It is a matter of great pride for all of us that the *National Conference On
Free Software* is being held in Bangalore on 20th and 21st of March,2010.
The conference would be hosted by the Free Software Movement-Karnataka(FSMK)
The conference aims at enhancing awareness on Free Software in the country .
As run-up to the Conference, we will be organizing Technical Workshops in
colleges, inviting other college students and professionals in Bangalore for
the same.These will be in the mode of hands-on workshops like we have been
doing in the past. We are also trying to focus on the Kannada localization,
Accessibility tools and customized distributions for students. There will
also be some interesting inputs to the Conference in terms of activities
from the Slum Computing Centers as well.
In the conference, apart from spreading the word of Free Software
- We are trying to focus on the sociology of ICT as a whole.
- Discussions on the Policy track will focus on working with the IT
ministry to try and get Free Software in school education in Karnataka
- Our community has been keenly watching version 2.4 of Draft Policy on
Open Standards, We will work with all communities including open
source in this conference for this important battle for software freedom
- Good number of talks by reputed speakers in the realm of Free Software
struggle are being organized over the two days
Shri Katta Subramania Naidu, IT minster, Karnataka will be inaugurating the
conference. Central ministers and State IT ministers, prominent literary
figures, industry professionals and students are expected to participate.
We take this as an opportunity to urge each one of you to lend your help and
support in making this National Conference on Free Software a success.
*Free Software is the future, the future is ours.*
The Free Software Cell of FISAT Engineering College
(Angamali,Cochin,Kerala), FFSC is organizing a national level FOSS
Conference "ICE-FOSS '10" on April 9th & 10th.It will be highly gracious if
you could spare us some contacts for sponsorship and guide us in finding
speakers and resource persons for the events. We will be highly elated if
you and your team "Democratic Alliance for Knowledge Freedom"could take part
in the event and attend the seminars and open discussions*.
Federal Institute of Science And Technology (FISAT) is a ISO 9001:2000
certified private self financing Engineering College in the city of Cochin,
Kerala. The College has always been a centre of excellence and believes in
not just producing graduates of technology but in producing valuable
professionals who can contribute to the community.Within a short span of 7
years the college has become one of the most sought after engineering
Fisat Free Software Cell established in 2006 under the Computer science
Department of FISAT and is one of the most active Student Cells in the
College. It stands for a person's right to use, study, copy, modify, and
redistribute computer programs. FFSC undertakes various open source related
projects and Dakshina - A high performance Cluster Computer was one such
project. We also conduct regular classes on Linux, Web Design and
development. FFSC activities also include Conducting linux install fests,
seminars and conferences.
Following are the events which we are planning to conduct:
- FOSS,GNU & Ethics
- Green IT and High Performance Computing
- GIT Version Control Systems
- Free software in education and Beyond
- Kernel Programming
- Qt Workshop (and Maemo Basics)
- Python and SciPy
- Localization and Malayalam Community
- Open Source for the differently-abled (Focusing on Visually Challenged)
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From: Holmes Wilson <info(a)fsf.org>
Date: Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 4:01 AM
Subject: [FSF] Open letter to Google: End the web's dependence on
patent-encumbered video formats and Flash
This week, Google's attempt to purchase video codec maker On2 was
approved by On2's shareholders. If Google does the right thing, this
could be wonderful news for free formats.
The FSF has just posted an open letter to Google, calling on it to
free On2's VP8 codec with an irrevocable royalty-free license, and to
promote the newly freed video codec through YouTube.
Read why it would be so amazing for free software developers, free
software users, and all users of the web if Google does the right
We feel that this is a very important message for web developers,
video creators, and tech-savvy members of the public to hear. Please
help us spread it around, particularly here:
And if you have an account on digg:
(It's important that we let people everywhere know about the
importance of free software and free formats, so please help spread
the word -- but please don't let sharing important news about free
software lead to further use of services that promote and use proprietary
Free Software Foundation
Microsoft Research India announced its involvement in the Unique
Identification of India (UIDAI) project at TechVista 2010 in
Bangalore. The project seeks to provide valid identities to India's
population of more than a billion people. "I am looking forward to
working with researchers on technologies like multilingual computing
and biometrics," says UIDAI chairperson Nandan Nilekani. Microsoft
Research India also launched a portal for the computer science
community called ResearchAndYou.com. The portal is designed to bridge
the gap between computer science researchers and the large pool of
potential research talent in India. The Web site will provide students
with an interactive forum where they can connect with researchers to
ask questions and explore research opportunities. The site also will
act as a single source of information for resources in different
disciplines. TechVista 2010 also brought together a panel of ACM A.M.
Turing award recipients, including Barbara Liskov, Tony Hoare, Butler
Lampson, and Tony Hey, to discuss the future of computing.
For long, Infosys had been a strategic partner of Microsoft. What else
can we expect from Nandan ?
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