Mukt.in where did the name come from ? It came from Atul Jha the key organiser of the mukt.in v1 .
Mukt ( मुक्त in hindi , ముక్తి in telugu ) means freedom - A better word then english "free" and is more near to the word "libre"
Yes the event really owes it's presence to Atul Jha ,without him it would never have happened .
where/ why did I come into mukt.in ?
I organised one LUG meet from JNTU called it JNTULUG and then renamed to JNTUGLUG . That meet was a damn good one ! I really owe this to venu,sowmya,sujana,nishi and keerthi ... withouth them there wouldn'y have been a event .
Then I organised one for my home town Khammam on software freedom day . It was great and I am really indebted to Katta Vijay who had bought volunteers and audience .
One day I organised a 2nd meet for JNTUGLUG where I invited praveen ! The meet was not much of success as there were hardly any audience.
Then one day while I was interning at NRCFOSS , Atul Jha calls me up and says that we would organise a event at hyderabad. I really wanted a event for my hometown seeing the way the ILUGC was working . ILUGC was damn active and I really wanted something at my home LUG ( hyderabad )
Then atul jha told me that he had a friend called krish who would help me , That was the moment when krish , me and atul Jha met on conference calls on cellphone . I still remember the nights on the Chromepet building when we 3 used to discuss the possibilities of organising a event . The venue was finalised to Govt institute of electronics at Marredpally on August 24 24 26 and what's important is 25th is Linus Torvalds birthday !
On 27th July the domain Mukt.in was registered !
guys have a look at these 3 organisers :
Atul Jha at le capital delhi , Krish at deccan capital Hyderabad , me at South capital Chennai .. and we were supposed to organise a event at hyderabad .
Then we all used to hangout in the channel #mukt.in where NeenaOffline,Shriphani & sup3rKiddo joined . Sup3rkiddo came all the way from chennai to give a talk and help us . ShriPhani helped us with promotion , though he tried some artwork he was helpful in writing for us.These were the volunteers of the event , they were behind us supporting us at every moment.
we 3 guys met at a bakery opposite our venue . We sat on the bakery table and started discussing the event drew up a list of things to do .. ( that was great )
Atul Jha, krish and me definitely remember the meeting and lunch we had with Raju aluri who was from sun at that time . He was the key speaker for the event .
These were the questions he asked which really are the founding stones of the event
- Are you going to continue with this event ?
- What is going to turn up with this event ?
- Who is going to sponsor the event?
Then we had this issue of LUG :
Hyderabad suffered from 2 LUG's which we learnt that there is only one LUG and Twincling is a registered society which has nothing to do with a LUG .
ILUGHyderabad the actual LUG of Hyderabad hardly recieves a proper traffic .
Sponsorship Issues :
We approached Sun,CSC,NRCFOSS,CDAC and other companies for sponsorship .
All our sponsorship efforts remained futile cause companies dunno who they are sponsoring .. huh
I being a intern at NRCFOSS knew atleast why one organisation didn't want to sponsor us .
We also met theju at Vasavi . Theju was a ILUGHyderabad volunteer who understood our issues with NRCFOSS for getting a sponsorship . Kenneth Gonasalves thought that IlUG Hyderabad was active , so it should be organising the event .
Let me explain the problem . We ( atleast me ) are organising mukt.in to involve the colleges in and around hyderabad to actively use and contribute to FOSS and revive the dying LUG .
So there was no answer for this !
So how do we popularise the event ?
Me and Krish went all the way to CBIT to give a poster of mukt.in . We also went to Vasavi as mentioned before on the same trip to promote the event .
Krish took care of banners and GIOE students while I and atul jha went to a engineering college near Clock tower , secunderabad .. Swami Vivekananda institute of technology .. the nearest engineering college for our venue .
Next stop was Osmania University( CSE dept ) where we gave the poster to a professor whom Atul Jha thought that .. "yaar yeh to poster nehi lagaayega " and Atul jha asked the boy to keep the poster in noticeboard. He took some pins and attached them himself (LOL)
You know what happened ? 2 posters were on the notice board of Osmania University and one student from OU bought his CPU for linux installation !
Krish aka Sri Krishna das was one more man behind the event . He did all the artwork , and he was working for CSC at that time . The website poster was all his effort . He was the allumni of GIOE ,which was the reason we got the venue for the event .
krish and his bike apache deserve special mention as it was our main transport for the whole event . krish and me celebrated atul jha's birthday at GIOE gates where Atul Jha became sentimental .Me and krish planned the surprise birthday ( it's really hard for the readers to understand , those were our moments - no sponsorship and a event before us with time approaching us .. )
we always want this event to be free ( both in terms of freedom and free beer ) .