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1 1  **__Background:__**
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3 -I have been benefitted from and contributed to the free software (and later open source software) community since about 1986 when I was in graduate school at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. Most of what I did in the 80s was all done as part of being on ARPAnet and participating in Usenet newsgroups around technology. My earliest experience with free software was when I was working on my [[Masters thesis>>url:http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/21863/PillayHarish1990.pdf]] that was to build a TCP/IP stack into the OS/2 operating system. I was and am very grateful for the help I received then around the code that I needed to write/adapt to make the whole stack work. If it were not for the fact that the code was available (Stanford TCP/IP and [[KA9Q>>url:http://www.ka9q.net/code/ka9qnos/||rel="__blank"]]), I don't think I would have succeeded in graduating in the time I did.
5 +I have been benefited from and contributed to the free software (and later open source software) community since about 1986 when I was in graduate school at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. Most of what I did in the 80s was all done as part of being on ARPAnet and participating in Usenet newsgroups around technology. My earliest experience with free software was when I was working on my [[Masters thesis>>url:http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/21863/PillayHarish1990.pdf]] that was to build a TCP/IP stack into the OS/2 operating system. I was and am very grateful for the help I received then around the code that I needed to write/adapt to make the whole stack work. If it were not for the fact that the code was available (Stanford TCP/IP and [[KA9Q>>url:http://www.ka9q.net/code/ka9qnos/||rel="__blank"]]), I don't think I would have succeeded in graduating in the time I did.
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5 5  I returned to Singapore in 1991 and got into the newly available "Linux" and in 1993 founded of the [[Linux Users' Group (Singapore)>>url:http://web.archive.org/web/19961219115654/http://www.lugs.org.sg/]]. This group helped increase the awareness of Free Software in Singapore and South East Asia. I was the organizer of the first Singapore Linux Conference in 1999 (which were repeated in 2000, 2001 and in 2003). LUGS has since spun off many other FOSS groups in Singapore and today there are numerous groups focussing one specific technologies ranging from Linux, PHP, NodeJS, Python, Ruby, DevOps, DevSecOps, OpenStack and so on. It is very heartening to know that some of the work done over 25 years ago, have helped with the growth and use of Free and Open Source software and technology across all industries not only in Singapore but around the Asia Pacific region.
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