[ILUG-BOM] Installation Festival Report
h.godavari at shaw.ca
Tue Jun 6 20:18:56 IST 2017
Congratulations on the successful mission. Very nice . Thank you and your team, for the report about the event and letting us , the general public become aware of such events.regardsharsha godavari
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From: Milind Oka <oak445 at gmail.com>
To: GNU/Linux Users Group, Mumbai, India <linuxers at mm.ilug-bom.org.in>
Sent: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 23:57:02 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: [ILUG-BOM] Installation Festival Report
As all of you know, we had a small InstallFest in St. Mary's School
Mazgaon, Mumbai. We successfully installed Linux (Fedora 25) in over 30
computers of the school's lab.
Our group members came to the school around 1.30 PM. We were pleased to
see our old memeber Rony already there. We really need more members from
ML to participate in this movement.
Sajida Madam from St. Mary's School, Fr. Jude, engineers and technicians
from Ajuman-I-Islam were also present. The enthusiasm & patience of the
school staff and engineers was commendable.
The members namely Nilesh and Tayyab Sir, who reached the venue early,
started copying the customised ISO image prepared by Rajeev to the USB
We prepared 7-8 bootable Live USB and distributed it to the members and
We started the install fest by doing a small demo installation on one of
the computer in the lab. The technicians and teachers took notes as the
install process progressed.
Later everyone started the install process simultaneously on the
computers, to our surprise the staff was successfull in installing linux
with little help. Sajida Madam installed linux on two to three of the
machines all by herself.
We were mostly over seeing and helping them. Meantime we went to one of
the class rooms to examine an education software named "eSense" by
Navneet. It was browser based software so there won't be much problem in
running it on Linux. Mr Walter, the software provider to school, has
already talked to Navneet. Once Navneet comes up with Linux port, we can
install linux in each classroom where one Windows 7 desktop runs this
application at present. Otherwise we might need to port it.
Rony pointed out that such smart school or digital school is only a
marketing gimmick and it has nothing to do it with good education.
Protecting schools from such commercialization is another social
movement. At present we have to fucus on Free software movement. We can
of course discourage schools on using such shiny tools in place of
traditional methods when we interact with them. Benoy has come up with
an idea of making such open source software as an alternative and
distribute in schools.
That is a wonderful project. We observed that eSense was only collection
of videos based on text book lessons.
We had another surprise visitor in the afternoon, Krishnakant of Digital
Freedom Foundation, he came with Prajakta (a GNUKhata team memeber).
Both were excited to see the enthusiasm of members. Rony was very happy
to see Krishnakant after a long time. Krisnakant told about latest
release of GNUKhata and that the software is now receiving nice response
from government and private sector. "From next academic year, GNUKahata
will be a part of curriculum in Kerala" he said.
Mr Walter (School Software Provider) also showed interest in GNUKhata.
He assured to offer it as an alternative to Tally. Fr Jude remebered
that he had met Krishnkant long ago in IIT mumbai.
Father Jude informed us that board provides a kind of exe file during
exam. So we must write to board to send an alternative for it and ensure
from them that there won't be any issues due to adoption of Free
Software. He is going to write to state board about it. This is an
important point and we must all take it seriously otherwise the schools
will hesitate to adopt FOSS.
Latif, from Osmanabad, was also present for the festival. We have great
hopes from him. Our success certainly depend on how the movement is
adopted in other parts of Maharashtra. We need many more people like
Latif. Thanks to Latif and also thanks to Tayyab for bringing him.
We completed everything before tea break. Post tea session was a
relaxing time for all of us. We shared our experiences and chat. The
festival ended with a group photo.
(Report is prepared from the inputs given by Raghavendra Kamath and
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