Dear FOSS Community,

My apologies for taking so long, but some things just needed to fall into place.

On behalf of Linux Bangalore, it is my pleasure to announce this year’s event.

As announced last year, the name, venue and scope of the event will change from this year.

To stress its focus on Free & Open Source Software (FOSS), the event, conducted by Linux Bangalore, will be called


and hence this year’s event will be called


My apologies to all those who fell for my earlier red herrings, and that should teach you not to place bets. :)

I know that I promised you Palace Grounds last year, but we found that to be just too drab and “conventiony”.

Bangalore is a beautiful city, and it would be a shame to have an event, that will see participation by people from all over India and the rest of the world, in a location that doesn’t present our city in its best light.

Therefore, FOSS.IN/2005 will be held at the Bangalore Palace, from Tuesday, the 29th of November, to Friday, the 2nd of December.

Yes, that means that the event is now four days long.

And yes, that is *the* Bangalore Palace that we are talking about.

There, now you know it all.

Or do you?

Nope, that’s just the start of things.

A number of things have already fallen in place, some are about to, and some are still under discussion on the mailing list and in the IRC channel, and you can see some of the things whiteboarded on the event wiki.

There is already a series of pretty exciting announcements waiting in the pipeline. Starting from August 15th, 2005 (if you are not from India – that’s India’s Independence Day), the website will, every day, carry more information about the event, leading up to successive milestones.

Our first milestone will be the release of the Call for Participation, scheduled for the end of next week.

I look forward to all the discussions that will start on the mailing lists. A link to both the mailing list and the event wiki can be found on the website.

You *have* figured out the website’s URL by now, right? :)

For now, I wish you all an enjoyable extended weekend.