GNU / Linux Install Fest and Free Software Seminar Series at Technopark, Trivandrum
BY webmaster
10 years ago
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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.

One-day-install-fests have a small disadvantage in that they get over by the time people get to know about it from the media. We have decided to get over this problem by spreading the event from Sep 1, Monday to Sep 5, Friday. The event is going to be conducted in the heart of technopark - Park Center. We are hoping to get the event inaugurated by one of the Ministers of the Government of Kerala.

Free Software Seminar Series, Open Movie Show and 3D Desktop Demo

In addition to the installations we are also organizing daily Free Software seminars covering topics ranging from "Business Opportunities in Free Software" to "Enterprise Application Development in Free Software". On Wednesday we will be showing some of the popular Open Movies like Big Buck Bunny and Elephants Dream.

During the Fest

IT professionals working in Technopark can bring in their laptops to the Park Center and drop it off to get any of the Free Software Distributions installed. They also will have the opportunity to buy T-Shirts, Stickers, CDs and DVDs at the Fest. There will be informational posters, live presentations, open movie shows around the counters. There will also be a couple of GNU/Linux Gaming PCs available for people to try out the open games.

Zyxware Planning to Launch Freedom Toaster

During this install fest, we are also planning to unveil a freedom toaster. (If you don't know already, a freedom toaster is a Free Software Vending Kiosk that will burn and give any of your favorite Free Software at the click off a button. It would look and operates like any of the soft drink vending machines) If we are able to pull this off, this will probably become the first time that somebody has done this in India. The Freedom Toaster is expected to turn quite a few heads during the Install fest.

Our Objective

Through this event and through the Freedom Toaster, we are hoping to generate enough buzz inside Technopark to be able to bring in new Free Software users and to rope in those professionals who are already using Free Software. In addition we are also hoping that at least a few companies in Technopark would become interested in trying out the freedom offered by FLOSS.


The partners for this event in addition to Zyxware and GLUG are Kerala State IT Mission, SPACE-Kerala, Free Software Foundation of India.

BSNL - Telecommunication Sponsor

BSNL has agreed to sponsor the event as the Telecommunications Partner and they will be meeting all the telecom and internet needs. They will be providing us with complete WiFi access in the Park Center and EVDO Wireless access at the Kiosks. A BSNL representative will also be present to demonstrate the configuration of BSNL broadband and EVDO in GNU/Linux.



on 22nd February 2007 / by webmaster
We started zyxware with a vision to play an active role in changing the world around us positively. We are happy to announce the pilot mode launch of our first community initiative - Freelance@Zyxware. Through this project we hope to empower the student community technologically and financially. We hope that this would also give them a wonderful opportunity to learn and try new technologies, interact with other students with similar likes and the best part - get paid for doing this. Additionally we hope to nurture and build a forum of students through this project to promote FOSS, entrepreneurship, other open ideas, and similar initiatives. You can read more at Freelance@Zyxware Community Projects Free Software Drupal Contributions Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *

on 18th March 2007 / by webmaster
Even though Kerala can proudly claim that it has almost 100% literacy rates, the e-literacy rates are dismally low. The younger generation is being initiated into the world of computers through their schools very early in their lives. However the not-so-young generation has missed the bus and of these only those with strong initiative have successfully gotten into the bandwagon. Kerala Government is extensively trying to spread e-literacy but there is still a big chunk of the population who have not participated in the Akshaya campaign. Some reasons are i) no time after regular employment, ii) uneasiness in going to a literacy class iii) sensitivity in proclaiming the e-illiterate status. To tackle some of this problems we have launched a test program where we send our staff to train the e-literate in the comfort of their homes. We are just taking on the enquiries one at a time currently to see the general response. If this program is a success we hope that it would generate employment opportunities for the e-educated unemployed youth in the state. Additionally this program would increase prospects for students to get some part-time employment and earn some extra income. Let us wait and see Community Projects Training Drupal Contributions Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *

on 27th March 2007 / by webmaster
Freelancing is not just sitting home and earning some extra income, it is in fact a proven career option. Anybody who is capable of working in an IT company should be able to earn as much or even more through freelancing. Besides being a viable employment option for the unemployed, it gives students and non-IT employees an addional revenue source. As the adage goes - there is no free lunch - you have to put in some effort to get into this field. However it is not very difficult and if one spends some dedicated effort he/she can start off in this field in a matter of 2-4 weeks. The following gives a mashup of some of the points you have to consider... Who can be a successful freelancer Literally anybody can become a successful freelancer There are no preconditions and no essential qualifications There will be a field that matches your interest and capability You dont have to have any technology know-how to start with Essential Attributes for a Freelancer Willingness to work :) Confidence in one's own abilities Desire to grow Skills you will learn along the way Ability to work independently Ability to self-learn Targeted browsing skills and Good internet-search skills Good communication skills (Obviously) Good technical skills Areas where freelancing opportunities are avaialable Web Application Development Desktop application Development Graphics Designing - logos, themes, icons Website Designing - layout, templates CAD conversions Slideshow Presentations Technical writing Professional Blogging Data Entry Software Documentation Content editing, manuscript reviewing Before you start off Identify two or three areas where you would like to try a hand Learn essential technologies and tools required to work in the selected areas Identify people whom you could fall back for technological assistance Starting off Bite only what you can chew. Try out a few small projects initially Communicate with the community your problems and get help when needed Build expertise in the technologies and tools in the selected area Contribute to the community to build your profile within the community Succeeding as a freelancer Anybody putting in some effort should be able to manage a decent career as a freelancer To succeed exceptionally well you will have to work exceptionally well You will have to gain top-class-expertise in the area you select You should have a very good profile within the community and should be contributing well for the community. Good luck with freelancing Community Projects Entrepreneurship Freelance Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker * Ranjith Antony (not verified) access_time 20 Jun 2019 - 23:21 Anoop, Have been following your blog for a while. This is a proven concept in US. There is a whole bunch of them here and they call themselves as Indie Developers. Nice name eh? And there has been some successful players in the market as well. Nick Bradbudy is one of them. He is maintaining a blog at where he recently blogged some generous tips for wannabe indie developers. I think, his blog is an inspirational tool, which probably you might want to add it to your initial list in this blog. Yet another one is Jan Goyvaerts the creator of EditPad Pro. He maintains a blog at I myself is a loyal customer of both Nick’s and Jan’s products and I can attest myself that they do what they preach. Yet another concept, which is somewhat relevant to Freelancing is MicroISV a word first coined by Eric Sink (Founder of SourceGear) and later being used and misused by wannabe entrepreneurs. ~ranjith Add new comment
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JoachimC (not verified)
access_time 20 Jun 2019 - 23:21

What a shame that I have missed those seminars on free software topic.. Actually I didn't know that such seminars are going so near my living place. But I hope that some new seminars would be organized soon, it would be unbelievable. I am doing my bachelor work on free software now, so I need some great information about this one. Thanks for doing such a seminars for us, and I will be waiting for other ones to come.


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mike (not verified)
access_time 20 Jun 2019 - 23:21


I'd just like to comment on what a great software seminar this was - even though it was a while back now the information on offer was both full of quality and up to date. Thank you!