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Re: MiniDebConf in Amritapuri, Kerala

On Sat, Jul 19, 2014 at 12:50 PM, shirish शिरीष <shirishag75@gmail.com> wrote:


1. Website for mini-debconf (Todo by volunteers)
Do we have any volunteers btw ? I think I just read Aneesh was interested in helping.  

http://in2014.mini.debconf.org/ and
https://wiki.debian.org/DebianIndia/MiniDebConfSiteChange as links for
the same.

The gitorious link - https://gitorious.org/minidebconfindia/ 

Note :- Have no idea if the host institution wants to make it's own
website as well or not,
I think since we already have a placeholder, we can go ahead with the same http://in2014.mini.debconf.org/

it's not clarified yet although somebody from
the institution has volunteered but have seen no mails from her or
merge requests to the repo. yet.
I don't know how they plan to work on the website. If they feel some other way that is easier, they might stick with that. I have no idea to be honest. I'm not dealing with the website. 
I'd however like to see more volunteers.   

Aneesh KR - he has replied and offered to help with web design and
graphics for the site.
Looking for more of that. 
He has also offered to present as well as do a
workshop on blender.
That's great. But as you'd know, we can go ahead with the CFP one the dates are finalized.  

We are trying to know what is and would be possible to do in the mini-debconf.

We could have a 2d and 3d workshop on graphics and could share/tell
people of projects where they could train and use their skills. I
shared OpenTTD as a possible entry for graphic skills, as the graphics
skills seem to be simple as most of the graphics seem to be 8-bit
graphics (early 1990's graphics).

There seems to have been some sort of push to 32-bit but not much activity :-



There are some youtube videos as well which show openttd with 32bpp
graphics, for e.g. :-


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDobrpoFdMs - how to install the
newish 32-bit graphics.

You could look at the featured videos as well


Rusty Walker also has lot of good OpenTTD videos


Of course both Aneesh and community members are welcome to share any
alternative game/Video where we could channel the energies.

I did share gooseberry and lunatics web series as alternatives.



Both of these could be more presentation material (especially
cloudberry as that project would be using cutting-edge blender as well
as making some new features and workflow within the blender system or
at least that's how the whole project has been hyped.)

Lunatics might be doable as the graphics requirement are much lower. I
did see some renderings which didn't have many polygons (read less
rendering/CPU/GPU utilization needed among other things).

Aneesh-KR would be able to shed some more light on the matter.

I also asked about chambaproject as a possible alternative as well but
the site link still shows a 500 error, maybe the project got buried or
not. There are still some videos on youtube if people want to know
what the idea was about.

I made another suggestion if we could have a presentation/workshop on
both WebRTC and XMPP protocol. This could be a demo+presentation
session or a demo+presentation+hands-on session depending on who is
taking it.
Thanks for all those suggestions. Someone might be interested in following up on those.  

Harish asked/shared it would be nice if some of the students gave some
sessions on topics of free software.
Basic git was one which Harish said could be given by one of the
students although no names have been shared yet.
Do you really need the names now ? I've informed students in the community and there's considerable interest. We can decide on that after the CFP. 

It seems Amrita University has done quite some contributions in FOSS,
some of the projects were in the following projects :-

a. Tor - secure, anonymous browser and uses the tor network.

b. Mozilla Thunderbird - email client for recieving and sending messages.

c. Moin Moin, Mediawiki and acawiki - all are wiki software used to
power wikis.

d. E-cidadania -  open source e-democracy platform written in Django.

e. gnome-music :- music player for GNOME.

f. honeynet and OWASP projects - guess honeynet is a play on honeypot
(a type of trap/surveillance technique white hats do on black hats).
Both projects seem interesting.

g. Drupal - PHP based web-building platform/software. Could be used to
make websites, forums, blogs and more.

h. Mozilla Firefox - Web-browser to make sense of web-pages.

i. Sympy - seems to be a python library on symbolic mathematics

j. tox - secure instant messaging.

k. Haiku - Another FOSS distribution.

l. KDE

I find all of them could make for interesting presentations.
Some of the things the presentation should have :-

a. Demo
b. The student's involvement in the project.
c. Where they see the project going
d. Future involvement.

All I can do right now is spread the message, which I'll do for sure. 

Thanks for the details. Stay on the lookout for the CFP everyone :) 

Warm Regards.

Thanking You,
R.Harish Navnit
The Enigma

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