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.

Swecha... now in Vizag too!!

Swecha is making forays into other major cities in Andhra Pradesh.

Swecha has been instrumental in propagating the importance of Free Software among various sections like Students, academicians and working professionals. There are hundreds of students who are active members of Swecha’s activities throughout the city of Hyderabad.

As part of its programme to educate students of various engineering colleges outside Hyderabad, Swecha organised an introductory session for students of various engineering colleges in and around Visakhapatnam (Vizag) on 11th of this month. The students were greatly inspired by the advantages of Free Software and are now on the path to establish GLUGs in their respective colleges.

In continuation with the session, students and professors of AU have come forward to conduct a 1 day workshop in their college and also inaugurate Andhra University Glug on 24th July 2010. As part of the preparations, Swecha trained the students of the college in migrating their Computer labs to "GNU Labs" on 17th July 2010.

"1 Day Workshop on Free Software"

5 Day workshop

Swecha organized a five day workshop on various Free Software technologies from June 30, 2010 to July 4, 2010 at MLR Institute of Technology, Dundigal, Hyderabad. 40 Students from various Engineering and MCA colleges across the state attended the workshop. The workshop dealt with training the students for these 5 days on - Preparing GNU Labs (Free Software Labs), Scripting Languages like Shell & Python, Content Management Systems (Web Technologies) like Drupal and Graphics Tools like Gimp and Inkscape and the Art of Programming. These sessions were taken by experts from Industry who are working on respective technologies which proved to be an asset for the participants.

The main aim of the workshop was to give an insight of how a Free Software developer community works to the students. Free Software Movement of India supported the workshop conducted by Swecha. We believe this workshop will help students to become passionate developers and contribute to ever growing Free Software community. The workshop also included a session on evolution of web as Web 1.0 to Web 3.0. Along with the technical sessions various non-technical sessions were also conducted on concepts like copyrights and patents.

FSMI's response to DIT's Draft Policy on Open Standards for e-Governance Version 1.1

Department of Information Technology(DIT) has drafted a policy on Open Standards for e-Governance and they kept this draft for public review. Read this draft here
Free Software Movement of India(FSMI), a national coalition of free software organizations would like to submit comments on the Draft Policy on Open Standards for e-Governance Version 1.1 dated May 2010, for the kind consideration of the Department of Information Technology.

Free Software Movement of India Arrives on the National Scene!

The founding conference of Free Software Movement (FSM) was held at Bengaluru on March 20-21, 2010 which marked a historic development in Free Software Movement in India. Sixteen Free Software Movements (FSMs) working in various states and sectors came together and decided to form a National coalition of FSMs in this two-day National conference.

The conference was attended by 286 delegates from all over the country. The total participants in the conference, including the delegates is 1826. This is the highest number of participation in a free software event in the country. Eighteen parallel sessions have been conducted that dealt with policy issues, free  software models and more.

After extensive debate, the conference adopted a document describing the aims and objectives of the organisation, the scope of activities and structure of the organisation. The conference unanimously elected a General Council of 69 members, an Executive Committee of 28 members and 9 office bearers to finalise constitution, and other formalities.


Media Reports Detailed Reports
Hindu Article on 15 March
Hindu Article on 19 March
Hindu Article on 20 March
Hindu Article on 21 March
Hindu Article on 22 March
Deccan Herald on Free Software Movement
Deccan Herald Article on 21 March
Citizen Matters Article on 14 March
Citizen Matters Article 20 March
FSMI activist's blog Day 1
FSMI activist's blog Day 2

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ఫ్రీ సాఫ్ట్వేర్ ---పాఠశాల విద్య

    నిత్యజీవితంలో కంప్యూటర్లు సెల్ ఫోన్లు ఇతర గాడ్జెట్లు  సగటు మనిషి జీవితంతో సైతం పెనవేసుకుపోతున్నాయి. కంప్యూటర్‌ లిటరేట్ అయి ఉండటం భావి తరాలవారికి ఒక కంపల్షన్‌గా మారింది. కంప్యుటర్ ఇంటర్నెట్ ఆవిష్కరణలు అనేక నూతన సాంప్రదాయాలకు కూడా నాంది పలికాయి. విజ్ఞాన సర్వస్వం ప్రజలకు అందుబాటులో ఉండాలి అని ఎవరైనా అంటే అందరం అంగీకరిస్తాము, కార్పొరేట్ కంపెనీల గుప్పెట్లో  కాపీ రైటు పేటెంట్ల వంటి అంశాల ద్వారా  విజ్ఞానం బందీ అవుతున్న నేటి తరుణంలో అసలు సాధ్యమయ్యే అంశమేనా అని తప్పకుండా అనిపిస్తుంది. కులాసా రయుళ్ల మాటలో చెప్పాలంటే  "వెళ్ళెళ్ళవయ్యా మా చెప్పొచ్చావులే చోద్యం" అంటారు . అందులోను ఐటి అంటే అసలు నమ్మసక్యం కాదు . కానీ ఇటువంటి ఒక నూతన సాంప్రదాయానికి శ్రీకారం చుట్టింది కూడా ఐటి రంగంలోనే. 

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