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For last 10 days, I was pretty busy attending and arranging FOSS events in Durgapur. One of them that I got the chance to attend was Mukti ’13, the annual national level technical symposium on Free and Open Source Software of the GNU/Linux Users’ Group NIT Durgapur held from 2nd-5th February 2013. Just like last year, this year’s Mukti was also filled with fun and frolic. There were lots of events like Codecraker, Lipi, Hack the Code etc. Students and Foss enthusiast from in and around Durgapur come to this four day festival.

On the first day, Chandan and I reached at NIT Durgapur around 2pm to attend the Python Workshop by Kushal Das. I was glad to see a lot of first years came to attend the workshop by bunking their college classes. A lot of second year also came out to attend the workshop along with Souradeep, Apoorv, Zubin. After the workshop Kushal da took us to a nearby restaurant for dinner 🙂

We stayed up at NIT hostel for the night. The very next day, the Python Workshop began at 2pm and Kushal da covered the rest of the topics along with some questions. At the end of the day, we took some snaps and returned back to our college. We thought of attending the MediaWiki workshop but it got cancelled last minute.

But, as always it was a great time, meeting with FOSSy people during Mukti. I really applaud to all those who have put their hard work,labour and time to make this event a huge success and hope that MUKTI 2014 would be even bigger, greater than this year.

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On 8th September 2012, the day dgplug completed it’s eight successful years, we (Gaurav, Chandan, Biraj, Piyush, Souradeep, Apoorv and I thought of organizing a workshop for the students of our college. We mainly thought to enlighten the students with the ideas of using GNU/Linux. Then, they would be told on “How to install GNU/Linux”. We named the workshop as “Peeping Out of Windows, Looking into the world of Linux”.

We started off with our registration at 9:45am outside our P.G.Building Seminar Hall. At first, We thought there would be a handful participants but just few minutes later we were overwhelmed with interested participants. We had to close our registration because the hall had already ran out of capacity. We started off with the seminar at 10:30am with apoorv giving the opening speech. We had grouped up Apoorv, Souradeep, Piyush and Biraj to give the talk on “What are the benifits of using GNU/Linux”. After the seminar ended, it seemed that the participants were convinced with the idea. The seminar concluded with an Q/A session for the students enquire about the doubts they faced.

After the first seminar, the students enjoyed the tea-break. At around 11:30am, Chandan, Gaurav and I started with the second session on “How to install Linux(Fedora)”. We gave a slide followed by a live demostration on how to install dual-boot Fedora from the root level. Then we had an interactive session with the participants where their FAQs were co-heartedly invited and we tried our level best to solve out their queries keeping in mind our motto to make them well acqauinted with the very OS. We also informed them about the hands-on workshop that we planned to make the participants install the OS by themselves.

We began the “Hands-on session” at 2:30pm at our CS/IT Seminar Hall. The participants started out pouring a bit late. As the participants came, we divided them into groups and started out with the installation session. Some of them needed a fresh installation, some came out to upgrade their system and other queries. Meanwhile, the participants were served with refreshments.At the end we distributed the Fedora Live ISO, Full Installation ISO. We packed up at 5:30 pm and returned back to our nest tired and exhausted.

We are really thankful to Asst. Prof. Dinesh Pradhan and Pratap Sir and everyone who indirectly helped us out for the proper execution of the workshop. We are also planning to continue with this workshop at our college in near future.

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Hi there! It’s been a long time since my last blog post. In the break, I was facing my semester exams, and I felt better stay away from my laptop rather than books. Though other reason of not remaining online was my Nokia C5 mobile got pick-pocketed 😦 and I didn’t have any mode to remain online. After the my exam ended, I again bought the same mobile and started on working on transifex. I had already written some code before the exam so that anonymous users can access to the files through web-interface. But, mpessas and rtnpro suggested me to work on allowing anonymous access through the API and write some tests for the same.

So, after the exams this was my first task in hand, I went through the Transifex APIv2 docs and made some changes in the code to get the job done. I also wrote the test with the help of @rtnpro. I was also facing problem with the notification settings bar in the profile settings page. Though the ENABLE_NOTICES settings was set to True. The notification settings bar was not showing up. After the studying the code for the templatetag settings, I found out that the templatetag itself was the cause for the issue. Moving the templatetag inside the content_main block in templates/userena/base_userena.html solved the issue.

In the mean time, I read about the revised version of the Microsoft Translation API. Earlier, the Bing AppID was enough to get the work done. But now, the Bing AppID is deprecated and is no longer supported. To use the Microsoft Translator API, one has to obtain an access token using Client ID and Client Secret obtained after registering an application at Azure DataMarket and use it for the calls to the Microsoft Translator API. The process of obtaining the access token can be seen here . The Microsoft Translator API is well documented and it help me a lot. Currently, I am working on implementing the new Microsoft Translator API in transifex.

I am also currently working on the feature approved by jkal to we allow users to set their username after the first login through the social method in transifex (Facebook, Google, Twitter and LinkedIn).

For some time now, I started working up on Dorrie. Dorrie is a web application which enables users to build a Fedora/Spin.It is a Free Software licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License v3 or later and written using Django/Python.

After successfully downloading and deploying Dorrie from GitHub, I found out that it was showing an error “invalid arguments to setopt” in the /basic/ page. So after googling for few minutes I came to know the error was arising because setopt was receving uni-code as the argument in place of string So, after the modification of the code, I sent the patch upstream. Later, Shrink, rtnpro and I were discussing on Dorrie so rtnpro came up with the idea of making the code modular and dividing the codes in files based on type of settings. He also told of introducing django-addons into Dorrie as it adding a true plug-n-play functionality to our own Django applications and he assigned me the job. Since, it had been quite sometime I had worked on Git, I had forgotten some of the commands so I had to google the commands again and write out the patch. I sent out the patch upstream the following day. Here is my Dorrie clone on GitHub.

Today, the second day of the workshop started by 10:30 a.m with all the students waiting beforehand for the workshop to begin. kushal started-off the discussion with vim-editor. The students were really excited on learning the new commands in vim because it just seemed magic to them and they were really impressed with it. As the second session began kushal gave a talk on more advanced topics on python on How to download files, display files in current directory,etc. In the end, we showed up the Fudcon Tempe and Pune video to give the students a boost up.

Today, we the members of DGPLUG (Gaurav, Chandan, Biraj and I) organized a Python Workshop in our college. The workshop was taken by kushal. The workshop started at 11:00, with a talk on ‘Introduction to Linux, Free Software Movement and Fedora”. This interaction made the students aware about the topic on how they can start off contributing to Linux.
Then, we moved to the Labs, the students got a hands-on with Python. kushal covered the most of Python. He also discussed how to edit a program using vi editor. The students were encouraged by distributing fedora-keychains for those who gave good responses. At the end of the session, kushal distributed off fedora-stickers. We four also got our our first fedora Tee-Shirt :). We also discussed to start on a weekly dgplug physical meeting to come-up with more contributors.The session ended by 5:30.

Just like last year, this year’s Mukti was also filled with fun and frolic. Mukti is the annual FOSS festival organised by the GNU/Linux Users Group of NIT Durgapur. Mukti 2012 was held on 3-5th Februar 2012.There were lots of events like Codecraker, FreeMesh,FreePL etc. Students and Foss enthusiast from in and around Durgapur come to this three day festival.

On the first day, gaurav and I left for Mukti a bit lit along with some other 1st year students. On reaching the we met with rtnpro and after the inauguration ceremony, rtnpro talked to newbies and gave a comparatively small talk on django. In the evening, we went over to the KDE development workshop by Smit Shah, where he enlighted us his experiences in the KDE Community and how to contribute to it.

Next day, rtnpro, aavrug, chandan, and I, along with some guys from NIT DGP discussed on Transifex, mainly on how it works, what is it purpose, how Transifex is written etc. I also wrote some patches during the workshop and pushed it for review, we skipped the Android Development workshop by Ravi Vyas as it was very crowded so we decided to ship it for the hackfest. The following day, we geared up for the Django/Trasifex by Ratnadeep Debnath(rtnpro). He told us about the Transifex, how it started, said about the team, what does it does etc. He also showed the newbie how simple is too start off with contributing by solving bugs, fixing typos etc.

It was a great time, meeting with FOSSy people during Mukti and also met two of my old pals. I really applaud to all those who have put their hard work,labour and time to make this event a huge success and hope that MUKTI 2013 would be even bigger, greater than this year.

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