The seminar was conducted by Mr. Krishnakant Mane and his team at TIFAC CORE hall from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on 30th August 2014.The chief guest of the inaugural function was Shri Kamlesh Yagnik, Chairman Representative, SCET & the Guest of Honour was Dr Vaishali Mungurwadi, Principal, SCET. The Seminar was organised by Prof. Dipali Kasat and Prof Keyur Rana of Computer Engineering Department, Sarvajanik College of Engg & Technology. The seminar was attended by the Faculty from various colleges of SES.
The team included:
- Mr. Krishnakant Mane – Researcher and Project Manager GNUKhata, IIT Mumbai
- Mr. Praveen – A Free Software consultant and Debian Developer.
- Mr. Ishan Masdekar — A free software enthusiast and a programmer in Java and Python.
Mr. Krishnakant Mane is a principle investigator and chief system architect of GNUKhata. He is an accessibility expert and a free software adviser, working as a consultant to many government and large commercial enterprises. He is specialized in free software based projects including policy making and migration of Free Open Source Software. He is actively involved on many government projects aimed at designing policies for education & distributed IT training. Mr. Krishnakant Mane is blind; lacking visual perception in spite of this he guided very well all the participants on the topic Linux, why to use Linux, its advantages and installation with various other related topics on free open source software.
Mr Praveen has experience in IT field working with HP (as a technology consultant), Red Hat (Senior Systems Administrator for Engineering teams).He is an active contributor to various Free Software communities like Debian (a Free Software operating system) and Swatantra Malayalam Computing (a developer community working for Indian language support for Free Software). He has been a mentor for Google Summer of code and regularly interact and mentors students to start contributing to Free Software.
Mr. Mane and his team covered the following topics.
* Introduction to Free software as a successful revolution
* Introduction to GNU/Linux with Ubuntu distro
* Features of user friendly Ubuntu Desktop
* Why viruses don’t attack linux
* Programming tools on Linux
* Privacy and it’s importance
* Tools for privacy on Internet
Mr. Krishnakant Mane & his team had made the participants realize the value of the digital freedom and flexibility offered by open source software. The participants were so inspired by Mr Krishnakant Mane, that while leaving the hall, all of them had a great desire to switch to open source technology.