Meeting Minutes – July 2017 meet


Indian Linux Users Group, Chennai is my homeland. The monthly meetings always give great ideas and thoughts. Most of my project ideas are being initiated here. Kaniyam.com and FreeTamilEbooks.com are childs of the thoughts discussed here.

We meet, every month, second saturday at IIT Madras – 3-6 pm. Last saturday, we had a meet. Here are the notes.

Joshua explained about Yocta project. This is used to build tiny GNU/Linux distributions with only the minimal required tools and libraries. We can create many recipies and use them to design our own OS.

Yocto project க்கான பட முடிவு

He explained the build tool bitbake and demonstrated the processes.

Few links to know more about it.

https://www.yoctoproject.org/about
https://www.slideshare.net/rossburton/the-yocto-project
https://www.slideshare.net/coldnew/build-your-own-embedded-linux-distributions-by-yocto-project

Khaleel explained about OpenStreetMaps.org  . He demonstrated how to add new roads, Point of interests and how to edit other’s works. He explained how the project started, why it exists and why it is important to contribute for it.

File:OSM Logo.svg


We can add missing details about the streetname and POI for chennai.

Use these applications to contribute using mobile.
1. maps.me
2. OSM contributor

Using the app, “StreetComplete” we can add missing street names easily.

We can plan for an online or offline mapathon event to learn OSM
contribution someday this month.

Few links:
http://openstreetmap.org/
https://www.slideshare.net/keng/20130507-opendreamandosmatmekongictcamp
https://www.slideshare.net/ckreutz/maptivism-maps-for-activism-transparency-and-engagement

I distributed few old “Linux for you” books to the participants.


After the talk, few of us went to gurunath restaurant. Discussed about bitcoin, blockchain, chennai colleges, having hackathon and trainings etc. Baskar selvaraj requested to have more offline events like we were doing few years ago. Remembered contributions of our long time members like KG, Raaman, Bharathi etc. He shared all the fun happening at colleges on the events he conducts. It will be really great if we start more events. Let us plan them and start as soon as possible.

Thanks for all participants and speakers.

Here are few photos
https://goo.gl/photos/y7nEuEvoNBGZTBVr9

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Free Software Event Checklist


I am being part of some of the Free Software Events happening in Chennai.

Sometimes the events are small gatherings and some times they are really huge.

Many times, we have missed some critical stuff and we were running behind them in the last minute.

Hence, this post to not down all stuff we need for any event.

1. Event Team

Create a event team with some volunteers. They are the pillars who are going to share the following tasks.

Make the team’s contacts like phone number, email are shared with all and announced publicly.

 

2. Venue

Fix the venue for the event.
Check with Colleges, Private Office, Govt Offices and Auditoriums.

Some times we get the hall for free. Sometimes, we may need to pay.

 

3. Date

Fix the date of the event.

Make sure that there are no big political, social, national, devotional or any other “al” event matches on the same day.

This is to make sure that the traffic is free for people to attend the event.

 

4. Web Page

Set a website or a blog for the event.

Post all the event planning and announcements regularly.

 

5. Posters

Create some digital posters on the event and share them across.

If possible print handouts/posters and share them too.

 

6. Marketing

We need people to attend the event.

Make sure your marketing team announce the event in the following channels.

  • Mailing lists
  • Social Media groups/events/pages
  • Event websites
  • Newspapers [ event of the day ]
  • If possible, Advertisements on TV and FM

 

7. Agenda

 

Plan the agenda. It may be a training, talks, cd/book release, etc.

Fix the time for event start/end/sessions start end/lunch/break times

 

8. Call for participants – Online regisration

 

Set up an online space to register, if it requires.

A wiki or google docs or similar can be used.

 

9. Update the participants

 

Keep on updating the participants via email on the event progress.

 

10. Freebies

 

  • ID Cards
  • Tshirts
  • Stickers
  • Books
  • Pamphlets
  • Flyers
  • Printouts
  • CDs/DVDs
  • PenDrives

can be given as freebies. Prepare them all two days prior. Put them all as packs to share easily.

 

11. Venue

 

Visit the venue one week before and check the following stuff.

1. Power

2. Chairs

3. Projector

4. Screen

5. Ventilation

6. Water Supply

7. Food Supply

8. Rest rooms

9. Place for banners

10. Mike/Speakers

11. Lights

12. Internet Connectivity

13. Shops nearby for stationary/medical/food

14. First Aid & Safety

15. Emergency contact person from the venue.

16. Stay facilities nearby

 

 

12. Call for Donations

 

We need money for all the events. We can call for individual donations or sponsors.

Check for interested companies and contact them to sponsor the event.

Then, Announce a call for donations with all the account details to do online money transfer. Send the receipts to the donors.

 

 

13. Press Release

 

Write up a press release and share it to all the media like TV/Newspapers/FM.

Make sure that they come to the event and cover the event.

 

14. Chief Guests

 

Fix the chief guest.

Check for their stay/travel to the event.

 

 

15. Gifts

 

Plan the gifts for the guests /participants/winners and buy them in prior.

 

 

 

On the Day of the event

 

16. venue

 

Make sure one or two persons reach the event in 3 hours before to check the venue for all the 15 items told before.

 

Tie the banners in front of the venue, hall and on the stage.

Check for power supply/lights/chairs/Rest rooms/Mike/Speakers

Store all the freebies in a room

Stick Posters around the venue.

Place route map/arrows to reach the hall, all around the venue.

 

 

17. Registration desk:

 

Setup a registration desk.

Use notebooks or laptops to get information about the visitors

Give the freebie pack

 

 

18. Food

 

Arrange for Food/Snacks/Cool Drinks/Water from nearby canteen or hotels.

Make sure that they reach on time.

 

19. Photos/Videos/Audio

 

Make sure that you have colunteers to capture the event via Photo/Video/Audio.

 

20. Live telecast/blog/tweet

 

If possible arrange for live telecast of the event. Live blog/tweet also fine.

 

After the event:

 

21. Upload Photos

 

We may be endup with 1000s of photos.

Check them and delete all the unwanted/blurred photos.

Resize them to 2048 resolution or lesser.

Upload them in online photo repositories like picasa/flickr/facebook.

Make sure that they are in creative commons license.

Give proper tags for the albums for easy searching.

 

22. Upload Videos

 

Resize the video.

Amplify the audio.

Upload them in youtube or similar sites.

 

23. Upload Audio

 

Check and remove the silences, noises of the recorded audio.

Amplify the audio.

Upload in soundcloud of similar sites.

 

24. Event Notes

 

Write the event notes with the following details.

Event Minutes

Links for Photos/Videos/Audio/Live blogs/tweets etc

Links for the various press that covered the event.

 

Update them in the website.

 

25. Send mail to participants/guests

 

Send mail to all with a Thanks note and Event Notes.

 

 

26. Celebrate

 

Wow. Congrats. The event is over and you and the team can have some celebrations.

Goto near par/beach and play some games.

Have some food together.

 

 

 

Dont Do:

 

If it is a event about Free Software like GNU/Linux demo day/Software Freedom Day, make sure that nobody uses any proprietary operating system or software for any of the demo or talk.

Check for any other Don’t do stuff and announce it in all the announcements.

 

Hope this list will help us to avoid any last minute tensions.

Form a team to take care of each activity and have great team works.

 

Reply here if you have something to add.

 

Thanks.

chennai.rb – April meetup


Hi all,

System Insights is happy to welcome you all for chennai Ruby Users Group’s meetup.
The location is here http://systeminsights.com/locations.

Date: 06-04-2013
Timings 10.30 AM to 1 PM.

Talks,
1. Hadooping with Ruby(Deepak Prasanna R)
2. Building Large Rails App(Karthikeyan A K).

Directions to reach the venue,
1. Take Tambaram-Velachery main road.
2. Reach Santhoshpuram bus stop.
3. Take Vengaivasal main road, and travel 2 kms straight until you see IMGears pvt ltd.
4. SystemInsights is right next to IMGears.

After reaching Santhoshpuram, ask for “Vengaivasal bus stop” or “IMGears” if you are lost.
If you need help, please ring me up on 9884688011.

Thanks,
Deepak.

Indian Linux Users Group, Chennai – Monthly Meet ( January 19 2013 )


ILUGC Monthly Meet (January 19 2013 )
==================================

Indian Linux Users Group, Chennai [ ILUGC ] is spreading awareness on
Free Open Source Software in Chennai since Jan 1998. We meet regularly
on every month second Saturday with technical talks and discussions on
various Free software.

Check our website http://ilugc.in for further details.

Join our mailing list at http://www.ae.iitm.ac.in/mailman/listinfo/ilugc

We have our Meet on January 19, 2013

Check the details below.

ILUGC Monthly Meet (January 19 2013):-
==============================

  Time : Sat January 19, 2013 (3.00 – 5.30 PM)

    Venue: Classroom No 3,
    Areo Space Engineering,
    Near Gajendra Circle,
    IIT Madras.

Link for the Map: http://bit.ly/iit-aero

1.

Topic : RESTful architecture and design – The future of web

Brief summary:
REST is a powerful design pattern that allows architects, developers
and web designers to perceive web from a different perspective. Many
web frameworks and applications (Rails, DJango, RIAK) these days
are designed using the RESTful approach. This talk should provide
an introduction to REST design paradigms and approach that helps
audience understand them with better clarity.

Duration : 30 minutes

Speaker : Chandrashekar Babu

About Speaker: Chandrashekar Babu is  corporate trainer on FOSS technologies.
http://www.chandrashekar.info/
email AT chandrashekar.info

2.

Topic : PHP more than basics

Description : Beyond basics of php the architecture, professional codding etc .

Duration : 30-45 min

Links to Read :
http://www.w3schools.com/php/php_intro.asp,
http://www.tizag.com/phpT/index.php

About Speaker : G.yoganand, PHP Team lead Softmatrix

yoganandgopalan AT gmail.com

3.

Topic: Introduction to Firefox OS

Description: Firefox OS is the upcoming mobile platform. This talk introduces – What it is, how it is structured etc.

Links to read:
http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefoxos/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefox_OS

Speaker : Dwaraka Nath <dtsdwarak AT hotmail.com>

About Speaker : Dwaraka Nath is part of Public Relations Team of Mozilla India.
https://wiki.mozilla.org/User:Dtsdwarak

Duration : 30 min

4.
General group discussions on any queries, events etc.
CDs/DVDs can be shared on prior request.
Announce this to all your friends, social network sites etc.

All are welcome. Entry Free

Indian Linux Users Group, Chennai – Monthly Meet ( December 8 )


ILUGC Monthly Meet ( December 8 )
==================================

Indian Linux Users Group, Chennai [ ILUGC ] is spreading awareness on
Free Open Source Software in Chennai since Jan 1998. We meet regularly
on every month second Saturday with technical talks and discussions on
various Free software.

Check our website http://ilugc.in for further details.

Join our mailing list at http://www.ae.iitm.ac.in/mailman/listinfo/ilugc

We have our December 2012 Meet.

Check the details below.

ILUGC Monthly Meet (December 8 th):-
==============================

Time : Sat December 8, 2012 (3.00 – 5.30 PM)

Venue: Classroom No 3,
Areo Space Engineering,
Near Gajendra Circle,
IIT Madras.

Link for the Map: http://bit.ly/iit-aero

1.

Topic : Open source for startups

Duration : 20 minutes

Speaker : Chidambaresan Sakthi
founder & ceo, opennovus.com

chidambasakthi at gmail.com

2.

Topic: Building ultra large web apps using Rails

Description: How Rails is used on building large websites

Duration: 30 mins

Links to Read: http://rubyonrails.org

About Speaker: Karthikeyan A K ( Project Director Webtoday business )  mindaslab at gmail.com

3.
Topic: How Ortho-One opened its doors to FOSS and GNU/Linux

Description: Ortho-One hospital is a leading orthopedic hospital in Coimbatore. The talk is case-study about how proprietary products and solutions can create a vendor lock-in and how FOSS can help in the situation. We will also discuss about the FOSS tools available in the health-care industry and how it can be deployed in a hospital.

Duration: 30 Minutes

Links to Read:
http://dreaswar.com/2012/08/16/my-hospital-runs-linux-or-how-we-closed-the-windows-opened-the-doors/

About Speaker: Kumaran, [ kumaran AT kums.in ], is a open source enthusiast & one of the world’s youngest RHCEs.He is a hardcore GNU/Linux fan, who actively promotes FOSS.

Kumaran is the key person in Migrating a hospital in Coimbatore to Free software.

4.

Discussion on FossConf’13

General group discussions on any queries, events etc.
CDs/DVDs can be shared on prior request.
Announce this to all your friends, social network sites etc.

All are welcome. Entry Free

ILUGC Monthly Meet ( November 10 )


ILUGC Monthly Meet ( November 10 )
==================================

Indian Linux Users Group, Chennai [ ILUGC ] is spreading awareness on
Free Open Source Software in Chennai since Jan 1998. We meet regularly
on every month second Saturday with technical talks and discussions on
various Free software.
Check our website http://ilugc.in for further details.

Join our mailing list at http://www.ae.iitm.ac.in/mailman/listinfo/ilugc

We have our November 2012 Meet.

Check the details below.

ILUGC Monthly Meet (November 10 th):-
==============================

Time : Sat November 10, 2012 (3.00 – 5.30 PM)

Venue: Classroom No 3,
Areo Space Engineering,
Near Gajendra Circle,
IIT Madras.

Link for the Map: http://bit.ly/iit-aero

1.

Topic : PHP more than basics

Description : Beyond basics of php the arcitecture, professional codding etc .

Duration : 30-45

Links to Read : http://www.w3schools.com/php/php_intro.asp,
http://www.tizag.com/phpT/index.php

About Speaker : G.yoganand PHP Team lead Softmatrix. yoganandgopalan AT gmail DOT com

2.

Topic : regular expressions for every one.

Description : a brief introduction to regular expression.

Duration : 30 Minutes  (Max)

Level: Basics to Intermediate

About Speaker: Ravi Jaya, An Open Source Consultant, who loves Gnu-Linux by heart.
ravi.goglobium AT gmail DOT com

3.
Topic: Discussion on India’s IT Rules and threat to Internet

Description: The recent rules notified by the Government under the
Information Technology Act, 2000 regarding intermediaries affect bloggers,
online media and intermediaries by placing stringent controls on
content that can be posted online. The rules have the potential to be used as
a means to censor the internet through the back door and could have chilling
effects on free speech and dissemination of information. The rules also go
far beyond the IT Act, under which the rules have been framed, and
have provisions that affect the fundamental rights of citizens including
the right to freedom of speech and expression as well as the right to privacy.

Duration: 30 Minutes

Links to Read:

[1] http://fsmi.in/waging-war-against-internet-and-democracy

[2] http://sflc.in/back-door-censorship-alias-intermediary-pre-screening/

About Speaker: Core Team, Free Software Foundation Tamil Nadu

4.

General group discussions on any queries, events etc.
CDs/DVDs can be shared on prior request.
Announce this to all your friends, social network sites etc.

All are welcome. Entry Free

ILUGC Monthly Meet ( June 9 )


Indian Linux Users Group, Chennai [ ILUGC ] is spreading awareness on Free Open Source Software in Chennai since Jan 1998.
We meet regularly on every month second saturday with technical talks and discussions on various Free software.
Check our website http://ilugc.in for further details.

Join our mailing list at http://www.ae.iitm.ac.in/mailman/listinfo/ilugc

We have our June 2012 Meet.
Check the details below.

ILUGC Monthly Meet (June 9 th):-
==============================

   Time : Sat June 9, 2012 (3.00 – 5.30 PM)

   Venue: Classroom No 3,
   Areo Space Engineering,
   Near Gajendra Circle,
   IIT Madras.

   Link for the Map: http://bit.ly/iit-aero

1.

Topic : Basic using of Squid Proxy.

Description : Here we will see how to use Squid proxy to Create Access
Control List based on Src, domain, time and creating Regex.

Time : 45 min to 1 hr

Links:
One_Slide_Squid:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lNAfn6kYrfo/T8tOtF6LRfI/AAAAAAAAARI/erIB1OcxvJI/s1600/Squid+Proxyouput.jpeg

http://www.linuxhomenetworking.com/wiki/index.php/Quick_HOWTO_:_Ch32_:_Controlling_Web_Access_with_Squid

About Speaker:
Balasubramaniam Natarajan , works as an Incident Responder in an organization.
Email: bala150985 AT gmail.com

He creates video tutorials in Tamil. Check them here:
http://www.youtube.com/balatutor

Blog: http://blog.etutorshop.com

2.

Topic : Discussion about the Ubuntu/Fedora Release Party

Description :
We are planning for a Public event as Ubuntu/Fedora Release Party.
We will discussion on selecting the public place, event agenda,
activities to do, volunteering etc.

Duration : Max 30 to 45 min

3.

Topic: My experience of running Open Source Business

Description:  Personal experiences of Sri Ramadoss M, in taking up
businesses with Open Source Software.

Speaker: Amachu < amachu AT amachu DOT com >

About speaker: Speaker initiated Amachu Infrasoft Services to take up Open Source IT Infrastructure Services. Having been from the
community, the expereinces that led him into this & the model he adopted,  his experiences will be shared along with his future
intentions. Would be interesting to you, if you are a student, wanna start up a company, work with him, get associated with his
Organization.

link: amachu.com

4.

General group discussions on any queries, events etc.
CDs/DVDs can be shared on prior request.
Announce this to all your friends, social network sites etc.

All are welcome. Entry Free