Techmania

March 20, 2007

Sahana Initiatives

Filed under: FOSS,Life,Linux,Sahana — mifan @ 8:00 pm

Francis from the Philippines has achieved what we have spent an eternity trying to finalize: Creating a graphic for the Sahana live CD version. The collection of Sahana based pins were created for a Rotary District Convention, where Bobby and Francis are presenting Sahana. IMHO, the pins look absolutely stunning, would look really great on a CD as well πŸ™‚
Its great to see the increased interest in Sahana after AsiaSource II. Its a great feeling to know that we are not alone in this quest, and that we have friends all around us. Special appreciation should be given to the Indonesian initiative by Didieb, Agus, Bono, Yasmin et al, which was followed by a Sahana demo/workshop for NGOs. Some time ago, there was a similar initiative from Roberto in Philippines as well, where Sahana was presented at an exhibition/conference. There was also separate initiatives by Francis, Alvin, Jerome, Magie et al from the Philippines for the promotion of Sahana. There are also many individual awareness campaigns that I know nothing off πŸ™‚
The world is a wonderful place, with lots of wonderful people. We are happy that we were able to inspire these talented groups at AsiaSource II, and hope that they would continue to the wonderful job they are doing ATM.

March 19, 2007

Sahana for Google Summer of Code 2007

Filed under: Development,FOSS,Linux,Sahana,Varsity — mifan @ 7:51 pm

The Google Summer of Code is on again, and its time to send in those great applications. Sahana is represented by the Lanka Software Foundation this year as well, as its parent organization. We would like to call upon all interested students to send in their applications on Sahana, before the 24th March. Tentative ideas for the Sahana project are on the Sahana wiki, but that’s just the limit of our somewhat limited imagination πŸ™‚ You are more than welcome to send in all those creative ideas as well: and let the best ideas triumph.

Maybe I should change my role from a student and recipient of Google SoC 2006, to a mentor of Google SoC 2007 this time around? Only time will tell πŸ™‚ Meanwhile, keep up the good work, Google.

March 6, 2007

FOSS-Ed on Wheels, Kandy

Filed under: FOSS,Life,Linux,Varsity — mifan @ 7:46 pm

FOSS-Ed on wheels, the event where a bunch of geeks hop into a bus and spread the word in the outskirts of Colombo, was held in the hill capital of Kandy this time. The 3rd and 4th of March saw 10 geeks in Kandy, at the FeoW opposite Kingswood College. The organization of the event was wonderful, courtesy of the students of the Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya. For once, we were excused from carrying chairs and fixing the PCs :). All in all, it was a wonderful event, with an enthusiastic audience, tasty food, a cool climate, and terrific scenery’s. And the demonstration on Beryl would have certainly toppled some of the audience over πŸ˜‰

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