January 2012 Meeting Details

The meeting of the “Indian Libre User Group” was successfully held on January 22nd 2012.

Date: 22-01-2012

Time: 2:00pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Internet Club, IInd Floor, AMI Trust Building,
Broadway Enclave, Broadway, Ernakulam

2.30pm – 2.45pm

Customary Self Introduction.
People shared their experience with Free Software

2.45pm – 4.30pm – Session by G. Venkit Subramanian

The main session started with the introduction to Nmap.Nmap (Network Mapper) is a security scanner originally written by Gordon Lyon (also known by his pseudonym Fyodor Vaskovich) used to discover hosts and services on a computer network, thus creating a “map” of the network. To accomplish its goal, Nmap sends specially crafted packets to the target host and then analyzes the responses. Unlike many simple port scanners that just send packets at some predefined constant rate, Nmap accounts for the network conditions (latency fluctuations, network congestion, the target interference with the scan) during the run.

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Tea break

Concluding Session

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

Thanks to all the attendees for coming and they are requested to put their feedback on the mailing list so that we can improve future meetings.

Special Session with Richard Stallman from 5:30-7.30pm

Richard Stallman, the guru of the world-wide free software movement, reiterated here on Sunday that proprietary software inherently took away the people’s freedom and free software was not only efficient but also moral as it did not eat into people’s freedom. He was interacting with members of ILUG-Cochin as part of the 15th anniversary of Indian Libre User Group, established in 1997.

Dr. Stallman said that when he set himself on his mission in 1983 he was not so articulate in his comprehension of proprietary software. Any non-free software is evil, he said as he appealed to all to avoid using proprietary software.Use proprietary software only to help the cause of free software, he said. He also cautioned about the privacy threat, the facebook users are exposed to.He was also of the opinion that the mobile phones are on proprietary software and then they are used as listening devices by their creators.He was also very concerned about the censorship brought in to control freedom of expression and speech in America (SOPA & PIPA) and India (Social Networking Sites).

Next meeting : 26 February 2012

ILUG-Cochin Meeting on January 22nd 2012

Warm Greetings To The Free Software Community

Indian Libre User Group is spreading Free Software awareness in society
through its regular monthly meetings ( 4th Sunday of every month ),
conducted since 1997. ILUG Cochin (www.ilug-cochin.org) is holding its
regular meeting along with a special session for this month on
Sunday, 22nd January 2012.

The Details are as follows

Date : 22/01/2012, 22nd January, Sunday

Time : 2pm-5:30pm (main meeting schedule 1-4)
5:30pm-8:30pm (special session schedule 5)

Venue :

Internet Club
IInd Floor, AMI Trust Bldg,
Broadway Enclave
Location: Behind Allappat Super Shoppe,On top of SBT Treasury wing

Meeting Schedule
1. Introduction to Free Software and GNU Movement
2. Agenda : Introduction to NMAP
3. Technical Discussions
4. Q&A Session
5. Special Session with Richard Stallman from 5:30-8:30pm

A Map showing the venue is available at :

Directions to reach venue.

Directions to Meeting Venue

Get answers to your questions about the meeting at:


For further information contact :
Tel:+91 9447111771
Tel:+91 9995717112
Tel:+91 9747173432
Tel:+91 9496449969
Tel:+91 484 2374862 ( Venue )
Tel:+91 484 4025077 ( Venue )
contact at ilug-cochin.org


1. Introduction to Free Software

We start of with our regular discussion on the concepts and philosophy of
the Free Software Movement and related topics.

2. Agenda : Introduction to NMAP

We will have an introduction discussion about the features of
NMAP & specifics of port scanning. We will also discuss the relevance in
the world of cyberspace.

3. Technical Discussions

Attendees will discuss and/or present topics of interest. They will share
their knowledge by handling small sessions to make up the Technical
Session part of the Meeting.

4. Q&A Session

This would be used to answer doubts that users have concerning Free Software.

5. Special Session with Richard Stallman from 5:30-8.30pm

There is a special session at 5:30pm till 8:30pm, at which time we expect
to have prescence of Richard Stallman and we hope hear about his success
on Free Software.

Please confirm your ability to attend, as there is limited space for
seating, therefore please send a confirmation about your ability to attend
both the main meeting(schedule 1-4) and special session(schedule 5)
separately to ilugcoordinator@gmail.com. We will be able to accomodate
only as many seats are available at ILUG-COCHIN. We hope to give a reply
confirmation to all those who wish to attend as soon as we able to do
so(Total seating capacity at ILUG-COCHIN aprox 50+).

We look forward to your participation for this exciting meeting. Hope to
meet you all on Sunday.

Thank You

Indian Libre User Group, Cochin