Free Software workshop at Anna University – A participant Report/Testimonial

A one day Free Software seminar organised by FSFTN was held at CEG on March 11 , 2012 .

It consisted of philosophical and technical sessions handled by Mr.K.Sibi and Mr. Alagunambi Welkin respectively. There were about 60 student participants from various colleges

The morning session covered the Introduction to Free Software philosophy.Mr. Sibi made sure that the audience participated enthusiastically in the discussion. His talk was packed with examples of everyday events which we could relate to. This made us understand that the 4 freedoms which formed the core of Free Software were equally relevant in our daily lives. He brought forth several issues we conveniently take for granted, as a result of an education system which glorifies rote learning and hence lose our freedom without realizing its worth. He also highlighted the applications of free software such as localization, which were all the more important and would have a progressive influence in a diverse country like India as the language barrier could be demolished, greatly reducing the gap due to digital divide.  We enjoyed the discussion, and at the same time, grasped it’s significance.

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