Software Freedom Day 2012 – Sep 15 – Event Report

Software Freedom Day 2012 – Event Report

“Software Freedom Day” is a worldwide celebration to create awareness on GNU/Linux and other various Free Open Source Software to the public. It is celebrated in all the countries on third Saturday of September month, every year.

Indian Linux Users Group – Chennai [ ] and Free Software Foundation TamilNadu [ ] organised Software Freedom Day on September 15, 2012 in collaboration with Department of Computer Science, DG vaishnav College, Arumbakkam, Chennai at SRG auditorium, in the college premises.

The Secretary of the college, Shri P Haridas expressed that the use of Free Software should reach the academic and industry in all the ways. The Principal Dr.S.Narasimhan informed that the faculty and the students should change their mindset to learn and use Free Open Source Software for the daily life and for their academic/research needs. He encourages the students to contribute to Free Software community.

Dr.T.Santhanam, HOD, Computer Science Department is the key person in origanizing the event. He told that the computer science department is already using GNU/Linux for the teaching in classrooms and in labs. The students are trained on GNU/Linux, Python, Latex, PHP/MySQL in all the years of their course. He is happy to conduct the event in their college. He requested the Free Software Community to organize regular events and workshops in the college for the benefit of student community.

Around 1200 students from various colleges visited the stalls. Faculties from other departments of DG vaishnav College and faculties from colleges like Anna adharsh, SDNB Vaishnav College, Chrompet visited the stalls.

30 stalls on various topics like the following were held there.

1. Screencasting
2. Android Application Development
3. Mozilla Suites and development
4. Open source telephony applications
5. Geany IDE
6. Open source VS Proprietary Software
7. Open Source Security Tools
8. GIMP – Open Source Raster Image Editor
9. Inkscape – Open Source Vector Image Editor
10. Bluefish IDE
11. Ubuntu Linux
12. Desktop Environments
13. Open Source Databases – MySQL/PostgreSQL
14. Open Source Virualization Tools
15. OOAD tools
16. QT/PyQT
17. Mysql Bench
18. Webmin – Web Based System administration
19. Jmeter – Performance Testing Software
20. Subversion Edge – Version Control System
21. LinuxMint Linux Distribution
23. Kaniyam
24. wikipedia
25. WebOS operating System
26. MongoDB – NoSQL Database
27. Ruby – Programming Language
28. Ruby on Rails – Web programming framework
29. Python – Programming Language
30. Top 10 Open Source Software

From various colleges like

Jaya Engineering College
Madras Institute of technology
DG Vaishnav College
Vivekanda College

CollabNet Software Private Ltd
Whitestreet IT P Ltd

The students from all the departments in the DG Vaishnav College, other engineering, Arts college students and public visited the all the stalls.

In parallel, tech talks were given by Raman, Welkin, Yogesh, Atul jha, Kingsly,Balachandar, Subramani in the class room and in the

Free stickers and Pamphlets were distributed to the visitors.

This event gave an introduction to GNU/Linux Operating system and all other Free Open Source Software available.

The visitors are so happy to learn various Free Sofware in a single place and they requested to conduct such event regularly in various places across the country.

We thank the Secretary, Principal, HOD, faculty and students of the Computer Science Department for this opportunity, nice co-operation and great hospitality.

The event is so successful than other events of Indian Linux Uers Group Chennai. HOD of DG vaishnav college assured for continuous events in their college. We are happy to conduct various events to create awareness on GNU/Linux and other free open Source Software in all the colleges.

We are starting regular events, workshops, certificate programs in DG Vaishnav college.

Contact us for such events in your college:

T. Shrinivasan 9841795468 Welkin – – 9962240050

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