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 .
Satya |”

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

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.
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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. 


LinuxFoundationX: LFS101x.2 Introduction to Linux

LinuxFoundationX: LFS101x.2 Introduction to Linux

Few days back I took this wonderful course on moocs Best thing about the course is that it has taken GNOME as its graphical desktop which makes learning `Introduction to Linux` interesting.   Screenshot from 2015-03-14 20:03:19Three Linux distribution families are explicitly covered in this course: CentOS (Fedora family), openSUSE (SUSE family) and Ubuntu (Debian family). KDE come with openSUSE by default but for illustration purpose single desktop environment GNOME is taken on all the three distributions.

For a newbie this course is highly recommended. The course content is exceptionally good. It has online exercises for hands-on and simple questions at the end of every session.

Following is my Honor Code Certificate :) , yay!!:

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I scored 97%  as my final grade ;) . though the test was very easy I made mistake in answering one question.

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GUADEC 2014, Strasbourg, France: My first ever foreign visit

Last week from 26 July – 1 Aug 2014, I was at GNOME’s annual event GUADEC this time organized in Strasbourg, France a WOW city. I got the opportunity to meet people who really work hard to make GNOME a reality, who brings life to GNOME. Before going to GUADEC, I used to know these computing wizards just by names and IRC nicks, and few of them by pics on internet. The venue was EPITECH, a software engineering school, Located at 4 rue du dome situated in the heart of Strasbourg, venue is at the about 300 meters away from the Cathedral, again a magnificent piece of art.



When I first entered the venue on Saturday, It was lunch time so there were not many people. The first person I met I remember was Andre Klapper, from Czech Republic a cool dude. Then I ran upstairs on the second floor I met Ekaterina Gerasimova, a member Board of Directors, my OPW internship mentor, I got the warm welcome from her. kittykat reporting on GNOME Docs Project In spite of being busy organizing things, she herself took me to Foyer de l’Étudiant Catholique (FEC), the place where sponsored people were supposed to stay, located within walking distance of the conference venue (400 metres). I loved the place as for me it was no less than a wonderland.



From 26 – 29 July,  sharp 9.45 am – 4.45 pm, we had talk sessions each of the which were very inspiring, informative and interesting. One of the sessions by Sri Ramkrishna  on the topic “GNOME Outreach: a report from the war nobody is participating in” which I miss I really wish I were there.

After 5.00 pm we used to hang around for sight seeing, picnic, dinner etc.

GNOME.Asia team's report

GNOME Foundation member Emily Chen, who works with engagement team, she successfully organized GNOME.Asia this year and also brought sponsorship for GUADEC 2014. Co-incidentally she was residing in the room next to me. We were going together into our rooms, while entering in our respective rooms, suddenly, she said”Oh! we are neighbors”, Then I realized true dear, we are neighbors indeed because of the geographical boundaries of our countries too and I was smiling deep inside my heart.


On the last day of my GUADEC trip that is 31 July, I spent gala time with Julita, I thank you Julita for your time.

On 1 Aug at 8.15 am I had to board my bus from grand Centrale, Strasbourg to Frankfurt, Germany, to my surprise I met JeffFortin he told me that he had twittered the last night that if anybody is going to board the same. Anyways, We went together from Strasbourg to Frankfort Airport, he is an amazing personality, he highly value work and time, he took out his laptop start making his fingers dance on the keypad.


He gave me information about few very good tools in Linux like powertop for checking power consumption, GNOME commander for managing files. He within no time created a new application to calculate total time spent over a project as he is very particular about the accuracy. He is a gentleman, he helped me to get the boarding pass form a machine about which I had no idea as it was my first trip outside India.

Over all GUADEC 2014 was awesome!! Hats off GNOME you rocks!!!


Going to GUADEC-2014

GUADEC is the biggest event which stands for GNOME Users and Developers European Conference and takes place annually in any of the European countries. This time GUADEC 2014 is going to take place in Strasbourg, France from 26 July – 1 August.

Being a Dec 2013-Mar 2014 OPW’s intern and a GNOME’s foundation member I have been given the opportunity to attend this great conference.

It was not easy to make this dream come true. The journey starts here:

I got a mail from GNOME’s travel sponsorship committee to apply for sponsorship. After applying and re-applying after corrections, luckily I got selected for the sponsorship.

After few days of the confirmation I got two letters. First, Letter of Invitation from Linux Logistique and Letter of Travel Sponsorship from GNOME Foundation signed by Andreas Nilsson, President GNOME Foundation and Secretary Linux Logistique.

Now comes visa process. I had already failed once in getting UK visa successfully in Jan 2014. So, from the very beginning I was very cautious for each and every document required by the French Embassy. This time I collected all the documents very carefully avoiding mistakes that I did previously.
It took me the longest time of about two weeks to get one of the mandatory document required by French visa. It is the NOC form MRIU, Faridabad, the organisation for which I work.They say that they don’t give NOC for just going to attend the conference even after showing them all the invitation and sponsorship letters. In the mean time I got mail from Marina with the subject “interns’ lightning talks at GUADEC”. I forwarded this mail to them and finally they got convinced and I could get the last important document as well for my visa process.

Finally, I got all the papers arranged in proper order and scheduled my appointment at the VFS France Visa Application Centre on 8 July 2014, Tuesday at 9.00 am. I submitted my all the documents at about 11.30 am.

Now, I was waiting for the message from the visa office. To my surprise, I got message on 11 July 2014 (Just within 4 days) that decision has been on my visa request and I can come for the collection any time between 9.00 am – 4.00 pm. I went for the collection of my passport on 14 July 2014, Monday at 9.00 am sharp.
When I opened the envelop, wow, there was a visa inside. The confirmation of the permission of my first foreign visit. Opportunity to get to about know about the new world of opportunities. I really very happy.

Waiting for you July 26, 2014…. ;)

how to educate using Linux?

Hi! all,

I have been assigned a job to educate the staff(teaching and the non-teaching ) of a University in Faridabad (NCR), India to use Linux as an Operating System at work because of its various benefits. I was supposed to start with the project from the first week of May 2014. It is delayed because of the response from the higher authorities. Now I have got a green signal from all. I will soon post the date on which I am going to start the training.  It is more than a year now that I am using Linux and GNOME as its desktop environment. I am really happy about learning and using it.  But to make others to enjoy using it would be a real challenging job.

I need to get ready a lab of about 30 PCs. As it is planned that my first batch would be of 30 people. I have been asked about the configurations of the system and the distribution that I would like to get installed on them. Till now I have worked on Linux(ubuntu & fedora) for my personal use only. I don’t know, which distribution and what configuration would be better on the such a big scale. I am really puzzled from where shall I start? what should I teach first? What technique would be effective?

I truly wish to make an impact on my audience. For that I need to do a lot of home work. Any kind of support form the experts would be highly appreciated. Please give me suggestions which distributions and its version would be suitable and what would be the minimum hardware requirements. Of course! GNOME would be installed on each computer system.  

Non-teaching staff basically uses ms-office. so I am planning to give 2-3 lectures on open-office. What all should I teach to make people feel comfortable using Linux? I am looking forward for the help. 









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