Please sign this petition if you agree with it... it's an attempt to convince a
prominent technological university in Bangalore (VTU) to be opened to the use
of Free Software too.
Krishna Pagadala, San Jose, USA. I have benefitted highly from the Free
Software movement and the Freedoms it has provided. Specifically the Freedom to
learn from the source code has helped me in getting a high-technology job in
the US. I wish that all students enjoy the all the Software Freedoms.
Pramode C.E, IC Software: I would like to add that there are efforts under way
to develop innovative hardware experimentation platforms using GNU/Linux to
improve the quality of Physics (as well as Engineering) education; and the best
part is that it's being done in India. Please visit
http://www.nsc.res.in/~elab/phoenix/ to know more about the `Phoenix Project'
being developed by Ajith Kumar at the Nuclear Science Centre, India. The wealth
of high quality tools and the open nature of the platform is of immense value
to young engineers and scientists raring to unleash their creativity; the
lessons in freedom and sharing that students learn by using GNU/Linux will also
go a long way in shaping their character as caring and responsible human
ashidhar b desai ,6th sem E&C, B.V.Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering &
Technology Hubli,Karnataka,India ,FLOSS is an excellent alternative for the
existing commercial softwares..Academics(colleges and univ) is the best way to
promote and support "Free Software".It will be a great initiative if the univ
adopts it(it will become an example for other univ & institutes). News about
open source and gnu/linux stuff---Indian Inside . Lets get Liberated.LONG LIVE
Praveen Arimbrathodiyil (National Instititute of Technology, Calicut) Fri Mar
11 17:34:50 IST 2005 We use GNU/Linux in our main Computer center. It saves a
lot of money of the college as there is no licence fee to be paid for each
users. Since the source code of the softwares are available many computer
science students do projects based on Linux kernel and other such projects. The
possibility of use of thin-clients (which our computer center use) reduces the
cost of hardware dramatically. It has proved to be beneficial to our college
and I urge you to chose Free Software for giving a better alternative for
Debapriyo Sarkar. Final year student of BCA, Goa. As a student, I plead to
every university, to adopt, encourage and spread the use of Free/Libre Open
Source Software (FLOSS). The benefits are clearly far-more significant than
cost savings (which of course is a huge motivating factor). The quality of
software reviewed and worked on by virtually the entire developer community of
the world is definitely at least world-class if nothing else. It is possible to
save on costs with $0 priced closed source software often termed as freeware,
but the limited resources of the single developer or the couple of developers
behind the software makes future of such software bleak. Compared to that,
software released under an open source license, helps user as well as developer
involvement to happen as deeply and transparent as no other licensing model can
support. As the letter includes the following (stripped) statement "...Octave,
which is simulation software written by University professors. This usually
comes with the GNU/Linux Operating System." which clearly shows that professors
of universities elsewhere have contributed to the solution of making quality
software available to the students and colleges alike under a license that
welcomes further contributions to improve the project virtually endlessly. As a
personal experience, I often have used open source alternatives whenever
acquiring the proprietary packages meant depending on the lab assistant to
provide the CD for illegal copying or genuinely going out and shelling out all
those huge wads of cash for functionality that was already at my disposal with
added advantage of continuing development and a long-life (of the software). As
universities use and recommend use of open source software,rate of development
is bound to grow with more and more students using the same version of software
both at college and home (no limited cheap "student" edition which are "cheap"
imitations with myriad "limitations"). Also professors' contributions in the
form of bug reports, bug fixes, new functionality patches and their work in
increasing awareness about the benefits of using open source software would
help improve quality of free software to an enormous extent.
Vijay Kumar, Chennai, India. http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/schools.html
.P.Sujeevan,Project leader, S2S2, Kerala .Here at kerala at school level more
than 50 of schools are still using GNU/Linux.Also SSLC IT practical examination
has successfully done under the linux operating system.Some schools are still
using the Linux terminal server systems.Next year aggressive work is planning
to implement complete linux environment in schools.http://s2s2net.netfirms.com
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21st July is FSF Indian Foundation Day. This years we are having the
main events in Andra Pradesh. Activities for the day includes.
1. Formation of 21 GLUGs across the state.
2. Demonstration of Telungu Localised GNU/Linux in 21 villages.
Kiran Chandra and his highly active team is building a strong free
software movement in AP. All are welcome for the party...
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Ilugc] [Photos] GNU/Linux workshop, July 16, 2005, Saranathan
College of Engineering, Tiruchi
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 03:16:18 -0700 (PDT)
From: Shakthi Kannan <cyborg4k(a)yahoo.com>
I would like to thank the Tiruchirapalli MYSQL group
and CSE department faculty, students, and the
management of Saranathan College of Engineering,
Tiruchirapalli for giving me an opportunity to conduct
a one-day GNU/Linux workshop.
Thanks to Ramkumar L, S. Srinivasan, T. Shivakumar,
Arul Jeeva, and Lakshminarayanan of Tiruchirapalli
MYSQL group, http://www.harshainfotech.com/, and
Special thanks to Ramkumar L who has been working with
me in planning this event for the past two weeks.
Thanks to Prof. Venkatasubramanian, HOD, CSE
Department, Saranathan College of Engineering for
coordinating the sessions.
The workshop was announced in the newspapers, The
Indian Express and The Hindu. The photos of the
workshop (and the trip) can be viewed from here:
The MYSQL group is working on using LAMP on GNU/Linux
for the Pulivazham village cooperative society milk
center farmers. They require to keep track of
accounts, volume of milk stored in the facilities, and
general book-keeping activities.
Ramkumar L: Regarding the contacts:
1. Sarvannan (Lucas-TVS) - told me during Raman's talk
on LTSP that they supply Linux drivers for their
printers. So, Pulivazham center printers should work
2. Gaurav - from http://www.gnulinuxclub.org is
interested in php, web admin. He should start building
a database of companies working/using LAMP in India
for career opportunities. You can let him know of
harshainfotech.com and your services.
3. Sivasankar Chander - told me at MIT, "Carte
Blanche" 2005 about 'Cascade Systems & Solutions',
Plaza center near Gemini circle, about HP E-Vectra
systems that are about Rs.5000/-. He runs FC on it.
So, for low-cost solutions, you might want to check
4. Bharathi S - and other networking gurus, might
provide some contacts/tips on line-of-sight solutions
for networking all the villages together. Folks, right
now they have a dial-up offer from BSNL at Rs.25/- per
Good luck to the Tiruchirapalli MYSQL team for this
project. Hopefully next time when we visit you guyz,
we will see Pulivazham farmers using GNU/Linux for
their day-to-day activities.
Thanking you all once again,
Shakthi Kannan, MS
Software Engineer, Specsoft (Hexaware Technologies)
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Just a brief note... from ILUG-Goa.
If you wish to invite your friends over to encounter Free/Libre and Open
Source Software, this weekend's meet is as good as any you would get.
We already have a couple of issues on the agenda:
Prof Anil Seth wrote: "I have been experimenting with LTSP - adding
local applications and would be happy to discuss what I have been
Quote from Wikipedia:
Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) is an add-on package for Linux that
allows many people to simultaneously use the same computer. Applications
run on the server with a terminal known as a thin client handling input
and output. These thin clients are also known as X Terminals. Generally,
they are low-powered and lack a hard disk.
This technology is becoming popular in schools as it allows pupils
access to computers without purchasing expensive desktop machines. Some
examples of a distributions using LTSP are K12LTSP, Skolelinux and
The founder and project lead for LTSP is Jim McQuillan. Endquote.
[See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LTSP and http://www.ltsp.org ]
Vidyadhar Gadgil roped in his Vipassana friend and long-time ILUG-Goa
member Shankar of the National Institute of Oceanography to talk about
LaTex, TeX and Lyx.
LATEX is a document preparation system for the TeX typesetting
program. It offers programmable desktop publishing features and
extensive facilities for automating most aspects of typesetting and
desktop publishing, including numbering and cross-referencing, tables
and figures, page layout, bibliographies, and much more. LaTeX was
originally written in 1984 by Leslie Lamport and has become the dominant
method for using TeX —few people write in plain TeX anymore. The current
version is LaTeX2ε. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaTeX
LyX is a document processor following the "what you see is what you
mean" paradigm (WYSIWYM), as opposed to the WYSIWYG ideas used by word
processors. This means that the user only has to care about the
structure and content of the text, while the formatting is done by
LATEX, an advanced typesetting system. LyX is designed for authors who
want professional output with a minimum of effort and without becoming
specialists in typesetting. The job of typesetting is done mostly by the
computer, following a predefined set of rules called a style, and not by
the author. Specific knowledge of the LATEX document processing system
is not necessary but may improve editing with LyX significantly for
Although LyX is popular among technical authors and scientists, for its
advanced mathematical modes (e.g.), it is increasingly also been used by
social scientists and others for its excellent Bibtex integration and
document managing features. It can handle documents ranging from books,
notes, theses to articles in refereed journals. Recent versions of the
software support right-to-left languages like Hebrew and Arabic. A
separate release for Chinese, Japanese and Korean language support is
The LyX document processor is available for various operating systems
like several Unix platforms including Mac OS X, OS/2, Windows/Cygwin and
Linux. A Windows port that does not need Cygwin/X is in advanced stages.
LyX is an open source software that can be redistribute and/or modify it
under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
Free Software Foundation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyx
Do come... pass the word around. There's a lot of info-sharing which you
could gain from... FN
PS: St Xavier's College, Mapusa (Goa) launches The Xavier's Open Source
Cell on July 23, 2005 at a program from 10.30 am to 11.45 am.
LB is a completely community driven conference on Free and Open Source
Software conducted at bangalore every year. This is the fifth edition of the
event. Some of the key speakers of the event last year were Harald Welte [IP
table/netfilter core developer], Brian Behlendorf of Apache, Warner
Armesberger [guy behind lilio ] ... The dicussion about the format and other
details are already started. It is open for every one's suggestions. It is
completely community driven. The discussions are on at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/linux-bangalore-2005 and the website is
http://www.linux-bangalore.com I hope you all will actively participate in
Lets make this a grand success and claim a position for India in the world
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