My name is Akhilesh R Kumar and I live in Chennai, India. My Fedora Account System (FAS) username is rakhilesh, and I am new to IRC and would like help getting started.

I learned about the Fedora Marketing team through the Fedora Project site, and am interested in joining because I believe I can contribute to a certain extant in promoting Open Source Software.

This is the first FOSS project I have worked on. I've worked in Marketing in the past. Some of the projects I've worked on, or roles I've had, include conducting National level and international conferences where I played a leading role in the planning and event management. I have also performed a Market Research for a Telecom firm in order to improve the promotion of its products at the Retail level.

My skills, which I hope to utilize in Fedora Marketing, include:

            Knowledge of marketing communication mix to promote product, Experience in conducting Market research. I am currently learning             Marketing skills of managing a product and developing a brand.             Event management skill, art-work design using GIMP.

When I'm not working on Fedora, I am pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (Specialising in Marketing) at Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Loyola College, Chennai.

A couple of goals I have for the Fedora Project are to position Fedora as a product which is user friendly and promote Fedora in the local market which is currently overwhelmed by Microsoft. I would also like to see Fedora provide the users with a custom set of software which can be chosen prior to downloading and installing it from the internet and user created database of open source alternatives for some essential programs happen in Fedora. In a Marketers perspective I would say perfecting on our product so that other essentials of the Marketing mix can fall in the right place.

I am wondering about the possibility of including simple tips on installing software in Fedora at post installation which I find as a major set back people have after installing Fedora for the first time.

That is basically about myself and I would really like to contribute to the Fedora Project. Please help me get started!

Akhilesh R Kumar