October 11, 2008
foss, nitc, rms
As a part of this year’s Tathva, the technical fest of NIT Calicut, there will be a video conference with Richard Stallman.
Topic: The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System
Date: 25th October
Time: 9.00 am to 11 am
See http://tathva.org/lectures.gl.php?PHPSESSID=1426bc5eea73716979ab0c62978e053f for more details.
September 22, 2008
activism, foss, freedom, society
“Be the change you wish to see in the World”
“Millions of people worked hard and even paid with their lives to earn us the freedom we enjoy today. Is our current generation aware of the value of this freedom? From the lack of social and political sensitivity and the lack of activism in our society it might seem that this is not so. It is as if we are devaluing freedom every day. With the commercialisation of almost every sphere of life, most people are not able to find any time to put in effort to fight this alarming trend. Most, but not everybody. At Zyxware, we have decided to focus our efforts to tackle this issue head on.”
History has seen that in times of crisis, people show extraordinary capacity for sacrifice, to fight for a just cause. But the crisis has to be first perceived as a crisis. During the British rule, it was fairly easy for the masses to understand that they were being oppressed and they stood up against it.
Today, we live in a world that it is in severe crisis. Our energy supplies are running out, and what could be worse, our renewable resources, the very ecosystem which nurtures and sustains us, is losing its ability for renewal. But do we acknowledge this crisis? The biggest challenge is that people who benefit from the current trend of consumerism and exploitation are the ones who have a say. The cries of those who depend directly on Nature for their livelihood, of the ones most affected, are lost in the wilderness. Activism is the need of the hour, but how many of us realize it? “If we don’t act now, we probably wouldn’t have a chance to act at all.”
Regarding Information Technology, the core competency of the group leading the Freedom Walk, thanks to the vision of a certain Richard Mathew Stallman, we have an excellent alternative to proprietary software. But the fight is far from over. There are a host of problems which the Libre Software Community faces today- right from Digital Rights (Restrictions) Management, the sinister moves of proprietary software giants to infiltrate into the world of Free Software, Document Freedom… there are a lot of challenges ahead.
Anoop John, CEO Zyxware Technologies, and friends, are undertaking this Freedom Walk from Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram, starting on Gandhi Jayanthi, with the idea of bringing together individuals and organizations committed to the society, and spreading awareness about three freedoms:
- Freedom from Social Evils – A social evil is something that works against the development of our society.And it could be anything from poverty to corruption.
- Freedom to Live our Future – The biggest concern of our day is shrinking energy supplies and looming environmental catastrophes. If we don’t act now, we probably wouldn’t have a chance to act at all.
- Software Freedom – Software is a tool that allows us to process information. Information should be open and should benefit everybody. Knowledge belongs to the world. Consequently the tools that are used to process this information and create knowledge should be open as well.
Please spread the word about this initiative and help make it a success.
July 17, 2008
contest, experiments, phoenix, physics, science
Are you smart enough to think of new experiments which can be carried out with Phoenix?! Try your hand in the Phoenix Experiment Contest and win Rs.10,000 and Phoenix kits!
The experiment submitted should be usable as a 2 to 3 hour lab experiment at Degree / PG level , having some amount of data analysis involved. The cost of sensors etc. to be added to the basic Phoenix box should be reasonable.
Ideas may be submitted before 31-Aug-08
For more details visit http://www.iuac.res.in/~elab/phoenix/prize.html