Fedora 11 offline mirror setup at BCREC

Saturday, 31 October, 2009 I set up an offline Fedora 11 mirror in BCREC. I used the fedx makefile for the purpose of syncing the repository from my pocket HDD to the mirror PC ( an HP dual core system with Fedora 10 installed in it). I then setup a dhcpd server in the machine with the help of gdhcpd. I wrote a how to use the service and put it on the Desktop. I also wrote a fedora-local.repo which could be used by the clients to configure their machines to use the service. This should enable newbies without internet connection to get packages and softwares of Fedora 11.

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DGPLUG Fedora Activity Day … Day 1, 14 May 2009

The Linux Users’ Group of Durgapur, i.e, DGPLUG conducted a Fedora Activity Day in Dr. B. C. Roy Engineering College, Durgapur. Though it was planned to be a 1 day FAD, it got extended to one more day, i.e, 15th May 2009. The people working for this FAD to happen are Harsh Verma, Kishan Goyal, me , i.e, Ratnadeep Debnath (rtnpro), Subhodip Biswas, Arindam Ghosh, Meejanur Rahaman, Dibyanshu Jaiswal. Also, we had Rangeen Basu Roy Chowdhury with us. And also Arpita, Amrita, Debashree were there to talk on Inkscape. There was also with us Sunny Sharma, another FOSS enthusiast.

The event began at 12:00 PM in the Computer Science Department Lab No. 207 of BCREC. Projector and other necessary things were arranged beforehand by the DGPLUG volunteers working for the event. The Lab computers ran on Live Fedora Electronic Lab DVD, and a few ran on FEL Live USB. Around 25 students from various Departments like CSE, IT and ECE participated in the event. The event began with Arindam Ghosh talking on the Fedora Project. It was followed by Kishan Goyal speaking on “Myths about Linux busted with Fedora”. In between, whenever needed, Subhodip Biswas elucidated some of the topics being discussed. This was followed by a presentation on Inkscape by Amrita, Arpita and Debashree and a hands-on session on Inkscape. This was followed by me, Rangeen and Sunny giving a demo of KDE to the participants. It was around 2:10 that the 1st session ended. Then there was a break.

It was around 3:00 PM that we resumed the session. Rangeen then started with the introduction of IRC to the participants and soon Arindam and Subhodip joined the discussion. An Airtel Mobile Office Connection was arranged for the purpose. Since Airtel does not allow IRC clients like ChatZilla, X-Chat, etc. we had to use http://www.mibbit.com for the purpose. The participants were shown how to use the IRC. Shrink (Shreyank Gupta), Roshan08, mbuf (Shakthi Kannan) were online that time and took part in the live demo of IRC. The particiapnts were told about IRC ettiquetes.

It was followed by Rangeen’s session on Fedora Electronic Lab. Rangeen prepared some cool slides for the purpose which made the students interested in the topic. He showed them various cool FEL tools and did some small exercises on them with the students. The session was great except for the unepected power cuts that disturbed the session. Finally the FAD Day 1 was wrapped up at 4:30 PM. The participants were very enthusiastic. It was announced that the 15th May is going to be a day long session on Programming ( c, java, etc.) using FOSS tools.

After the session enden, Rangeen left for Bankura. We went back to our mess happy and exhausted.

Pictures of today’s eventw will be uploaded soon.

DGPLUG Fedora Activity Day, 2009

A Fedora Activity Day is going to be conducted by the Linux Users’ Group of Durgapur, DGPLUG in Dr. B. C. Roy Engneering College, Durgapur on 14 May, 2009.

The agenda of this FAD is to increase FOSS awareness among the students of BCREC and to introduce them to the wide spectrum of things that they can do in Linux in their day to day life.

Fedora is not just an operating system, it is a community comprised of people coming from different walks of life, yet all believing in the foundations of Fedora

Freedom Friends Features First

There is a place for anyone in Fedora, for anyone who wants to contribute, irrespective of their technical skill level. We will be trying to convey this message with the help of a talk on Fedora Project. Then, there will be a session on “Fedora in your day to day life”.

This will be followed by workshops on :

  • Introduction to Vim text editor
  • Coding in c and c++ in Linux, introduction to gcc and gdb, an Introduction to Anjuta IDE.
  • Basic shell commands
  • Programming in Java in Linux
  • An introduction to FEL

Rangeen Basu Roy Chowdhury has consented to take the session on FEL. Programming in Java in Linux will be taken by Arindam Ghosh and Subhodip Biswas, Introduction to gcc and gdb and coding in c by Ratnadeep Debnath, Basic shell commands by Harsh Verma, and Introduction to Vim text editor and Anjuta IDE by Kishan Goyal. In “Fedora in your day to day life”, Amrita, Debashree and Arpita will be talking on the Free graphic and imaging tools like Inkscape and Gimp. If required, Fedora installations will also be done. Free Fedora 10 installation DVDs will be distributed.

People working to conduct this FAD :

  • Arindam Ghosh
  • Subhodip Biswas
  • Ratnadeep Debnath
  • Harsh Verma
  • Kishan Goyal

Expected attendees : Students of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year from CSE, IT, ECE, EIE of Dr. B. C. Roy Engineering College.

The DGPLUG FAD 2009 event page can be found at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DGPLUG_FAD_2009

Further details and updates will be notified soon. Any suggestions are welcome.