Open IT - Day 3, a tricky question!
By Jay Mahadeokar on Nov 16, 2008
Talk by Mr. Rohan Ranade
Day 3 began with a teleconference with Mr. Rohan Ranade, Sun Microsystems US. Rohan Sir had already visited our college earlier this year in January for a 3-Day Netbeans workshop and it was due to him that I got motivated towards opensource and Netbeans. At that time I was a student, and now I was on the other end - conducting a workshop! Things change so quickly!
Well.. There was a problem with internet connection and so, we had to talk on phone with one of us rolling the slides. The therefore did not start as planned. But then Rohan Sir want on to explain the importance of Opensource, and how students can contribute towards it.He explained in detail the advantages of opensource for student, enterpreneur and society.
He gave the following mantra:
After the talk some students seemed to be confused with the overall philosophy of Opensource and some seemed to be convinced. He answered a few questions too I thank Rohan Sir for sparing his time from his busy schedule and enlightening the students here. His talk would go a long way in helping the students!
After the talk was over, a student asked a very interesting question - If opensource is so great, then why Bill Gates was the Richest Man for so long, and why is Microsoft such a big company?
Well!! We were completely foxed by the question! But we went on to explain that Microsoft is a very good company and has a very big range of good software products, and it will continue to have a big share in the software world.. But the ideology they follow is mainly closed source. So, as a student, you cannot possibly learn concepts of Operating systems if you use windows... But an opensolaris user can actually get inside Opensolaris and check out the code!We also explained that Opensource is a recent new concept and is fast becoming a great hit and even Microsoft has started opensourcing some of its products! So, for the future Opensource is the way to go!
This followed with a good debate and finally we were able to convince students that they will be benefiting emencly if they follow the Opensource part instead of closed source, The IDEOLOGY of Opensource finally prevailed here too!!
If you have better answers please feel free to comment!
How Internet Works!
Next we had among us Mr Arindam Paul, Sun Campus Ambassador from VNIT. He gave a talk on How internet works... He explained various concepts like routers, hubs, switches, how data is actually moved along the internet, what internet actually is. The concept of IP addresses was also introduced. The students enjoyed the session a lot. Arindam's style of presentation was highly impressive!
He went on to join us for the lunch and next session. We had a very good discussion on how we can combine to help spread opensource and java not only ion our colleges, but throughout Nagpur! I thank him for sparing his time and visiting our campus.
After lunch, we had a session on Sun SPOTs! Both me and Vasusen conducted the session. We explained the scope of sunspots and the most amazing part of it - It can be programmed using JAVA! We displayed many applications some made by the sunspot team and some developed by us! These demonstrated the features of Sun SPOT like accelerometer, temperature sensor, light sensor, switches, Over the air communication etc!
We also demonstrated the 2- player GAME that we had made and students enjoyed it a lot!
This was a unique thing that we decided to do. Here, we called up students to speak for 2 mins on how they liked OpenIT and also opensource. The best speech would get a cap!
Students gave some amazing feedbacks and we had a great time! We have recorded them and are working on making a good video out of it! Will upload it soon!
Then we gave a concluding session where we interacted with the students and asked them what they would do next. Most of them were very excited and were going to make good use of the vacation that lies ahead.. We also decided to have a weekly C assignment for students that would help them and a weekly Opensolaris meeting where students would gather and do some thing on Opensolaris!!
Overall we had a great time during the 3 days. I thank my organizing team - Sumit Mudliar, Sumit Roy and Vasusen Patil for conducting the workshop brilliantly! I also thank my HOD Mr M.B.Chandak for extending his support and providing the college facilities for the workshop and Rohan Sir and Arindam for giving great talks!