FOSS

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Mepco FOSS WorkshopYesterday ie., 30 September 2010, I conducted a workshop at Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi which was organized by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering exclusively for Faculty from various engineering colleges in and around Sivakasi. In the morning I gave a talk and hands on in Subversion Version Control System and in the afternoon I handled Python Programming which was also a hands on workshop. 

We had a total of 35 faculty members from various colleges. The session was interactive and also I was amazed to see everyone eagerly trying out  stuff which I taught.

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Last weekend ie., 25 September 2010, myself along with Mr. Joe Steeve conducted a one day workshop on Free Software Technologies at Kalasalingam University, Srivilliputhur which was organized by TIFAC-CORE in network engineering and Computer Science and Engineering Department of the University.

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OSI Days 2010 talkI was one of the speakers at OSI Days 2010. It was a 3 days event from 19th to 21st September, 2010 organized in Chennai Trade Centre and is one of the biggest open source event conducted every year in India. Though I have given many talks in many conferences, this is subtly different from whatever I ve done so far.

The audience for the event was extremely extraordinary. They know what to ask!

I participated as a panel member on 19th September, 2010 in a panel discussion on the topic "The Rapidly growing market for FOSS in India". This panel had elite people from the IT industry with whom I had a chance to network and discuss lot of things about FOSS. The panel included the following people:

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Velalar Python workshopLast weekend ie., 18 July 2010 from 09:45 to 12:45 HRS IST, I conducted "Basics of Python Programming" workshop in Velalar College of Engineering and Technology, Thindal, Erode which was organized by Free Software Foundation, TamilNadu chapter. I explained basics of python programming language and the advantages of using python over other languages, with some code demo.

We had audience from various colleges in and around Erode. The session was interactive and I enjoyed a lot with the questions from the audience.

Thanks to Ravi Jaya and others who gave me an opportunity to conduct this workshop. It was great to meet LinuXpert Systems CEO Mr. Baskar, with whom I discussed a lot about Free Software usage in education. My special thanks to the Head of IT department at Velalar College who was present throughout all the sessions and interacting with the speakers with his great questions.

Official report about the workshop in FSF-TN mailing list is here. Article in "The Hindu" is here.

For presentation slides, see attachment below.

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microblogging clients cover pageAn article titled "A Roundup on Microblogging clients", which I wrote for Linux For You magazine and got published in March 2010 issue.

A gist from the article is follows, you can download the entire article from the attachment to this post,

The latest buzz in social networking is microblogging - the next generation of blogging where people share their status, images, audio and video files with their friends without being verbose. When you microblog, you answer one simple question: “What’s happening?” Some of us are already into microblogging,
without quite realising that there is a term for the small text we enter in our IM clients and elsewhere to publish our status. And some of us are microblog addicts, already!

Many full-fledged social networking sites like Facebook, Orkut, Linkedin, etc, provide ways to microblog, though they’re all referred to by different names, such as ‘Updates’, ‘Status Update’, etc. There are also dedicated sites just for microblogging, like identi.ca, twitter.com, tumblr.com, present.ly, yammer.com and many more.

See attachment below to download the complete article in pdf.

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gnunify 2010 stylesen talkThis was my first gnuNify experience. To describe, I would say it was "simply awesome". I could meet many people in the conference and had a great time there. I attended many talks from different speakers which was really useful. Some of the people I met and shared were Adithya Mooley, Abbas Ali, Vivek Khurana, Satyakam Goswami, Rahul Sundaram, my old colleague Kushal Das, Arun K.

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Haiku lfy article cover

An article titled "An OS for Personal Computing (Haiku)", which I wrote for Linux For You magazine and got published in February 2010 issue.

A gist from the article is follows, you can download the entire article from the attachment to this post,

GNU/Linux has lots of features for the desktop and the server side. However, there are problems with Linux-based operating systems. Being a monolithic kernel, people often find the system becomes unresponsive when using a GNU/Linux system. Another major problem, especially for new users, is choosing between various distributions. They end up installing a distribution that has more apps and services than they actually need (or that their hardware can support) for their day to day use, which also serves to slow down their systems.

This article introduces you to an operating system called Haiku, which serves as a good starting point for aspiring students and those interested in hacking on operating systems.