Thursday Oct 02, 2008

Software Freedom Week'08@Amity University(23rd-25th Sep)

Software Freedom Week - A world wide
celebration of free software with a aim to educate the people about the
benefits of high quality FOSS in every field was the most important event
celebrated by all of us to make people realize the value and power of open
source, to make them aware of the existence of free softwares and their
wonderful usage. At Amity University, Noida we
celebrated this event at a very big scale targeting all the students of our
college. 




After the induction program when we all
sat down and started preparing for Software Freedom Week in our college it
seems to be a quite impossible task to do it on a good level with only 10 days
of preparation. I was'nt really sure and was very nervous to how to do this in
10 days, how to involve more and more people in this event. Then suddenly i
look back and  it comes like a real pleasure to me when i saw my one and a
half year hardwork of building a community in my college sets all the pathway
for me to go for this event in a big way. My team agreed to put their whole
efforts into this and was really very happy and exiciting. 


The event, revised in name and called as
software freedom week, was organized by the team of Amisun Club in the campus
for three days viz. 23rd , 24th , 25th of September 2008. This event featured
events of notable caliber and technical spirit. Sparked by the storming minds
of Amisun committee and fueled by Dr. Ajay Rana the event picked up fire which
spread across amity universe very fast.


We did everything from planning to designing
and implementing only in 10days to make this event successful. Our tag line was
THINK FREE… which made every thing clear about our clean intentions of not
involving any monetary funds at the time of registrations or otherwise from
sponsors as well. Every sponsor had sponsored a part of event or prizes of the
events.


Registrations were opened
a week before the event started. The link was uploaded on the official amity
technical placement site and amizone main web page for the on line
registrations. In total 1380 registrations were taken on line. A unique way of
publicizing our events was suggested by our team members and was initiated by
canvassing in every classroom by a team of 3-4 members in every department and
registrations were taken through every class representative in all the
sections. By this method we got around 1500 registrations from all the
departments. 4 days before the event help desks were put up outside every
block. We got in total 1500 registrations through help desks. Before the event we
had around 4380 registrations for 17 events. This excluded on the spot
registrations which crossed 2000.In total 6380 students attended the event. In
every member and volunteer of Amisun there was a stream of passionate hot blood
running in the veins which had the urge to made this event a success and
explore what lies beyond the limits.


Inaugural Function:-- The inaugural program of the Software Freedom Week
was held at 9.30 am in the morning at C Block Auditorium. The auditorium was
full of students waiting to get their queries answered. The occasion was graced
by the presence of the following eminent guests and delegated from IT firms of
global repute:
Mr. Gurusaran Singh, Associate
Director, Tech Mahindra
Col. Rahul Dev, Accounts
Director, Computer Associates (CA)

Mr. R.K.Chauhan, DGM-IT, NTPC
Mr. Sandeep Chauhan, Steria
Mr. Panchaleswar Nayak, Sun Microsystems

Dr. Balwinder Shukla, Pro Vice Chancellor, Amity University

Dr. Ajay Rana, Director, Amity Universe



Along with the above
mentioned, there were Faculty Placement Coordinators from various departments
all over Amity University. The program begun with a
welcome address to the guests of the day and an introduction to the Software Freedom
Day (SFD). It was followed by lamp lightening by the delegates, which signifi­es
the illumination of minds by knowledge. Bouquets and momentos were then
presented to the guests. After that all the delegates showed some light on FOSS
and enlighten the audience with their wonderful experiences.


Debugging Contest:-- On
this elite occasion there was a Debugging Contest for programming lovers on
23rd and 24th of September. It was a great opportunity for all programmers who
love to go through the pain of struggling through the dense forest of grey
cells in their mind and then reach to the final code. There were in all three
levels for the contest which required a lot of efforts from a participant from
theoretical basic concepts to practical programming knowledge.




Install
Fest of FOSS:--
The Install fest was one of the exciting events in which the
crowd showed great interest and enthusiasm.The participants were asked to bring
their laptops with them. We were already having 100 CDs with us containing all
the Free softwares of the Open CD and some more free softwares like virtual box
added by us. We started with a brief explanation of all the softwares in the
CD. The participants were really shocked to see that these kinds of softwares
exist for free also to use freely without having a constraint of trial
version.They really liked thunderbird a lot. After having an Interactive
discussion on Free softwares and installing some of them we moved to
installation of open solaris on their laptops.




5
Workshops in the entire event:--
There were total five workshops in the entire
event. The workshops were given by experienced engineers of Sun Microsystems
Mr. Panchaleshwar Nayak and Mr. Sudeep Mathur , Angad Singh- Sun Campus
Ambassador Tech Lead, Hemlata Jindal- Core Committee Member Amisun and one by
me. The workshops given by Panchaleshwar and Sudeep sir was intended to clear
the basic doubts about open source, advantages to an end user, how to
contribute, why to contribute. The presentation by Angad , hemlata and me was
intended to go into some details of the technology, showing some demos,
explaining the features and usage of technologies like Netbeans, Sun Spots,
Solaris operating system. In all, the workshops were highly appreciated and
enjoyed by all students.




Debate
Competition:--
The first literary event that was conducted as a part of
Software Freedom Week was Debate Competition Many participants were
enthusiastic about this event as for the first time in the university an
technical debate in a fest was being conducted. The event was conducted for 2
and a half hour duration It was a great pleasure for the audience present in
the event as they were benefited with this debate. Things were more
comprehensible when a questionnaire was conducted at the end of the event which
lasted for half an hour. It was very difficult for the judges to announce for
the winner as every candidate had presented himself in a perceptible manner.




Face Painting:-- One of the most innovative events in the series of all events based
on open source. Registrations were open for all and free of cost. All the
contestants were supposed to paint on faces of their team mates. The theme of
the face painting was open source softwares. Main purpose behind such an
activity is to explore beyond the limits. Teams registered in the team of 2.
This particular event attracted all the budding artists to show their best as
well as a great number of spectators. The participants showed great enthusiasm
towards the new horizon and proved to be silver line in the dark sky of
software illiteracy.




After
this event everyone had a different concept of SFD in all. It was no more just
technical it was also creative and full of fun. Time limit given to each team
was 30 min. After proper judgments, winners were declared according to the
relevance of painting with the given theme


Logo
Designing:--
A technical adventure with a ride through creativity of student’s
minds. The theme of this event was software freedom and open source. Response
was good. The logos were strictly complied with the given theme and time limit
of 45min for each team was given. The main crowd in this event was those
talented students who had a lot of creative junk in their mind to add more
glitter to the sparkling software freedom day.




KBC Contest:-- On the
second day of Software Freedom Day celebration
an event called “KBC Contest” was
organized with an objective of the contest was to look for the most intellect
student, who is a Computer Geek and has the knowledge of Open Source. “KBC Contest” was the most exciting
event in which 800 students were present and participated with full zeal and
interest. It was a very fair game since our huge volunteer team was maintaining
discipline and order. Our contest host was brilliant on her part and kept the entire
show lively and humorous. There were in all four rounds in the contest.


Pictionary:-- Focusing on
the theme of open source, it was one of the fun events included in our 3-day
celebrations of software freedom week. The splendid event was held on 24th and
25th September from 2pm onwards. A team of maximum 3 members was allowed. There
was a very big response from our technical as well as non-technical crowd since
it was a game which had no pre requisites, no technical knowledge, and no fees
at all. The registrations were free of cost. Over 500 people were present on
both the days to participate. Game was divided into 3 levels, the first two
being the elimination rounds.




Lan Gaming:-- Computer
Gaming as of now has its dimensions extended towards reality and it forms a
major part of software section that attracts present youth. We at Amity
university conducted a LAN gaming event which was
heartily welcomed and enjoyed
by the students. The event was conducted on 24th and 25th of September. The
gaming event featured 5 games, namely- Counter Strike, FIFA 2008, Need for
Speed Most Wanted, Unreal Tournament and Age of Empires. Some Open Source Games
like Plane shift and Eternal Lands were also played by
the participants and were really appreciated.



Article
Writing:-
A fantabulous break for the writers was given through our channels
via ocean of open source.
Article
writing was the first ever techno-literary event held in our campus. Theme of
this event was Open Source. The word limit was 1000 words and the main
criterion for selection was that it should not be cut, copy and paste from net.
It was not held on-the-spot rather the contestants were given ample time to
think about the mind-boggling theme. Online registrations and registrations at
help desks were accepted. The submission of articles were taken by 25th
September 2008 by our volunteers from different help desks. We received a great
response. This provided the biggest platform ever for those who hid in the
corners of the class scribbling words at the last page of their diaries to show
their talent on the final draft.


Treasure
Hunt:--
A 2 level gaming and mind ravishing extravaganza was held on 25th
September starting from 10 am onwards. The total registrations were so many
that we had to put a condition of first cum first serve. So the first 50 teams
were selected. Registrations were free of cost as per our software freedom week
tag line-Think Free! The theme of this event was pirates and Open source. Team
of maximum 4 members was allowed. In this wonderful game, team players had to
find hidden articles, locations or places by using a series of clues. The
contestants were given the first clue, the solving of which would lead to
the location of the second clue and so on until a trinket or other significant object
was found by solving the final clue. The clues were related to open source
questions and mathematical puzzles. There were in total 2 rounds.



Expressions(Talent Hunt
&& Rock Show):--
Shaking the ground with the beats of freedom was the
aim The theme was open. It was a relaxation and fun event for all the
participants and the volunteers of our software freedom week2 participants
composed a song on Software Freedom and one of them sung it in the presence of
the whole gathering. This event helped our participants and volunteers to
reboot their minds and get refueled for the upcoming events. The rock show was
held while the results got compiled. Corrosion band performed 4 songs from a
movie ROCK ON which taught everyone to live their
dreams. At the end 4 winners were declared. The song composed on open source technologies was very much enjoyed by the audience, Its really very interesting listen it fully . You can download and listen it at :-

http://www.zshare.net/audio/198409378ac20f46/


In all, the event was a
great learning experience for all, It was full of fun and excitement. I am very
much thankful to my college management that helped us out in every possible
manner and let this event happen on such a short notice. I would like to thanks Sun Microsystems for their support and help and all out sponsors.The success of this
event id the result of hard work of Core Committee Amisun and 138
volunteers.
A pic of our team at the end of event on 25th September. 











Saturday Jun 28, 2008

INSTALLING APPLICATIONS ON SOLARIS

The major issue comes in any operating system is with installing applications. When ever we start working with any operating system we would like to install different applications on our system. In solaris the application installation is different. Every application comes in form of a package which contains all the necessary installation files, and directories.


For solaris there are online repositories which contains packages providing their installation to the user like blastwave.org or sunfreeware.com. Installing any application and running it is very easy, just a few commands are required to understand.Let say i have to install a gcc package on my system


(1) Go to any online repository, lets say www.blastwave.org


(2) The primary requirement to get a package from here is to install a package pkg-get firs. After installing this package you can install any application with one command.


(3) For installing pkg-get, go to the terminal and type


        # pkgadd -d http://www.blastwave.org/pkg_get.pkg


With this command the package pkg-get will get installed. The package will get installed in the directory /opt/csw/bin


(4) For using the command pkg-get either you have to set your path to /opt/csw/bin or you can give the full path at the terminal


(5) Now for installing gcc, you just need to give one command


# /opt/csw/bin/pkg-get -i gcc


(please check the name of the package from the blastwave packages list, the name should be written correctly)


Any application can be installed on the system by using pkg-get command. If you have installed any application like mplayer and wants to run it, you just need to do one more step


# cd /opt/csw/bin          ( This should be the path where you applications gets installed)


# ./mplayer


This is just a simple way for installing applications on the solaris system. You just need to know 2-3 commands and you can install any application on your system. 







SOUND ON SOLARIS

Getting sound on your system is one of the primary needs of a user after installing an operating system. For Unix systems, the sound drivers are provided by open sound system. In Unix systems everything comes in form of Packages containing installations files, directories and dependencies.If you want sound on your solaris system you just need to follow the following basic steps:-


(1) Open the browser and go to the url www.opensound.com


(2) Click on the download tab on the left hand side of the page. It is the second tab from top.


(3) Click on open sound system in the given images.


(4) Now it will ask you to select the operating system for which you wnat to download the package. Select the correct version and the correct processor. If you are using SXDE, you can choose Solaris10/11


(5) Now it will take you to the download page. Click on the link given to installed the required package.


(6) Open the terminal and went to the location using cd where you had saved the package.


(7) #pkgadd -d <name_of_package>


Now you can enjoy sound on your solaris operating system.



AMISUN- THE AMITY SUN CLUB




AMISUN - The Amity Sun Technology Club . The Sun Technology Club at Amity was formed in collaboration with Sun Microsystems in the year 2007 and is on its way to be a center of excellence for advanced technolgies under the Sun Academic Initiative.


 This club missionaised to enhance the already present Java culture and introduce the academia to the open source technologies such as Solaris, Glassfish, Sparc and Portal. This club intends to spark knowledge in you all and to get the answers to queries. 


Sun Club is a complete  faculties and student's community that aims at imparting the latest developments at Sun Microsystems and teaching students about JAVA , J2me ,Solaris etc. ,which are counted among the most powerful technologies these days.

Sun Club will promote various projects in which students are intrested and will always be ready for welcoming new ideas and projects from the student's ends and then promoting them.

As a part of the club, regular activities are organised such as Seminars ,Workshops ,Learning sessions, Programming Contests and lots of intresting events.

So, Everyone who has a zeal of learning the new technologies of today's time is welcome here.


Success comes before you reach goal, for it is as simple as taking a step in the right Direction..


IT'S YOUR TIME NOW, TO TAKE A STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION


amity site existence:- www.amity.edu/placement/sun.html


google group existence:- http://groups.google.com/group/amisun


orkut existence:- http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=39780022



Neha Goel


Sun Campus Ambassador - Amity University


goel.neha@sun.com


blogs.sun.com/nehagoel



FIREFOX 2 AND FIREFOX 3

Firefox 3 is the latest release by Mozilla. More than 20 millions of people had downloaded it yet. It is the best browser which any one can have for its system . It has lot of advantages over the previous versions of firefox like



  • Insanely Improved performance

  • Smart location Bar learns how you browse

  • Places Organizer replaces the Bookmark Manager

  • Streamlined "Remember Password" handling

  • Smart bookmarks

  • Native looks for every system

  • Improved download manager

  • Stronger phishing and malware protection

  • More intuitive interface overall

  • Souped up Add-ons Manager


There can not be any other word for a secure browser other than the Firefox 3, but still there are few things which it don’t have especially the support for different applications which a user runs on his system. The real player one minute downloader is not supported by Firefox 3. The smarty browser irritates you when you want to to go on a new location on a site, and it gives you all the old results.


It is for sure that with in some time the firefox 3 will be the best browser with full support and stability. But still till at that time some wants to shifts back to firefox 2 and some wants to enjoy Firefox 3.


Download Firefox 2, click here


Download Fireox 3, click here


 

Friday Jun 27, 2008

SUN MICROSYSTEMS AND AMITY UNIVERSITY JOIN HANDS TO IMPART HIGH QUALITY TECHNICAL EDUCATION


Here's a great news for all of us. Sun again has taken a great initiative for imparting technical education among students. Sun has been always taken part actively in all the ways to make students aware of the technologies and to learn them. This time Sun has Join hands with Amity University, the largest and one of the leading private university in India.


Sun Microsystems has entered into a partnership with Amity University to renowned curriculum to provide students access to Sun technologies. The partnership with Amity to leverage upon the company's long-standing proven expertise on Java and Solaris technologies as well as update their existing curriculum using it's extensive resource library.


As part of this partnership, the company will set up an Authorized Sun Education Center(ASEC) at the Amity University campus in Noida. This ASEC will offer training and certification to students across the university. A faculty development program will be conducted on a continuing basis to empower the university faculty. Further, Sun Learning Services Official Course material will form part of the recognized and recommended textbooks for all Computer Science and IT courses at the university.


This is a great initiative taken by Sun and Amity to impart high quality education among students. This collaboration will allow a numerous amount of students to access sun technologies. The initiative is part of Sun's endeavour to provide the educational institutions in the country the tools and resources they need to keep pace with technology and differentiate their academic programs by offering education in innovative technologies.


The partnership with Sun will facilitate Amity University to-



  • Impart High quality education on Java and Solaris technologies

  • Access to world-wide curriculum on Sun's technologies

  • Learning path that is developed with industry-recognized certification

  • Curriculum that reflects the needs of the industry

  • Train-the-trainer programs for the faculty will help ensure that Amity's faculty are trained on the latest technology.

  • Enhanced visibility for the university on a global scale and enhanced placement and job opportunities

  • Skilled and trained students 

  • Opportunity to leverage on Sun's relationship with partners

  • Access to Sun's certification solutions



“As the largest private university in India, the Amity University plays
a pivotal role in the national economic development. Our association
with industry leaders over the years has helped us to provide
state-of-the-art curriculum to the students to help them master new
skills and develop themselves as per the needs of the industry. Sun
training programs and certifications provide IT professionals with
industry-recognized credentials that demonstrate competency through the
assessment and validation of skill sets for specific job roles. This in
turn enables job placement and career advancement in the highly
competitive technology marketplace. Our collaborative relationship with
Sun will help us to offer learning from the source to students,
supported by globally recognized and certified learning paths. A

well-planned and executed partnership with the company will help
support our plans in all spheres, technologically and academically,”
said Dr. Ajay Rana, Director, Amity Technical Placement Centre.


As a Sun Campus Ambassador of Amity University, I would like to congratulate all the authorities whose great efforts are the only cause for such a wonderful and beneficial collaboration. Hoping for great future with this collaboration.




Wednesday Jun 25, 2008

HOW TO USE SECONDLIFE IN SOLARIS

As you all know Second Life is the most upcoming thing in present scenario. It is a virtual 3-D world created by its residents. From the time it was invented, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by millions of residents. And you know what is great about it that its membership is totally free means that you can have a virtual world of entertainment, intelligence, experiences and opportunity. Just look at the way it is benefiting its users. All benefits at no cost. Its cool na. To know more about second life, visit http://secondlife.com/


(1) To be a part of Second life you have to first go for its membership, where first you need to select your second life community, https://secure-web4.secondlife.com/join/


(2) After that you need to enter your second life name. Be careful while selecting as it can't be changed afterwards, then you have to give your birth date and then your e-mail address.


(3) After that you have to download the software for second life and install it on your system. Depending upon your operating system there are downloads given like for Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac systems, linux. http://www.secondlife.com/community/downloads.php


(4) The software of secondlife for solaris is not given there. You can get it from here, http://www.zshare.net/download/141741526b8ae3f7/ (this package works fine with x86 systems, no idea of sparc with this package)


(5) Download the package and save it to any location you want to.


(6) For all the operating systems other than solaris the way to install is given on secondlife page. For solaris,


         (a) open the terminal


         (b) go to the location where you had saved the tar ball 


         (c) bash-3.00# gunzip s.pkg.tar.gz


         (d) bash-3.00# tar -xvf s.pkg.tar


         (c) bash-3.00# pkgadd -d s.pkg                                    


         (d) check the installation directory.In most of the cases it is opt.


         (e) bash-3.00# cd /opt/secondlife/bin


         (f) bash-3.00# ./secondlife wait for some time.it will take time to load


(7) A welcome screen will appear now, where you have to enter your second life name and then the password. For getting your password you have to check your mail ID. Your second life name and password will be there only.


(8) After that you have to accept terms and conditions and now you can enjoy the second life......

Thursday Nov 01, 2007

WHAT IS OPEN SOURCE


Hey,

WANT TO WORK ON YOUR SYSTEM WITH YOUR REQUIREMENTS FULFILLED. WHY TO DEPEND ON ENGINEERS TO MODIFY THE SOFTWARES ACCORDING TO YOUR NEEDS. THE NEEDS ARE ENDLESS. SO MOVE TO OPEN SOURCE, MODIFY THE CODE YOURSELF AND DO EVERYTHING WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.

Most of us have confusion about what is open source? when we all heared about it first time, we all think like why should i go for learning or participating open source technologies. what are these?

There are two types of software products which we all used: one is the open source softwares and other are the proprietary software produts.

PROPRIETARY SOFTWARES:

These are the softwares which are presently used by all of us like Microsoft Windows, RealPlayer, iTunes, Adobe Photoshop, WinZip and some versions of UNIX.

These are known as non-free software or closed-source software

Software with restrictions on using, copying and modifying as enforced by the proprietor

These restrictions are sought by either legal or technical means and sometimes both. Technical means include releasing machine-readable binaries to users and withholding the human-readable source code. Legal means can involve software licensing, copyright, and patent law

These does'nt provide their source code to the user.

They can refer to a software utility that solves a general problem but was developed as part of a non-free application. This utility is thus not available as a separate unit nor is it free
we need to purchase the whole package to use it

OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARES:

In general, open source refers to any program whose source code is made available for use or modification as users or other developers see fit.

Open source software is usually developed as a public collaboration and made freely available.

This is a less-confusing name for what is also called 'Free Software'. It describes the development method used for many pieces of software, including the Linux kernel, where the source is freely available for anyone to work on, or modify, or learn from, or use in other projects.

When the source code of a computer program is made available free of charge to the general public, it's known as open source. The basis of open source software is to produce more useful and bug-free products for everyone to use.

Open source licenses include the GNU General Public License. Popular open-source software includes: Apache, PHP, Mozilla Firebird and the Linux kernel.

Software that has the source code used to build it available for everyone to view, enabling other people to modify the code if necessary.

Anyone can use and alter the software code to their requirements under a general public licence without a fee. ...

Because anyone can modify the source code, bug fixes, improvements or implementation of new specific features occur rapidly.

Making the raw, non-compiled code behind a program available to the public for other programers to analyze, modify, and improve.

Freely distributable and modifiable software to which the source code (or uncompiled software) is available.

HEY SO WHAT ARE YOU THINKING, WANTS TO WORK ACCORDING TO YOUR WISHES, THEN START LEARNING AND PARTICIPATING

AND HERE'S A CHANCE FOR YOU TO LEARN AND TO PARTICIPATE

CODE FOR FREEDOM -- A CONTEST CONDUCTED BY SUN MICROSYSTEMS
( FREE MENTORING FROM SUN MICROSYSTEMS TO EVERY CONTESTANT)

DON'T MISS IT...

GO FOR IT.... AND THEN WATCH YOURSELF WHERE U REACH....

FOR MORE DETAILS, VISIT http://in.sun.com/communitie/univ/codeforfreedom/

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