|Time||: 2:15pm – 5:30pm|
|Venue||: Internet Club, IInd Floor, AMI Trust Building,
Broadway Enclave, Broadway, Ernakulam
The meeting started at 2.15pm.The first session was an Introduction to Free Software, GNU Movement, Open Source Software, Licenses and GNU/Linux. The main agenda of the meeting was the technical presentation by Jaisen, “Geo Visualization and Resource planning with Swathanthra Software”.
The session started with the speaker talking about the history of maps the different types of geographical mapping methods and types of maps. The concept of Cartography and the scientific methods used were explained in detail. This was important because these were the building blocks of GIS. The speaker moved on to describe his project “Geographical visualization of Cheruvannoor Panchayat in Kozhikode”. He started by explaining the functioning of Grama Panchayats, need for resource planning and the government policies related to Resource planning and Swathanthra Software. He described his objectives and requirements for the project.
The fact that the audience were eagerly following the presentation could be seen from the volley of questions that had started coming from the moment the session started. The speaker was able to clear all the doubts. Some people among the audience already working in GIS field shared their experience and knowledge in the field.
The speaker demonstrated the Map Server and the web based interface. (http://cheruvannur.web4all.in/). He also briefed through the configuration for setting up the same.
The attendees then moved on to have tea and snacks after the session.
The Next session described the most commonly used File managers in GNU/Linux – Nautilus and Konqueror.
The session started with the explanation of basics of the File Manager. The people who already had knowledge on these subjects shared their ideas. There were lot of doubts as well. The speaker explained the importance of knowing more about File Managers. He said that knowing how to use file managers would help us to efficiently speed up the work.
After that session Jay Jacob gave a brief introduction to the upcoming National Free Software Conference. He encouraged the audience to participate in the conference, present projects and technical papers. He explained the importance of the event and how the Free Software community should benefit from this event.
A small briefing about the activities of ILUG Cochin and how ILUG Cochin and the Swathanthra Software community needed the active participation from those who came for the meeting was emphasized.
The meeting concluded up at 5.30pm with the recitation of the National Anthem.
Sunil Kumar AU
K B Smart
Jaisen N D
Mohammed Rashad K M
Sreejith K S
Binny V A
Zaheer M K
G Venkata Subramanian
Sameer Mohammed Thahir
We thank all the attendees for coming and urge them to put their feedback on the mailing list so we can improve future meetings.
And hope the next meeting is bigger and better.