Celebrating Software Freedom Day 2015

Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual worldwide celebration of Free Software. SFD is a public education effort with the aim of increasing awareness of Free Software and its virtues, and encouraging its use. FSHMP (Free Software Hardware Movement, Puducherry) has been celebrating SFD for the past 4 years. As a continuum,  we are also celebrating SFD this year at “Venue to come here” on 20 SEPT 2015. The event will go on from 9 am to 5 pm throughout the day.

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Events Planned :
This year as a part of SFD, various stalls and talks have been planned. Most of the stalls will widely be taking about Various Free Software’s like LibreOffice, GIMP etc and Introducing the public about Free Software, Mass Surveillance  and Net Neutrality.
 
As a part of FSHMP activities, we have also experimented a bit on Mesh Networks (A better way of open internet). We have also planned to share our knowledge on the same. Apart from Mesh Network, we are also planning to share our knowledge and show a few other projects that we have been experimenting on.
Well too much technology and no fun is not good. So this year we also having a Gaming Contest to impress and show the amount of gaming that GNU/LINUX is having. Well what game? Well it’s “Open Arena”. Bring in your GNU/Linux powered laptops, and lets play. 
    
What more, that’s a lot. Apart from these told above, we will also be having various people from other Movement likes ours , FSFTN (Free Software Foundation, TamilNadu) etc, also sharing their knowledge.
Ok, this is all interesting, But I dont have an GNU/Linux powered laptop ? What to do? Bring your laptop, and we will help you unleash the beast.
Note : We are not a computer service center. We are set of students, professionals etc who are working our way to educate the common man about Free Software.

Celebrating Arduino Day

Arduino Day Poster

About Arduino Day

Arduino Day is the worldwide celebration of Arduino’s birthday. Last year we celebrated Arduino Day at Viluppuram. This year we are hosting the event at Puducherry. We are doing a hands-on session where people can participate as teams. This event will help you get started with Arduino and so you can start hacking with the hardware and play around.

Who Can Participate?

This event is targeted at students who have interest with computer hardware and software. Students of any discipline (Engineering, Arts & Science, etc.,) are also welcome.

What will you learn?

  1. Downloading & Installing Arduino IDE in your computer.
  2. Blinking the LED.
  3. LED fading effects.
  4. Playing the Buzzer Alarm.
  5. Working with Ultra Sonic Sensor.
  6. Detecting Light using LDR.
  7. Controlling simple DC Motor using Arduino.
  8. Serial Communication Python – Arduino.

How Can I Participate?

You can participate as a Team from your institution or from different institution. You have to register your team here.

  • A team can have maximum of 4 members and minimum of 2 members.
  • Also we have very limited number of Arduino boards with us, so we are accepting registration for only 6-7 teams.
  • Registration is based on First Come First Serve basis.

Should I bring anything with me?

Yes. You should bring a Laptop. We have Internet provision at the Venue.

Is there a fee?

Yes. We charge Rs. 100/- per team. As a not-for-profit organization, this fee collected from you for this event would be used to build the community itself.

When is the last date for registration?

Registration closes on March 27, 2015 (Friday).

How do I pay the registration fee to you?

We do not have online payment support. Either it would be on-the-spot or you have to pay to one of the member of this community at your college. Our community members are available at SMVEC, MVIT, PEC, PU, RGCET, IFET, Alpha college of Engineering & Achariya Arts & Science College.

Where is the event happening?

The event is happening at Pondicherry Science Forum at Reddiarpalayam, Puducherry. Landmark: Opposite to State Bank of India, Reddiarpalayam.

 

FSHM & an electronic startup called Funshock are jointly organizing this event at Puducherry.

Edubuntu in Girls Government High School

We have been talking about installing Gnu/Linux Distro’s for the Computers in Savararayalu Government Girls Higher Secondary School at Puducherry, since Hemavathy, Principal of that school wished to migrate from Windows to Gnu/Linux after visiting & inspired by Kerala Schools.

We had discussions on what Gnu/Linux distribution we should install. Finally we chose Edubuntu (an official derivative of Ubuntu operating system) and the version is 14.04.1 LTS. We also had other choices like EduBOSS (official derivative of BOSS – Indian government funded customized debian derivative operating system by C-DAC). The number of packages that came along with EduBOSS is very limited compared to Edubuntu. Moroever, edubuntu gave more choices while installing with respect to leave out or include education tools based on the age category like elementary, primary or secondary level students.

We found out that Edubuntu can acts as a thick client serving thin clients connected via local network. Though, we did not use it due to the fact that there was no LAN in their school.

Prasanna, Sinduja & Sarath volunteered the installation session.Thanks to Sinduja, she had already installed various Free Software Educational tools in most of the machines running windows. There were Posters on Richard Stallman, Aaron Swartz, Charles Babbage, Free Software Philosophy, Linus Torvalds, etc., There were 9 Desktop in which Five machines running Windows 7 and four Windows XP. We tested Edubuntu performance in all the machines before installing. We disabled Unity interface and sticked with Gnome fallback environment because of low availability of hardware resources(1.25 GB of RAM) and the fact that Unity also consumes more memory of graphical overlay.

We installed Edubuntu in 7 machines along with the existing operating system as dual boot & in 2 machines we had to install it as a primary OS since their windows installation has already been corrupted and required a reinstall.

We named those machines after the name of Free Software activists, Privacy enthusiasts & Scientists (RMS, Linus Torvalds, Aaron Swartz, Edward Snowden, Jimmy wales, Julian Assange, Ramanujam, Charles Babbage, Lady Ada). We started the installation session at 2 pm and finished by 5.00 pm.

Thanks to Hemavathy Madam for allowing us to install Edubuntu in their school computer lab. Soon students will be using Gnu/Linux in their school. There will be continuous classes for students on various tools available in the OS. We are in need of volunteers to teach the students. We have lots of work to do. Gear up people.

Installation Pictures – https://prasanna.trovebox.com/photos/album-9/list

P.S: This Post is composed by Sarath and edited by Prasanna.

Few things that we did – Infographic timeline

PuduvaiLUG was founded in the year 2011. This Post is to show few Milestones we achieved along with few Activities that we have done

It is almost going to be 2 years since PuduvaiLUG was founded back in 2011 by Volunteered Youth’s of Pondicherry to spread the awareness on the usage of Gnu/Linux Operating Systems and to create an interest about Open Source development methodologies in students by explaining the concepts of Free Software, encouraging students to use, learn and contribute to Open Source projects.

List of Activities in the above Infographic Timeline

The above Info-graphic was designed using Inkscape & Pencil. Most of you might have already known about Inkscape tool, Pencil is an Open-Source, cross-platform, Mock-up tool built on top of Mozilla technologies.

10/11/12

 Most of you might have noticed, some of you might have missed it. Centuries back our ancestors designed the Gregorian Calendar – the calendar that we use today for our daily life to track the number of days. This is not the first time we are seeing this Sequential date, but previously like

01/02/03, 02/03/04, 03/04/05, 04/05/06, 05/06/07, 06/07/08, 07/08/09, 08/09/10, 09/10/11 and now 10/11/12

You can see a Cow thinking about the date in the Gnu/Linux Terminal that looks fancy. Yeah. Terminal is not only about text and commands, you can make it display some fancy things. Cowsay is such an application. You can install cowsay like below:

Ubuntu –
sudo apt-get install cowsay
Fedora – sudo yum install cowsay

Once installed, you can provide your own custom text to make the Cow to say or think as shown in the above picture. Example:- cowsay -w “Am looking at you” . Similarly you can replace cowsay with cowthink to make cow think instead of saying.

You can change the eyes, show tongue of the Cow. To know more use ” cowsay –help “.

Uses of such fancy applications– You can embed these applications into the program that you develop in Python / Ruby / Perl / C / Java to display some output like the cowsay or cowthink instead of just displaying output as a text. Make the cow-thinks your name in your terminal

whoami | cowthink -w

Now we know what the Cow thinks 😉 Enjoy this Sequential Day 🙂

Putting it All-together – 02

Putting it All-together – 02

Interesting news, projects, events on GNU/Linux and Open Source / Free Software all together.

1. Two Day Workshop on Free Open Source Software (MIT, Anna University, Chennai)

2 day FOSS Workshop is to be conducted at Madras Institute of Technology, Anna University Campus, Chennai on August 24 & 25th. To know more details about the event and to download Registration form click here.

2. Software Freedom Day at Puducherry

If you have a Cup of tea and you share it with your friend it becomes half cup of tea, But if you have knowledge and share it with others it doubles and grows exponentially “.

Do you use VLC Media Player, Mozilla Firefox, GIMP, Audacity, Chromium or any other Free Software, ? Then why don’t you take a day to thank the community that develops these Software and letting anyone (even you) to see the code of the software, allows you to modify the code of the software, distribute to anyone. The Day is near-by. Yes, Every year on the Month of September 3rd Saturday falls the Software Freedom Day. This year it is on September 15, 2012. Last year we celebrated the day at MIT, Anna University Campus, Chennai with Indian Linux Users Group Chennai along with other Volunteers, Students, and corporate. This year we are planning to Organize here at Puducherry and open for Public. If you are a School or College Student / Working professional / An Entrepreneur / Wikipedia Contributor / Open Source Enthusiast / GNU/Linux user / Programmers then you are most welcome to put your stalls and show case the Open source / Free software tools that you use or love the most. 

Note:- If you are interested to put a Demo stall, kindly email at ” prasmailme @ gmail . com ” with the subject ” SFD 2012 “. More details like Venue, Time, Resources will be updated soon.

SFD 2011 :- https://puduvaiglug.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/minutes-of-software-freedom-day-2011/

3. The Power of GIMP [Video – 1 minute]

A Time-lapse video showcasing the latest version of GIMP

4. For Web Developers

Are you a Web Developer and looking for a Graph generating Infographic Javascript library to embed into your Web page? Take a look at Graph.js
Demo here:–  http://graphjs.com/

5. Python Programming – Send SMS from Python

Do you want to Send SMS to any mobiles in India using your Way2SMS.com account without going to the site? And that too from your GNU/Linux Operating system using Python? Or Are you looking for a code that sends SMS using Way2SMS.com to use in your project? Take a look at this Page

http://prasannavenkadesh.github.com/Py2SMS/

To See and download the code click on “View Project on Github ” at the right top of the page.

Thank you for spending your time here. Expecting Volunteers for Software Freedom Day. Don’t forget to Email at ” Prasmailme @ gmail . com “.

VLC Media Player Crosses 1 Billion

VLC Media Player – A Free and Open Source Media player software has crossed 1 Billion downloads from their official server according to the statistics released by VideoLAN Organization. These statistics of number of downloads are based only on the downloads for Windows and Mac users and not including GNU/Linux download -> mentioned in their page.

Reason for Not including the count from GNU/Linux users:-

The reason for not including GNU/Linux download count is that every GNU/Linux Operating System uses the repository to distribute the Software for the users and due to which they are not able to keep track of the downloads made by GNU/Linux users. If included, it would have crossed more than that.

The Open Source software approach has proved the maturity once again. Go Open Source, Support Free Software, Eradicate Software Piracy, Don’t get Vendor Lock-in.