Today I was in charge(Hall Marshal) of Ballroom hall. Today the sessions at Ballroom were focused on women in foss. There was a very interesting discussion going on and we listed plans to get more women involved in foss. There was a talk by Salamita Garcia of LinuxChix Brazil. I talked to Danes Cooper about the FOSS Community India Education project.
There was an interesting BoF Session on FOSS EDU IN and it was very interesting 11 of us turned up and discussed various issues to be addressed. Laxminarayan Kamath joined me and Barve to discuss more details of how to make it more appealing to the students.
Then we had volunteer meeting at 6.30 were we got our duties alotted. I will be at the Ballroom for the next day too. You can copy GNU/Hurd k10 cds and/or 20051117 (Nov 17) live CDs from download server or come to FSF India stall at FOSS Expo.
I cnnot update it yesterday so I will just brief yesterdays happenings.
I was there by 9am and was at the registration desk handling speaker registration with Tejas. After that I was at the Intel hall when Atul was delivering the inaugural address. Atul said that he would consider foss.in a success if atleast 10 people contribute to FOSS after this and it would be mind bogling succes if 100s of hem contribute. The brief inaguration of the conference was by lighing a lamp by blug representatives from diffrent parts of India, like Swati Sani from Nagpur, Aravind Yadav from Goa, Arjun Asthana from Delhi, Kushal Das from Durgapur and Surjo Das from he host lug,ie Bangalore Linux Users Group(blug). I listen to the keynote address from Linux kernel Maintainer Alan Cox. He explained how to get involved in FOSS development process in very simple and easy to understand words. Then we (with Kanti Jadia) set up the FSF India stall and Pramod was seting up the phoenix stall. I demoed Debian GNU/Hurd in the FSF stall. I was very happy to see some really showed interest and there were a few who tried GNU/Hurd first and one guy had it running currently. Then I listened to Pradeep talking on Plone Content management system. Then I met some of my juniors who came all the way from Calicut to attend it(there wer 5 of them). After all the talks were over Revolution OS movie was screened. With Hari I came back home with a happy heart.
I have been to PESIT today to give an introduction to the Education project taken up by FOSS Community India as part of Open Talk. I have been in touch with Anush and Tejas (both students from PESIT) for the event. Last Sunday we met at Unitea house near PESIT and discussed about it. Dinesh from servelots and Laxminarayan from deeproot where also present. I reached there just in time (4:15). The event was started by Tejas with introduction to FOSS. He started with clarifying some FUDs about FOSS (Hope he’ll put the slides online soon). I will update about the slides when it is out. He also introduced some of the commonly available FOSS tools like Firefox, Gimp, Open Office … It was a nice introduction to the world of FOSS.
Then it was Anush‘s turn to talk about the development tools available under FOSS like eclipse, python, gcc … He also talked about the advantages of doing a real life project, how your work gets recognised…
Then came Swaroop‘s ‘Slither away with python’ – an introduction to the python programming language. Every one was so amused at how easy python got theings done. He came to our campus (NIT Calicut) last year and talked about python for floss meet 2005. It was a nice trip we had to Tusharagiri last time.
Get the presentation here
He also authored a book called ‘A byte of python‘
Then it was Shreyas‘ turn to enchant the audience. Both Shreyas and Swaroop are PESIT alumni. Shreyas talked about his experience in hacking gnome. It was a very interesting talk. He wanted to demonstrate how to actually fix the bugs but since there was not net connection available he could not do it. If you have decided to hack on any Free Software and you are looking for how to start contributing contact this guy, he’ll help you through.
Then it was my turn to talk about our initiative. I’ll put up the slides online soon. It is one requirement we felt about a full set of education utilities for India. We are starting with a apt/yum/you repo and live cd first and then actually move into the development. This campaign in campuses is to get teachers and students get involved in this project. If you find this interesting join our mailing list.
Then we waited for atul to reach the place and all of us were under his charm for about one and a half hour. He talked about innovation and the need to change the software industry in India to come up with products. He has live examples to demonstrate to students – Swaroop and Shreyas also he talked about Kalyan Varma, who is also from PESIT.
I guess that summarises the event nicely.
Update: I have the slides here pdf ppt (Brinkster don’t seem to recognise sxi)
Update2: Tejas and Swaroop also blogged about it
PESIT FOSS Day
OpenTalk @ PESIT
Gopal Writes in his blog:
Dotgnu has a new task at hand and it is worth 4 lakhs to whoever would care to do it. The task is simple and straight forward, you need to write a fast i686 JIT for dotgnu. Half the task is already done in libjit – which has around 65 KLOC ofcode. All you need to do is finish the x86 engine in there, with the help me and many other dotgnu folks around the place.
For those who feel that they can help and want to, please contact me. Read the original announcement here.
Tell your friends, ask them to tell your friends. Circulate it in your LUG, circulate it in your college. Do whatever it takes, we need this JIT (and other projects like rubydium will also gain).
21, 2005 09:14 AM
We’ll be having a seminar at PESIT after successful campaign at BMS. I will be talking about FOSS in education and our project for a customised Education tools for India. More about the event at fci wiki. Atul, Shreyas, Swaroop, Anush and Tejas will also be speaking at the event. We have more such events planned so if you wanna participate in this campaign join our mailing list. I am looking forward to the event. Last time at BMS it was the audience participation, that made it hit. Some one from the first rows answering queries was cool. If you are in Bangalore try to be there.
I’m so excited to get a chance to be on air on Radio City 91 FM. I woke up at 5 today (my regular time is 9) and was ready to go to my new office (Embassi Icon in Infantry Road — Just walking distance from Ashraya hotel where blug meets regularly) by 6.15. I just checked Photo Xpress for a foss.in poster. But I didn’t want to wait till 9.30. So I was waiting for Shivaji Nagar Bus (No. 164) in the bus stop next to Forum. Laxminarayan Kamath called me and we talked about foss.in. I got my bus after some time and I was listening to Radio City. Someone SMSed to say there was an accident in Hosur Main Road near Adugodi. After sometime when I just looked out of the window I saw a car crashed on to a bus, so I sent an SMS to Radio City describing what I saw. After some time I got a call from Vasanti and told me I’m going to be put on air as Radio City Jam Buster. I was a bit tensed but it was cool. I too started the show with ‘Good Morning Vasanti’ and ‘Good Morning Bangalore’ and end with a ‘Thank you for putting me on air’ as every one does. I was in Mayo Hall junction at that time. It was around 8. Everyone in the bus was looking at me and I was very excited. I have been trying to be on air for sometime but no SMSes succeeded before. It was my first time on air and I was very happy when Laxminarayan Kamath called me again after listening to me on Radio City. But I didn’t get a chance to dedicate a song 🙁 Well I can have it next time. Darius is having something called Open House once in a week for ‘Top 8 at 8’, where in every one appering their office at Residency Road will be put on air.
So it was an awesome morning. Waking up at 5 didn’t go in vain.
Hi I have installed and configured planet ! Now I have created two planets TricalZone and NITC. It was inspired by FOSS.IN Planet. For those who don’t know what a planet is: A planet is an agregation of feeds (rss,atom..) where you get to read blogs of related people. For Example www.planet.debian.org will have blogs of all debian developers ans www.planet.maemo.org will have all Maemo developers blogs. NITC Planet contains the blogs of all related to NIT Calicut. I have set up the planets manually, now I’ve to think how to automate the process by using ‘at’ or ‘cron’ daemons.
A good step from BTU towards embracing FOSS. See http://foss.in/2005/students/vtu.php . Now students from all VTU affiliated colleges can participate in FOSS.IN without getting penalised for attendance. It is a great step. I guess we need to step up our previous VTU FLOSS Campaign.