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!

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.

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!


Dwarakanath J


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