During lunch today I was joined at my table by Rasmus Lerdof (the creator of PHP) and Jim
Zemlin the executive director of FSG (Free Standards Group). Jim is the guy who
pushes the Linux Standards Base and tries to ensure that Linux doesn’t fragment
the way that Unix did.
Both Rasmus and Jim were enjoying their stay in Colombo and Jim was
really into the Sri Lankan culinary, he was going for seconds as well which is
quite rare given how spicy Sri Lankan food generally is.
The session following lunch was taken by the lively Danese Cooper from
Intel. Danese has a funky unofficial title as the Open Source Diva and one of
her key achievements was to lobby Sun into open sourcing Open Office during the
time she was employed there.
The session that is currently in progress is by Hugo Wisidagama, the director
of MNet. MNet is a local software service
company that is focused on providing services based on open source service.
Their unique business model is built on selling their expertise on various open
source software stacks to companies.