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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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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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