Software Freedom Day 2014

Software Freedom Day is an World-wide event where Free Software activists / enthusiasts all over the world will spread the word on Free Software to the Public by hosting public stalls and celebrations.

We are celebrating Software Freedom Day at Puducherry since 2011. We are happy to announce you that we are celebrating this year too.

Here is our Wiki page at Software Freedom Day website.
http://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/2014/India/Puducherry/PuduvaiGLUG
Date – 21-09-2014

Venue – Petit Seminaire Higher Secondary School, M.G.Road, Puducherry.

Poster designing and stalls to be exhibited are in progress. We would be happy to know if you could join us, spread the word on Free Software and celebrate Software Freedom Day!

Tell us if you are interested to celebrate SFD with us.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pHak6ZhfcpiVuavC5-v0HMSkMgQKLDzLFyyGxKYOqEU/

Documentary Screening – The Internet’s Own Boy

Documentary Screening – The Internet’s Own Boy

“The Internet’s Own Boy depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. It features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells his story up to his eventual suicide after a legal battle, and explores the questions of access to information and civil liberties that drove his work.” – The Internet Archive (https://archive.org/details/TheInternetsOwnBoyTheStoryOfAaronSwartz)

This documentary is released under Creative Commons License (CC-BY-SA-NC). Last week the documentary was screened by Free Software Foundation Tamil Nadu (FSFTN) at Thoughtworks, Chennai. As a part of this movie screening FSFTN is screening at Puducherry this Sunday (27/07/2014).

docu_screening

Here is the agenda,

  • 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM – An introduction speech
  • 3.15 PM – 4.00 PM – First part of movie screening
  • 4:00 PM – 4:05 PM – A small break.
  • 4:05 PM – 5:05 PM – Rest of the movie.
  • 5:05 PM – 5:30 PM – Discussion about the issues.

The event is free to attend.

Time : 3:00 PM – 5.30 PM
Venue : Livelihood Resource Center for Marginalized (near Sri Sankara Vidyalaya Matriculation School, E.C.R, Lawspet, Puducherry).

Is it time to switch to Linux?

Windows XP was one of the most successful version of Microsoft Windows operating system, in terms of its adoption and popularity. It was there and still being used in most of the PC’s for nearly 12 years.

While Microsoft has ended their support to Windows XP on April 8th, there was a lot of confusion, fear of losing sensible data, uncertainty, etc., But these are not the consequences of a regular PC users who switch on their PC for browsing, gaming and watching movies.

Rather the concerns are from the Public and Private sectors like Banks, Government Offices which were running Windows XP in their ATM’s and other mission critical machines.

If those machines are affected, indeed it affects everything. Imagine, all ATM’s are compromised because of an vulnerability in Windows XP. Now even though microsoft knows there is an vulnerability, they will not fix or send an patch, because they have officially ceased their support and the public services that every common people use daily are affected.

There is a high risk of losing your transactions to online fraudulences using these vulnerabilities. A nations economy is now in stake. We are literally in the mercy of some Proprietary Software (Windows) which is from another Country (Microsoft – USA). It is like handing over a nations wealth to another nation.

Now if that another nation does something, it largely affects this nation, which is what is happening right now in India. People can switch to Windows 8 or something ++, but what is the guarantee that Microsoft will not cease the support of the same in next 8 or 4 years, so we have to waste our money on upgrading to new hardwares that support new versions of Operating systems and to purchase new support license for their new version. It is okay for 1 machine, but banks and other public sectors aren’t running 1 machine, there are thousands of machines.

It’s time to learn from mistakes and not to repeat them again. Let us make the Government of India hear our voices. Adopt Free Software, Support Free Software. This will create new employment opportunities for our Computer science and IT engineers within our country.

This is the reason why it is a perfect time to switch to a GNU/Linux distribution.

Seminar on Free Software

Note: We are no longer accepting registrations!

Free Software Foundation Tamil Nadu (FSFTN) along with it’s local chapters Puducherry Gnu/Linux Users Group & Villupuram Volunteers are conducting a 1 day technical seminar on various Free Software technologies on March 9th, 2014 at Shanthi Auditorium, Villupuram.

On attending this Seminar, you get an opportunity to learn directly from Geeks, Hackers, Free Software Activists & Professionals. You will also take away a seminar kit along with Gnu/Linux Operating System CD/DVD. We have organized a similar workshop at Puducherry last year. You can read about it here and You can view the Pictures here.

Last date for on-line registration: February 28, 2014 (until 6 Pm).
Registration Fee: Rs. 250 (
including lunch + Certificate + Seminar Kit for each).
Last date for payment: March 1, 2014 (
Payment can be made to Student Representative from your college or at our affiliated centres)

Affiliated Centers for Payment:

Puducherry : Ocean Academy, ECR Main Rd, Puducherry, 605008.

Villupuram : Rainbow Browsing Center, Next to hotel Balaji Bhawan, Near old bus stand, Villupuram.

Note:- List of Student representative for the colleges will be put up soon. In the mean while You can apply for Student Representative for your college here. Name and address of our affiliated centres at Puducherry and Villupuram will also be updated here as soon as possible.

Registration is purely based on First Come First Serve basis, since the seats are limited at the Venue. For more details about the event check the poster below.

1 Day Seminar on Free Software

3 Years of PuduvaiGLUG

It’s been 3 years since Puducherry GNU/Linux Users Group was started back in January 30, 2011. We have come across few milestones and achieved a significant amount of attention at Puducherry with various events and activities over these 3 years. We have crossed only a few steps towards a Free Software and Free Society, till a long journey to travel along. We take this occasion to thank each and every individuals, organizations, institutions, student reps., and volunteers for their continuous effort in thinking and working towards the liberation of society by Free Software and pushing us forward.

To celebrate this occasion, we have planned for an Open Discussion Forum on February 2nd, 2014 (Sunday) at Ocean Academy, ECR (Near Latha steel house), Lawspet, Puducherry by 2 PM. Do join the discussion forum and contribute your ideas to make our group more effective.i

Ah, yes we will also be having Snacks :-)

Thank You,
Team PuduvaiGLUG.

January Meetup Report

New year with new activities with same objective but with a new approach. January is a special month for us, since PuduvaiGLUG is born the same month 3 years ago. To celebrate this occasion and the upcoming Education Freedom Day, we have planned for various activities this month end. So keep following us.

First meet-up for this year and the month held on 12/01/2014 (Sunday) between 2pm – 5pm at Ocean Academy, ECR, Lawspet, Pondicherry. Around 15-17 members turned up for the meetup. We had an Introduction to Python programming by Prasanna Venkadesh (myself) followed by Vikneshwaren sharing his experience on Hacking Tor at IIT-Madras Hackfest and then followed by discussion on Agenda for Education Freedom day celebration.

We are looking for volunteers to take up the session on the following topics. If you are interested please do ping back.

  1. GCompris (http://gcompris.net/index-en.html)
  2. Stellarium (http://stellarium.org/), Celestia (http://shatters.net/celestia/) OpenUniverse (http://www.openuniverse.org/)
  3. gElemental, Kalzium (http://www.kde.org/applications/education/kalzium/)
  4. GeoGebra (www.geogebra.org/cms/)
  5. Operating System vs Kernel (differences)
  6. Compilers (Gcc), Language (C, Python), IDE (CodeBlocks).
  7. Wikipedia / DDG / Firefox / Diaspora.
  8. Open Hardware (Arduino / Raspberry Pi).

Pictures of the sessions are here – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.699273173450941.1073741832.248993515145578&type=1&l=0b6da4d97f

Increase swap memory without partitioning or after install Ubuntu/Mint/Debian

Swap memory is very important for every distro. on hibernate system save all data from ram to Swap. Swap space is used when your system decides that it needs physical memory for active processes and there is insufficient unused physical memory available. If the system happens to need more memory resources or space, inactive pages in physical memory are then moved to the swap space therefore freeing up that physical memory for other uses.

What happen if you have already installed your system without swap partition? yep you can create a swap as a file.

1. create a file for swap “sudo fallocate -l 2048m /mnt/swap_file.swap” //2048 for 2GB it based on your requirements
2. Change the permission “sudo chmod 600 /mnt/swap_file.swap
3. Format the file for swapping device “sudo mkswap /mnt/swap_file.swap
4. Add swap “sudo swapon /mnt/swap_file.swap
5. Edit fstab file “gksudo gedit /etc/fstab
6. Add this line at the end of the file “/mnt/swap_file.swap none swap sw 0 0
7. Reboot your machine “sudo reboot

Ref: Ubuntu help page