Email to TRAI on Net Neutrality

Email to TRAI on Net Neutrality

Internet in India is at Risk. Telecoms service providers and Content providers are violating Net Neutrality in various means. This will not ensure equal Internet for everyone as how it is right now. This will create an artificial scarcity for knowledge & information which otherwise is freely flowing in nature.

TRAI (Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India) is asking opinion from Public whether or not they support Net Neutrality. This is our chance to make our voice heard. For your convenience, we are providing you with the content for email.

What should I do?

  1. Read the email content below.
  2. Copy the email content.
  3. Use Subject as “I Support Net Neutrality” for the email.
  4. Send email to advqos@trai.gov.in by pasting the copied content in the message.
  5. Share this message with your friends too.
  6. Use #IndiaWantsNetNeutrality hashtag on Social Networks.

Hi,

Last two-three decades have shown us the power of people communicating to each other independently, peer to peer over the INTERNET. The world of Free Software, Wikipedia, Khanacademy, MOOCs(Massive Open Online Courses), Arxiv.org, to name a few would not have been possible had people not been able to express, share, and spread their views over INTERNET.  Internet has made it possible to decentralize knowledge andmake it accessible to people across the world.

On similar lines, Facebook, Gmail, Whatsapp, are just few examples of how corporates have made use of INTERNET and made available platforms to enable people to communicate easily with very little technical knowledge. They have come up with own business models across this also.

But though all these are the major and well known players in the INTERNET world, they just form a very small part of the actual INTERNET world. Internet comprises of millions of websites, each trying to communicate some idea to its viewers. Like Facebook provides a platform to communicate with your friends, a blogger like Avijit Roy may use his blog as a platform to spread his views on religion. Like Gmail provides mailing service, Riseup.net may provide mailing list services to activists organizations. Whatsapp may provide services for people to chat using their mobile, where as TOR may be used by people to browse
Internet anonymously.

All of these wide range of entities (individuals/organizations/corporates) are making use of Internet in their own way. Calling only a few of them  OTT(Over The Top) Service would definitely be wrong as each entity provides some or other service. Some may make money over donations, some others by  displaying ads and some by selling ads. However that should not be a reason to differentiate their content or service over the INTERNET.

All of the content over INTERNET should be treated equally irrespective of how they are accessed, used or monetized. I would request government of India not to take steps towards breaking fundamental aspects of INTERNET which is one of the humanity’s greatest invention. Net Neutrality is a must for future of Internet.

Email Content Source Credit: Vignesh Prabhu of FSMK (http://blog.viggy.in/?p=836)

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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.

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).

The Student Reps. Program

Today, we are announcing the new program exclusively for College students in and around Puducherry. The program will be called as ” The Student Reps. Program “, where Reps stands for Representatives.

What exactly is Student Reps. program of PuduvaiGLUG ?

Students from any College ( Engineering / Arts & Science / Medical / Polytechnic / ITI ) can join this program. Each college can have any number of student representatives registered with us.

The role of a typical Student representative of PuduvaiGLUG

  1. To learn and create awareness on Free Software & Gnu/Linux Operating Systems at Your College.
  2. Become a part of Organizing committee for PuduvaiGLUG.
  3. Connecting PuduvaiGLUG with Your friends at Your College / Institution.
  4. Organizing and conducting technical events in Your Institution with PuduvaiGLUG.

In short, You will represent PuduvaiGLUG at your College.

How do I Register?

You can register by visiting the following link and filling out the form.
http://goo.gl/cF7k9
There is no fee involved for registration. It’s free. Once registered, we will send an email to you for confirmation and other details within 2-3 days.

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 “.

[Closed] Big Event Coming up – Great Opportunity

Dear readers,

A Big event is going to occur on February 6th (Monday) Organised by FSFTN mainly and we PuduvaiLUG and other LUGs like ILUG-C, KanchiLUG are joining them to make this Grand event a big successful.
1. What’s SPECIAL about this event?
Richard Mathew Stallman shortly known as RMS Continue reading