Ubuntu Release Party at Chennai

An Ubuntu release party and the Introduction to FOSS classes to be held in

Madras Institute Of Technology, Chrompet, Chennai

on Saturday, 21st July from 1pm to 4pm.

The agenda of the day:

  • Inspirational talk on FOSS and Features on Ubuntu  by Mr.Ramadoss of Yavarukkumana Software foundation
  • Release of Ubuntu 12.04.
  • Installation Demo.
  • Introduction to FOSS Classes.

The FOSS classes to be conducted by Mr.Ramadoss are to continue throughout, every month on the third  Saturday from 4 to 5 pm.

It will involve a 20 minute session of brainstorming wherein they will share their experiences. The highlight of these classes is that the students are mentored to do projects on various areas in FOSS, with a chance to release an Open source application, certificates and internship at his organization.

We hope this initiative is successful and it is well received. We are looking forward to hear from you.

Entry Free. All are Welcome



Kaniyam – 07

Kaniyam – is a monthly E Magazine in Tamil Langiage for Free Open Source Software.

We are happy to release the seventh issue of Kaniyam.

Now, Kaniyam reaches all the Ubuntu users in the world via Ubuntu Software Center.
Thanks for all the contributors who make Kaniyam running.

Kaniyam is released under creative commons license.
You can
Share with anyone.
Modify and publish.
Use for commercial purpose.

But, you have to attribute the original article, author name and www.kaniyam.com
You have to give the same rights to all. Have to release in the same creative commons license.

We have a “Ubuntu Release Party” at chennai on 21 July 2012 at MIT Chrompet. All are welcome.

This issue has the following contents in Tamil:

  • Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.04 – Book Review
  • Clipgrab – Download youtube videos
  • apt-fast – download applications faster
  • How to use awk?
  • Free software in the Business World
  • Ubuntu 12.04 Release Party in Chennai
  • Network monitor – NetHogs
  • How to make Ubuntu looks like Mac OSX
  • pySioGame – Games for Kids
  • How to Dual Boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7
  • Introduction to Python
  • Shri/Sri – A Discussion
  • An Interview with Fedora Science – Amit Saha
  • How to use Indian Rupee Symbol in GNU/Linux?
  • Article Competition

Get your copy at

Kaniyam-06 Released

Happy to release the 6th edition of Kaniyam, the only e-magazine for free software in Tamil.

Get your copy at http://www.kaniyam.com/release-6/

In this edition we discuss the following in Tamil

  • Debian Administration Guide – An intro
  • Fedora 17 – An intro
  • Difference between Free Software and Open Source
  • Introduction to IRC
  • Kylo goes open source
  • LESS – easy CSS
  • PDF Shuffler – Split/Merge/Shuffle PDF files
  • Learn GNU/Linux – 4
  • Intro to alias
  • Install Android SDK via PPA
  • Edit PDF files using Hybrid PDF
  • Top 10 Security Audit tools
  • SOKOBANO – 3D game
  • Learn FIND Command
  • Download all Kaniyam editions
  • Announcement – M.Sc Foss

Spread the Kaniyam Editions to all.

Send your comments/content to editor@kaniyam.com


National Workshop on Software Freedom in Engineering Education at Chennai

National Workshop on Software Freedom in Engineering Education

Date: 28th March 2012

Asan Memorial College of Engineering & Technology,
Asan Nagar,
(9th Km of Chengalpet – Mahabalipuram Highway)
Chengalpet – 603 105

Topics to be covered

  • What is FOSS?
  • FOSS Philosophy
  • Why it is important in Engineering Education?
  • Linux Everywhere
  • Why specifically Linux?
  • Learn the Linux way?
  • Installing Linux
  • Introduction to Applications in Linux
  • Understanding the Linux File system
  • Popular linux commands for daily use
  • Projects in FOSS
  • Open Source Programming / Tools

Registration fee : 200

Participants should register through email by sending the
filled in registration form and the registration fee has to be
paid on the workshop at the venue.

i.As the no.of seats is limited, the selection will be FCFS basis.
Candidates registering on the last date may not get

ii. The participants coming from beyond 300km , exempted
from fee on production of travel tickets, but need to register.

Important dates

Submission of Registration forms (by E-Mail) : 17.03.12

Intimation of selection (by E-Mail) : 19.03.12


Prof.R.Mariappan, Dept of CSE,
Asan Memorial College of Engineering & Technology,
Asan Nagar,
(9th Km of Chengalpet – Mahabalipuram Highway)
Chengalpet – 603 105

Tel No: 044-27447283/7106
Mobile: +919444812756
E-Mail: fossworkshop@gmail.com

Send the following details to fossworkshop@gmail.com

Contact Number

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Hackathon on KDE, Wikipedia, Django – Exebit 2012 – IITM


It’s hacking time again! Hackathon 2012 brings to you the unique opportunity to hack on open source projects and win big prizes. Just unleash the hacker inside you and the rest will fall..

This year, we bring to you, developers from three open sources projects – KDE, Mediawiki and Django. They will help you in getting started with the projects.

Event format
The event will start on the first day(3rd March, 2012) morning, with how to get started sessions by the three developers. You can participate in teams of maximum size 4. Each team has to choose only one project. Team registration will be done during the getting started sessions.

After the getting started sessions, a list of interesting bugs and features will be put up. You can choose from the given list or choose your own bugs to fix. You will have time till the next day morning to work on it. The developers will be present all throughout the day to help you in hacking the code.

On the second day morning, the teams will be given a chance to present their hacks. The top three hacks will be chosen and the respective teams will be awarded prizes.

Prepare ahead! It’s open source
Since the projects are open source projects, you don’t need to wait till the event starts. You can prepare beforehand and come for the event. This will increase your chances to win. Here are few links which can help you in getting started with the projects:

IRC: #kde-in #kde-devel

IRC: #mediawiki

https://code.djangoproject.com/wiki // This is the wiki page for the entire contribution system to django. Explains the different ways in which you can contribute, in terms of code, documentation, etc.

https://code.djangoproject.com/query // This contains the list of tickets which have been submitted. It can be queried in the order of easy pickings, patch received, etc.. The IRC channel for django is #django. The other guidelines are given in the first link itself.
What is an IRC? – http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/ircprimer.html

Note: “Participants have to bring their own laptops”

For queries contact : hackathon@exebit.org

Source : http://www.cse.iitm.ac.in/exebit/site/?q=node/25

Schedule: http://www.cse.iitm.ac.in/exebit/site/sites/all/files/Exebit_Schedule.pdf

Richard Stallman Visit to Chennai – on News

On Feb 6, 2012, Richard M Stallman a.k.a RMS, the father of Free Software visited Chennai and Gave a Talk on “Free Software” at IIT Madras.

The event was organized by Free Software Foundation TamilNadu [ http://fsftn.org ]

I was one of the volunteering team for organizing the event.
It was a real mega event with 3500 participants.

The hall was never filled before like this. The previous huge crowd was when Abdul Kalam addressed students. That too around 2000 participants.

Just wondering how RMS reaches the community with such huge audience.

Here are the newspaper coverages.









Chennaipy Feb Monthly Meet

= February Monthly Meet

== Date & Time

25 Feb, 2012
3:00pm to 5:00pm

== Venue

Zilogic Systems,
Fourth Main Road,
Kamaraj Nagar,

Location map: http://www.zilogic.com/contact.html

== Agenda

1. Lightning Talks – 30 min.
GStreamer and Python – Abdul
LDAP and Python– Vijay Kumar

If you would like to give a lightning talk, just come prepared,
we will be able to accommodate you.

2. Game Development Tutorial by TheNewBoston – 50 min

A series of videos that shows how to build games using Python and
Pygame. The video series is available at

Join the ChennaiPy group at http://groups.google.com/group/chennaipy?hl=en

Stallman’s visit to Chennai, February 6th 2012

The Free Software Foundation, Tamil Nadu(FSFTN) is proud to announce the visit of Richard Matthew Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation, to Chennai on February 6, 2012. Mr. Stallman (or rms as he is popularly known) is an iconic figure in the global movement to ensure that the free flow of knowledge and through this, the fostering of innovation and newer technologies.


As founder of the GNU project and the FSF and also as one of the pioneers of the idea of ‘Copyleft‘ , he has contributed majorly to revolutionising the field of software by imagining and creating an alternative to the world of proprietary software and technology. Mr. Stallman’s visit to Chennai, after a considerable gap, will be an excellent occasion for the academicians, students and professionals of the city to gain inspiration and advice from a legendary figure and also interact with fellow enthusiasts, all of which, we are sure, will be a life-changing experience for many.

The Free Software Foundation, Tamil Nadu, has been constantly striving to spread awareness of the importance and advantages of free software in various fields such as education, public policy and health care. Our activities include workshops, community computing centres and partnerships with institutions in the use and promotion of free software. It is in this context that we are honoured to host such a famous figure.

This would be an ideal opportunity to like-minded groups, organizations, technical groups, users groups, and its members in and around Chennai to join hands and utilize this opportunity to spread the knowledge on Free Software to as many people as we can. If you as an individual feel you can help us in any possible means, we would be happy to have you with us.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring this event, we have a variety of sponsorship options that you can consider. Do contact us off-list to know more details.

More details will be announced soon.Please stay tuned to our mailing-list [ http://ilugc.in ] or this blog.

For any information or queries please feel free to call us at, Shanu: 9884792347, Prasanth: 9176661086, Welkin: 9962240050.

Could You be the LibreOffice ‘Bug Hunting Hero’?

Source : wiki.documentfoundation.org/QA/BugHunting_Session_3.5.0.-1


The LibreOffice community is preparing the release of 3.5.0 There is a load of good new stuff prepared (more below…) and we want to make sure that it is well tested. You can now help to make version 3.5.0 a great one! At December 28 and 29 we have an international bug-hunting session. Join 🙂


How to join

When: December 28 and 29

Any time you want … however:

  • Mentors are available from 08:00 UTC to 22:00 UTC on both dates.

You are always welcome to hunt bugs at other dates/times, when you are not able to join this session!

What to test

There are always more ways to test: do your regular tasks, structured tests, or playing with the new features..
Choose what suits best for you  🙂 All testing is great and important!
So take one of those:

Find a bug?

When you are really sure: add it to our bug database. When you want to discuss it, use chat or mail, fast and direct.

If there is a bug that you want to pin point as clear as possible, then bibisect (explained by Bjoern Michaelsen) will be a great tool for you!

Get a little support

Other users, testers, are at irc and the mail list to help with any question.
More info on Litmus, to work with our test cases, is here
If you have an idea for a test case, feel welcome to post this at our QA mailing list

The TamilWiki Media contest

Tamil Wikipedia is conducting a Media Contest. Participate and upload your photos, audio and video files, animations, graphs and maps related to Tamil and Tamils.

The TamilWiki Media contest is being organised to increase the quality media content related to Tamil and Tamilians in Wikimedia projects, To attract non-text contributors like photographers, graphic artists, animators, map makers and videographers to Tamil wiki projects.

Not everyone can write articles can Wikipedia. Some may don’t have enough time to write articles while some may not like writing articles. But taking photographs or videos might be easier and preferable for them. They might also possess many multimedia files they have created in the past. Moreover the procedure for uploading files to Wikimedia has become simple now. So anyone can take part in this contest easily and contribute to Tamil Wiki projects.

By uploading the files to Wikimedia Commons – a sister project of Wikipedia, they can be be used not only in Tamil Wikipedia but also in other language wikipedias and other Wikimedia projects like Wiktionary, Wikibooks and Wikinews

Dates: November 15, 2011 – February 29, 2012

Social Media: Facebook – #twmc on Twitter – Blog

E-Mail: tamil.wikipedia [at] gmail.com


Total Prize money: 850 US Dollars

I-II-III prizes – 200-100-50 $
Consolation prizes – 2 X 25 $
Continuous contribution prizes – 3 x 100 $
Special category prize – 150 $


Photos, animations, videos, graphs, maps, audio files related to Tamil and Tamils

Upload : @Wikimedia Commons

Contest Portal:


Banners: http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/விக்கிப்பீடியா:தமிழ்_விக்கி_ஊடகப்_போட்டி/பதாகைகள்

Post the banners with a link back to http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contest/en
in all your blogs/sites.

Please spread the information to your friends and social media.

தமிழ் விக்கிப்பீடியா ஒரு ஊடகப் போட்டி ஒன்றை நடத்துகிறது. இதில் கலந்து கொண்டு தமிழ் மற்றும் தமிழர் பற்றியான உங்கள் புகைப்படங்கள், ஒலி மற்றும் ஒளிக் கோப்புகள், வரைபடங்கள், நிலப்படங்கள் ஆகியவற்றைப் பதிவேற்றுங்கள்; பரிசுகளை வெல்லுங்கள்

தமிழ் – தமிழர் பற்றிய உயர்தர ஊடகக் கோப்புகளின் எண்ணிக்கையைக் கூட்டுவதற்காகவும், புகைப்படக் கலைஞர்கள், ஓவியர்கள், அசைப்பட ஆர்வலர்கள், நிலப்பட ஆர்வலர்கள் போன்றவர்களையும் விக்கிக்கு பங்களிப்பு செய்யத் தூண்டுவதற்குமாக இந்தப் போட்டி நடத்தப்படுகின்றது.

விக்கிப்பீடியாவில் கட்டுரை எழுதுவது அனைவராலும் முடிவதில்லை. கிடைக்கும் நேரம் அரிதாக இருப்பதும், கட்டுரை எழுதுவதில் ஆர்வமின்மையும் காரணங்களாக இருக்கலாம். ஆனால் படம் எடுப்பது சிலருக்கு எழுதுவதிலும் பார்க்க எளிய விசயமாக இருக்கலாம். மேலும் நீங்கள் ஏற்கனவே எடுத்த தரமான படங்கள், ஒலிக் கோப்புகள், ஒளிக் கோப்புகள் உங்களிடம் இருக்கலாம். தற்போது தரவேற்ற முறையும் மிகவும் எளிதாகி இருக்கின்றது. எனவே நீங்களும் இலகுவாக இந்தப் போட்டியில் பங்கேற்க முடியும். அதன்மூலம் தமிழ் விக்கித் திட்டங்களில் உங்கள் பங்களிப்பும் இடம்பெறும்.

விக்கிப்பீடியாவின் சகோதரத் திட்டமான விக்கிமீடியா காமன்சில் கோப்புகளைப் பதிவேற்றுவதன் மூலம், தமிழ் விக்கிப்பீடியா மட்டுமன்றி பிற மொழி விக்கிப்பீடியாக்களிலும், விக்சனரி, விக்கிநூல்கள், விக்கிசெய்திகள் போன்ற பிற விக்கித் திட்டங்களிலும் இக்கோப்புகளைப் பயன்படுத்தலாம்.

மொத்தப் பரிசுத் தொகை 850 அமெரிக்க டாலர்கள்

I-II-III பரிசுகள் – 200-100-50
ஆறுதல் பரிசுகள் – 2 X 25 $
தொடர் பங்களிப்பு பரிசுகள் – 3 x 100 $
சிறப்புப் பரிசு – 150

போட்டி வலைவாசல்:

பதாகைகள் : http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/விக்கிப்பீடியா:தமிழ்_விக்கி_ஊடகப்_போட்டி/பதாகைகள்