Final day at FOSS.in (2nd Dec 05) had a talk by Jonathan Corbet (Editor Linux Weekly News - http://lwn.net and co-author of the book 'Linux Device Drivers') on mutual exclusion in the linux kernel which was followed by Alan Cox (former kernel maintainer) on Writing a Modern Linux Device Driver which was loaded with far too much info for a one hour session, anyways got some pointers. I attended these two and went to work.
Read more here: http://planet.foss.in/
Got a Belenix LiveCD based on Open Solaris - it is memory intensive and the GUI does not render after boot. Apart from that Yahoo seemed somewhat subdued at the FOSS.in conference, they had sponsored the event every year, but not this time. Google was an official sponsor and the buzz in their stall was evident all the time. Sun also generated lots of frenzy with their software and contests.
[Update: The OpenSolaris team here in Bangalore, came back and wanted to know what the exact problem was and I registered based on their requests to the BOSUG-Bangalore OpenSolaris Users Group - they have already started looking into it, as many users complained on the bootup and X startup hangups for Belenix. These guys are actively following the community strategy - remember the Bazaar model of development ?]
[UPDATE 2 - I am browsing at work from Belenix - XFCE is smooth and ethernet was detected immediately without hassles - its amazing.
Not enough RAM at home was the culprit. APOLOGIES TO THE OPENSOLARIS TEAM FOR THE NEGATIVE PUBLICITY ;-)]
I installed Ubuntu Linux 5.04 today to try it out ... Works ok; comes only with Gnome and video support and mp3 playback is absent. Made .wav files play using OSS sound drivers + esd (enlightened sound daemon) on the Totem player. The package manager 'synaptic' is useful. Dialup works fine with wvdial. Also USB support on linux is much better now - OpenSUSE, which I overwrote, detected a pen-drive instantly.
Got the book 'Made In Japan - Akio Morita and Sony' by the former chairman of Sony, from a colleague. Need to start reading it.