs ansd software developers --and building a team to support the growth of Ubuntu here”.

Delegates got to try out first hand the latest Ubuntu 10.10; Ubuntu Lite and Ubuntu for Netbooks

Also presenting were partners and customers to Canonical including IBM, Freescale and Marvell.

Link to presentations on Ubuntu’s client roadmap ( Jon Melamut), Ubuntu uTouch; Ubuntu Launchpad and Bazar for developers ( Chase Douglas) and Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud and Ubuntu Server ( Nick Barcet)