District Workshop on FOSS Technologies in Vijayawada

Swecha in association with VR Siddhartha College of Engineering and NIMRA Institute of Technology has organized a two-day workshop as a part of Software Freedom Fortnight on the 25th and 26th of September, 2011.

This workshop catered to the students of engineering colleges of Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts. Around 200 students from more than 10 engineering participated in this workshop. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Koteswara Rao, HOD of IT Dept, VR Siddartha Institute of Engineering and Technology. Mr. Siddartha Malempati, Vice President, Swecha took up a session on 'Free Software Philosophy' and explained the importance of FOSS technologies to the participants after the inaugural session. Naveen from Swecha took up a session on 'Making of a Computer Suite' in which he explained the installation procedure of GNU/LINUX based Operating System, Ubuntu. He also demonstrated the various functionalities of the Operating System. Chaitanya and Ravi Teja, members of the student chapter of Swecha, free software hacktivists and a students of MVGR College of Engineering have taken technology sessions on the following topics:

Visakhapatnam District Workshop on FOSS Technologies in Andhra University

As part of the Software Freedom Fortnight (from 15 th Sept to 2nd Oct) AUCE|GLUG has
conducted a 2 day workshop on Free Software Technologies held on 24 th and 25th of September
2011. The workshop was conducted in association with “Swecha”.
Inaugural Function (Day 1):
The inaugural function was presided by Prof.M.Shashi (HOD-Dept. of Computer Science and
Systems Engineering), Prof.G.S.N.Raju (Principal AUCE(A)), coordinators for the Workshop
Prof.V.Valli Kumari and Prof.N.V.E.S.Murthy and Prof.L.Pratap Reddy (JNTU-H).
The dignitaries gave a brief description about importance of free software and its advantages.
Day 1:
Free Software Philosophy:
This session is the 1st session of the 2 day workshop. This session was presented by Mr.Bhuvan
Krishna, General Secretary of Swecha. Introductory things like what is free software,
advantages of free software, proprietary software were dealt in the session. The four laws that
govern the free software philosophy were presented with example scenarios pertaining to
software development. Difference between free software model and open source software
model were discussed in the session. Debian operating system was used the host operating
system and some of its features were shown to the students. At the end of the session,

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Software Freedom Fortnight, 16th Sep - 2nd Oct

Swecha is celebrating Software Freedom Fortnight between 16th Sep - 2nd Oct in various districts of Andhra pradesh. The final event "Students convention" will be organized in Hyderabad which will sum up all efforts from the district level events. Following are the proposed dates for the events:

Date City
28th-29th Sep Khammam
23rd-24th Sep
  • Narsapur
24th-25th Sep
  • Vijaywada
  • Guntur
  • Chittoor
  • Kadapa
  • Visakapatnam
25th-26th Sep Kakinada
1st-2nd Oct Hyderabad
26th Sep Karimnagar

Please contact Siddharth +91 94900 98016 or write at siddhartha [at] swecha [dot] net for further details

An Unconventional Workshop

Swecha's 15 Day Free Software Camp

 The ongoing 15 days Free Software Summer Camp hosted by Swecha/FSMI at CBIT/MGIT campuses in Hyderabad that began on June 15 is a unique effort of its kind. The workshop has been aimed to facilitate budding software engineers across the country with an exposure to the culture of Free Software.

 The four fundamental freedoms of free software are the freedom to run the program for any purpose (freedom 0); freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish (freedom 1); freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbour (freedom 2) and freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3).

15 Day Software Industry Oriented Training Camp (Workshop)

Swecha,   part   of  Free   Software   Movement   of   India  will   be   conducting   a   “15   Day   Software Industry Oriented Training Camp”  in the Summer from June 16th  to June 30th of 2011 on Free & Open Source technologies (FOSS). The following are the topics that will be dealt in the camp :

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