1) Have distro specific people around.
We had people asking for specific distros . So we need people who use
popular flavors. This time we had SYam and Kurian for Fedora and the
reest of us for Ubuntu.
2) Set up a common file server to serve as repository
In case of apt , tools like apt cacher are a boon. Fedora people , do
come up with ideas for setting up local repos.
3) CD/DVD distribution and pamphlets : We need a desk for install
media distribution and articles.
4) Reception committee : We need someone who will greet the people ,
find out their needs and direct them to the distro specific groups.
They would also need to do load balancing , i.e) routing people
5) Troubleshooting team : There should be a team with a laptop with
internet connection so that they can troubleshoot if and when installs
run into difficulties.
I think, from memory, that OpenSolaris was not running very well. My
friend Harish has been trying out a number of distros, and he should be
able to comment on many of them. Dear Harish, will you reply? Currently,
Parsix appears to be a very good distro. FreeBSD is also becoming mature
for the desktop. So we have three good options for the kernel. If Hurd
also becomes useful soon, then we will have four options for the kernel,
but all distros will look more or less similar for a user since the core
is actually GNU!
> As Sasi Sir has pointed out we should have used the charisma of the
> celebrity guest
Perhaps, we could start with our website. Let us put up his photograph,
if you have one and a write-up. I can link to it from my blog and then
let us how we can push it into the media. And you could do away with the
> (wish if the snap of had appeared in any local news paper...) trying
> opensource A snap of the same would definitely generate some curiosity
> among the public
> (Should we use the term free ...is there a notion among public that
> anything which is free is not worth ?)
We could use the term swatantra software instead. I think we should
slowly move towards it. We use it in Malayalam, and it could easily be
used in English too. And in other Indian languages.
> Majority of the computers being sold out are assembled ones.Definitely
> the assemblers/system integrators will have a major role in spreading
> free software
> as the buyers would definitely try out Linux on a dual boot system
> Linux can be a hit among youngsters/kids as its having a rich set of
> educational tools applications /games/ and features any other
> proprietary OS can claim
Possibly, more, actually. Kerala school education is moving towards an
IT enabled paradigm, and we may get the opportunity to develop
educational software in certain subjects like Biology, History, etc.
> Once again congrats to all volunuteers of LUG
Certainly. The event has certainly excited a lot of people, and let us
cash in on it. Let us plan more events, not necessarily an install fest
always. We can celebrate the "foundation day" (by whatever name) of FSF
India, the Software Freedom Day and, maybe, even the Open Document Day.
V. Sasi Kumar
Free Software Foundation of India
Yes, a counter for sales of stuff and for registration is essential. I
feel two people may have to be there, if there are sufficient
volunteers, to handle both matters, thought both of them may not have
any work part of the time. And there is certainly no harm in asking for
payment for house calls. In fact, we should not make it appear as if
free software is all about it being free of cost.
> 5) Promotion of other free software: Sadly in the commotion, everyone
> forgot to promote other free software despite the fact that we
> represent all free software, not just Linux kernel. Our respected
> guide Kerala farmer suggests that we include OOo, Gimp etc at the next
> event. We should seriously think about and plan this well.
I am sure, the next time it will be more organised. This time's must
have been a good learning experience. What about lectures or classes on
specific popular applications? Or on groups of applications, such as
Office tools, image editors, scientific computing, etc.? Some people I
know have been asking for such classes. And even on a more in-depth
training for an ordinary user.
> 6) Presentation: This is just an idea- not a solid suggestion. I was
> surprised to find that people enjoyed hearing about advantages of free
> software. So, someone could stay there and explain these points with
> live demo. Say- show how stable free software is, free software
> alternatives available, security advantages, legality etc. This person
> can stay outside the entrance so that he can act like a crowd puller.
I guess, a poster giving these details can be designed such that it is
readable even from a few feet, with some good attractive graphics. We
could make posters on applications like Gimp, Blender, Audacity, etc.
that may attract some professionals working in multimedia who believe
that only certain proprietary applications can be used for their work. A
professional who tried out Gimp told me that it is as good as Photoshop
and is actually faster.
> 7) Media publicity: One of the major reasons behind this success was
> the exemplary media coverage given. That included the invitational
> news articles, live radio coverage, appearance of super star and the
> follow up reports. Please make sure that this good work is continued
> for our future events as well.
It would be good if we make a write-up of the day's events, a write-up
that is "journalist-friendly", and get it to press offices in the
evening along with a couple of photographs. The press tends to publish
it when we have done most of the work for them :-) It may be good if we
can also say about when the next such function would be.
We all need to thank Anoop Jacob Thomas and Anand, for their total to
dedication and support in organizing this event, with dishaa. I know
how much had they worked to make this event a success. They are part
of SCT, but they took a lot of pain and effort to promote this
installation fest. We all should especially appreciate them for all
their efforts. I believe they had visited almost all media offices and
informed them about the fest. And, to my knowledge, they had taken the
pain to collect the required hardware and other stuffs from different
parts of the city. I would especially thank Anand for his effort in
getting the t-shirts in time. there was some probs with the courier
due to which the shipment arrived on day late. Anand had gone to the
courier office early morning at around 4pm to get our shipment and
distribute them to all of us.
i just thought that these two names should be specially mentioned..
big applause to them..
then thanks tp all others who had earnestly worked for the success of
the entire event, namely, ashik, syam, kurien, gokul, rajiv, manuel,
prasad, anoop, .. if any name is missing, please forgive my bad
memory. Special thanks to Anoop @ Zyxware, for his helping hands
towards everything related to this installation fest and promoting
I do understand, and thanks for all the nice words. But I still feel
that we can do away with the formality. It is our cultural background
that makes us want to say "sir". But I feel it is not really needed.
Love and respect are in our hearts and should reflect in our behaviour.
Not that I would strongly object, like RMS does. He comes from a
different cultural background where even teachers are addressed by their
name. I can understand that. I just feel that it just brings in a kind
> This group has suddenly achieved a great level of energy with
> yesterday's success and support of great personalities like your own.
I don't consider myself one.
> All this time many of us worked in isolation trying to promote free s/
> w among friends, but with limited success and a lot of cynical
> replies. This event has suddenly given us a strong voice. Everyone is
> excited and it does show in everyone's treatment of others.
It is great to see all the enthusiasm. Let us keep it up. Plan new
activities. I am sure everyone enjoyed it. I had to travel and thus
missed much of the excitement. My friend's scooter key was missing and
that added to the problem. Hope to be involved next time.
Sure Gokul. We will definitely plan out things. Now that we have
experienced how things are, and also from both sides, i believe we
will be able to organize one in a far better way next time. I have
seen the enthu and joy of almost all of the guys involved in this.
They all deserve special appreciation.
And these couple of days were amazing, isn't it? how lovely it is, to
see people with same passion and vision and desire come together and
achieve great things. i could really experience that. I will never
forget these days. especially the preperation night at zyxware, the
midnight at the palace thinking and wondering what to do with all the
anyways, i hope to see ya all today afternoon.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world" M K Gandhi
Road show is a good idea for publicity, but it should not end up as a
waste of time and money. What about a walk instead of car and bike? As
a matter of fact, many of us lack exercise too, lol. ;-) We can call
it a Walk 4 Freedom (W4F), or Freedom Calls, or something like that?
If a walk, we may get chance to interact with the public, right? We
can do it like a silent walk - no dialogues, no shouting, just banners
and t-shirts and boards etc.
Caution Rajiv!! Do not participate in the walk as it might result in
you disappearing!! hehe. Just joking.
bikes and cars - definitely a good idea, but the latter will cause no
pollution. what say? This is just a suggestion.
If cars and bikes, why only till zyxware? Why not from one side of the
city to the other side. I believe 2 hours would suffice. :-()