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Technology for Media Students

Slides used for a technical session at Commits College, Bangalore on 6th July 2011

Additional Reference links:-

  • A Day Without Media –
  • 15 Terrific TED Talks for New Media –
  • Nine top tips for Media Studies students  -

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VTU, Microsoft tie-up?

The curriculum which is being served to tomorrows engineers in most of the colleges is mostly outdated or its not up-to the mark to empower students for tomorrow’s on job challenges. They are forced to depend on the IT skills sold by private institutes. I have been through this already and I have understood that the real power of FOSS can empower students to be tomorrows innovators and then entrepreneurs while they give back lot more than just software to the community.

Our well known technical university is still living in the world of Monopoly. It has failed to look at the world of opportunities and technology with Open Mind. It goes ahead and have tie-ups with the giant proprietary software provider “Microsoft”. Hey do you know one thing, MySQL made billions of dolors and there are more examples today to prove that there is lot more than M$ in this world. Wake up!

VTU, Microsoft tie-up to develop curriculum

FOSS community has responded back when it realized that some one have peeped into their house by starting a Campaign against the same. Find more info here :


We got to create tomorrows engineers not by just feeding from the books and resources provided by software gaints. But by making our students think, what do we really require for our country and for our selves. By making them create free and open source software which can really give them the freedom to use it, develop and share it with all for FREE as in FREE SPEECH. Spend the money on infrastucture required to create the research environments for students and in turn create challenges which are “REAL TIME”. “Look beyond the Mirror” there is lot more out there….

Novell, Free Software, Free Speech and Conference

Boycott Novell Protesters face Novell @ National Conference on Free Software 2008. The story is not good at all. Lots of picture and videos spreading across the globe explaining what really happened there and how the event is being interpreted.

Boycott Novell

Read more about the corporate aiming to rule the world like Hitler:

Book: Introduction to Free Software

Free Knowledge Institute‘s SELF Project and the Open University of Catalonia have jointly produced the book “Introduction to Free Software“. It contains all that you want to know and share about Free Software.

The book provides an introduction to the inspiring world of Free Software, covering its main concepts, some of the most successful free software projects, the specifics of their development and the legal basis that free software licenses provide for the protection of users’ freedoms. It also contains a large directory of glossary, bibliography and links to help the reader explore deeper into this field. While this book provides an excellent introduction to Free Software, it is also an illustrative example of how the SELF Platform can be used.

Jordi Mas Hernández (coordinator)
David Megías Jiménez (coordinator)
Jesús M. González Barahona
Joaquín Seoane Pascual
Gregorio Robles


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Introduction_to_FS–SELF.pdf 2.09 MB

gNewSense – Free as in Freedom

Free software community is celebrating its 25th birthday and boycotting software patents throughout the world. Free Software respects users freedom to use, study, alter and redistribute softwares. Brian Brazil and Paul O’Malley plus contributors have added an Gnu/Linux distribution which is completely free (Free as in Freedom) called gNewSense. You can use this distribution without any restrictive licenses, share it with any one you like, and even join your hands with the community to build and improve this distribution.

gNewSense has a rich graphical user interface, a full office suite, plus web browsers, email management, instant messaging, calendaring and for developers — the full GNU developer toolchain, GNU Emacs, a variety of compilers, debuggers and more.

gNewSense is based on Ubuntu Hardy Heron but all the non-free softwares found on the main distro has been wiped off to protect the freedom of the users.

gNewSense screen shots :

Uspalsh screen

gNewSense Desktop

Also read Free Software, Why Free Software, GNU/Linux project
External Links

Stop Software Patents

The world is urging all to stop software patents today. There have been lots of talks, events, blog posts etc on Internet already creating awareness about the disaster patents can bring in to the world and advocating Free Software.

I shall log some of the reports which I read on news papers today here to help you understand whats going on. Mean while you can also visit website created exclusively for “Stop Software Patents

Few posts found on hindu news paper :

Will patenting take the byte out of IT here?

Why is it important to go the ‘free’ way?

Black-and-white, with some grey areas

If you find any other interesting link, do share it. I shall add them all here.