20 February 1962|
|Died||3 June 2013(aged 51)|
|Occupation||Consulting, writer, Public Speaker|
Atul Chitnis (20 February 1962 – 3 June 2013) was a German-born Indian consulting technologist. He was one of the organizers of FOSS.IN (formerly Linux Bangalore) which was one of Asia's free and open source software (FOSS) conferences.
In 1989, Chitnis set up a Bulletin Board System (BBS) called CiX which provided an entry point for many users to online communities. He was the author of a PCQuest magazine column – COMversations. Chitnis gave talks on data communication in Indian industry, the Internet and intranets. As a Consulting Editor for PCQuest, he worked on the PCQuest Linux Initiative.
Working as a volunteer in the FOSS community such as the Bangalore Linux User Group, and through seminars and articles, he encouraged use of FOSS technologies. Chitnis was one of the organizers of the Linux Bangalore series of FOSS community driven conferences. FOSS.IN is said to have been one of Asia's largest annual FOSS events. Atul also served as one of the members of the faculty committee at the National Resource Centre For Free/Open Source Software. He often spoke at various fora on FOSS technology and adoption.
- Venugopal, Vasudha (24 October 2010). "More Join the Chorus for Free Software". Chennai: The Hindu.
- The BBS Documentary Library
- Rediff Guide to the Net: Features: The Way We Were
- The Future of Media?
- "Remembering Atul Chitnis". PCQuest. 3 June 2013.
- Monsters and Critics at the Wayback Machine (archived November 6, 2007)
- CIOL: Free world event FOSS.IN/2005 opens in Bangalore at the Wayback Machine (archived February 2, 2009)
- NRCFOSS Faculty Committee Meeting at the Wayback Machine (archived August 4, 2007)
- "Atul Chitnis's death moves people". DNA. 3 June 2013.
- "R.I.P Atul Chitnis : The Man Who Changed the Open Source World". NextBigWhat.
- "Shine on, You Crazy Diamond: Atul Chitnis (1962–2013)". NDTV. 3 June 2013.
- "Open Source guru Atul Chitnis, 51, no more". [CIOL]. 3 June 2013.