First workshop in Jamia Millia Islamia

With the reference to the link: The workshop was taken by Narendra Sisodiya : an ex IIT-D student, a free and open source activist, open web and open standard promoter, web developer, software developer , SVG evangelist, LINUX expert, self-claimed educationalist, founder of project Eduvid and SchoolWiki. He supports GNU/Linux Operating System, personally hates to use Windows XP/Vista Operating System and is currently working at Society for Knowledge Commons and maintaining various projects.
The workshop was attended by students of various branches from colleges across Delhi. The workshop saw an overwhelming response from the students. It was a learning experience for the students. The JMILUG representatives made a sincere effort in helping students acquire knowledge through a link by the name CSI-JMI. Narendra made an intriguing beginning by enlightening the students with the very basic question what is LINUX and what are the various advantages of the same over other operating systems.
Linux is a free Unix-type operating system originally created by Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers around the world. Developed under the GNU General Public License, the source code for Linux is freely available to everyone. It is far better than other operating systems in the sense that it is low in cost, stable, flexible, has a great performance, is compatible with all kinds of formats, has a fast and easy installation procedure and last but not the least is open source.

He then told about the GNU General Public License which is a free, copyleft license for software and other kinds of works. The licenses for most software and other practical works are designed to take away our freedom to share and change the works. By contrast, the GNU General Public License is intended to guarantee our freedom to share and change all versions of a program--to make sure it remains free software for all its users.
After this he told about FOSS and its advantages. FOSS i.e. Free and Open Source Software is software that is liberally licensed to grant the right of users to use, study, change, and improve its design through the availability of its source code. This approach has gained both momentum and acceptance as the potential benefits have been increasingly recognized by both individuals and corporate players. The term “free" is intended to refer to the freedom to copy and re-use the software, rather than to the price of the software.
After making the students familiar with all the related terminology, he told about the various application programs for system, networking, multimedia and graphics that are available freely on net for LINUX. It was ended by a doubt clearing session wherein Narendra answered the questions enthusiastically thus making the workshop a huge success .It took forward the tradition of CSI-Jamia chapter that is imparting valuable knowledge to its student members. It was a wonderful experience attending the workshop and we just hope that CSI-Jamia chapter comes up with more of such kinds in the near future. Go JMILUG!

Organiser- Sheel Sindhu Manohar
Report Written by- Shivani Karol

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