May 2010 Meeting Details

Warm Greetings To The Free Software Community,

The meeting of the “Indian Libre User Group” was held on May 23rd 2010 successfully.(4th Sunday of Every Month)

Following is a brief snapshot of the meeting.

Date: 23-05-2010
Time: 2:15pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Internet Club, IInd Floor, AMI Trust Building,
Broadway Enclave, Broadway, Ernakulam
Attendance : 27

2.15pm

– Customary Introduction
– People shared their experience with Free Software.

2.20pm

  • Introduction to Free Software
  • History of the GNU Movement
  • Licenses – GNU GPL, LGPL, Concept of Copyleft
  • Open Source Software and its Difference with Free Software.
  • Other Licenses and Operating Systems like BSD.

Agenda : Community Based Learning Centers,

  • Discussions started with moderator explaining the concept of a Free Software Community Based Learning Center (CBLC).
  • Although the audience were confused initially on the idea of CBLC, they were able to understand the crux of it through examples.
  • Since the discussion was as usual a brainstorming, there was no plan/ blueprint to implement.
  • Several people shared the experiences with Free Software and teaching and excercising the four freedoms.
  • The discussion had drifted to a serious topic of lack of contribution to the Free Software Movement.
  • The 2nd and 4th Freedom (Freedom to study and modify ) was not being excercised by the majority.
  • Many people pointed out the lack of Development/ Contribution groups or communities, also many people pointed out lack of initiatives in User Groups.
  • The discussion was wound up with many people planning to give a thought to building the next generation Free Software community, from children with their energy and to imbibe the culture of contribution by equipping them with knowledge.
  • A case study of the “Free Learning Institute” as a CBLC was taken up and discussed in brief.


4.15 pm

Tea Break

4.30pm
Technical Presentation : Basics of Shell Scripting

  • Introduction to Bourne Again Shell
  • Explained the working principle of a shell using a small C Program.
  • Gave an introduction to built-in Environment variables and user-defined Environment
    Variables.
  • Discussed about the following commands, which are good for daily use.
    top, ps, links, elinks, lynx, mplayer for playing vcd,dvd, and audio cd, extracting audio-cd files,
    vcd and dvd using mplayer, virtual console,
  • Audience responded by asking several questions
  • Because of the late start of the presentation the actual topic could not be reached, hence the rest of this presentation would be continued at the next meeting


5.35pm

Conclusion

  • The usually short concluding session last almost half an hour.
  • IB Manoj of the Free Learning Institute, explained the aims, objectives and future plans of the Free Learning Institute.
  • Suraj Kenoth invited all to the Swathanthra Malayalam Computing Camp being held at the Free Learning Institute on 24,25 May.
  • Jay Jacob announced a small Development/ Contribution Kickstart camp on 29/05/2010 from 2pm onwards at ILUG Meeting Venue.
  • Few people volunteered to take technical presentations for the month of June.
  • The Malayalam translated interface of tux paint screen shots were shown to the attendees.
  • All people who volunteered for the Meeting were thanked.
  • Everyone was requested to exchange feedbacks with the meeting volunteers.

We thank all the attendees for coming and urge them to put their feedback on the mailing list so we can improve future meetings.

Next meeting : 27/06/2010

Attendees

  1. Sreenadh
  2. Jos Collin
  3. Lentin Joseph
  4. Praseed Pai K.T
  5. Thomas V Vettical
  6. Nishanth A I
  7. Avin M Antony
  8. Nighil Thomas
  9. Nirmal
  10. Paresh Palicha
  11. Raju Ramdas
  12. George John
  13. Faisal P P
  14. Harshad P A
  15. Sinu John
  16. Prasanth S
  17. Kevin Sha
  18. Manoj Kumar I B
  19. Harikrishnan T R
  20. Manu Ram
  21. Deepak S P
  22. Jigu E V
  23. Sujiv
  24. Thomas M Vazhapilly
  25. Saju George
  26. Jay Jacob
  27. Sameer

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April 2010 Meeting Details

The meeting of the “Indian Libre User Group” was held on
April 25 2010 successfully.(4th Sunday of Every Month)

Following is a brief snapshot of the meeting.

  • Date: 25-04-2010
  • Time: 2:15pm – 5.30pm
  • Venue: Internet Club, IInd Floor, AMI Trust Building,
    Broadway Enclave, Broadway, Ernakulam
  • Attendance : 19

2.15pm

– Customary Introduction
– People shared their experience with Free Software.

2.20pm

Agenda : The Free Software Movemement in the next decade..

– Discussions started by looking back at the growth of Free Software
in the last decade and the reasons behind it.

– Then the discussion moved on the following topics
– What is Free Software??
– 4 Freedoms
– GNU Movement and its history
– Open Source Software
– GNU/Linux and other GNU based Operating Systems
– Licenses – GNU GPL

– One interesting aspect was the attendees sharing their
bits from history on facts relating to computers and technology.

– What are the new challenges and goals.
– Mixing Free Software with proprietary for convenience
– Blobs in Linux Kernel
– Handheld Devices and Mobile Phones that run proprietary
software.
– Digital Restrictions Mangement

– How does the community need to look forward to the coming years.
– More activities
– Local self sustaining groups
– Involve the younger generation

– Changing role of User Groups.
– Significance as support groups is reduced.
– More to involve in decision making
– Contribution to Free Software

4.00pm
Attendees break for tea


4.15pm

Technical Presentation: Power of Imagemagick.

– Session began by Explaining the power and flexibility of command line.
– Imagemagick is referred at http://en.flossmanuals.net/gnulinux,
when they speak about the advantages of command line.
– The first tool introduced was “convert”.
– The power of that tool was visualised before them.
– The two most powerful tools of Image magick were convert and mogrify.
– Other tools introduced were mogrify, identify, montage, display, animate.
– The tool “convert” was used to convert a Malayalam text file to image
with decorative forms.
– The animate tool also attracted the audience very much.
– “Mogrify” is used for converting and resizing a whole directory with a
simple command

5.15 pm

Conclusion
– Thanking all the people who contributed to the conduct of the Meeting.

– The message was that the meetings need to be place where attendees
come to share, learn and teach, not just to listen.

– One member shared his view on the cost involved in migrating to Free
Software.

– Three attendees volunteered to handle technical presentations in the
May 2010 meeting.

Attendees

Sooraj Kenoth
Sreenadh
Thomas V Vettical
S Sreekanth
Sanalkumar M.R.
Faisal P.P
Arshad P.A.
Rohit Viswam
Swathi
Vineeth T.V.
Melwin C.V.
Thomas M Vazhappilli
Saju George
Jay Jacob
Raju Ramdas
Praseed Pai K.J.
Manu Ram
Shalvin P.D.
Sameer Mohamed 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.

Next meeting : 24/05/2010