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Danishka Navin
Danishka Navin
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Home: Sri Lanka
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GPG-Key: A7064AD2
IRC: hanthana on in
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Danishka Navin

Danishka Navin is an Infrastructure and Security Engineer based in Sri Lanka, actively engaging in public speaking, community building/development, and raising awareness about Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

n 2009, he initiated the Hanthana Linux Project, a Fedora remix that has made significant strides. This project has been implemented in numerous government schools locally and downloaded over 60,000 copies globally. The Hanthana Linux Project has empowered the local community to contribute to the global FOSS movement. School students, teachers, university students, and other users have actively participated by promoting FOSS, identifying software issues, and compiling essential documentation. Some have even reported bugs and issues to the upstream projects, such as Fedora, LibreOffice, and others, after understanding the correct bug reporting process.

In addition to his work with Fedora, Danishka collaborates with various FOSS communities, including Mozilla, LibreOffice, Gnome, KDE, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, and the Sugarlabs Foundation.

Furthermore, he is involved in the establishment of ICT labs in financially challenged schools through the Hanthana School Labs Project.

Fedora Contribution

Package Maintainer - packages maintain Fedora SIG Member - actively contributing to the Fedora Education Spin Fedora Education Spin Fedora Spin SIG Localization - Serving as the Fedora Sinhala Language Coordinator Fedora Ambassadors for Sri Lanka Program Coordinator: Overseeing the Fedora Free-Media project in Sri Lanka

Other FOSS Activities/Contributions

  • Sugar/OLPC - Localizer
  • LibreOffice - Localization and Marketing
  • Coordinator for the KDE Sinhala Localization Project
  • Gnome Translation Project (GTP)
  • Localized Debian Installer


Hanthana Linux School Labs Project

The Hanthana Linux School Labs project is another initiative aimed at deploying FOSS-driven school ICT labs in rural areas. These labs are established with the support of the community

Watch this documentary on the first pilot project [with English subtitles].


TV Programs

News Paper Articles