install fest @KGEC

On 21st feb , We (/me ,Arindam ,and Ratnadeep ) boarded the 5.40 AM bus to kalyani (for the FAD at Kalyani Goverment Engg.College,Kalyani). However we faced a small political unrest@memari that made us leave the bus and board the next available local train . Finally after changing 3 trains we reached there .Rohit (KGEC) came to pick us up .

On reaching the campus we were amazed to see the crowd waiting to  register their names .We went upstairs to their seminar hall and there were lots of people already there .Indranil Das Gupta was the chief guest,Rangeen was already there along with Sheyank and Mitesh from NIT durgapur (they had taken 50 Fedora 10 dvds with them ).

Indranil Das Gupta started with his introductory speech , and it was well recieved .He talked about mainy things but to sum them up ,it was an introduction to FOSS community for future contributers .During his speech  a lot of teachers were there  who were keenly interested regarding this , I heard that their Electronics HOD was using linux for last 4 years.

Indranil’s  speech lasted till 1 PM and then he left for kolkata . Our talks started after the lunch .

Arindam gave a nice introduction on fedora project.I spoked about myths about linux (with help of fedora). Since most of them were begineers these talks were well recieved .Our session lasted till 4 PM .

After our talks, Rangeen and Ratnadeep took charge of the install fest which lasted till 7 PM .even though they patiently did a informal one till 2 am .

Pics are here and here .

A more detailed blog is 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.

Axis 08 ..detailed report

I am little bit better now so considered writing a detailed blog post on Axis 08 .

Susmit worked hard to get some dvd’s, stickers and posters ready for the trip. So we finally had about 37 dvds and at around 450 stickers .

On 24 th we boarded the train and reached nagpur on 25th . On 25 th we mainly did some setup . though we had some trouble. my mac was not outputing any sound and arindam’s was facing trouble with projector.

On 26th we had our scheduled talk . it started at 4 pm . Susmit gave a nice talk on fedora . I gave a talk on “myths about linux” and arindam gave talk on fedora live.

We did had some audience during talks . At around ~55 people.

However people did asked questions . My talk attracted most questions and Arindam successfully converted his talk into a mini workshop as his laptop was not working with projector. :P

It went through for more than 2 hours . 

From the feedback of students and organizers there we came to know our talk attracted  some people.

On 27 th we had our workshop scheduled .However due to problems like lack of labs and coinciding with their cultural show . we were delayed . but still some students (at around 20) came by ,mostly from previous talk day audience.

We got only an hour before we got request of pausing our workshop (cultural fest was about to start) and request from organizers to hold it next day .

On 28th we started off in the morning . The crowd was large as compared to last two days. We had a install fest (installation over http) , setting up personal machines . quick quide to basic tools like firefox,pidgin etc , some detailed guide to syllabus oriented tools including gcc,gnu octave,Fedora Electronic lab(FEL) which gathered good amount of interest .

The workshop lasted for 3.5 hours and we packed up at around 2 o clock.

Good to mention is that NIT nagpur had their introduction to opensource through sun’s seminar conducted last year . So we decided to ask them to form a LUG . They decided to form it with basic infrastructure like a google group and some in person meetings .

You can see all photos here .

DirectUpload plugin and rest .

A belated post regarding my GSoC work .

A wiki page regarding my work is setup . It is available here

Some Screenshots of my work .

1 . GPSBabel Plugin :

2. Input box of GPSBabel Plugin .

3. Layer Formation .

DirectUpload Plugin ScreenShots are here :

1. DirectUpload Plugin .

2. On successful upload .

some points

* last night i came to know that I have semester exams from 3rd of june to somewhat end june

* Coding for GSoC 2008 will start from 26th of may ,so working hard with infrastructure .

* Got Fedora 9 and waiting eagerly to install and see KDE4

more to come ..