Archive for April, 2010

Boot camp on Python programming :

on 10th & 11th of this month i attend the boot camp on python programming.,

which was arranged and conducted by Mr. Chandrashekar Babu on his SLASHPROG Technologies office at mugappeir, Chennai.

He is one of the experts in Linux users of India.,

And we proud to attend his class ., Because of he is took this camp after 6 years.,

Various college students and many Lug peoples are came to atten the boot camp;

On first day he teach the basic concepts of python.,

Various college students and many Lug peoples are came to attend the

On that day he said while end of this first session all of you can easily able to write and understand the python progarmming.

Ya., as he says we all are able to write the python programs and understand how simple and beauty python his.

At the end of the first session he took until the concepts of lists.

While on the second day we starts with the class with the thinking of “Now we are  Python programmers”.,

On the second session he tooks the concepts of Object orientation., file concepts., and more on python.

we thank Mr. Chandrashekar Babu to gave us the nice camp on the upcoming technology.

Our Kanchi Lug Guys on the camp :

  1. Mr. Shrinivasan.,
  2. Ms. Rajeshwari.,
  3. Mr. Nandha Kumar.,
  4. Mr. Shankar.,
  5. Mr. Suresh.,
  6. Mr. jagan.,
  7. Mr. Raj Kumar.,
  8. Mr. Dastha Gheer.,
  9. Mr. Shanmugam.,
  10. Mr. Logesh Prabhu.,
  11. Mr. Shrinivas.,
  12. Mr. Selva Mani.,
  13. Mr. Manigandan.,
  14. Mr. Loganathan.,
  15. Mr. Elango.,
  16. Mr. Bala Krishnan.,
  17. Mr. Yaassir arrafath.,
  18. Ms. Priya.,
  19. Mr. Praveen., (my self)

Some of the snaps of Boot camp : http://picasaweb.google.com/pravin1389/PythonBootCamp#

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Applying to GSOC 2010 :

On this april 4th, 2010 .,

I applied for the GSOC 2010 projects;

Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. We have worked with several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together nearly 2500 successful student participants and 2500 mentors from 98 countries worldwide, all for the love of code. Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.

I applied two projects on GSOC 2010. They are :

1. Graphic Calculator  for Dojo’s : based on Java Script

2. Photo Gallary for KDE’s : based on Php.,Html.,Css and Mysql.

I decide to do those projects even if im not selected for the GSOC 2010.

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KanchiLUG celebrates its first anniverary :

It happened 1 year ago. The birh of KanchiLUG.

We registered a mailing list at freelists.org so that anyone can join.
Opened a blog kanchilug.wordpress.com to announce all our activities.

Weekly Meetings. When we decided to meet every Sunday, even we had doubts on its continuity.
But, our team made this possible. We had 45 meets. We had tough times on finding a place to meet. Kanchipuram, a temple city, gave a nice temple for us to meet.

With a temple, where no electricity is given for public, we did demos for 1 hr with our laptop batteries.
We needed more power. So moved to a Study Center “Siva Kalvi Nilaiyam”, We had power, water and space.

Weekend meetings were filled with tutorial sessions and demos. Mailing list was getting more members.

We went to colleges and gave talks. We conducted Ubuntu Release Party. We published a 2010 calendar.
You can see a glimpse of our 2009 acticities here.

The first anniversary was celebrated on March 28,2010 at arul’s home.

Then, the funtime started. Cake, snacks, and photo session.

Well. It became one of the memorable days in the community life.

And im proud to be one of the volunteer in kKanchi Lug.

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Ubuntu GlobalBugJam :

On  28.03.10  we did a ubuntu global bug jam

Bugs play a major role in a lifecycle of a software. Open Source Software gets more bugs and they are fixed very quickly.
Ubuntu makes the process of reporting and triaging using Launchpad.

To make more public to contribute by reporting and triaging the bugs, Ubuntu Community celebrates a “Global Jam“.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGlobalJam

In KanchiLUG, we ran a “BugJam”. We all are new to these process. We all had thoughts of reporting bugs on ubuntu. But, never got an intro to these processes. This BugJam day gave us a offer to learn those things.

Learnt the Lifecycle of a Bug.
We all filed a bug .
Learnt the process of Bug Triaging.
Learnt on How to find a proper package for Triaging.
Got the list of Bugs does not contain proper packages.
We all set the proper package for 5-10 Bugs, each.
Decided to set package for at-least 5 bugs a day.

Some links to learn more about this.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Jams/Bugs

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/EasyTasks

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/HowToTriage/Charts

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Translating Ubuntu-Manual into Tamil :

It is one of the 2010 goals of KanchiLUG, to bring a Tamil book for ubuntu linux. We goto colleges/public events to talk about linux often. We feel that it will be so helpful for Tamil students to learn linux easily with a Tamil guide.

Even, help.ubuntu.com or ubuntuguide.org have tons and tons of information, Tamil students gets tough to read them. It is a breeze to learn the things in mother-tongue. It is true. If there was no magazine called “Tamil Computer“, I wont be into this field.

We keep on talking on bringing a book for linux. We scared on where to start? fortunately, Ubuntu-Manual team come up with a great effort to bring a handbook for Ubuntu, written by community.

We got a chance to review it. Wow! This is what we need in tamil.
Discussed about this in #ubuntu-manual at irc.freenode.net.
That team is nice and they encouraged a lot.

ubuntu-tam mailing list members gave their suggestions.

On  21.03.2010 :   The real fun started.

We formed 6 teams to translate 1 chapter each. we found it is hard to translate in pure Tamil. Decided to do our best in Tamil and use English words as it is in essential places.

Kidding, shouting, fighting for right word, seeking Tamil dictionary, pain of continuous writing, photo-shoot, poses… made the event joyful.

We decided to keep this work on in the weekdays too in homes.

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