From August 1997 ILUG Cochin has been working for the cause of Freedom in the field of Software by promoting Free Software. Contrary to the hype and glamour, ILUG has been promoting this cause in a truthful, transparent and the most effective manner. ILUG believes its major aim in this regard is Free Software awareness. And therefore the attempt to create this awareness is reflected in all of ILUGs activities. Be it a stall for promotion or a seminar or presentation the core concept of Freedom always exists in the activities of ILUG. And it is because of this concept and strong foundation ILUG has been able to successfully move forward into its 10th year.
It has been a cumulative effort of the millions of supporters and developers throughout the world, India, Kerala and Kochi that has helped boost this concept and help spread the message along with ILUG’s success. ILUG has been able to help thousands of people regain their freedom and choose the right path and this has helped create a chain reaction propagating our message to the nook and corner of Kerala.
ILUG Cochin has been involved in a host of activities from the day it was formed. Some of the major activities which have formed the backbone of its success are described below…
Seminars, Presentations, Demonstrations And Stalls
These are the foundation of ILUGs objective of spreading Free Software Awareness. ILUG has been conducting various seminars, classes and doing demonstrations all throughout Kerala. ILUG has been part of several popular IT events and has been able to effectively make a mark in all the programmes it has participated. More importance has been given to conducting these activities in educational institutions as these are the cradle of information in society. And therefore ILUG has been able to make its mark among the students and academicians as a community information and resource centre.
ILUG has taken great pain to instill the concept of a community into the field of software and education.We believe that we have been able to create some impact in this regard.
Stalls and exhibitions are a new addition to ILUG’s activities. In events that focus on the software industry, ILUG puts forward its ideas and objectives making an impact in the form of a candle in the dark. And indeed it has borne its fruits because of the various massive responses we have got for such events. ILUG hopes to get more chances in the future to spread its message in the form of such related events which can help provide a big stage.
Although awareness forms the building block, providing information is the next most important thing. Surprisingly ILUG has not been behind in imparting quality education to the people of Kerala. ILUG firmly believes that money should don’t hinder the path to gaining quality education. And hence we have conceived a community based training model that provides the students freedom and creates a wonderful learning environment that brings out the best in them. This concept of ours has enabled us to help hundreds of people gain knowledge and help them attain their goals in their careers.
We firmly believe that the people whom we have trained will be a boon to the free software community and the society as a whole, like children learning from their parents these people have learned from us and have moved forward to spread our message.
Solutions and Support
As the final step in the implementation stage ILUG also provides services to people,organizations and institutions for converting to free software and implementing it effectively. While providing the solution we make sure that satisfaction is guaranteed, thereby providing support. Unlike a commercial initiative we make sure that along with the transparent solution we also provide the much needed training to these people. As mentioned above money does not form a criteria when it comes to providing service for those people who are willing to show the world that the concept of freedom has do marvels. Again these people help us in turn by being real examples of our success.