September 2010

Manual Release

Manual Release

Computing Freedom in Engineering and Technology Seminar

A one day seminar on 'Computing Freedom in Engineering and Technology' was held in the UGC Staff college auditorium on the 26th of September 2010. This event is in sequel to the call given by Free Software Movement of India (FSMI) to celebrate Software Freedom Fortnight from 15th Sept (birth anniversary of the father of Indian Engineering, Mokshagundam Visweswarayya) to 2nd Oct (Gandhi Jayanthi).

The 'Computing Freedom' seminar was aimed at emphasising on how Free Software can be used in academics and the speakers stressed on the need to strengthen the learning process which could be done only through Free Software as it is possible to look at the source code and make modifications to it. Collaborative effort of the academicians resulted in the release of a lab manual for Qucs (Electronic Circuit Analysis based on Free Software).

The manual was electronically and physically released by Prof KS Rajan of IIITH. It was decided to hold workshops/seminars/symposiums/guest talks in the run up for the National Conference of Academicians in Free Software. To begin with the first workshop will be held in the third week of october in the vicinity of JNTU Kakinada.

Student Workshops in Hyderabad

As part of celebrations of Software Freedom Day (SFD), Swecha is observing Software Freedom Fortnight (SFF). SFF starts from September 15th (the father of Indian engineering Mokshagundam Visweswarayya birthday) to October 2nd (Gandhi Jayanthi). During this fortnight workshops, sessions, seminars, and activities will be conducted in various places on Free Software.

This year SFF is being celebrated in various engineering colleges. Workshops have been planned in a number of colleges like VNR VJIET (Bachupally), SMEC (Kompally), SVIT (Secunderabad) in Hyderabad where thousands of students from various other colleges in the city will be attending.

More sessions are lined up for the students, the registrations for which are open for the students through Swecha website at Student Workshops in Hyderabad. For more information contact Bhuvan Krishna – 9490098015

Content of the workshops is as follows:

Day 1
Session 1

1.Why Free Software
2.Preparing your system (Installing GNU/Linux, basics of system
administration,  customization)

Software Freedom Day 2010

“Swecha” will be celebrating Software Freedom Day 2010 in collaboration with UGC Academic Staff College, JNTU Hyderabad on 26th September 2010 at UGC Academic Staff college Auditorium. A series of events have been scheduled between September 15th to October 2nd . Members and activists of Swecha created the Free Software Distribution “eSwecha” useful for academicians, researchers and students of Engineering. This distribution is well received and has been implemented in many labs. A seminar on "Computing Freedom in Engineering and Technology" is an initiation to strengthen the activities among academics, researchers, students and professionals in the industry. We invite the present and future faculty members from all colleges, and professionals in the industry to participate and contribute.

The Executive of FSMI has given a call to to celebrate the fortnight from September 15th (Engineer's Day, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya's Jayanti) to October 2nd (Gandhi Jayanthi) as "Software Freedom Fortnight".


Please click here to register for Software Freedom Day 2010.

Free Software Introductory Talks in Hyderabad

Free Software sessions have been planned in the following colleges on September 04, 2010.

  • SMEC (St. Martin's College of Engineering), Kompally

    The morning session would be held for students from the CSE and IT departments and the afternoon session would be held for the students of the ECE department.  Both the sessions will deal with 'Introduction to Free Software' as the students are new to Free Software.

  • Vidya Jyothi Institute of Technology, Aziz Nagar
    An introductory session to students on Free Software.