POSSE Workshop at University of Bologna, Italy


I attended Professors’ Open Source Software Experience, workshop at Bologna, Italy July 1-2, 2017. It was out of the box wonderful experience. Teacher’s in higher education are working so hard to bring students to HFOSS/FOSS. It was a great pleasure to meet very energetic and hardworking POSSEs’ organizers Heidi Ellis, Gregory Hislop, Stoney Jackson, and Gina Likins in person.


Gregory Hislop giving HFOSS related information to the participants at POSSE, Bologna, Italy, July 2017, courtesy POSSE

It was truly a great feeling to be with the people of the same species like me from all over the world. The participants in the workshop  belonged various to countries like UK, Germany, Swaziland,  Macedonia, Spain, Brazil, Italy, India and so on..

In the workshop we went through many interesting activities. I liked the introduction being done in the very different style. In spite of introducing ourselves we introduced each other. I also enjoyed various sessions related to open source projects understanding. Activities related to git and licensing were also enlightening. I enjoyed every moment of the workshop.

I wish my students to use and contribute to open source projects in return. By now they at least know about open source applications, but how to contribute they still have little clue about it. This is also because of  faculty members too are repulsive to open source software projects. As they have little to zero knowledge about FOSS. They know about open source tools, they are also using these tools to perform their research related activities. But do not know whom and how to contact the maintainers of those tools. It is really a big challenge to bridge the gap. We need to organize many FOSS related activities for the faculty members as well as the students. In this effort, we need the support of open source software communities. As they already are doing great for the students, they are not providing any kind of support to faculty members. I believe faculty members should also be supported in learning about FOSS/HFOSS. Like, may be outreach program for faculty members. As FOSS is new to them as well. If we wish to incorporate FOSS in engineering courses, they are one who will take it into the classrooms perhaps.

I know GNOME community is working hard to help the students and the faculty members together. So that both the entities are on the same platform and enjoy learning Humanitarian FOSS in the classroom. Still there is a long way to go…







This is on my mind today

When I was young I read one story. It was named ‘sadaa satya bolo’ meaning always tell the truth, The teacher Dronacharya taught his disciples a lesson ‘sadaa satya bolo’. Every student in the class learned the three words. The next day teacher asked the students to tell what they have learned from the last class. Everybody said the well versed without knowing the meaning ‘sadaa satya bolo’. But one student Yudhisthira was quite because he did not understand the meaning of those words, teacher got angry, punished  him and directed him to come prepared next day. The next day again he repeated the same scene by standing quite, every student in the class was laughing at him, some were whispering the answer at his back but Yudhishthira was quite and firm. The Guru gave him the another chance by telling him to come prepared the next day. The another day the class assembled again to watch Yudhishthira’s  reaction, when the teacher asked Yudhishthira to tell the lesson, he was blank , no answer, teacher got furious about his behavior, he could not stop himself from picking up the thin sesam stick and started hitting Yudhishthira’s palm till tears start coming his eyes. He asked him son what is so difficult in it that you could not learn this simple lesson. Yudhishthira replied politely, sir, When I did not understand the meaning of the lesson then how can I tell lie in front of you? The guru Droncharya’s heart filled with affection threw away the stick, hugged the student and said you are my true disciple. Rest all the students have simply crammed the lesson but you have practiced it in life.  That student later became famous with the name Dharam Raja, The righteous king, Yudhishthira.

I really love such small stories from my childhood. I remember a few. Yudhishthira followed his heart, always tell truth which filled him with positive energies, that help him become the great Yudhishthira. He was not afraid of the consequences of not telling the answer, not ashamed in front of the students that what will they think about him but interested in the true meaning of the lesson. What I feel about life is also a lesson struggling knowing its TRUE meaning.


GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 call for sponsors

GNOME Asian Conference

Call for sponsors


GNOME.Asia Summit

21st -24th April 2016, India


We invite sponsors to connect with the local market, discover new business opportunities, and increase awareness about their products. About 500 participants are expected to attend the Summit from Asia and other parts of the world.

In previous years GNOME.Asia Summit has been held in Beijing, China in 2008 and HoChiMinh City, Vietnam in 2009, co-hosted with COSCUP Taipei, Taiwan in 2010, Bangalore, India in 2011, Hong Kong in 2012 and Seoul, Korea in 2013. The joint GNOME.Asia Summit & FUDCon APAC 2014 conference was hosted in Beijing, China and in 2015 Depok, Indonesia.

GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 is going to held in India this year during 21st -24th April 2016. The venue for the conference is Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad, Delhi NCR Region. The University fully support the local organizers in their efforts with organizing the 2016 GNOME Asia Summit.

Kindly click brochure for GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 sponsorship document. We would like to invite you to be one of the sponsors for this historic event. Details about the sponsorship are given in the brochure. We also have combined sponsors packages with GUADEC, for example, combined sponsors of both GNOME.Asia and GUADEC. It would be a generous sponsorship for you to support GNOME to grow in Asian community.




GNOME.Asia Summit 2016








Sponsor both GNOME.Asia and GUADEC 2016




Sponsor both, additional cost on your GNOME.Asia package




Combined sponsorship packages will save you




If you find a sponsorship package unsuitable to your company’s budget, custom sponsorship packages are available. That could include the sponsorship of:

  • Lunch/Dinner

  • Snacks, Tea/Coffee

  • Delegate kit (tshirt/mug/usb drive, etc.) which will be distributed to all participants

  • One day outing after the event

  • Hardware (e.g. computers, notebooks, mobile phones and other devices that can be used as freebies or lucky draw gifts to guests and participants.)

For more info, please send an email to committee@gnome.asia

If you are a local (Indian) sponsor, In addition to above address you can send an email to:



Executive Director & Dean

Faculty of Engineering &Technology

Manav Rachna International University


Former Sr. Professor & Dean, NIT, Kurukshetra

Former Director-Principal, CR State College of Engineering, Murthal

Quick Links

GNOME.Asia Summit website: ­ http://2016.gnome.asia

GNOME.Asia Wiki: ­ https://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeAsia/


GNOME as a tool for Students

‘GNOME’; For beginners, one thought comes into mind-What is it all about?How is it useful for us?Why to adapt GNOME when i am having other alternatives?The answer lies in the passion fo…

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GNOME.Asia summit 2016

Hi! Friends,

I am really feeling happy about sharing the great news that GNOME.Asia 2016 is going to held in New Delhi NCR, India


and the venue is Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad which is located at New Delhi-Surajkund Road.


Its been more than 2 years from now that I am associated with GNOME. I came to know about GNOME through GNOME’s OPW (Outreach Program for Women). I was an OPW(7th round) Documentation Intern. I enjoyed writing help pages for Notes(Bijiben), Music and gedit. GNOME is one of the best things that has happened to my life. I got to make friends with wonderful people here and of course learned alot about the power and potentials of open source software projects like GNOME.

While at GUADEC 2014, Strasbourg, France I met Emily Chen GNOME.Asia’s engagement team member. I got to know about GNOME.Asia annual summit that is used to held in one of the cities in Asia. I inquisitively asked that can we organize GNOME.Asia in my city i.e. New Delhi, India as well. She told that the bid for the GNOME.Asia proposal is announced every year in the month of Aug-Sept. Anybody from the Asian countries can bid to organize the conference. One of the proposals that is announced as the the winner gets the opportunity to organize the summit. There I decided that I too am going write the proposal for GNOME.Asia. In the past it has already been held in Beijing(China), HoChiMinh (Vietnam), Taipei (Taiwan), Bangalore (India), Seoul (Korea) and Depok (Indonesia).

I was the part of GNOME.Asia 2015 summit held in Depok(Indonesia). Taking part in workshops, listening to keynote speakers, informative talks and meeting GNOME foundation members all over the world is real fun.

We are now  working to identify the potential local sponsors and the benefits that we are going to offer.

That is it for now. I will come back soon with the new updates.


#pychill this summer

I got a mail from Satyaakam saying :
     “We will be doing a summer workshop for kids in a school you can read more about the workshop from here
i am looking for volunteers , suggestions , any other schools/colleges  interested in such initiatives can get in touch with me .

Satyaakam.netfossevents.in |”

Apeejay School Noida  'Soaring hi is my nature'

Apeejay School Noida ‘Soaring high is my nature’

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I found it as good opportunity to interact with the kids of age group 13-15 from 6-9 grade. I sent a mail to Sir Satyaakam that I can contribute one day with the students. He asked about my suggestions on the topics. I told him that I can talk about the ‘open standards and open source’ and ‘how to contribute to open source’? 26 May 2015, Tuesday was fixed for me to visit Apeejay School Noida sector 16A. I reached the school sharp at 7.40 am. We went to the classes on first floor. It was a group of 16 students .Suddenly  at 8.00 O Clock. Speakers installed in the Lab started saying ‘get ready for the prayers’ and the student joined hands and closed their eyes and started chanting the prayers along with the speakers. It continued for 5 minutes. Just after the prayers we started with our program scheduled for the day. Satyaakam sir first revised with the students the things they discussed the day before. Students could recall 90% of the information given to them, like  what is the difference between the producer and the consumers, what is WWW, DNS? and how to write blogs using kidsblog.org?

After the brief brush up Satyaakam sir introduced me to the bright and charming #pychill group. He told them that I am going to deliver a talk on the topic open standards and open source and then How to contribute to open source. I had prepared a small presentation for the kids with all the beautiful open source project icons and images. They were looking very excited and keen to know more about the open source and things related to it.They responding to the queries and also asked questions like who and why started the open source movement? if we can change the source code then what happens to the copyrights of the original coder? Where did open source software creators manage to bear the expenses? etc.
then I discussed the various ways to contribute to open source projects. It was surprising that few of them are already contributing on Wikipedia. Then I displayed a image full of logos with open source projects. They instantly started recognizing the icons.  They could successfully  identify the logo of python, mozilla firefox, ubuntu, Linux, android, mediawiki, php and drupal.
Screenshot from 2015-05-28 13:40:47
When I asked by pointing at GNOME’s logo, they said they have seen it, but don’t know about it. Then I gave a brief introduction about the desktop environments and how and why GNOME is  useful?
We discussed bugs, translations, documentation and meritocracy. They all were actively participating at every stage.
That’s it on my part. It was then 9.20 am, Stayaakam sir arrived and again discussed with the group about all they have learned in the session. We also cleared the meaning of FREE in open source terminology. The students were then asked to go to their computer systems and write a blog on that day’s session.
Student writing blog after the talk session

Satyakaam sir helping student writing blog after the talk session

Students were looking happy and keen to know more on open source. I of course was enjoying every moment spend with the kids. After about 25 minutes we all gathered as a group. Students shared their talents by singing and playing guitar.
After a small photo session we call it a day. A memorable day.

GNOME.Asia summit 2015

Congratulations!! GNOME.Asia summit 2015 team, you are a grand success!!!!!


Every moment spent was mesmerizing in the summit. Day 0, 7th May 2015 Thursday was the workshop day in the auditorium of the Computer Science Department. Presentations by Andika Triwidada on “GNOME Indonesia Translation”, Akshai M for “MicroHOPE(Micro-controllers for Hobby Projects and Education)”, David King on “Writing your first GNOME application”, and Ekaterina Gerasimova, Alexandre Franke on the topic “How to make your first contribution” were out of the box informative.

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At 8.30 am, 8th May Friday, Day 1 of GNOME Asia Summit 2015 started in ecstatic Balairung, a huge hall with capacity of about 800 people.IMG_20150508_091348121 IMG_20150508_085918482

Just after the warm reception for 30 minutes GNOME.Asia summit was started with the welcome speech by Ekaterina Gerasimova from the GNOME Team and by madam Mirna Adriani, PhD (Dean of computer science faculty) from the Local Team. Madam Mirna Adriani declared the summit open by ringing the bell. She informed that they declare every auspicious occasion open by doing so, as we lit Diya and offers prayer to goddess of knowledge Saraswati in India. At 9.30 am it was keynote speech by Mr Aidil Chendramata, Ministry of Communication and Informatics. I could not believe my eyes that the person from ministry can be so simple with an assistant only and no security or bodygaurd. I could not understand a single word from his speech as he was speaking in his native language but Andre said Mr Aidil Chendramata was very comfortable at speaking German as well that means he is a polyglot and highly knowledgeable person. hats off!!

DSC00080After one more keynote speech by Mohammad Anwari and three lightning talks in Indonesian language there was a relaxing lunch break of two hour. Talk sessions started  again at 1.30 pm. I attended Andre’s Talk in the conference room #1. He talked on the topic “Get started contributing to GNOME by Triaging Bug Reports”. He emphasized that it is the easiest way to contribute to GNOME


for those who cannot code and wish to contribute.  They can triage bugs and reduce project maintainers hassles and become GNOME contributors.

Next talk scheduled at 2.15 pm by Shing Yuan Chen was “Promote FOSS Education to remote Areas in Taiwan and China” in the same conference room #1 of the capacity of 100 people. We had a tea break just after Shing Yuan Chen’s talk for 30 minutes. Now it is my turn to speak that is scheduled at 3.30 pm, my first ever international talk on the topic “It is Really Challenging to Move People From Windows to Linux”. I was emotionless (neither nervous nor excited) but was happy from inside that there were many people around to attend it. It was a fantastic experience and made me learn a lot.

Yes, Emily Chen you were really missed. It was fun meeting lively Max Huang and the complete GNOME team. I have to come back on 9th May 2015, Saturday that was the second the day of GNOME.Asia summit. I really wished that I were there for the complete program and spend more time learning GNOME.