Tuesday Sep 22, 2009

Software Freedom Week Celebrations'09 - SASTRA University

Installing Open Source Operating Systems :- Relishing the Tasted Freedom

While I was getting milk(mixed with horlicks),I was relishing the evolution of FOSS group in my university and thought of writing it here,again.When I conducted Software Freedom Week last year,I installed various operating Systems and other FOSS software for faculties of my university.In patricular I need to mention about Prof.Sairam,I installed ubuntu in his system and Netbeans 6.0 last software freedom week.When I met him some time again in January,he told me that he ordered latest version of Ubuntu from cannonical and he informed that with a deep sense of proud.I met him again some few weeks before in a meeting and asked about his laptop.He replied me saying that,he has ubuntu 9.04 as a native installation and is using Netbeans 6.7,Matlab and said that he also writing his python scripts.I was able to see some exquisite happiness in his gestures.It may look simple now,but it meant a lot to me.He further surprised me by asking me about writing PHP scripts in Netbeans.

             Well,the past is over.I am gonna speak about recent past.We had install fest today as a second day of our Software Freedom week celebrations presented by Harish(Mr.Tall) and he explained about importance of open source operating systems,then about the various filesystems like ext 4,ZFS and then about partitioning(as there were a lot of freshers) and demonstrated installing Ubuntu and then told them repositories(Including one at SASTRA) and then he also answered some queries like Whats fascinating about non-window operating systems.

             After this,I thought of showing some cool demos like compiz effects,customizing Desktop so that it will poke their interest to use open source operating systems.It was great session overall,but again I was frsutated with Mr.powersupply because he disturbed us a lot.

             It was also from the organisers,that they have started doing installtions for their friends and faculties.Overall Software freedom Week celebrations gaining its momentum!


Next session:

Topic : Netbeans 6.7 - Devlopment Simplified

Date : 23.08.09

Time : 5.00PM

Venue:Tifac seminar hall II

Stay Tuned!

Monday Sep 21, 2009

Software Freedom Week Celebrations'09 - SASTRA University

Introduction to FOSS and Open Source Technologies :- Enjoying the true spirit of Freedom

                 Welcome back!Long since I blogged here and here is right time for doing it.We are celebrating the Software Freedom Week at SASTRA University from September 21 -September 26.So that means it started off today,and the first session was an introduction to Open source technologies and  kind of orientation in the software freedom week,and also some of the othere folks who missed it last time.This time the event poster was made by me,which people said it looked like NOTICE.(but I suppose both convey information).So we have formed a team of 22 organisers to organise the entire event,who have started doing installation points all through the campus.

                I spoke about Open Source,Open source Ecosystem,Students role in the same.I started speaking about D's(Dwarak :P),then about Devlopment,Distribution,Documentation(Distribution).I also shared some examples,tech jokes,and also some interesting statistics about open source technology.I saw a new set of first year folks who were very enthusiatic.I gave OSUM badges and my contact number as giveaways : P

                It was a total fun out there,and I personally enjoyed every moment of it.But I was not able to forgive two people who disturbed me a lot.One was Mr.Rain and the other was  Powersupply.

Overall,it gave a good start to the Software Freedom Week Celebrations'09.

Thanks to all the organizers.

Next session:-

Topic:Linux Install Fest

Venue:Tifac Seminar II

Date: 22.09.09


Stay Tuned!

Friday Aug 28, 2009

Open Source for Students

                   Welcome back!This is one of the very interesting blogs were I am going to share about the experience we had in a session by Kumar Abhishek,Open Solaris Marketing Executive,who gave a lightning talk on the "Open Source for Students".

He started to tell need of information,and then usage of platforms,production and how to take people's need and in corporate world and then introduced the concept of open source and its need.He also told how the student community can make use of FOSS and enhace their employability.He also shared his experiences he had in devloping applications.He was asked about the recession for which he explained with

1.Circle of Interest

2.Circle of Concern

3.Circle of Indifference

                   He also explained the students how to participate and after session was over I annouced a blogging contest of the "Best blog about the event" in order to encourage the students for their first step of particiaption.Here are some entries,I received for the contest,



     Thanks to Prof K.S Ravichandran,and SCANIT team for making this event big.



Sunday Aug 23, 2009

Fedora Technology Camp at SASTRA University

                  It is long since I wrote a blog here,and here is a high time that I need to periodic and I got a best opportunity to start off this process.

                  Fedora community has sponsored GLOSS and I was asked to give a lecture on this event.I was asked to give a talk on Open Source Foss and their effects in Corporate World.

                  We started off the session at 11.00am and I started off with what is open source and how open source can help students and to give a glimpse of communities and then spoke about Open Business Model,importance of students and the business revolving around the Open Source Software Foundation.

                I also demonstrated on how individuals form a part of the big communities.With these features I encouraged them to start using Linux and other open source technologies.

               I was followed by fedora ambassadors taking on installation and application development and also how to contribute to Fedora project.Overall,it was nice to see the young juniors trying out new things and new events  in my campus.

Friday Jul 24, 2009

Sun Student Seminars at Chennai-In collobaration with Aptech

       Long time back I wrote a blog,which is some two weeks before,and now I am here to share some of my experiences with Aptech seminars at Chennai.now Aptech has become Authorised Sun education center and they want to kick start sun certifications at Chennai and other branches,they have arranged for a orientation session with many of the colleges in chennai and they decided to do it in colloboration with Sun learning services.

            With this big intro,I will start relishing my trip along with you,they have planned for three student seminars in two days at three places,

1.Valliammai Womens College

2.AMS college of Engineering

3.MGR janaki womens college

                First day was bit early,the student seminar was organized at 9am in the morning and I was asked to address some 550 candidates.I met the principal after the assembly and she was shocked to see me as a very small boy.(Rather she was also bit puzzled).When I started the seminar I got a different reaction from the crowd,but I slowly persuaded them to the listen to me and then we discussed on open source,Java,and then there was a demo on JavaFX,Netbeans and its cool features.There was also lots of questions from them regarding java,J2me and also in javaFx.

            Second Seminar was organized at AMS college of Engineering,Avadi.It was college with lots of boys and they intially behaved very eratically,but slowly they were back in track and plunged me with their questions.

           The second day seminar was a totally delayed one.It was not just my seminar,they had an industry expert face to face interaction before my session,where some companies top HR managers,engineers from IBM and many other people were giving about the recession and how to start your career.So I was bit puzzled,how to start my presentation.Before my seminar,I had two surprises there,one was in the seminar banner,there were also topics like Glassfish,Virtualisation which I was not aware of before.So I created some slides for all these topics,and installed Glassfish with my Netbeans,and installed virtualbox for the demo.

       I started off my presentation with albert einstein quotes and then showed them javaFx demo,Glassfish demo and Virtual box demo.Many of them became so interested that they registered for SCJP directly.

Gallery: To be updated soon

Thanks to Sirish for giving me this oppurtunity,and Ganesh for helping me in this regard

Saturday Jul 04, 2009

Netbeans and Drupal Session Reboots Gloss and SASTRA OSUM

Welcome Back,

           Long since I wrote a blog on my events and the reason behind this is just simple I was enjoying my holls.It is almost a week since my college started and I also thought,we can make some interesting stuff this time.So I asked my fellow mates about what they need is Drupal and Developement.So I decided to use Netbeans Plugin for Drupal and give a deep dive on Content Management system.So I also included for the session.

         I started off with a simple quote from Albert einstein and then gave them importance of Ready-made Open source software,and explained them the need for using CMS and Installed Drupal and joomla and gave them some tips on how to use Drupal and Joomla.Then we had a look at the Netbeans and Drupal Combination and then we had a brainstroming questions session on the Web.

       It was nice to meet all the SASTRA OSUM members after a long time and also the discussion on the session was also healthy.

Overall a Good Start!

Tuesday Jun 30, 2009

I am in Cloud Nine or u? Netbeans 6.7 Released

Netbeans 6.7 was released on 29.06.2009 with real cool features.It is the release I was waiting for a long time as it has enhanced PHP support.

List of new feautures,

- Create Kenai-hosted projects from within the IDE
- Manage your Kenai projects and collaborate with like-minded developers
- File issue tracking reports with Jira and Bugzilla

- Library dependency graph viewer
- Improved code completion for Maven plugin parameters
- Support for Java EE, Web Services creation and consumption

- PHP Unit support
- Code coverage and Selenium support
- SQL code completion in the PHP editor

- Out-of-the-box support for Grails 1.1
- Code completion
- Invoke Grails command or custom script from context menu item

- Hudson services integration for Ant and Maven projects
- Generated source roots now displayed in the Projects tab
- Struts library migrated to version 1.3.8

- Glassfish v3 Prelude instance with pre-configured Derby (Java DB) integration
- Code completion support for GlassFish v3 Prelude

- Remote debugging support
- Improvements to Ruby constants support

- DLight profiling tools for C++ projects
- Integrated support of popular Qt library and tools

- Export profiling data into CSV, HTML and XML formats
- HeapWalker supports OQL queries

- Bundled with the Java Platform Micro Edition Software Development Kit 3.0
- Support for the Java Card Platform 3.0
- Full support for SVG Rich Components in the Visual Mobile Designer

                   They have also promised to release the next release with JavaFX support.I think with all these new cool features Netbeans is all set for next Developer 2000 award.

Good Luck Netbeans!

Sunday Apr 19, 2009

Worldwide Volunteer Week -Part 1

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

                   Thinks it is a time when people will start blogging about their activities as this week is dedicated for our Social Responsiblity.I want to be a small stone in that entire bridge that is being Constrcuted by us to bridge various Social inequalities.(looks like I am writing a book and not a blog).Usually I blog about events after few days but today I am doing it beacuse I can't stop myself from not doing it.

The Stone 1:

             As a part of Worldwide Volunteer Week(WWVW) I have planned for couple of events in and around my campus.To start the week I have decided to make a visit to a orphange for mentally challenged people near Thanjavur(Tamil Nadu,India).

           I took some of my SUN Club members to this place today morning,it is called

"Anbu Illam"(means Love Home in Tamil well translated it literally).A small pic of that home.

         I had to do some formalities,so I went yesterday and did that I bought some bags,books,pencils and snacks for those children.We went their at 11am in the morning and started speaking with them.While my fellowmates were employing themselves to make preparations for the event.

       We made them assemble in a Hall, and they prayed for our Well being(A moment that Touched my heart).We started giving them sweets and Pencils.A pic to relish that moment,

       After this we decide to conduct the event  like singing competion and there was a guy who was doing good painting,so we gave him drawing book and Sketch pen and he made a immediate picture and showed us,then we showed them our laptop for playing some games and taught them how to play.We spent almost two and half hours with them,and understood some ethical values of Life.

     When we started from there,the most beautiful moment happened,there was small child named Santhosh,I told him that we are leaving by waving my hand,he came close to me and kissed his finger and kept his hand on my cheeks,the time I felt the beauty of life as that guy doesn't now how to speak,but he conveyed his regards in the most noble way.


                                 Santhosh,the child who gave me a beautiful farewell

                                    Amarnath(Volunteer) Distributing Sweets

The most coolest pic is this,

Siddhiq is posing for an photograph,

Friday Mar 20, 2009

Student Technology Camp at SASTRA

Java EE Lecture at SASTRA:

We conducted a Student Technology Camp at SASTRA University on 7th of March.

We had Amol Desai,from IEC bangalore who made his visit to SASTRA University,situated in Thanjavur(Tamil Nadu).We planned to make a good publicity for this and hence we made some intresting stuff like,

1)We posted the event in our College official Website

2)We took registrations for the event,via SMS also

3)Making of Posters.

                             It was busy saturday morning we were waiting for Amol's visit.He came at 10:30am and then we took him to the server room and helped him arranging stuff,then registered people came to the hall by 11.30 and we started the event by 11.45.

                         Amol started with need for JAVA,Trends in IT Industry,then he moved on to Servlets and JSP.

                  Here he gave a cool demo of running servelets from the HTML and Performing the same using a JSP page and then he asked some questions for which we gave  T-shirts and Caps.Then he continued with need of JSF and then the writing business process in JSP and he developed a small prototype where he showeed the Flow analyser.This was the coolest of all demos.

               He used GlassfishV2 for running all the applications and also gave a small talk on how Glassfish works.

           We had a small feliciation after this,where Amol gave away certificates for the Winners of Open Source quiz and also its organisers.Many were inspired by this seesion and have asked for these kind of sessions.The session got over at 1.35pm Amol had to make a 4hrs travel by road(Literally long) for taking his flight tonight.

     Thanks to Amol,Sirish(Sun Learning services),Prof.Vaidhyasubramaniam(Dean P&D) and Prof.K.S Ravichandran and ofcourse Abhishek for helping me to do this event.


Monday Mar 09, 2009

Valentine's Day Special

Rich Internet Applications Workshop at SASTRA University:

                                                                                         Techfest has become a part of College life in INDIA in the recent decades.One such big Techfest is Daksh'09 of SASTRA University.Daksh is one of the very largest tech fest in India.Sun has supported Daksh from its origin.This time also Daksh was also supported by Sun MIcrosystems Inc.But this time it was bit different we had various features that were organised by Students at Daksh on behalf of Sun.

                                                            Daksh was scheduled from Feb13-15 2009.We have decided to conduct a workshop on behalf of Sun on Feb-14.So a workshop on Java FX was planned on the second day of Daksh.During the last time workshop the audience were of all levels,so it was difficult for the speakers to make it up.Hence this time I decided to filter the audience and this will help the speakers.I did it by asking a Statement of Purpose(SOP) and I did it because I had a lab of very minimum capacity.

                                           It was a busy morning that we started the workshop,but this time with Sun Engineers-Praveen Mohan,Srinivasan,Cheran.They started the workshop at 9.45am with introduction to Javafx and then moved to graphics,media and Animation and then mentioned about Java FX contest and its importance.

                                      We had a lab session during the afternoon hours.Abhishek started it with a small talk on IT Market and Open Source to refresh the guys,then we helped them to do the Sample excersises.During the last hour we conducted a competition and we selected three Best Applications and gave them prizes,everybody were provided by with Netbeans 6.5 with javafx SDK.


                              I also developed the Daksh Website and had some advantages because of it.I was asked to put up a stall at Daksh on Behalf of Sun Microsystems.I created an OSUM pamphlet and put up a stall with all I had.I went to every single event at Daksh and explained about OSUM there and circulated the SASTRA OSUM.I had also made the registrations on the Help Desk.So I was able to reach 400+ members as the effect of Daksh.

                               I thank all the Sun Engineers for their visit to my college,Amit Arora(Co-ordinator),Ganesh,and ofcourse Abhishek.

All put together it was a beautiful Tech Fest where I had loads of Fun with Technology.

Monday Jan 26, 2009

Solaris Talk at SASTRA from a Solaris Consultant

Hello All,

         The New Year 2009 gave me a beautiful start , on 2nd January of this month Department  of Information Technology arranged combined with GLOSS and arranged a talk on Solaris 10 certification Part 1.

         The event started with a prayer and I gave a small introduction about the chief guest and also an insight of the meeting.

                                 Mr.Vikash Sharma was the man who came and started it with this basic question "What is UNIX?".Later he moved to what is Solaris and then to Zones,some basic intro about D-trace,then how Clsuters work,their usge in Banking sector and the money transfer security issues and lot on Solaris.

                     The beauty of the meet is that when he said about the payments made to Solaris Cluster Engineers all were dumbstruck.I have done some 12 new installations because of Mr.Vikash.

Thanks to him and Prof.K.S Ravichandran.

Thursday Oct 16, 2008

The Last Tide of the Software Freedom Day Wave

                            Software Freedom week at SASTRA University, Thanjavur was a great success.We reached out many people all over the Campus including post graduate candidates and Faculties.

                                  The working Experience for this event was indeed beautiful.I had requested 20 people to organise this event with me.

                         We started the process of  preparation a fortnight before and we decided upon events and also made publicity all over the campus.

The Init() Process :

The celebrations requires some initial step.They were

  • Poster Making
  • ID card Generation
  • Permissions for Help Desks
  • Website for the Event
  • Circular on this to all the Staff members

      All these initial steps gave me some confidence to start the event on a big way

What all services were given in the week?

Sfd@SASTRA$Svcs -a

                                 We have planned for various services to be given to the people at Campus.

  • Installation Points
    •    We had more than forty installation points all over the campus which include hostel rooms for the organizers along with their contact nos.It also had list of softwares that will be installed and so on.
  •  Special Faculty Attention
    • Faculties other than the Computer Science Department had a very little exposure on the open source software.So as a result I thought to reach out to them to help them with the Software which they require.This include software like Open office (for english teachers) , gnu 8085 and so on.
    • This brought a lot of publicity as the faculties response turned on to the students of other department

Sfd@SASTRA$Svcs -a | grep events:

                                    Tech Talks and seminars are very integral part of the Software Freedom Week So we conducted a week long session during the Week pulling out a lecture every eveninig at 5 pm.

  • Software Freedom Week Orientation
  • Ubuntu and Open Solaris Install Fest
  • Netbeans Tech Talk
  • Open Source Quiz
  • Talk on MySql Contributions
  • High performance Computing using Sun Studio.

              Thanks to Thava Alagu(For Helping me with MySQL contributions talks and Angad for  High Perfomance Computing).

                I enjoyed every moment of the Software Freedom Week at SASTRA.It taught me many lessons 


  •  Leadership
  • Team Work
  • Management of time 
  • Popularity
  • Knowledge(Ver Important)

I enjoyed every moment of it and had fun with all the organisers many much things happened in that 7 days.

        We did total of 600 installations of Open Source Softwares all over the Campus.




Dwarakanath J


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