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Event Report: Gnunify.in, Pune, India

Gnunify.in is one of the oldest FOSS event in India, this year it was scheduled on 10th and 11th Feb 2012 .

And yes this time i attended it as speaker after failing to qualify last year. ūüôā

I spoke on Juju, Ubuntu Cloud Orchestration framework , presentation slides are available here

Few take away for me personally after attending the event :-

1. Moving out of the distro fanaticism.

2. Getting to know more about Mozilla and Wikipedia folks.

3. Socializing with Fedora folks.

4. Finally meeting Arky after 9 yrs. ūüėÄ

FOSS events are good way to meet old folks, chat/socialize and exchange ideas.

I met many old timers like mbuf, ramky, runa, karunakar, nager, shariq and greenmang0 , others apart from spending most of my time with Deependra the Eucalyptus magician.

Lastly big thanks to the volunteers and organizers, sponsors(Eucalyptus) for making this event a grand success.

Lastly thanks again to Deeprendra for getting me this shiny beer opener, i ¬†badly needed this. ūüėÄ

 

Book Release: Open Advice

To begin with, thanks to Lydia for asking for my contribution in the book and pradeepto for leading/heading/organizing conf.kde.in, i wouldn`t have got this¬†opportunity¬†without it. ūüôā

The book is available for download here

I have contributed in “Documentation and Support” section with chapter title¬†“Life-Changer Documentation for¬†Novice”

 

Richard Stallman: Free Software, Freedom and Education

As per the schedule we were at IIT, Chennai to attend talk of Richard Stallman, founder Free Software Foundation and man behind the Gnu project. The title of the presentation was “Free Software, Freedom and Education

 

 

The event had over 3000 participants mostly from various engineering colleges across the city and area nearby, apart from ilugc members and fsftn folks. People were in queue to enter inside the conference hall few hours in advance.

So this time he started with Facebook, and how dangerous it is to use/share information there and how federal agencies are using it to spy on you. Then he spoke about how new age programming has resulted into writing malicious javascript code which results in fetching many valuable data of the users. He urged not to use/post today`s conf photo there and make sure to use browser with disable javascript mode.

Then came the old propitiatory OS and the harmful effect of it and how society is getting affected from it.  He even mentioned about Android ported on/by different vendors on there hardware is not a free software. He also mentioned how close is kindle and like services. He was also very unhappy about SAS model, as your data is not secure.

After one and half hour of general philosophy about free software, proprietary, DRM he spoke about the need of Free Software in Education.

According to him if a education system is not imparting education on Free Software nothing is going in correct direction. I would agree to him on that. I just hope some day our Indian Government realizes and removes the mandatory teaching of non-free software with free software alternative. It will not only save lots of money but will also give more independence to a user to explore more.

We saw  St IGNUcius in the last part of the session. It was all about Emacs. It was different RMS which i had seen before, the lighter side of him and i liked it.

Lastly came Q/A session he answered more than 20 questions. Lastly yes i became FSF-India member finally. ūüėÄ

Oneiric release party across India

So what i did is, asked for of my friends in Mumbai, Hydrabad and Delhi share there event related photos of Oneiric release party.

That is what i will be doing¬†mentioning¬†about them. ūüôā

INMANTEC

 

 

Gaurav is assistant dean IT and a Open Source freak who is trying his best to turn his college into a FOSS friendly¬†institute. ¬† I was ¬†there at a workshop and felt great. They have nice FOSS lab in place as well with students working on Ubuntu and web technology stuff. Recently they have applied for Loco team hope it will be approved soon. ūüôā

 

 JMI-Lug

Jmi stands for Jamia milia islamia a university in Delhi. I met Sheel and the team in feb this year during workshop in there college. These guys are doing really great and am sure of getting upstream contribution from these folks.

VIT, Mumbai

Mehul my Fossy & Biker friend told me about them and i was introduced to Rigved and am happy to know about the event they had.Looking forward to meet the folks during my Mumbai trip sometime soon.

Oneiric Release Party was held in Mumbai on 19th October 2011 at Vidyalankar Institute of Technology (VIT).

The event was attended by students of VIT, an ex-student Rigved Rakshit and the Ubuntu Indian Loco contact Nitish Mistry. The event started around 1730 IST.

Rigved showed a demo of using a Ubuntu LiveCD. Then, he went on to show how to install Ubuntu in various (only-OS-on-the-system/dual-boot) configurations. Ubuntu 11.10 LiveCDs were handed out. Also, Rigved gave out two official Ubuntu 10.10 CDs and ISO images of Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop, Ubuntu 10.04 Server and K/L/Ubuntu 11.10 Desktop.

You can find complete event details here

 

 

Telegu Loco, Hydrabad

Pavi mailed in the mailing list of mukt.in announcing the event. It was very short notice and i missed it. I would have to to visit hydrabad and meet my old friends.

 

I will populate this place if i get details of other Oneiric release party around. ūüėõ

 

 

 

 

 

Software Freedom Day, Chennai, India

Its been over 8 months since i moved to Chennai, the southern part of India. Chennai has a strong free software user as well as contributor base.

I was invited as speaker at an engineering college (jaya college of engineering). I was amazed to see the enthusiasm among student s about free software. The college has students contributing to free software allready.

 

 

I interacted with a crowd of over 200 students. Most of them were freshers and knew what free software is. I am sure with the guidance of teachers/staff/faculty the college will produce more contributors to many more projects.

Apart from regular talk there were Software stalls as well where students were showing demo of popular free software like Scribus, Inkscape, Kde/Gnome, text editors like Vi/Emacs and office suites. I was happy and surprised to see school students participating in the event.

 

 

 

 

I was extremely happy to meet the HOD of college Comp Sc, Mr. Kumaran who is leading this initiative since year 2007.
I had word with them and we are also going to organize Ubuntu “Oneiric” release party next month.

Lastly i did got a shiny¬†memento¬†for my presence at the event. ūüôā

Desktop Summit: My Experience meeting Gnome/Kde folks

First of all thanks to KDE e.V for sponsoring my trip. It was great place to meet g33ks and folks i been chatting mostly via IRC.

Desktop Summit

I met many folks like Andre , Lydia and Aaron to name a few. I was happy to see participation of attendees from India most of them being GSOC students and contributors.

Vishesh and Rohan

The two freaks above they been allready doing some awesome work, vishesh with nepomuk and Rohan with bug fixes on Kde and Ubuntu.

I also met awesome team of kde-www although neverendingo was not there i had conversation with annew on the userbase related contribution.

I also got chance to meet Mr. Shuttleworth and attend his say on copyrights and stuff.

Mark Shuttleworth and Michael Meeks

 

I love KDE and Gnome both, but there are people who are very strict to there choice. I might be wrong but we need to be flexible and give/show love to both. Am happy to see KDE and Gnome folks all at same place. ūüėÄ

KDE and Gnome

I been organizer of an open source event and i need to learn the commitment part from  the organizers, hats off to them for everything.

seaLne (setting up connector in hall for hack session)

Its been one of the best experience for me, i would especially thank andre and lydia. They gave confidence to me for submitting my talk

I am happy for all those parties and beer i had during Island and beach party.

Beach Party

 

I am very grateful to work with my awesome OSS team at csscorp who helped me with all the valuable suggestion for my talk.

 

 

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