It has been almost 2 weeks that I am in India. This country is very surprising and very different from all hat I saw until now, it's raining the whole day, and at the same time it's hot. People here are very nice and very helpful but very lazy :)

This is also the most bureaucratic country I have seen until now, to get a phone prepaid SIM card you have to fill-in forms, attach your photo, sign everywhere, submit the form, and wait until it get processed... To open a bank account you need to fill a 8 pages form, attach your photo, sign everywhere, bring a recommendation letter from a bank client... I think that they like forms, signatures and xerox copies of passport in this country :D

I came to India to study for 1 year at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology of Bombay, and I was pleased to find that almost every computer in this institute is using free software, even in the administrations, a GNU/Linux system is there, and most of the time it is running the Gnome desktop. Maybe all developing nations should follow India's path in this domain, and make use of free software, my home country : Morocco is actually very bound to proprietary software, and this is too bad...

I had CS courses here, especially one about machine learning, and I started thinking about making use of it for the Freedesktop, I'll maybe write a paper about this once i get some free time.

Right cowboy!

Right cowboy!

I'm not a cowboy :p -- Ali

I'm not a cowboy :p