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No Indians vote for Open Source movers and shakers
By Pulkit Sharma

The open source movement was initiated as an idealistic voluntary endeavor to ensure that everyone in the world has access to quality software.  As its name suggests, the computer code is available for anyone to tweak and improve. Initially dismissed as a leftist, socialistic ideal, today it’s a powerful force changing the world for the better.

Open Source quality products like Linux, Firefox, Apache are used by tens of millions of people every day. Its products range from free word processing software to video editing tools. Even the White House website has been developed using Open Source software.

MindTouch Inc. is the leader in Enterprise 2.0 Collaborative Networks. MindTouch serves more than 16 million users and thousands of companies. Customers include Mozilla, Microsoft, Intel, Intuit, The Washington Post, EMC, Harvard, Timberland, The US Army and The United Nations.

MindTouch has just released its list of the ‘Most Influential People In Open Source’. This list was collated by asking senior Open Source Executives who they thought are the most influential people in the industry today. For some reason, only executives from Europe and North America were invited to vote. Does India not have a single person worthy to be polled? Also, not a single woman was nominated to this elite list.

MindTouch’s list of the Most Influential People in Open Source has the following top 5

At No. 1 is Larry Augustin, CEO of SugarCRM. 

At No. 2 is Matt Asay who is described as a leading open source business strategist. Asay currently manages sales and business development activities in the Americas for Alfresco.  Asay also writes a very influential open source blog on CNET.

At No 3 is Marten Mickos chief executive officer (CEO) of MySQL AB.

At No. 4 is Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat since December 2007.

At No. 5 is Dries Buytaert who created Drupal in 2001 and has led the software project ever since.

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