Indranil Das Gupta | 3 Mar 21:10 2010
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Sharing a Win/Mac based multimedia developer's views on FOSS tools

[With apologies for X-posting]

Hi all,

Recently I had posted on my blog ("Making change happen - the case of
the IOTA job ad" - http://indradg.randomink.org/blog/archives/150) how
the Institute for Open Technology and Applications (IOTA - the
autonomous society setup by Dept of IT, Govt of WB) had originally
posted a job ad asking for multimedia developers for CBT development
with work experience on proprietary tools. Upon the intervention of
the Minister-In-Charge IT (Prof Debesh Das) this changed asking for
expertise in FOSS tools alone.

Today I received an email which puts an interesting twist and probably
runs the risk of jeopardising the above decision to move to FOSS for
CBT development.

A multimedia expert who's highly proficient in proprietary software
for multimedia authoring was asked to create a feasibility plan for
development of the CBT using FOSS tools, and his report is as follows.
I figured it would be interesting reading for a lot of people, so I’ve
shared it below.

=== THE REPORT ===

I have gone through the most recommended open source software in
Linux, to be used as substitutes of the commonly known graphics
related software. On basis of the requirement for CBT development
project, I have performed dry-run of some test cases. The results from
those trials can be stated below.
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Indranil Das Gupta | 5 Mar 11:53 2010
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Update - clarifications from the multimedia expert in the IOTA CBT workflow case

Hi all,

Last night Dr Mandar Mitra (of ISI Kolkata and IOTA board member) - an
old friend and long-time FOSS user, sent out a rebuttal to the claims
of unfitness of Audacity as a audio rec / edit tool. In his email he
spoke about how he would do his recordings and what has been his
experience so far with it [1]. He also invited Shri Anindya Banerji,
the multimedia expert in question to further clarify his comments and
remarks about Audacity vs Audition.

A while back Sri Banerji, responded back with his clarifications. I've
put up his response on my blog -
http://indradg.randomink.org/blog/archives/155

Mr. Banerji's response makes for rather interesting reading and I
would request input from all, but particularly (based on my limited
knowledge) from Dr Nagarjuna, Niyam Bhushan, jtd and others who have
come in with specific inputs so far on this topic.

thanks

references :

[1] http://indradg.randomink.org/blog/archives/154

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Raghavendra S | 5 Mar 17:36 2010
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Fwd: [Conferencecommittee] National Confernce on free software - Inviting Prentations on accesbility

Dear All

http://www.nc2010.fsmk.org/

Session on Accessibility : Call for Experience Sharing
------------------------------ --------------------------
A special track on accessibility has been planned in the conference. The objective is to build more awareness of accessibility, which is a growing concern for the Web and computing in general, and to drive the development work in this area effectively by experience sharing. We are inviting those
working in this area to share their experience using this forum. We would be interested in those working with people with disabilities to understand their perception of the needs in this area, and also those building solutions to understand what is being done. CDAC Mumbai is running an accessibility project as part of the national resource centre for FOSS
(nrcfoss.org.in) aimed at enhancing the accessibility of a FOSS desktop. The project objective is to identify the needs and existing work in this area, and consolidate them to build a more accessible desktop environment. The session is motivated by this work. If you would like to present your work in this forum, please send a mail to aparna-Ld0fD176ij1zl4j6yTftHQ@public.gmane.org
or sasi-Ld0fD176ij1zl4j6yTftHQ@public.gmane.org with a brief description of your work and your profile [not more than one page]. We will short list a few from the submissions received, for presentation. Please send your
writeup before 12th March, 2010.

thanks
Senthil,
Convenor - FSMK


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Indranil Das Gupta | 6 Mar 06:10 2010
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IOTA invites interested members of the community to aid / assist in the PoC of FOSS based CBT-development

Hi,

Good news! The lobbying for use of FOSS tools by IOTA / Govt of WB for
CBT development has given some result. Late last evening Shri Tamal
Sen, writing in his capacity as the secretary of IOTA, sent out an
email that read as follows (the upper-casing is Shri Sen's signature
style) :

[quote]

LET US JOIN HANDS AND PREPARE
AT LEAST ONE CBT USING FOSS
TOOLS

Rgds

TAMAL SEN

[/quote]

So now we (the members of the FOSS community) have been called upon to
"prove" that alternative CBT development is possible using FOSS.

cheers,

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Roopesh P Raj | 6 Mar 07:38 2010
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National Conference on Free Software in Bangalore on March 20, 21

Hi Folks,

We invite you to participate in the Free Software National Conference to be held in Bangalore on the 20th and 21st of March, 2010. Please join in making this Conference a huge success and the Free Software Movement stronger. Strengthen the movement for abolition of private property in ideas. Please spread the word, and bring your friends.

Program Schedule is here: http://www.nc2010.fsmk.org/content/program

Free Software is the Future, the Future is ours!

Thanks,
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Raghavendra S | 10 Mar 07:30 2010
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Run up event to the National Conference on Free Software:Of the people, by the people, for the people.

Dear Friends,



Of the people, by the people, for the people.
------------------------------

----------------

A run up event for the National Conference on Free Software 2010

Date :  Sunday 14th from 6 - 8pm

Venue: AC3, Sudarshan Layout, New Gurupanpalya,   Behind IBM office(opposite to Jalbhavan ) , a living place called slum.

Organised by :  FSMK , Ambedkar Community Computing Center(AC3)

Agenda :
*********

Community Informatics :
-----------------------

Talks
-------

G Ramakrishna, Editor Hosatu : The question of Access in  Informatics, language : Kannada

Demos
--------

L Subramani, Deccan Herald : True Vision.


Release
--------

MAM Ismail , Prajavani

will release Ubuntu Kannada DVD followed by a demo.

He will talk on :: Community Computing Centers as cultural centers of change, language : Kannada

Anchoring : The program is entirely organised by the Kids and youth from the local community , there will also be songs and talks by local youth.

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<p>Dear Friends,<br><br><br><br>Of the people, by the people, for the people.<br>
------------------------------</p>
<div class="ii gt">----------------<br><br>
A run up event for the National Conference on Free Software 2010<br><br>
Date : &nbsp;Sunday 14th from 6 - 8pm<br><br>
Venue: AC3, Sudarshan Layout, New Gurupanpalya, &nbsp; Behind IBM office(opposite to Jalbhavan ) , a living place called slum.<br><br>
Organised by : &nbsp;FSMK , Ambedkar Community Computing Center(AC3)<br><br>
Agenda :<br>
*********<br><br>
Community Informatics :<br>
-----------------------<br><br>
Talks<br>
-------<br><br>
G Ramakrishna, Editor Hosatu : The question of Access in &nbsp;Informatics, language : Kannada<br><br>
Demos<br>
--------<br><br>
L Subramani, Deccan Herald : True Vision.<br><br><br>
Release<br>
--------<br><br>
MAM Ismail , Prajavani<br><br>
will release Ubuntu Kannada DVD followed by a demo.<br><br>
He will talk on :: Community Computing Centers as cultural centers of change, language : Kannada<br><br>
Anchoring : The program is entirely organised by the Kids and youth
from the local community , there will also be songs and talks by local
youth.<br>
</div>
<br>-- <br>Raghavendra S<br><a href="http://ideasareimmortal.blogspot.com/">http://ideasareimmortal.blogspot.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.nc2010.fsmk.org/">http://www.nc2010.fsmk.org/</a><br><br>
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Nidhin Sasi | 15 Mar 20:20 2010
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Hindu report on AC3 run up activity of the conference


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jijo thomas | 16 Mar 03:33 2010
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ICE FOSS <at> FISAT'10


Hi all,

The Free Software Cell of FISAT Engineering College (Angamaly,Cochin,Kerala), FFSC is organizing a national level FOSS Conference "ICE-FOSS '10" on April 19th,20th and 21st 2010.

About FISAT

Federal Institute of Science And Technology (FISAT) is a ISO 9001:2000 certified private self financing Engineering College in the city of Cochin, Kerala. The College has always been a centre of excellence and believes in not just producing graduates of technology but in producing valuable professionals who can contribute to the community.Within a short span of 7
years the college has become one of the most sought after engineering colleges.

About FFSC

Fisat Free Software Cell established in 2006 under the Computer science Department of FISAT and is one of the most active Student Cells in the College. It stands for a person's right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. FFSC undertakes various open source related projects and Dakshina - A high performance Cluster Computer was one such
project. We also conduct regular classes on Linux, Web Design and development. FFSC activities also include Conducting linux install fests, seminars and conferences.

Following are the events which we are planning to conduct:

Talks:
  •        FOSS,GNU & Ethics
  •        FOSS and cyber security
  •        GIT Version Control Systems
  •        Free software in education and Beyond
Workshops
  • Kernel Programming  
  • Qt Workshop (and Maemo Basics)
  • Python and SciPy
Open Discussions
  •  Localization and Malayalam Community
  • Open Source for the differently-abled (Focusing on Visually Challenged)
Kindly note the change in dates of the event.

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Arky | 18 Mar 06:33 2010
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AC3 and Low-Vision

Hi, 

The article about AC3 mentions about Vidya a low-vision user  http://beta.thehindu.com/news/cities/Bangalore/article245413.ece

"Shedding light on another issue, Vidya, who suffers from partial visual 
impairment, spoke on the issues that the visually impaired face while 
using computers. Demonstrating various technical issues with the 
proprietary tools she uses, she also spoke about the fact that 
accessibility tools (such as screen readers and related software, all in the proprietary domain) are
extremely expensive. "

Magnification is problem with gnu/Linux. Some of members of accessibility team are working on this, but we
have a long way to go. Given the giving the state of some of assistive gnome-mag, perhaps someone would like
to work on this. Until then we have to rely on using Compiz eZoom [1]. If you are a low-vision gnu/Linux or
know some of problems  please drop me a line. 

Cheers

--arky 

[1] Better Gnome Desktop Magnification with eZoom - 
http://playingwithsid.blogspot.com/2009/07/better-gnome-desktop-magnification-with.html

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Raghavendra S | 19 Mar 13:28 2010
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Making of the National Conference on Free Software-2010

Hi everyone,


A brief reminiscence of the progress we've made, to make the Conference happen tomorrow

http://ideasareimmortal.blogspot.com/2010/03/making-of-national-conference-on-free.html

Thanks for your support :)
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