Fedora Activity Day@BCREC by dgplug

So finally the Fedora Activity Day which was supposed to be held during Horizon’09 in April was held over two in 14th and 15th May,2009. The reason was that horizon got canceled due to some reason.

Here is a complete jot down of the whole two day experience

Day 1 :

We started a little late.At around 12 noon because of the projector was not working laptops.With  audience size was around 30 we started.

Arindam started by introducing the fedora project to the students. he introduced the Four F’s of the fedora project along with the community as well. He in fact introduce all  bits of the project.

Next was Kishan and Me , we tried to bust most of the misconceptions about linux/fedora in general.

Next we decided to actually give the students a demo of what the busted few minutes ago. Debashree, Amrita, Arpita showed them inkscape and gimp. Rangeen, me and arindam showed them video and music in Fedora.Along with Rangeen showing them KDE 4.2 and it attracted attention. Every machine in the Lab was running FEL live cd since there was no persmission to install Fedora in those machines[:(].

Whole of this continued till 2:10 and we decided to take a break.

After break we continued, this time 15 more students from electronics and communication branch came and joined us.

We introduced IRC to students and gave them a brief demo of it.

Then Rangeen started with FEL. He introduced GNUSim8085 and Ktechlabs which attracted most interest. There was power cut and outside was cloudy, so it was dark. but somehow even with UPS ans trailing machines rangeen continued.After the UPS gave up. We formed small groups of 8-9 and used out 5 laptops to demonstrated FEL. The session went along over 2 hours.It was a comprehensive demonstration and was a good one.

Due to lack of power, we decided to call it a day and gained permission to continued over the next day.

Day 2 :

We started day 2 with Some basic commands by Harsh Verma (a new fedora ambassador from dgplug). He showed them efficiently. Even showed the use of man and info pages. Me and Arindam  helped Harsh with this session. We showed them chmod , file permissions and a word of caution”not to login as root in GUI”.

The next session was vi by Dibyanshu. He gave a very good session on vi and showed most of the cool stuffs. I, personally liked the session very much.This guy is very new to dgplug but is showing great enthusiasm.

We took a break of 20 min and returned . Ratnadeep started with his GCC session. We decided to take on small assignments and started doing them using GCC. Ratnadeep did gave a comphensive demo of GCC and did well. Arindam decided to help them using Anjuta IDE and the same assignments were done using that.

This went till almost 5pm, power went out again. But I took my java session in my laptop. Showed them openjdk, the difference between openjdk and sun jdk. And how to install sun jdk in fedora using alternatives. This went on till 5:45pm and decided to call it a day.

The feedback was good. event though number of audince was less but it showed enthusiasm. Hope to get good contributors from this pack. There will be a post FAD session after the semester exams to keep nurturing this enthusiasm.

Over and all the session was successful and a good one.

With this session we  gained permission to install fedora in a machine. And me and Arindam decided to use this as a local mirror for the labs and students. Need to sort out some techical difficulties though. It currently behaves like a mirror in a box.More on this soon.

My cam’s battery gave up in mid ways so didnt clicked much , anyways pics are here :

Random Scriblings

Theres quite lot to  say :

1. Gave one more talk on OSM at mukti 09

2. Visited Kolkata Book Fair and help folks at IOTA stall .It was awesome .Detailed blog coming up

3. Fedora talk at mukti 09 on 6th .Event page up (need suggestions)

4.Visited bijra today and had lot of feedback (complaints) from them .

5. Got a lit of petrol almost decades after recent price cut for RS 50.

6. Harman Baweja still cant act .

7. Sign of twitter becoming mainstream in India .Read here.

Hey ! Today was Dgplug’s Birthday .

Four years ago today was the day when dgplug was born .

We are the Linux Users’ Group of Durgapur. The group officially started on Sep 8, 2004. A few small brains grouped together to populate Linux in the locality.

Kushal suggested us to hold a meetup on this regard . However due to many circumstances it was changed from a regular/normal meetup to a birthday party celebration .

We selected Food Court a.k.a Wonder vatika   as our venue .12 noon was the time selected .

I reached the place a little early and was roaming around when everyone arrived . We moved upto to our selected place .

Apart from Ajitesh , Ria , Arindam and me all are new contributer/members of Dgplug . So I started with history of dgplug as i have heard when i joined it .Ajitesh took it from there and gave a nice details .

Then we decided to share what we learnt after joining dgplug . We started alphabetically

Amrita , Arpita , Debahree are three girls who have done lot of work with inkscape after joining dgplug . They also attended the summer training conducted by dgplug over irc .

An quote from Debashree : ” I never liked drawing in computer before i used Inkscape “

Ratnadeep (rtnpro) and Kishan are newest memeber of the lug but had shared their experience over the summer training .

This consisted for over an hour when Arindam arrived ..he was just one  and a half hours late from scheduled time .But he made it to the lunch .

After lunch .. me , Ajitesh ( one important member of Bijra High School Project) , Arindam (KDE, OSM, Fedora contributer ) . Ria (KDE, Fedora ) contributer shared our views and what we learnt after joining the lug . these were little long ones :P

Finally “whats the plan” for next two to three months were discussed .. mainly with rtnpro and kishan ..

Sunny_slls has joined the fedora docs team and he siad he is looking forward to it .

Since first year has already got enrolled in college .. we had a decision to go and approach them ..and make them aware of us .. a regular routine every year ..but is fun to do .

It was around 4:30 pm when we finally packed up and headed home .

View pics here and here

Finally I own one

It has been quite a while since i was longing for a lappy . Looked through dell , lenovo and all major brands until gsoc arrived . Since my budget limiter is gone with it , I finally got it one i never thought off . An Apple MacBook .

I never considered a macbook since I thought i would be too fancy . but dell changed some policy and non availability of power models in local market . I finally settled for a macbook just because of its config.

White !! its diifficult to maintain .. true but  i didnt want to may 10k INR just for colour and a small HD upgradation .

The pics are available here

umm ..well blogging from my macbook .

Next task .. install fedora in it ..

Sending a Freemedia DVD.

I am a part of Freemedia team for Fedora . and this is the first time I am actually sending a DVD outside apart from my local requests .The request i accepted is from Dewanhat , Cooch Behar , West Bengal .

I burned the DVD, put it into a Floppy/CD Mailer Envelope and went to a post office .

Me : I want to do a speed post of this .

me hands over the envelope .

The person was a lady and she took it , but just she was about to dump it , she noticed the CD/Floppy Mailer tag on the envelope .

P.O : Sorry , we dont mail CD’s in this way , you have to put it in a wooden box and then mail it .

[reaction] wtf.

Me : From where can i get that box ?

P.O: You have to built one .

[again reaction] WTF.

P.O: You better take a courier service.

Me : ok

and i took the DVD to a courier office .

Me : I want to send this .

C.O: ok .

C.O : But its written a village , we dont have service to village .

Me : ok

takes back the DVD ,

[Current status] : DVD still with me .

Any ideas on how to send this will be helpful .

Summer Training

Well most students are gearing up for summer training after the end of this semester , at least thats what the present scene in here .

Training schools , even big companies are gearing up to catch the crowd by offering some mouth watering discounts .

Well , we at dgplug have also entered the field to do some real training stuffs except that we are offering 100% discount . I bet no one can give that :P

details about the training can be found here .

Hurry ! Seats are limited !!


Yesterday (On 29th March ) Bengal College of Engineering and Technology organized a seminar cum Workshop  at  their college campus .

GFL for Linux is the name of their college lug . Since its an official one so this seminar was a part of official inauguration of the  LUG.

Speaker of the event was Tuhin Sinha.Since most listeners are not even familiar with linux so the level was very basic. Tuhin Sinha during his speech concentrated mostly “why use linux leaving windows” which seems to have attracted people. More over his slide related to jobs in linux attracted maximum questions .

Among audience was Debayan and his group from NIT Durgapur and Us (me and Arindam) .We tried to help the audiences which also created a buzz.

The speech was short one and good one . Need more kinda this stuff in colleges .

One more point BCET maintains a very strong rules and regulation for LUG . They have serious commitees  and all to maintain .So its for of a linux club as compared to a LUG.

Their group can be found here :