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Please forward this release to any educational lists you're on that
have a computer focus, and any computer lists you're on that have an
educational focus. And anyone who wants a learning holiday in sunny
Perth, Western Australia during the Northern Hemisphere's winter. (-:
educationaLinux 2003, the Education mini-conference attached to the
Australian Linux Conference 2003, is now seeking papers and presenters
for two days of intense learning and networking in the leadup to the
LCA2003 promises to be a doorbuster conference, a hard act to follow
(which is why we're running before it) and we've obtained permission
to piggyback an Education mini-conference on it - in parallel with a
Debian mini-conference - in the two days leading up to it.
Rolling through into the main conference gives educators involved with
Linux that little bit of extra time with an educational focus, an
extra reason for attending LCA2003. An educational prefix to the main
conference turns up fresh material to hammer out in the workshops.
Even before this CFP went out, we've had some interesting papers waved
at us. The presentations will include reports from Australian
implementors fresh from a new rollout in the field.
We're looking to cover two main areas: Linux as seen from an
educational perspective (Monday 27 January), and education as seen
from a Linux perspective (Tuesday 28 January), with some overlap.
The former means presentations on opportunities, problems and
experiences with Linux from the educator's seat, be it school IT
staff, teachers or consultants. We're looking for educational
applications for Linux and what needs to be done to make them better,
features to build on and misfeatures to repair, both theory and testimony.
The latter means presentations on setting up and altering Linux to
meet the special needs of academia, such as the ability to migrate
user contexts between grades, ways of tuning for or dissipating load
spikes from start-of-lesson stampedes, plans and experience with
various network arrangements, adaptations for special-needs input
devices, unobtrusive security hardening; go wild with your special
project or experience!
The LCA2003 conference is being competently kitted out for an
optimised, immersive networking experience; just the right balance
between the convenience of everything-laid-on and the interest and
satisfaction of roll-your-own. By penguinistas, for penguinistas.
The University of Western Australia is about the closest thing Oz has
to real historical buildings; these ancient, hallowed halls are
equipped with wireless LAN, wired sound and other modern facilities to
make your visit a highly productive one. Accomodation is close to
hand, the city centre only a few kilometers further away and `geek'
attractions like the UCC, home of one of the first Coke machines on
the Internet and many other digital treasures,
are right on campus.
Perth itself has a wonderfully mild climate, is big enough to offer
practically any facility, and small enough to still be friendly.
Western Australia is packed with interesting things to see (from
unique natural grandeur through impressive industry to world-class
fishing and world-famous wineries) so an extended holiday stay is a
The main Conference ends on Australia Day. On the Sunday night you'll
get to see some of the biggest, most impressive fireworks ever to be
launched in Australia.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW
1. Register for LCA2003, even if you have no paper to present.
2. Notify educationaLinux that you're planning to attend.
3. If you have a paper, submit a precis and a brief bio to
4. Arrange your schedule and finances so you can roll up on the day.
http://plug.linux.org.au/~leonb/lca2003/ educationaLinux home
http://linux.conf.au/ LCA2003 entry
http://members.xoom.virgilio.it/mmmgroup/e-gall.html The Spanish
>The works for starting flag(FsF Local Activists Group)s are on
>way. I mailed rms & as he advised we met Arun. The activities
>currently going on by planning how the groups should be
The need for GNU user groups/Free Software user groups is true.
People need local group to discuss and implement free software.
I am facing similar problems here in NAGPUR(Maharashtra) also.
> The current plans are
>*Arranging awareness classes of FsF both ethical & technical
>*Arrange the local activists meetings monthly
>*Promote the FsF distributions
>*Sale & support of FsF softwares & Documentations
>*Find out and use the developers for developing Free Software
>*Each flag is planned in such a way that they support Other
>Softwares (including other OS's)as well as the GNU/Linux
>*Each meeting will be having the discussions about the current
>activities in Freedom world & technical world of FsF
>*Cooperate with the lugs for promoting the GNU/Linux environment
>support them to think about the freedom
>*Seminars on any of the papers either in the ethical (better)
>*** MOST importantly maintain a Free Software journel containg
>articles of budding FsF'ians and FsF 'Gurus' from allover the
>The journel may be an Online One for atleast a few issues & by
>analysing the stuff we can plan for a printed one
>We have started the primary activities at alappuzha district of
>Kerala. We are on the way to find out more members from
>& now it's a 58 member group untill today. The activities are
>based around a GNU software training computer institute (JRS
>Academy*) and with the help of students from Cochin University
>College of Engineering Kuttanad. (Hope similar groups start all
>over the country.)
It is true that local Colleges and Institutions can be the hub for
>Now we need the support of all the Free Software Community to
>up official rules for all the flags* & further advices &
The flags can be organized under the FSF-India banner and to me it
seems the best.
Rules /Guidelines need to be formulated so that proper
communication can be established.The laws of the land also need to
be seen so as to get Tax Free donations and other benefits for
FSF-India and the FLAG's
or FLUG's (Free Software User Groups)
> The better thing will be deciding the formalization only
>an active chat in the mailing list.
I would suggest a mailing list of fsf-india itself to cater to the
This is emphasized since mailing lists at present tend to be a
better methed due to bandwidth and other limitations in online
Articles can and should be posted to the forum so as to make the
available at all times and an easy to read format.
>***The articles are invited from all over the country & 'll be
>better if in TeX format. Send them to
>We people are having a daily meeting now & are planning to
>the official functioning after the Pooja* (14th & 15th)days.
> Hope we'll be forming an idea before that
This msg is from Asterix Baron <b2ornot2b(a)yahoo.com> in Goa. -FN
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heres a set of scripts that act as a front end to wvdial ...
it gives u a bar of traffic on ppp interface
ideal for the 'console happy' ;)
if u have any probs with these hack them to suit ur taste
p.s. Does anyone have any interesting scripts to share ???
p.s. Is anyone interested in forming an (e)group ...
BCLU - Brotherhood of Command Line Users ???
to share the power of the command line
I am currently trying to locate more information on the role that
GNU/Linux is playing in Asia, and would be grateful if you could offer me
some clues on where to look.
In particular, would be grateful for (i) URLs of any useful GNU/Linux
websites in Asia (ii) email addresses of key persons play a role in the
Free/Libre Software and Open Source domain in countries of this region
(iii) mailing lists that are active and innovative in this field (iv) any
useful contributions to GNU/Linux coming out of Asia.
Thanks so much for your help,
PS: Please visit my recently updated site at http://linuxinindia.pitas.com
Frederick Noronha * Freelance Journalist * Goa * India 832.409490 / 409783
BYTESFORALL www.bytesforall.org * GNU-LINUX http://linuxinindia.pitas.com
Email fred(a)bytesforall.org * Mobile +9822 122436 (Goa) * Saligao Goa India
Writing with a difference... on what makes *the* difference
The works for starting flag(FsF Local Activists Group)s are on the
way. I mailed rms & as he advised we met Arun. The activities are
currently going on by planning how the groups should be working.
The current plans are
*Arranging awareness classes of FsF both ethical & technical
*Arrange the local activists meetings monthly
*Promote the FsF distributions
*Sale & support of FsF softwares & Documentations
*Find out and use the developers for developing Free Software
*Each flag is planned in such a way that they support Other Free
Softwares (including other OS's)as well as the GNU/Linux
*Each meeting will be having the discussions about the current
activities in Freedom world & technical world of FsF
*Cooperate with the lugs for promoting the GNU/Linux environment &
support them to think about the freedom
*Seminars on any of the papers either in the ethical (better) or
*** MOST importantly maintain a Free Software journel containg the
articles of budding FsF'ians and FsF 'Gurus' from allover the
The journel may be an Online One for atleast a few issues & by
analysing the stuff we can plan for a printed one
We have started the primary activities at alappuzha district of
Kerala. We are on the way to find out more members from alappuzha
& now it's a 58 member group untill today. The activities are
based around a GNU software training computer institute (JRS
Academy*) and with the help of students from Cochin University
College of Engineering Kuttanad. (Hope similar groups start all
over the country.)
Now we need the support of all the Free Software Community to make
up official rules for all the flags* & further advices &
The better thing will be deciding the formalization only after
an active chat in the mailing list.
***The articles are invited from all over the country & 'll be
better if in TeX format. Send them to
We people are having a daily meeting now & are planning to start
the official functioning after the Pooja* (14th & 15th)days.
Hope we'll be forming an idea before that
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pandarinathan raman wrote:
> It is highly irregular to pass comment about officials
> without knowing full context. It could have been
> rejected probably some existing applications have to
> be ported.
What is the present level of computerization in the govt. offices.
Does it go anything beyond MSOffice.
If a panchayat is capable of handling its requirements using GNU/Linux,
preventing it by an order from Trivandrum is sheer misuse of power.
Once I had the following experience. We we met the mayor of a corporation
, that was computerizing some records, to talk about Free Software and he
directed us to the officer handling it. When we pointed out about the
cost savings the curt response
from the officer was "we have enough funds from the government".
This is the prevailing mentality. If money is there, just spend it. If
under you come up with something better , reject it without assigning any
If linux is rejected due to the lack of some application, he should have
point out that reason. Sending an order "strictly objecting to installing
not a sensible thing to do. Such reply comes from the attitude " I do not
explain any reason since I have power"
I am also a govt. employee and working in a place where more that 100
running GNU/Linux for word processing, communication, databases,
scientific computing and
control applications. Fortunately it not under an official who rejects
something without reason.
> We can progress by our actions and not by accusing
> others or by emotional outbursts. For real success in
> govt sector you should show some successful sites in
> India entirely running on FS, which I think are
> reallly rare.
The decision makers in the govt. also should keep their eyes open.
They should interact with academics in places like engg. colleges and IITs.
At least they should see what is happening around the world.
If they do not do any of these, at least they should not issue orders
to something without assigning any reason" . A nations fate cannot be
decided by the
information provided by sales representatives.
If somebody does that, one can always suspect the motive.
On one hand the Government says that it has decentralised and transferred
most of the powers to local bodies, and here it appears to be strengthening
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Date: 3 Oct 2002 17:28:43 -0000
From: "ramanunni s sivasankaran" <hitharamanunni(a)rediffmail.com>
I invite your kind attention to the resolution adopted by the
Pattanchery Grama Panchayat about the installation of Linux in
the computer during the month of January this year. In this
regard we had sent a letter to the secretary to the government for
the approval of Linux installation in the computers.
The additional secretary for secretary department of local
administration in his letter ltr.no 31914/02 dla dt.25.9.02 to the
secretary pattanchery grama Panchayat has strictly objected the
installation of Linux as operating system in the computer when it
is being installed in the Panchayat instead of windows.
The secretary pattanchery grama Panchayat called on me over the
phone yesterday and informed this fact to me. This is for your
Nothing more at present.