The first time we conducted FStival in 2004, it was largely a TCE event. We had managed to create some noise in a couple of newspapers, and put up pamphlets in the city. However, we had only one visitor from outside the college :) This time, at FStival'10, I was touched to see a gathering of 300+ people, from various colleges and schools, in and around the city. Some had even traveled 100+ KM to attend the event.
FStival is just one facet of the movement in Madurai, centered around TCE.
When we initiated GLUGOT in December 2003, our primary motive was to find a way to conduct GLUG-Madurai meetings regularly in the TCE campus. Today, it has gone beyond that. The commitment and consistent effort put by the students, staff and management of TCE has not only brought awareness in the area, but also, the motivation to involve in the movement. FossConf'09 saw students of TVS Matriculation Higher Secondary School setup stalls on GIMP. The students literally ran behind the visitors, dragged them to their stall and demonstrated the software :) At FStival'10, more schools have expressed interest to involve themselves.
I see this as a BIG step forward. But, there is still a long way to go, and a lot of ground to cover. I am waiting to see that day when FStival will travel from one school/college to another in Madurai, year after year.
My sincere appreciation to all the people involved, for making this work.
PS 1: The name 'FStival' was coined by 'sap'