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We, Ubuntu, have a strong community in terms of advocacy, translations but less contribution around code. I don't know the reason behind it, confessed Jane Silber, CEO, Canonical.   
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Friday, July 06, 2012 Indians are happy to adopt open source technology but they do not contribute as much they derive from it. This is the assessment of Jane Silber, chief executive officer, Canonical. She showed her concern for less contributions coming from India in her recent visit to the country.

Canonical's operating system, Ubuntu's adoption is increasing with every passing day in India. In the latest revelation, Jane Silber, chief executive officer, Canonical said, “Ubuntu's adoption grew at the rate of 160 per cent last year in India. We, Ubuntu, have a strong community in terms of advocacy, translations but less contribution around code. I don't know the reason behind it. India is one of the countries where we see smaller code contribution. We can point specific reasons like language barrier. However, we have not done any specific analysis on the Indian community. In my perception, people in India are very technical and knowledgeable. They are doing lot of good contributions to the code but you don't see those people mixing up or networking in the community, the reasons of which are unknown to me.”

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A major reason to this could be the fact that Indians cannot take the 'luxury' contributing to code as much as people in the West can. Explaining this point, Prakash Advani, regional manager, Asia Pacific, Canonical said, “In the West, contributing to code is like a luxury unlike in India. In other countries, people may be having some other source of income and contributing to code could just be their hobby. But in India the scene is entirely different. Many of them do it as a part of their bread and butter. People start contributing to Linux and then make to an IBM or an Intel, which in a way is a success story. Participation in the community leads to a job. That's a good reason to get involved in open source and that is overall the community and open source dynamic. They are doing lot of good contributions to the code but you don't see those people mixing up or networking in the community, the reasons of which are unknown to me.”

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Diksha  P Gupta, EFYTIMES News Network


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Ankit   934 days ago

Hello thereI am Ankit Shah.I have finished my engineering just a month ago from 4th top college of Mumbai namely Thadomal Shahani Engineering College httpwww.collegekhabar.comshowdetailedkhabar.phpid238.The reason people in India are not contributing to open source in my opinion is that people are not exposed to the open source technology.I am unaware of the education system that is followed in cities other than Mumbai but i dont think they differ much in quality.In my course of 4 years i was exposed no more than 3 months to Ubuntu.We are still made to study Windows languages line .net VB ...The education here focuses more on requirements of the companies rather than knowledge of a individual.Teachers lack knowledge on open source technology and thus do not appreciate it.Most of the students here can not work without GUI.Text mode make them feel handicap.Universities are more like manufacturing plants that manufacture products which meet the companys standard.Thank you.
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Abhishek   935 days ago

Agree.. there are number of reasons but most common area. I want advantage I will code if I could at-least add it in my career profile.b. We are interested and passionated but need some simple way to know what to doc. We gave good figure as user but we are still new to development community.Hopefully I will be among contributer in next couple of months.
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Lohit   934 days ago

i just started my 3rd.sem of the 2nd year of BScIT at St.Andrews College Bandra. In my first lab session i saw the Grub Boot menu with Ubuntu 10.10 which meant that we have Linux as a subject in our 5th.Sem.which last for 4-5 months.Everyone has been using Windows For many years ever since School. Its just that we need professors associated with Cannonical to Teach about Linux where ever Ubuntu is used. It should help in getting the students interest to contribute freely. If this succeedes Ubuntu will gain Popularity in all IT related courses of Mumbai University. for this purpose i do want to learn C but its just that the professor teaches at a higher level making it a bit difficult for most of us to understand.
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anshul   935 days ago

I think this is because contributing to the open source doesnt add to your income which is the priority in India. Rightly said by Prakash Advani the regional manager doing the same for a closed source company will fetch you money instead.But Indians are quite talented and contribution will increase surely with the adoption.
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Chetan Mittal   934 days ago

Education system is the major problem. I passed out of computer science graduation in 2000 and those days I barely knew what Linux was. All what I read in graduation years was operating system compiler assembler etc but everything theoretical nothing practical. I didnt even know how to write my name CC. Our education system is just too theoretical. For me personally everything changed when I went to Australia to do my masters in computer engineering. There education system is all practical I struggled during my early days when I had to submit assignments in CC Java PHP Python TCLTK. My very first experience on Solaris was just jaw breaking. I still remember when I heard few Malaysian students discussing code repositories in CVS which I never heard of. Anyways. If I visit my grad college some day and ask any one of the lecturers there about git python cvs subversion linux ubuntu etc and I think 60-70 of them wont even understand what I am talking about.Indians contribute less to open source because most of us never learnt how to during our golden education days. If we would had then I think twitter facebook google etc would had come out of India.
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