July 2010 Meeting Details

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

Following is a brief snapshot of the meeting.

Date: 25-07-2010
Time: 2:00pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Internet Club, IInd Floor, AMI Trust Building,
Broadway Enclave, Broadway, Ernakulam
Attendance : 22


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

2.40pm – 4.00pm
Discussion on Concept of Free Software and other topics

– Introduction to Free Software
– History of the GNU Movement
– History of GNU/Linux
– Concept of an Operating System, Kernel
– What is Source Code, Binary Program
– Licenses – GNU GPL
– Concept of Copyleft
– Open Source Software and its Difference with Free Software
– Drawbacks of proprietary software
– Free Software and Freeware
– Discussion on how freedom to study and freedom to modify can be used
– Concept of Community
– Development of Software through Free Software community
– Copyright aspects in other areas like Music and Movies
– Commercial aspect of Free Software

4.00 pm
Tea Break

Technical Discussions:

1. Emacs
Emacs is a powerful text editor.

2. Mencoder/ Mplayer
Mplayer is a powerful and versatile Multimedia Player and Mencoder is a audio/ video encoding and Manipulation tool.

3. What is LTSP
Linux Terminal Server Project(LTSP) is a Thin Client/ Diskless Node server.

4. Creating a Bootable USB Storage Device with RMS GNU/Linux
RMS is mostly SLAX, A complete Libre distribution based on slax. Can be used on USB Drives and has a small footprint.

5. Troubleshooting Discussions.


– People were requested to handle small technical discussions for the next meeting.

– All people who came for the Meeting were thanked.

Next meeting : 22/08/2010

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