Forwarding on Nagarjuna's behalf.
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Subject: [Positions] positions for free software developers in gnowledge lab
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:41:34 +0530
From: GN <nagarjun(a)gnowledge.org>
To: glug <linuxers(a)mm.ilug-bom.org.in>
Good for freshers with interest to become a free software developer.
CIET-NCERT and gnowledge lab
HBCSE-TIFR are collaborating in the development of a National
Repository of Open Education Resources (NROER
http://nroer.gov.in). The repository is a collaborative platform
working towards a collection of various media ICT resources in
different subjects. To support the design and development of the web
platform for NROER, CIET-NCERT invite applications for filling up the
following technical posts on purely contractual basis initially for a
period of one year and likely to be extended for a maximum period of 3
years. The Walk-in interview will be held at Homi Bhabha Centre for
Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of fundamental Research
(TIFR), (Next to Anushaktinagar Bus Terminus), V.N. Purav Marg,
Mankhurd, Mumbai- 400088, on 6th October 2017.
More details here: https://hasjob.co/gnowledge.org/4x65u
I was in hibernation for a long time.
Gearing up now to be a active lugger again.
Please have a look to the video I made like 10 years back.
I missed Karunakar. :-(
Recording of Linus Torvald's interview at the just concluded Open
Source Summit in LA Sep/2017
It's 26 mins but do take the time to watch the full video and witness
the introduction of Zach, representing the next gen open sourcers.
-- Arun Khan
Some of the members of ILUG BOM have come together with Free Software Movement
Maharashtra, Digital Freedom Foundation & Don Bosco Institute Of Technology to
celebrate Software Freedom Day 2017.
This years Focus is Free & Libre Software in Education. We have planned to
Invite Teachers and students for a seminar , which will highlight the role of
free software in education.
1. Digital classroom and Lab work — We shall discuss how teachers can make use
of digitized textbooks and computerized exercises for any subject.
2. Teaching Aids — The most complex concepts can now be demonstrated in
classroom to stimulate pupil’s imagination.
3. Programming at an early age — We discuss how children can start coding at
an early age and make their own software.
4. Why Free & Libre Software — What is free and open source software? Why is
it important in Education? Steps to encourage free software in education.
We are also trying to give (if possible) DVD live installation medias, after
Venue & Time:
Date : 16 Spetember 2017
Day : Saturday
Time : 3 PM TO 5PM
IT Lab 4, 3rd floor, A wing
Department Of Information Technology
Don Bosco Institute Of Technology, Kurla (W)
12 Minutes walk from Vidyavihar Station(W)
We request the support from all of you to make this event a success
We are happy to announce our six keynote speakers for PyCon Pune 2018
. The speakers are:
* Brett Cannon (CPython Core Dev)
* Carol Willing (CPython Core Dev, Project Jupyter)
* Nicholas Tollervey (Micro:bit, mu editor)
* Paul Hildebrandt (Senior Engineer, Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS))
* Paul Everitt (PyCharm & WebStorm Developer Advocate, JetBrains)
* Andrew Godwin (Django Core Developer, Engineer at Eventbrite)
Tomorrow the CFP  for the conference ends! So, go ahead and
submit your talk proposal. This is your chance to present in front of
a vibrant Python community.
 PyCon Pune 2018. https://pune.pycon.org
 Call for Proposals. https://pyconpune.talkfunnel.com/2018/
PyCon Pune team
Fedora Cloud Engineer
CPython Core Developer
The 4th Annual ERPNext Conference will be held in Mumbai on October 12-14.
The conference is organized by the ERPNext Foundation, a not-for-profit dedicated to promote and build ERPNext as a open source product (https://erpnext.org)
For venue and agenda. See https://erpnext.org/conf/2017
As of today, ERPNext is one of the last remaining, 100% open source ERP with a large community. ERPNext is also GST ready.
Hope to see you there!
The meeting on the 9th of September 2017 started off by 3 pm, with a small
group of regulars(Including milind and raghu) and a few students from DBIT
coming together for a round of introductions. We also got a mini intro from
our speaker for the day, Achilles. We waited a short while as the logistics
of projection and access to the relevant github accounts were being sorted,
allowing a few more participants to troop into the room. We then started on
a fascinating look into a FOSS developer's mindset, and watched how
software would evolve through the prism of the various projects that
Achilles has been involved with. We started off with Achilles professing
his deep love for python and clean code, and graduated to the importance of
simple and neat API's, where he used the versatile python Request library
as an example of how to build a powerful but still clean API interface. We
then learnt how Readme Driven Development(RDD) is one of the various
paradigms that can be used to drive development of a FOSS project, and that
it is ideally suited to managing small to mid sized projects, generally
centred around one primary author + maintainer. The session was peppered
with a lot of interesting detours into a variety of topics, ranging from a
discussion of the importance of open data sets, and the state of software
in the bioinformatics domain. The participants then got involved, with
Achilles throwing the floor open to all types of questions, especially from
the DBIT student participants. In fact, with the lively Q&A session that
followed Achilles's talk, Milind had to step in and remind both the speaker
and the audience that we had run out of time.
The action then shifted to the 2 guest foundations that were present at the
meeting. First up was the Digital Freedom Foundation(DFF), represented by
its founder, Mr Krishnakant Mane, also an ilug-bom old timer whom we were
glad welcome back after an extended break. His talk, covering a range of
topics, centred on the importance of FOSS in education, also drew a lot of
parallels with our recently concluded outreach activity at St. Mary's, and
highlighted a number of avenues where the DFF and ILUG-BOM could
collaborate in this sphere. Next, we had representatives of the Free
Software Movement of Maharashtra(FSMM) step up and take the stage, drawing
the audience's attention towards the more intangible aspects of "Freedom"
as it applies in a digital world. Using a variety of examples like
Facebook's thankfully-failed FreeBasics Initiative, they explained how the
importance of Freedom reaches far beyond just the ability to study and
modify the code of the software that we may run(or in some cases, likely
runs us). They also touched on the rather depressing statistics showing
that India's high rate of female engineering enrolment does not translate
to a corresponding rate of involvement in the IT world, with barely 30% of
the internet user-base being women. Such issues are deep, social questions
with a lot to be said on all sides, and while they aren't necessarily
technical issues, but technology and especially FOSS can play a part in
evolving solutions for them. KK from DFF then threw in an interesting
counter-example, where almost 90% of the contributors to GNUKhatha, the
financial accounting system being developed as a tally alternative, were
The meeting ended with the audience breaking up to partake in refreshments,
but the discussions did not. The tea session saw lively discussion on the
various topics raised during the meeting, and also a lot of planning on how
to take some of the ideas forward, especially with identifying avenues for
collaboration between ILUG-BOM, DFF and FSMM. We even had a interesting
side discussion on the importance of software documentation, with Achilles
advocating a moderate approach to encouraging developers to write
documentation and KK advocating that developers who didn't write docs
should get their pay docked ;-D
All in all, a most engaging meeting, full of knowledge exchange and
transfer of ideas, and loads of audience interaction. This summary, by its
very nature has to leave out a lot of what happened, but i hope that i have
touched on the most important and interesting bits of the meet. As always,
please feel free to add in any bit that i may have missed and that you feel
is important and needs to be placed in the record.
P.S. : I believe that after i left, there was another round-chair
discussion with a focus on the activities leading up to the Software
Freedom Day, and since i wasn't there, i am pasting below, verbatim,
Milind's excellent synopsis of the post-meet.
-- Milind's Post
After the meeting we had an informal discussion about how ILUG-BOM,DFF,FSMM
and DBIT can join hands and make free software movement even stronger. It
was decided to meet often as the activities was to be done on large scale
basis. The primary goal would be reaching schools and colleges of Mumbai
and migrate them to free software.
There was a discussion on preparation of lab mauals, text books and other
open resources in digital form and distributing them to schools.
Krishnakant agreed to offer help in accounts and CAD content.
Raghu informed everyone about Rushabh's proposal of organizing a workshop
for teachers on Software Freedom Day (16th Sept 2017) and take this
opportunity to inform about GNULinux and FOSS. Also make them aware about
the Migration, why it was important and how the four organizations unitedly
willing to help them as a social mission.
Everyone supported the proposal. Raghu agreed to make poster and the
content would be provided by Siddharth. A quick distribution of other work
would be done on separate group made for this workshop where the volunteers
would be added. The workshop would be from 2 pm to 5 pm in DBIT and before
that a meeting of volunteers would take place.
The discussion ended at about 7 pm.
-- End Milind's Post
Thanks and Regards
R. K. Rajeev
Ph : +91-9323802020
SFLC.in is looking for a Technologist. Please do spread the word.
We are looking for a talented and self-motivated engineers to join us as
a resident technologist and
become a defender of digital freedom. If you love technology, policy,
law and their combined
impact on society, this is a good opportunity for you to make a career
out of your passions.
• Develop applications and tools to support and enhance research and
campaign about digital
• Help our lawyers and researchers understand deeper technological
aspects of the research
that they undertake.
• Administer GNU/Linux servers and workstations. Support our staff in
using free software
tools for their work.
• Maintain liaison with free software and technology communities for
promoting SFLC.in’s work.
• Organize technology meetups and events.
• Represent SFLC.in at conferences and meetings (domestic or
international) and promote our
• Strong experience in setting up, maintaining and administering
GNU/Linux systems and
networks; Troubleshooting problems.
• Understanding of free software (FOSS): the technology, the ideology
and the community.
• Ability to read and understand code.
Nice to have
• Love for Debian GNU/Linux (or its derivatives).
• Experience in developing web applications using free (as in freedom)
• An eye for free alternatives to popular but non-free software.
• Strong understanding and practice of cryptography, anonymity and
• Experience in community building.
• Compensation will be commensurate with experience. So candidates with
any amount of
experience can apply.
How to Apply
Interested candidates are requested to forward their applications with a
cover letter and the latest
resume in a free document format (.pdf/.odt/.txt) to apply -at- sflc
-dot- in with the subject line –
“Application for Technologist“.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position of
filled. For any enquiries and
clarifications regarding this position, feel free to contact Sarath at