Monday Jun 23, 2008

OpenSolaris workshop at NIT Warangal

National Institute of Technology, Warangal conducted a workshop for professors on OpenSolaris as a part of the Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP), of Government of India. The workshop was being conducted by Dr. T. Ramesh, Professor and Mr. S. Ravichandra, Senior Lecturer.

National Institute of Technology, Warangal

Inauguration of the workshop by Raju

Raju Macharla, Director Sun Microsystems was the chief guest for this event. He gave a talk on OpenSource technologies and how the faculty could use the freely available resources and make education more better. He also spoke about Sun's OpenSource strategy. 

Participants

This workshop trained 30 faculty members of Operating Systems with OpenSolaris as the OS. The faculty was given a hands on approach to Operating Systems programming and internals.

Open Source Lab in NIT Warangal

Hands on Lab Session

I gave a talk on Introduction to OpenSolaris and how the faculty could make their course more interesting by making the students see the actual Operating System and working on the operating system. I had another hands on lab session where I showed them how to install OpenSolaris. Most of them were doing it for the first time and I was bombarded with a barrage of questions for an hour. Questions were like

- What happens to my old OS

- Which OS should I install first - Windows or OpenSolaris , Linux or OpenSolaris

- Is there a corresponding software on OpenSolaris for ...

- How safe is OpenSolaris

- Do I need a AntiVirus (I literally laughed)

- How do I write programs, where do I get compilers from 

It was fun answering the questions and I felt nice that atleast 30 people will be equipped to make the Operating Systems course more interesting to their students. 

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