A talk on Free Software with Payilagam students

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Today, I spoke to the students of "Payilagam", http://payilagam.com a CS Training center at Velacherry, Chennai.

I explained about Free Software, Open Source philosophies, History of GNU/Linux, Distributions, Job Market, Advantages of Python etc.

Demonstrated how to contribute to a project in http://github.com

Asked to students to contribute to Free Software and write blog regularly.

Most of the students had fear that GNU/Linux is a big black screen with thousands of commands to remember. But, on showing the beautiful KDE Desktop and alternate applications like LibreOffice, GIMP, they wondered much.

Explored the following links

Indian Linux Users Group, Chennai http://ilugc.in
Free Software Foundation, TamilNadu – http://fsftn.org
Events in Chennai – http://chennaieventscalendar.blogspot.in/

IRC Chat – https://webchat.freenode.net
Freelance Portal – https://www.freelancer.com/
Kaniyam – Tamil Magazine for Free Software – http://www.kaniyam.com/

Books for GNU/Linux in Tamil – http://www.kaniyam.com/ebooks/
Mono – DotNet in open source – http://www.mono-project.com/

Slides I showed are available at – http://www.slideshare.net/tshrinivasan

All the students agreed to install GNU/Linux and to explore it.

The session was very interactive and much interesting.

Thanks for the Director Manikandan and his Team.

They agreed to conduct sessions for public and Hackathon like events.

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