Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of free as in free speech, not as in free beer.” -Richard M.Stallman
Linux User Group BikanerOn their Way To Build Their Enjoyment With Scratch To Scale Heights Of Open Source. It’s a matter of rejoice and exhilaration to inform you that LUG, Bikaner is prominently exercising the objective and design; we had laid for dispersing the Open Source movement! We are the geeky ingenious students of engineering college Bikaner society. LUGB was established last year after successful completion of FOSS GN’09 meet, and since then LUGB waving its flag for spreading the kindle of Open source and comparting social aspects from time to time. As the brisk was ignited for open source, we started laying our plans, and a year crossed and we have been bringing home the bacon, to a great extent! LUGB had witnessed a year developing its goals into reality, and all through the year LUGB had been guided with its senior batch, who marched its initial requisite. It all started from mission of our seniors to initialize the spark of Open source at the Golden sandy Campus of college, which first stepped with carving of FOSS GN’09.
FOSS GN09: A four days privy event was scheduled from 28 Oct. to 31 Oct. 2009, for the undergrad students across the country at Engineering College Bikaner spreading the magic & fire of open source at an alarming rate. Talks were delivered over lighting open source software like Fedora, Drupal, Sahana, NUI(multitouch) and through the midnight hackfest, talk sessions and installfest. The prominent eye catching moment was two days talks by Mr. Niyam Bhushan, well known technology editor and columnist. All a four days triumphed the flavor of relishment and fervor for open source between the students originated across India, which number added upto 300 students. Detailed report: http://www.scribd.com/doc/22469857/FOSSGN09Report At the last day dusk arrived the geeks and the learners got on the stage to candle the blooming spark for nascence of LUGB under guidance of Mr. Niyam Bhushan with an aim to polarize the waves of Open source in Rajasthan concluding a high note with declaration of annual FOSS event to be hosted by Team LUGB as RajasFOSS. This is the way of transferring the torch from one hand to other and enlightening with the Free and Open Source Movement.1.
<< skbohra explains sahana implementation >> Hands on multitouch DIY by Anirudh SharmaSetting up of LUG Bikaner by NiyamBhushan and Open sourceenthusiasts in front of a crowd of2000 students On-stage. We lit upcandles to spread the open source fireand passed it to all FOSS teammembers. Team members with the POP tux prepared by the art team 2.
The exhilaration was waving and sooner we embarked the initial requisite like: We started a Google Groups for the group, an IRC channel (#lugb on freenode) We organized successful install fest of fedora, ubuntu at various hostels, covering around 250 PCs. Setup a LUGB registration form using Google forms. We got hosting for our website http://www.lugb.in/, from sakshay web technologies. An educational trip to FOSS.IN (venue: Bengaluru ) was archived with 40 students participating. LUGB week to integrate more & more students to the group. Members took various small sessions in college campus. As the Website got into action we started stimulating our projects through discussion and online meet at irc (#lugb).3.
A glimpse into the happenings of LUGB activitiesWebsite: LUGB website is drupal based, where a registered user can share their projects with the whole world, we can have active discussion through forum and a user can create issues and blogs.Idea/knowledge sharing is the key point. The website was made to provide a common platform where anyone can come together share ideas, views and work on some projects keeping inside the college boundaries, now through some connections we are getting other traffic from outside the college too, some alumnus and other outsiders have also joined and they discuss things.We also have some competitions like currently the logo making competition where students can also show their talents and promote FOSS which is out prime consideration.IRC Channel #lugb: Contribute as early and often as possible. The sooner you establish yourself as one of the 0.05%, the easier (and more fun!) time you’ll have. With this concept in mind we drove towards populating IRC channel. Folks added on to heap & LUGBians helping out the newbie’s to getting started with open source. IRCs traffic kept on increasing with each passing day.Mailing List: LUGBs mailing list was set up. Open source lovers & other Linux User Groups across the country became its part. It really proved amazing to post & share ideas individually & plan for the implementation of same. Truly cool to keep LUG updated. 4.
Geeky chicks switching to Open Source Operating Systems: Prior to all it was the need of the hour to awake girls in the whole scenario & ask them to participate and contribute to the open source community reason being. Driving away women means driving away contributors. Both women and men: We conducted a midnight install fest in the girls hostel compound knocking from door to door & expounding them the importance of FOSS (Free open source software). We linuxified approx 45 systems with different flavours Fedora 11 (Leonidasl), Fedora 12(Constantine), Fedora 13 (Goddard) UBUNTU 8.10 & 9.10 along with their installation steps in detail. We taught them to use terminal window and mostly used linux commands on it. We installed certain packages using YUM (Update Manager). Internet Connection was established too. This way we managed to give away windows & spread the fire of open source & set up a benchmark to the geek feminism. FOSS.IN Bengaluru: From 1st Dec to 5th Dec at FOSS.IN, one of the best & the biggest free & open source conference we opportune to attend (40 in number from college). A real community feel. Talks, workouts, workshops, techtalks and bofs all in one. The concept of contribution, 5.
distribution, modification, hacking coding & freedom brought to the forefront. A real experience of interaction with geeks. Mozilla weave, Jetpack, KDE desktop environment, Fedora, Sahana, CreativeCommons, Maemo geared us all. GSoC meetup LUGB members with Pradeepto, on some motivational topic We had a special meetup with Pradeepto from KDE, who motivated us to deeper extents & shared his experiences & troubles he faced initially; encouraging contribute to KDE. Last day Raghu Dixits band refreshed our spirits. 6.
NSS DATA INTREGATION: As the timed excel we adhere LUGB with social responsibilities, NSS, A body under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, responsible for social services towards society and nature. LUGB conjuncted with NSS with the efforts of Mr. Shyam Sundar Jyani, for the digital documentation of the data for plantation in the villages under scheme “VRAKSHAROPARN”. As for smoothly functioning of any organization, its prior requirement that the data should be bundled in digital format. Since then we have added the entries upto 11274 at the LUGB site. LUGB availed NSS for imparting its social activities and initiatives to be properly documented. For more detail u can visit: www.lugb.in OLPC TRAINING 1 One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is a scheme where NGOs and government across the world joining hands to distribute free educational laptops to the underprivileged students. In India it first happened at Kikarwaali, Rajasthan, where 40 laptops were distributed, laptops work on Open OS Fedora Sugar. A team of 9 students from LUGB contributed for a week training Session to the students at Kikarwaali School in the beginning of May 2010, where the students were taught the basic practical use of computers like paint, write, Wikipedia, camera etc.7.
OLPC TRAINING 2 A visit of honorable Chief Minister of Rajasthan Mr. ASHOK GEHLOT was scheduled to kikarwaali village, where the OLPC gallery was introduced to the CM. On account of which the CM tested the students capability of working on the laptops and there by visioning further distribution of such OLPC tablets in Rajasthan Government School. For the second round training a team of 3 members from LUGB CM of Rajasthan at OLPC gallery visited the place to revise the training to the students, which they had to project to the CM, the mission melted to be successful. 8.
LUGBWEEKs: Meanwhile LUGB sustained the kaleidoscopic revolution across college campus and encouraging the new batches to follow open source movement, for this we organized a LUGB week telecasting the importance and use of Open Software. Likewise LUGB has been assisting several projects and brainy contributing to promote the spirit of open Source. Now we are in a stage of hosting an Annual event for promoting FOSS nominated as RajasFOSS. 9.
Forget this world and all its troubles and if possible its multitudinous Charlatans, every thing in short but the Enchantress of Numbers. LUGB Report: 2009-10 Content: Prateek Jain, Srishti Sethi Edit & Design: Vivek Anand, Ashish Soni Tux Logo: Kavita Panwar Software/Tools used: GIMP, OpenOffice.org 3.1 Operating System: Fedora 13Linux Us er Group Bikaner http://www.lugb.in #lugb on freenode http://lugb.in/mailman/listinfo/lugb_ml_lugb.in