வணக்கம் / はじめまして / Hello. I am Balakumar Muthu

I am an International Award-winning Entrepreneur, Technologist, received Asia Innovation Award from SingTel, Singapore, Full-stack Designer & Developer building Websites for more than 17+ years, Software Consultant for Japanese Companies, Creative DIY Hacker and a Geek based in Asia. Currently working towards the great mission to make the world a better place to work.

/ Expertise

I specializes in most aspects of Web business, including strategy, creative, design, development and it's growth. My expertise and interest includes Front-end development, UI/UX Design, Branding, E-commerce, IoT, Software as a service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Big Data, Singularity, AI, User Onboarding, Typography, Developing Social Networking Platforms (SNS), Product Prototyping, SEO and Linux & Open Source Technologies.

/ Awards, Recognition


Awarded the "Asia's Top 50 Innovation Award” (winner lists) from SingTel, Singapore, Winner of "Red Herring Asia Award" (finalists) for Technology Innovation.

Selected at Google India - Interview as one of the Top 5 Finalist out of 16,000 + people. Created Google Kids – a search engine for kids prototype for demonstrating during my Google India Interview.

First Prize Winner of "Java Master Contest", conducted by Sun Microsystems and BenQ Siemens Germany. Sun Microsystems Duke's Choice Awards” - *** "Hello World(s)!" From Code to Culture: A 10 Year Celebration of Java Technology ***, Book. Sun Microsystems appreciation for testing early versions of Java Platform.

TEDx Fellow and Mentor for NurtureTalent Startup Boot Camp at IIT Madras.

Some of my previous Web products (View 1, View 2) have received a great response from China and Japan. Also ranked as world’s top 50 hosted blogging platform by Alexa.com.

Early contributed member of World Wide Web Consortium (W3.org), W3C HTML 5 Working Group and Internet Society (ISOC) India Chapter.

/ Interests

I enjoy travel / adventure, rock climbing, simple things — nature, reading. I love Japanese culture, trying different flavor of tea, Zen philosophy, making mistakes & learning from them, DIY hacks, and a die-hard fan of JDrama, Western movies and Comics.

/ Featured at



Me and My works has been featured at ZDNet Asia, Economic Times, Yahoo! Japan, MSN Japan, 100shiki.com, Infoseek, Japan.Internet.com, Livedoor.com, Sina.com, Yangtse.com, Idoican.com, shm.com.cn[pdf] and many other popular Asian publishers. Java.net published my Java Duke Holiday Pictures from 1000's of submission.

/ Writings & Contributions

My blog is Listed as 'Favorite Blog lists at Sun Microsystems' Web Blog in 2005. Blogging since 2002 and listed as the 'Top 10 Tech blogger' by 'Blog Street India' and rated as the 'Top 50 Tech Blogger' by 'Blogs Top List' in 2005 – 2007. My blog posts have also been featured at Google Blogoscoped.com, Netscape.com, Java.net, Webpronews, Planet Mozilla, Linux Toy and few other popular blogs. Made my own blogging site at Yahoo! Geocities as geocities.com/i5bala (screenshots) in early 2002.

Published Usability report on Yahoo! Flickr, MSN Hotmail and Rediff.com.

Wikipedian, contributed for more than 100's of Wikipedia pages in various topics in Computer/Internet Technology category. Contributing writer of DeveloperIQ Magazine on the latest Web Technologies.

Co-organizer of Mozilla Firefox Party India, for the most early release of Firefox 2 and the IdeaCamp Pune. Regular to Tech meetups from BarCamp, BlogCamp, WikiCamp Unconferences to Sun TechDays, BEA Dev2Dev Days, Oracle Developer Forum, Google Developer Days and many other tech conferences. Attended Sessions with David Axmark, CoFounder & VP of MySQL and with Richard Stallman [RMS], GNU Founder Lectures.

Designer of DevCamp India Unconference Official event brand and WikiCamp conference India event brand, participated by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales.

Being a big supporter of Linux - Ubuntu & Open source movement, organized the "Ubuntu Dapper Drake T-Shirts Contest" to create more awareness and interest for the early versions of Ubuntu Linux.

/ Contact

Personally, you won’t find me on Facebook. To stay in touch or Want to work together? You can text me at: balakumar.muthu@gmail.com



  •           Self-made man

    Self- made man, the statue I greatly admire and the principle I strongly believe. "... left to his own devices, man will use his god-given talents to be creative, productive, and prosperous. Using free will, he will better his own situation and that of those around him, thereby influencing in a positive way his own destiny..."

  •           My Guru Swami 

Vivekananda

    "... get up, and set your shoulder to the wheel-how long is this life for? as you have come into this world, leave some mark behind. otherwise where is the difference between you and the trees and stones? - they too come into existence, decay and die..."
    - Swami Vivekananda


11 Important Timelines of Open Source Software Movement, During Last Century !!

Some of the most important timelines of Open Source Software Movement, during last century :


1969 : First Version of UNIX

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Ken Thompson, a researcher at Bell labs, develops the first version of Unix. A multi-user, multitasking operating system, Unix becomes popular in universities and research labs, and its source code is distributed freely.

1971 : From 'Free' to 'Open'

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Richard Stallman, a pioneer in the open source movement, joins an MIT group devoted exclusively to free software.

1979 : Emergence of the Open Software Foundation

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AT&T announces plans to commercialize Unix, and in response, the University of California at Berkeley creates its own version of Unix, called BSD [Berkeley Software Distributions] Unix. BSD Unix is adopted by vendors such as DEC and Sun. AT&T and Sun later agree to merge their version of Unix, which prompts competitors [DEC, HP, and IBM] to form the Open Software Foundation.

1983 : GNU Project

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Richard Stallman established the GNU project to promote the free software model, applications and programming tools. GNU establishes the General Public License [GPL], better known as copyleft, which becomes the model for many open source projects.

1986 : PERL created

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Larry Wall creates PERL[Practical Extension and Report Language], a CGI [Common Gateway Interface] scripting language, which is one of the standard means of delivering more dynamic content on the Web.

1987 : Minix is distributed with code

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Developer Andrew Tanenbaum released Minix, a version of Unix for the PC, Mac, Amiga and Atari ST. It comes with complete source code.

1989 : Linux Born

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Aiming to exceed the capabilities of Minix, a student at the University of Helsinki, Linus Torvalds, releases a new Unix variant, Linux. Three years later, Torvalds copylefts Linux.

1993 : FreeBSD

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FreeBSD 1.0 is released, based on BSD UNIX, Free BSF includes networking, virtual memory, task switching and large filenames.

1994 : Linux goes Mainstream

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Marc Ewing forms Red Hat Linux with an aim to simplify Linux usage. Red Hat Packages Linux with third-party applications, documentation, and initial technical support and starts sells their version. Same year, Bryan Sparks founds Caldera with backing by former Novell CEO Ray Noorda.

1995 : A Patchy Server

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The Apache Group builds a new Web Server, Apache based on the National Center for Supercomputing Applications [NCSA's] HTTPd 1.3 and a series of patch files. The free Web server becomes one of he most popular HTTP servers.

1998 : OSS Revolution


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Netscape announces it will not only give away Communicator 5.0 but will also release its source code.


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Corel Computer Corporation announces Netwinder, an inexpensive network computer that uses Linux as its production OS. This is the first major, conscious adoption of what is called the widget-frosting model by an established business outfit. Corel also announces planes to port WordPerfect and its other office software to Linux.


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Sun Microsystems makes Solaris available under a free license to individual users, also to educational/non-profit/research institutions.


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IBM announces that it will sell and support Apache as part of its WebSphere shite. The trade press hails this as a breakthrough for Open Source software.


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Oracle and Informix announced that the will port their database to Linux.


Steve Ballmer, Microsoft President admits, " Sure, we're worried about Apache and Linux", and says Microsoft is considering disclosing more Windows source.

Any other important timeline of Open Source Software sagas, I have left ?

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