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!

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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

Time:5.00PM

Stay Tuned!

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