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,


Dwarakanath J


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