Projects like IT@School initially went for proprietary platforms. But
efforts of FSF India and other initerested people have helped to bring
in some changes. Project Akshya and IT@School is now considering Free
Software. And a lot of request for Free Software support organisations
comes in these days.
We need to make a list of organisation providing support for Free
Software in different parts of Kerala. So if you are an organisation
willing to provide professional support mainly training, installation
and maintenance of GNU/Linux systems please provide me following
2. Type of service provided
3. Manpower available
5. Districts where service can be provided.
Pls treat this as urgent and provide the information.
ENTERPRISE GNU / LINUX IMPLEMENTATION
Hotel ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton, Mumbai
June 12 & 13, 2003
Thursday, June 12, 2003
09:15: GNU/LINUX -- GENESIS & ITS PRESENT RELEVANCE
* Free Software Paradigm vs. Proprietary Software Paradigm
* Fundamental Difference:
o Is software a goods or a service?
o Copy able and non-copy able resources
* Ethics & Business Model for copy able resources
* Creativity, Hacking & Publishing
* Users' right to repair
* What is the meaning of 'free' in free software?
* The genesis of Free Software: 1984 to today
* The birth of GNU/Linux
* Why is GNU/Linux Relevant?
o Virus Free
o Open Standards
o Social Relevance
o Ethics & Economics
o Owned & Regulated by the community
* Is it legal to sell free software?
o Sell software with the source code
* Free software in India
Dr. Nagarjuna G
Director (Free Software Foundation, India), Academic Member (HBCSE)
10:00: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES
Dr. S. Ramakrishna, Senior Director, Ministry of IT
11:00: OPEN SOURCE ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE
* Current trends and landscape of non-proprietary software
* 'Open source', 'free software', 'GNU Public license' - Explained
* Industry trends in adoption of non-proprietary software in large enterprises and organization � benefits and challenges
* Role of open source / non-proprietary software, including Linux, in the enterprise architecture planning in the near and medium-term future.
* Defining Enterprise Architectures involving structured moves towards increasing use of non-proprietary software.
* Strategies for enterprise architecture planning and experiences in adopting Linux and other non-proprietary software in complex settings
* State of the industry in 'enterprise strength non-proprietary software
Dr. Gautam Shroff, Head: Enterprise Architecture, TATA Consultancy Services
12:00: ENTERPRISE STRATEGIES AND CHALLENGES FOR LINUX MIGRATION
14.00: Strategies for Deploying Linux on Enterprise Servers
Basant Kerketta, System Analyst The New India Assurance Co. Ltd.
14:45: LINUX IN AN ON-DEMAND ERA
The emerging e-business on demand marketplace is resulting in heightened need for interoperability and standardization within the IT infrastructure that supports it. Linux shines out in this regard, because of it's unique ability to run across hardware platforms, right from embedded devices to the biggest mainframes in the business, as well as its ability to support a broad range of middleware, software and enterprise applications across the board.
In this session the latest trends in Linux, as well as how it can used in various customer scenario's, to meet today's rigorous demands from cutting edge technology will be discussed
Sandeep Menon, Linux Business Manager � ASEAN/SA, IBM India Ltd.
15:45 :Linux Usage in an Online Environment
G.M. Shenoy, Sr. Vice President, NSE.IT
16.30 :Deploying GNU / Linux
Abhijit Dasgupta, VP: IT, Times of India Group
Friday, June 13, 2003
09.15: Deploying GNU / Linux in a Multi User / Multi Environment
Dr. G. Sivakumar, Head: Computer Centre, IIT, Mumbai
10.00: Deploying Financial and HR applications on Linux Platform
* The background under which we went in for the HR and Financial applications
* WHat OS oprtions were available to us
* Why we chose Linux over others
* What were the concerns
* How we addressed these concerns
* What was�our experience with Linux implementation� (what were the issues that we faced and how we resoved them)
Neeraj Bhai, CTO, IDBI Bank
11.00 State of the Dolphin
Gerardo Narvaja , MySQL AB
12:00: COST EFFECTIVE SUPER COMPUTING FOR THE
An alternative to traditional supercomputing is a method of linking multiple computers together to form a unified and very powerful system.. Beowulf clusters are specialized supercomputers that are gaining popularity in the technical and enterprise computing market because of their high performance at a relatively low cost
* Evolution of Supercomputing
* Details of Beowulf Clustering and how to select the right cluster for your application
* Designing a linux cluster
* Network Interconnects
* Storage management
* Cluster Management and Monitoring
* Scalabiltiy , Reliability and Availability.
* Area of Applications
* Case studies on price performance gain with clusters
Narayanan Subramaniam, Technical Head
Benz Infotech Consultancy Services
14:00: LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF NON-PROPRIETARY SOFTWARE
* The Alternative Intellectual Property of OSS
* The Legal innovation involved in Open Source Software
* Legal Validity of the GPL: Is the GPL legally enforceable?
* Understanding the differences between the various licensing options available within the Open Souce Movement � the Free Software v. Open Source Debate
* Survey of cases / judicial developments in the area
Lawrance Liang, Legal Researcher, ALF
14.45 Deploying GNU/LINUX in eGovernance
N. C. Nagarjuna Reddy
Officer on Special Duty
IG Registration & Stamps, Govt. Of A. P.
16:00: LINUX ON THE DESKTOP
Breach Candy hospital runs a totally integrated hospital information system that runs on a Linux platform for both backend and front-end operations. Mr. Desai would discuss the implementation strategies and how this has benefited the hospital.
Dilip Desai, Head IT, Breach Candy Hospital
16:20 GNU / Linux Deployment for the Enterprise � Indian Scenario
* Is GNU / Linux Enterprise Ready ?
* Economic viability of Linux implementation for the Enterprise.
* Factors to be considered before deploying Linux in organizations.
* Infrastructure Requirement.
* Migration Challenges - Windows to Linux
* Legal aspects of GNU / Linux Service providers.
* Long term and short-term financial viability.
* Evaluating economic viability of desktop implementation of GNU / Linux
MODERATOR: Prakash Advani, Sr. VP, Netcore Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
* Dilip Desai, Head: IT, Breach Candy Hospital
* Shashank Sathe, CIO, Repro India
Co-Sponsors: Benz Infotech Consultancy Services
Official Publications: Linux For You
More information, contact:
T: +91-22-2828 1301
F: +91-22-2828 1305
E: hashim at marcusevansin.com
Kudumbasree is organising workshop in Wayanad and would like to have some one
for introducing GNU/Linux. The workshop will be on 29th at Sultan Batheri.
Any volunteers ? expenses will be covered.
Workshops in Trivandrum and Ernakulam(thanks to Balakrishnan and Pai) went well,
so we can expect a lot more schools going for GNU/Linux. May be Kerala will
soon become state with maximum GNU/Linux literacy.
Training session for around 80 people are organised from 28th at Malappuram. This
is being done part of Akshya project.
World software major Microsoft is acquiring a more visible presence in
India in areas outside the pale of its everyday business. Six months
after Bill Gates' sanctioned a Rs. 2,000 crore investment over three
years in social and software development sectors, senior company
officials today asserted that the plans were firmly on track.
Kerala and Uttaranchal, they said, would be the first two beneficiary
States of project Shiksha — its plan to accelerate computer literacy by
inculcating IT skills to over 80,000 teachers and 35 lakh students.
Kerala for its obvious high literacy rate and Uttaranchal for the
pleasant experience of `Teach the future' programme conducted jointly
Seems that Kerala will become battleground again ;)
M$ is not going to have a very good time here.
Ghostscript 7.07 is the last Ghostscript release as Free (GPL'ed) software.
Future versions will be labeled GNU Ghostscript. They say in a story at
their site that their development process has become incompatible with the
goals of the GNU project as interpreted by Richard Stallman.
The story can be read here: http://www.ghostscript.com/article/41.html
Can someone shed light on this issue?
It's most certainly GNU/Linux, and not Linux. Read more here:
I remember sending a link to an article that talked about
social-entrepreneurship again. I subscribe to wharton's newletter called
'Knowledge'. Instead of talking pure business, Wharton gives the issue apt
Accessing the resources may require registration.
Point your browsers to: http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/052103_ss.html
----- Forwarded message from Radhakrishnan CV <cvr(a)river-valley.org> -----
> Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 00:52:08 +0530 (IST)
> From: Radhakrishnan CV <cvr(a)river-valley.org>
> Subject: [OT] Sarovar.org
> To: Nagarjuna G <nagarjun(a)hbcse.tifr.res.in>
> Can you post the following in an appropriate FSF List?
> Thanks for your assistance.
> We are happy to announce the release of Sarovar.org to the world!
> Sarovar.org is a portal for hosting FLOSS projects, similar to
> sourceforge or Savannah. As far as we are aware it is India's first
> and only site to offer such facilities. Sarovar.org has all the
> features that you will expect from such a site, including web space,
> mail lists, cvs etc.
> The root of the idea to have such a site can be traced back to the
> Indic computing meeting at Bangalore, where there was a desire to have
> some hosting space for Indic computing projects. We had some
> discussions about it back in Trivandrum and we thought we can make
> such a space for developers in India for hosting their work. The
> result is sarovar.org.
> Sarovar.org is a Compaq machine running Debian Woody and a customized
> gforge. It is hosted in Trivandrum and connected to BSNL, VSNL and
> SingTel. All the traffic from it should come without leaving
> India. We are also planning to mirror some important sites right here,
> including Linux kernel and mail lists. We are also open to other ideas
> to use this resource. Please let me know if you have any.
> Please feel free to pass this news to other lists or people who might
> also be interested in such a facility.
> With warm regards,
----- End forwarded message -----
nagarjun at hbcse tifr res in. http://www.gnowledge.org/
I support Public Library of Science http://www.plos.org/
As you may know, the Free Bangla Fonts Project had converted all the fonts from Akruthi, and had released it under the package Mukti (Freedom).
We are going to re-release the Mukti package once again under the release name Mukti Reloaded ;-), and it will contain the fonts *not* withdrawn by Cyberscape.
However, now the fonts will be going into the distros, and can someone reconfirm the name of the fonts that were withdrawn by Cyberscape.
Sayamindu Dasgupta [http://www.peacefulaction.org/sayamindu/]
Get my Public Keys at http://www.peacefulaction.org/sayamindu/keys.html
####[ GNU/Linux One Stanza Tip (LOST) ]#######################
Sub : Simple console calculator (#2) LOST #222
A command line calculator which also understands precedence:
Try :$echo "(12 + 2) / (5 + 2) ^ 2" | bc ### integer maths
Or :$echo "scale=4; (17 / 3) + 0.517" | bc ### 'real' maths
Note:'scale' is the decimal round off figure (real numbers).
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