Community Projects

Community Projects undertaken by Zyxware

International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS) and Free Software User Group, Trivandrum are hosting a Software Freedom Day celebration event on Saturday, 20th of September, 2014 at the Main Hall, Trivandrum Press Club between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Zyxware Technologies is coordinating and sponsoring the event.

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As part of the ongoing process of migrating computers in Kerala Legislative Assembly to Free Software, we got the opportunity to offer GNU/Linux training to the first set of 120 employees of Kerala Niyamasabha. Zyxware Technologies conducted trainings for 8 batches of staff of Assembly. Each batch had a session of 2 hours each. This was spread over 8 days between November 26, 2013 to December 6, 2013.

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Zyxware Technologies conducted a series of GNU/Linux workshops on Free Software Tools, as part of the Free Software training imparted to the Staff of Santhigiri Ashram. Santhigiri Ashram at Pothencode, Trivandrum is an Ashram pursuing the cause of a spiritual awakening in society.

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The Freedom Toaster from Zyxware Technologies is back. This time at the Santhigiri Fest, 2012. Santhigiri Ashram took the initiative to provide us with a space for Freedom Toaster at the venue of the Santhigiri Fest, 2012.

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We have been running a highly popular Request CD program for the last one year. Through this people across India have been requesting Free and Open Source Software from us and we have been downloading and writing these on to CDs and DVDs and sending to these people. We have only been charging for the cost of the media and the shipping and handling charges from the people because we wanted to use this program to promote Free Software across India. We have prepared the list of software that are currently available from us through RequestCD and are publishing it here
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Continuing the good work we have been doing in the area of Free Software we had recently volunteered our team and resources for the Free Software Free Society International Conference on Freedom in Computing, Development and Culture. The conference was a resounding success in terms of the exposure that it gave to Free Software to the public in Kerala (primarily over internet and media) and more importantly the exposure it gave to the Free Software community in Kerala to the International Free Software Community.
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It was an idea six months ago. That idea was conceptualised and later, was named Freedom Walk - A walk to claim,ensure and preserve freedom. Started off from Kasargode on oct 2, our team of volunteers criss-crossed through the length and breadth of Kerala touching all the 14 districts, and spreading the message of freedom among the people.

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Millions of people worked hard and even paid with their lives to earn us the freedom we enjoy today. Is our current generation aware of the value of this freedom? From the lack of social and political sensitivity and the lack of activism in our society it might seem that this is not so. It is as if we are devaluing freedom every day. With the commercialisation of almost every sphere of life, most people are not able to find any time to put in effort to fight this alarming trend. Most, but not everybody. At Zyxware, we have decided to focus our efforts to tackle this issue head on.

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Zyxware Technologies, today announced that they will be releasing India's first Freedom Toaster in a function to be held at Park Center, Technopark on 1st Sep at 4:30PM. The toaster will be inaugurated by The Hon'ble Minister for Education, Government of Kerala, Shri. M.A. Baby who will also inaugurate the 5-day GNU/Linux Install fest which will be held at the same venue from Sep 1 to Sep 5.
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There is no free lunch. Nothing is free in life. Well not exactly. Not if you are a Free Software Fan and you work in Technopark and you get GNU/Linux installed on your laptop during the coming GNU/Linux Install Fest in Technopark from Sep 1-5.
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Zyxware technologies joins hands once again with GNU/Linux Users Group Trivandrum to organize the third install fest of the year in Trivandrum. This time the event is planned on a much more massive scale than the first two install fests. The earlier events were 1 day events targeted at the general public. This time it is targeted at the IT community in technopark and it is a full week program. The program is scheduled to be conducted from Sep 1 to Sep 5 at Park Center, Technopark, Trivandrum.
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We install Ubuntu on almost all systems built at Zyxware. One common request we have heard from our customers was for a simple printed user manual that they can use to learn and start using Ubuntu. We have been guiding people to the web to learn the ins and outs of using the operating systems but this does not always work very well. As a permanent solution to this problem we are embarking on an ambitious project to create a print ready Ubuntu Manual. As the first step towards this we have created a website dedicated to compiling content that can go into the ubuntu manual. You can check out the ubuntu manual site.
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With a view to promote free software across Kerala, we have decided to promote district wide groups and as part of this initiative we have started GNU/Linux Users Group Alappuzha. This group is specially focussed on Free Software Enthusiasts from Alappuzha District erstwhile known as Alleppey . We will support all free software including but not exclusively all GNU/Linux distributions. We invite all Free Software Users and Supporters from Alappuzha district to join this group and have fun. You can join this group by sending a mail to ilug-alp-subsribe @ googlegroups.com or you can join from the Alappuzha GNU/Linux Users Group Website.

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Zyxware Technologies joins hands with GNU/Linux Users Group Trivandrum (ilug-tvm), SPACE-Kerala and FSF India to bring to the public the second GNU/Linux Install fest in Trivandrum in the last 3 months. This time the event is arranged to coincide with the Worldwide Mandriva Linux Install Fest so as to pledge our cooperation with the Mandriva Community. The event is arranged for the 14th of June 2008 at Cotton Hill Lower Primary School, Vazhuthacaud.
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As part of the GNU/Linux Users Group in Trivandrum we are proud to bring to computer users in Trivandrum a wonderful opportunity to try out GNU/Linux for free. GNU/Linux Users Group- Trivandrum, Free Software Foundation - India, Zyxware Technologies and Space-Kerala.org joins hand to bring to fruition the first publicly held GNU/Linux Install Fest in Kerala.

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The legal fraternity in and around Trivandrum district has been demanding for a high court bench in the capital city of Kerala since 1957. The demand is being supported by all political parties and the ruling Government of Kerala. To further mobilize the campaign the supporters had engaged us to set up a website for the protest. The website is expected to add momentum to the protest.

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With a view to promote the status of Kerala as an IT Hub, Kerala State IT mission organized yet another IT Show. The theme of Kerala IT.Com 2008 was ‘Kerala – The IT Destination Hub – Cutting edge and Viable solutions through use of IT’. This time the show was hosted at Technopark.

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We now have Debian Etch 4.0 DVDs at Zyxware. It is available in 4 DVDs. Click here to order your copy of Debian Etch 4.0 DVDs using our Request CD/DVD module. Please note that currently, this facility is available for users in India. Debian Etch 4.0 contains over 18200 packages with about 6500 packages more than the previous one. Debian has got GNOME 2.14 as its default desktop enviornment along with KDE 3.5.5a and Xfce 4.4 as alternatives. The entire system and packages are very stable as it has gone through a rigorous release cycle.

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In a bid to promote the GNU/Linux User Group Trivandrum we have decided to offer free hosting plans for members of the group. The only eligibility criteria that we are looking forward to is a minimum level of involvement in the group activities.
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The full set of Ubuntu Repository DVDs (set of 5 DVDs) is now available. You can request for your copy of the Ubuntu Repositories through our RequestCD program. The ubuntu repository DVDs contain the complete set of packages under the main, universe, multiverse and restricted repositories in Ubuntu. Please note that we will mail out the DVDs only within India.

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