[Ambassadors] Greetings!

Francesco Ugolini fugolini at fedoraproject.org
Fri Jun 6 17:20:10 UTC 2008

Welcome on board!

If you have questions feel free to ask me.



2008/6/6 Harish Pillay <harish.pillay at gmail.com>:
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> I thought I should send a shout out to the Fedora Ambassadors list.
> I am Harish Pillay and have been in the FOSS space for a really long
> time.  I first came across free software back in 1986 or so when FSF
> shipped a tape containing emacs to my school, Oregon State University.
> I was intrigued by what it offered and over the next few years, got involved
> because the options available then (OS/2, windows 286, windows 386)
> were just not interesting enough.
> Eventually, in the early 1990s (91/92), I started looking at the BSD project
> for 386s and also came across Linus' post on comp.os.minix which
> was interesting from the point of view of being a Unix-like operating system
> being developed outside the US.  That, to me, was crucial as it meant that
> some of the archaic regulations of the US then (no export of crypto) did
> not apply.  I got more and more involved with Linux and in 1993 helped
> found the Linux Users' Group (Singapore).
> To cut the long story short, fast forward about 10 years and after a few
> startups of which some went spectacularly bust, I am glad to be able to
> engage with the FOSS community all the while.  In 2003, I helped set up
> Red Hat in Singapore and have been with them since.
> The last 5 years have been an amazing journey (and it still continues to
> be) and my role within Red Hat is to help drive the community and the
> Fedora group for Asia Pacific a geographical region which Red Hat defines
> as every country east from Pakistan including ANZ, Japan, Korea, China etc).
> I have had the privilege in organizing 4 Linux conferences (1999, 2000
> and 2001 called the Singapore Linux Conference and in 2003 called the
> Asian Enterprise Open Source Conference) as well as participating in
> the Asia Open Source Software Symposium from 2003 onwards.
> My passions are in pushing for both open standards and open source
> solutions everywhere.  I try to achieve them by working with national
> bodies in Singapore and the south east Asian region where possible.
> All in, I am hoping to be a catalyst like all of you Fedora Ambassadors.
> The world of FOSS is here, it is just not evenly spread out yet.
> Thanks.
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