1. Website for mini-debconf (Todo by volunteers)
https://wiki.debian.org/DebianIndia/MiniDebConfSiteChange as links for
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,
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.
Aneesh KR - he has replied and offered to help with web design and
graphics for the site.
He has also offered to present as well as do a
workshop on blender.
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
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.
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
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.
I find all of them could make for interesting presentations.
Some of the things the presentation should have :-
b. The student's involvement in the project.
c. Where they see the project going
d. Future involvement.