August 14, 2013
Flashback of SFD2012 orientation program ran through my memories, as I started speaking in the event today. With 37 students and 4 teaching faculty, the event kicked off at 11:15 am, where I had the opportunity of welcoming Acme Engineering College
- Vice Principal Dharmendra Mishra sir
- HOD Sarad Poudel sir
- Er.Dipesh Bista sir and
- Salina Manandhar mam
and our guests from FOSS Nepal Community
- Hempal Shrestha and
- Prabin Gautam.
Before formally starting the event, Vice Principal Dharmendra Mishra sir gave a speech on the behalf of Acme Engineering College. Everybody including me was floored by such inspiring words of Dharmendra sir. As always I felt the hunger and search for path showing words to keep growing. AOSC was able to receive appreciation and positive comments from sir and gave us Thumbs Up.
With good grades, being technically sound is also equally important.
– VP, Dharmendra Mishra
Mr.Prabin Gautam and Mr.Hempal Shrestha, the duo- fossians started the next and main presentation of today’s program. As per the agenda of today’s event and keeping audience/students in mind, the program flow was balanced. As there were new faces, the duo first of all talked about Introduction of FOSS, its definition and ecosystem too. Technology is a means, but as a student, integration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) could be meaningful. An animated video of CHOICE was shown, and i guess what was hint to FREEDOM OF CHOICE, which explains concept of FOSS.
Software should not control us, but we should control software
When Mr.Prabin shared that software exists in 3 states, all I was thinking of Solid, Liquid and Gas (jokes apart), which wasn’t totally irrelevant I guess. Binary Code, Source code, and Documentation were the 3 states in actual. Importance of foss mixed with short and sweet experience of Kathmandu University (K.U) graduate Mr.Prabin, gave a clear view of now and then scenario. Just because the software called Free , doesn’t mean there’s no licensing system. Of course there is, and some of them are:
- General Public License (GPL)
- BSD License
- Mozilla Public License
- Apache License
- Sun community License
- and more …
Torch light now shifted to final agenda that is, Introduction to Software Freedom Day (SFD) and Planning for upcoming Software Freedom Day 2013. It is being celebrated on 5th Ashoj 2070 (21st September 2013) at venue Pragya Pratishthan, Kamaladi. Every year SFD has a theme, this years theme is FOSS IN EDUCATION. How foss as a tool can contribute in ICT would be the main motto. Technical presentation, distro demo, nirvikalpa 4.0, GB/TB Sata Sat, ediathon wikipedia nepal, are some of the glimpses of whats happening on D-Day. And these are the Teams working for Software Freedom Day 2013 Celebration in Nepal
Around 40-50 different individual open source communities in around 10 cities in Nepal will be celebrating सफ्टवेर स्वतन्त्रता दिवस including:
- FOSS Nepal
- Mozilla Nepal
- Nepali Wikipedia
- IOE FOSS Community
- NOSK (Nepal Open Source Klub, NCIT)
- OSAC (Open Source Ascol Circle)
- OSM Nepal (Open Street Map Nepal)
- KATH-FOSS Community
- KCC FOSS Community
- Acme Open Source Community (AOSC)
In case students want to contact or be in touch with more and more Fossians:
Website : wiki.fossnepal.org
irc channel : #foss-nepal
twitter : @foss-np
facebook : http://www.facebook.com/FOSSnp
Mr. Hempal Shrestha asked students to get involved in the SFD teams, share and gain knowledge and experience. Also, Discussion on Linux Terminal Server Project (LISP)deployment in Sindhupalchowk and many other areas was done. Training for trainers is done first, then only go for deployment of LTSP is done.
Lastly, Nikesh Balami, Rabin Tamang and me(Spandan Pradhan) gave combined presentation on Introduction of Acme Open Source Community (AOSC) and events that was held so far. Moment of the day was when one of the slides said, we want women. As if Double Meaning was implemented, later the issue was crystal clear to be Girls in ICT. Also Mr. Prabin Gautams saying brought full clarity.
If a man is educated he only educates himself but if the woman is educated whole family is educated.
Sanjok Bhatta (MSP Alumini) asked his query on LTSP training and its how toes, in which Head Of Department, Sarad Poudel sir supported saying, as per students interest and proposal, college management will be happy to provide resources needed.
Also I would like to thank Microsoft Student Partners 2014 (Paras Maharjan and Manisha Lama) and AcIT club president Zoshan Gurung for their presence and all teachers and students for attending the event and making it fruitful.