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GNU/Linux install fest at Trivandrum

Dishaa '08 a big success

the first GNU/Linux Install Fest, organised here on Saturday turned out to be a big

success with hordes of people queuing up with PCs and laptops to install free software braving

heavy summer showers.

As many as 40 installations were made and around 280 CDs were distributed in the fest. Many

people, who turned up at Kanakakunnu Palace for the fest, were astonished by the animation films

made using free software.

The event, organised by Free Software Foundation of India, GNU/Linux Users Group-Trivandrum

and Space-Kerala, was hosted by a group of engineering students of the Sree Chitra Thirunal

College of Engineering, Pappanamcode.

Actor Suresh Gopi also turned up with his laptop wishing all success to the youth behind this novel


The fest's main objective is to promote free software by making the public aware about its

features, said the students who were also members of GNU/Linux Users Group-Trivandrum.

Free software is a must to ensure software freedom. It provides freedom to study, redistribute and

make changes to the already existing programmes therby allowing you to adapt the program for

your use they said.

Its main advantage is that it's free of viruses. Generally viruses attack on the vulnerability of the

software. To fix the problem we should know the source code of the software. Unlike proprietary

software, source code is available to every single user in free software. As lakhs of people around

the world are working with the same source code, it is easy to fix the virus, said Anoop Jacob

Thomas, final year computer science student of the college.

This is the reason why many of the viruses affecting the Windows operating system are yet to be

fixed by Microsoft itself, he said.

In the proprietary softwares we don't have the freedom to make a new feature or to distribute the


Courtesy: The new Indian Eapress 13-04-08


Free software a big draw

Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: The world of free software opened its doors to dozens of students, professionals and people from different walks of life who turned up for the GNU/Linux Install Fest at the Kanakakunnu Palace here on Saturday.

The event was organised by some the students of the Computer Science department of the Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering to popularise free software. It was sponsored by the GNU/Linux Users Group Trivandrum, Free Software Foundation of India, Space Kerala and Zyxware Technologies.

Many visitors brought their laptops or desktop PCs for free installation of the GNU/Linux operating system. The organisers had arranged to distribute CDs and articles. Presentations and talks on free software, demonstration of GNU/Linux games and a quiz on free software were other highlights of the event.

Some visitors sought assistance in configuring their printer or modem.

Students, who formed the majority of visitors, were hooked to the Linux games. The Malayalam support facility on Linux was another attraction.

“The objective of the festival was to spread the free software philosophy. We are glad that, despite the heavy rain, people had come from as far as Kozhencheri, Kollam and Kilimanoor with their systems to get GNU/Linux installed. About 35 machines were installed with free software at the venue itself,” said James, coordinator, FSF-India.

Courtesy: Thehindu Daily 13-04-08