Software Freedom Day (SFD) Preparations

 

This wiki is to help with preparations for Software Freedom Day (SFD) on September 15th, 2007.

If you plan to attend SFD and are not directly assisting with the effort, visit the SFD page at http://www.ttcsweb.org/sfd

 

 

 

Software Freedom Day: Saturday 15th September 2007

 

- 10.30 am to 12.47 pm: Prepared the venue for the Event.

 

- Event started at approximately 1.10 pm.

- 27 people present.

 

- 1.15pm: Presentation01: An introduction to and description of the TTCS, its history and its activities.

 

- 1.35 pm: Presentation 02: Introduction to Free and Open source Software (FOSS).  Concepts of "Free Software" and "Open Source".  What are the different types of licensing; advantages and disadvantages of proprietary licensing and FOSS licensing. Answered questioned from members of the audience.

 

- 1.59pm: Brief description of Software Freedom Day.

 

- 2.05pm to 2.18pm: Short break to prep for Ubuntu presentation; refreshements for the audience.

 

- 2.20pm to 3.15pm: Presentation 03: Introduction to Ubuntu distribution. This distribution contains both an operating system and several applications and can be run "live" from the CD or installed to the hard drive. Demonstration performed with a "live" CD.  Running Ubuntu in this manner is slower than running it from the hard drive. Began a hard drive install of Ubuntu. Answered questioned from members of the audience while the installation was in progress. The operating system can be installed on a blank hard drive, it can erase an exisiting hard drive and then install itself or it can coexist with an exisiting operating system. It can even coexist with older versions of itself providing that they have been installed on separate partitions. Brief bio of Ubuntu founder of Mark Shuttleworth.  Reasons why Shuttleworth started the project. Ubuntu project started in 2004 with the goal of making Linux more user-friendly. Answered questions about the technical aspects of using Ubuntu.

 

- 3.15pm to 3.30pm: Short break to prep for part 2 of the Ubuntu presentation; refreshements for the audience.

 

- 3.31pm to 4.12: Presentation 04: Demonstration of Ubuntu (installed in Presentation 3) running from the hard drive. Location of the installed applications; how to install and un-install them.  Ubuntu checks on the Internet for new applications and new versions and gives the user the opportunity to install them via the 'Net. Ubuntu operating system is upated every 6 months. Applications are updated continuously. Several thousand applications are stored in Ubuntu-maintained repositories. Compriz (3D desktop graphical user interface) works on low end video cards. Backward compatibility of document formats is possible because the apps on Ubuntu use Open Document formats so new versions will read files created by older versions.  By default, Ubuntu does not include support for proprietary formats (e.g. MP3, WMV, MOV). Users would have to download separate packages of relevant codecs etc in order to use these types of formats. This distribution has become quite popular because of its emphasis on ease of use, a simplified desktop, wide variety of software and regular updates. There is antivirus software (e.g. clam AV) for Ubuntu but it is installed on email servers to protect networked computers from email viruses and trojans rarely to protect the actual operating system or Linux apps.  Is necessary to update Ubuntu regularly? no, but be aware that new releases include support for recent hardware. Software is also available from third parties.

 

- 4.15pm to : Presentation 05: Introduction to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Windows using the TTCS OSSWIN CD. Many of the apps on this disk have equivalents in the Linux world. Some of them are exclusively  for Windows. Apps are available in several categories, e.g. Desktop, Internet, Graphics, Sound and Video, Utilities, Games.

 

 

 

Wednesday 12th September 2007

 

Physical layout of area

 

the main room (where we've had meetings before) - western wall will be used to present possibly with aid of projector

should have chairs/seating for 30 persons

   table near western wall for projector, presentations

   table in back with 2 PCs for people to play with

 

 

The main lobby room (where we enter handarnold for first time)

  Have  a table for persons to sign in, to collect flyers/brochures and perhaps two PCs

   one showing videos with Ubuntu (go opensource, BBC codebreakers)

   one with other PC with OSS for Windows

 

refreshments will be there so so while persons liming there, if persons have a ?, can go to PC there and try to show them answer

 

Format of talks/discussion at SFD

 

 

presentations -

 

 

 

 

- repeat presentations on demand from PCs in meeting room

 

Total computer equipment needed

 

 

 

 

A useful link for this :http://www.linux.org.au/linux 

 

 

SFD preparations - Sept 9th, 2007

 

200 envelopes were printed for the letters for schools - letters folded and sealed in envelopes.

email text for mailing lists worked on by Colin, Mike and Dev. Approved.

 

 

SFD Sept 8th, 2007 - SFD preparations

 

Present - Dev , Colin, Anil, Mark, Angelique, Mike, Raul, Richard J, Richard B

 

- flyer design is complete and available for immediate download and distribution. 

http://www.ttcsweb.org/articles/sfd/ttcs_sfd2007_flyer.pdf (PDF ; 180K)

 

- trifold brochure design is complete and available for immediate download and distribution.

http://www.ttcsweb.org/articles/sfd/ttcs_sfd2007_FOSS_trifold.pdf (PDF ; 654K)

 

- TTCS main website at http://www.ttcsweb.org/ and the TTCS Software Freedom Day page is live at http://www.ttcsweb.org/sfd/

 

- door prizes :  some of the swag TTCS receieved from SFD - Ubuntu official book and Openoffice.org guidebook

                   : enough  for 2 door prizes

 

- discussion of layout of site and workflow for arrivals

 

- planning for presentations using projector

       - have presentation about OSSWIN

                - demonstration of various OSS for Windows

       - have presentation about Linux using Ubuntu

                - background behind Ubuntu

                - how to install Ubuntu

                - demo the Live CD

                - install Ubuntu on your Windows PC

                    - when install begins (files are being copied from CD), switch to machine with pre-installed ubuntu. (can let install continue if desired)

                - on Ubuntu - show overview of  desktop -how menu are organised

                - how to change appearance of desktop (wallpaper - add programs to menu, etc)

 

       - separate presentation on doing common tasks in Linux

             - internet tasks like chat, browsing, email, voip

             - media playback

                    - music (playing MP3, WMA, recording/ripping your music CD )

                    - DVD playback

                    - video playback (wmv, mov, youtube/flv, divx)

       - how to sync your music player with Linux

       - photos - connecting your digital camera

                     - organising/editing/printing photos

       - connecting a printer to Linux

               - printing

 

       - gaming - playing Linux games/ Windows games using Wine/ Transgaming

 

       - running Windows apps in Wine or with virtualisation

 

       - doing tasks in Openoffice.org for Linux

               - demo stuff like Scribus, Inkscape

 

- discussion of CD-R used for SFD - a paper cd case design by Colin was done, but using printable CD-Rs using a plain simple design would be better, except that more printable CD-R are needed (it was estimated that at least 200 CD-Rs will be needed for the day)

 

 - Equipemnt needed on Sept 15th, 2007

 

    - Windows PC with space to install Ubuntu -Anil bringing shuttle XFF

    - preinstalled Ubuntu machine installed with up-to-date software (e.g rythmbox, compiz-beryl)

          - Dev machine with nvidia Geforce 6600GT will be used

 

- review of text letter to be sent to schools was done.

- TTCS logo was approved and included in letterhead

- 200 letters were printed for schools; envelopes to be printed on Sunday 9th Sept 2007

 

 

- meeting concluded at 6:20pm

 

agreed to meet on Sunday 9th September 2007 from 10pm at ENCO

 

 

 

List of Linux distros to have available on SFD 2007

 

Want to have several Linux distros available. See the list of distros not yet available and help download it in time for Sept 15th, 2007. If you already have them, you've started downloading one, edit this page and modify accordingly with your name next to the distro so the TTCS can keep track of who is doing so we don't duplicate effort.

We are looking at Linux distros that fit on a single CD or DVD.

 

Linux Distros we don't have on hand (Do you have it? Help download them now):

 

- Zenwalk v4.6 Live CD

 

Linux Distros we have already have (no need to download them!):

 

- Ubuntu v7.04 for i386

- Damn Small Linux 3.4.2

- Fedora Core 7 Live i386 CD

- Fedora Core 7 DVD - downloaded by Mike T - 06/09/2007

- Smoothwall Express v3.0 -

- Knoppix v5.1.1 Live CD

- SystemRescueCD v0.3.8

- Gparted v0.3.4-8

- Zenwalk v4.6.1 Standard Edition CD - ok, I have this - RHS 06/09/2007

- Slackware 12 DVD - I have Slackware 12, but as 3 CDs - RHS 06/09/2007, DVD downloaded by Mike T 9/9/2007

 

- RHS 06/09/2007

I also have, if any one is interested

 

LiveCDs

- PcLinuxOS 2007

- Wolvix Hunter 1.1.0

- Dyne:bolic 2.4.2

- GoblinX 1.3

- NimbleX 2007

- BackTrack2

- Slax 5.1.8

- GeexBox 1.1

- Slax Server w/ZoneMinder

 

Firewalls

- IpCop 1.4.10

- Smoothwall 2.0

 

Telephony

- [email protected] 2.7

- Tribox 1.1

 

Other

- Ubuntu Server 7.04

 

Text of letters to send to schools

 

The TTCS as a non-profit organisation has applied to TTpost and obtained envelopes which we could use to send to schools and other educational institutes. The text of the letter we plan to send to educational institutes has been done.

 

What schools should the TTCS send invites to SFD to get open source software CDs for free? Edit the SchoolsinTnT with the name and mailing address of the school.

 

 

Text of SFD Press Release

 

 

Event:

Software Freedom Day

 

Date:

15th September 2007

 

Time:

1pm to 6pm

 

Venue:

Hand, Arnold (Trinidad) Limited, El Socorro Road Extension, El Socorro, San Juan

 

Contact:

Dev Teelucksingh, email: [email protected]

 

----- Start -----

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be celebrating Software Freedom Day (SFD) 2007 on September 15, 2007.  Our goal in this celebration is to educate the Trinidad and Tobago public about of the benefits of using high quality Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in education, in government, at home and in business, in short, everywhere!

 

You can learn more about Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) at http://www.ttcsweb.org/oss

 

Anyone who uses a computer is welcome to attend the Software Freedom Day event. While stocks last, attendees will receive, FREE OF CHARGE:

- one TTCS OSSWIN CD,
a CD of over 100 free and open source programs for Windows
- one Ubuntu CD
a popular linux-based operating system bundled with many applications

Additional Linux distributions can be obtained for TT$5 each.

 

Some of the activities include :

 

* demonstrating open source software (OSS) for Windows from the TTCS OSSWIN CD.

* demonstrating Ubuntu, a popular Linux-based operating system.

* how to install Ubuntu on your Windows PC (dual booting).

* how to use a Linux "live" CD (no need to install Linux on a hard drive).

* how to do common computing tasks using Linux and open source software.

 

Please let us know via email at: [email protected] if you are attending and what CDs you may be interested in getting so we can prepare the venue accordingly.

 

About the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) is a computer user group based in Trinidad. Formed in 1997, our goals are to :

 

- Be an informal forum where computers, related technologies and related social issues can be discussed.

- Keep current with the events in the local Information Technology (IT) and telecommunications industries.

- "Network local computer users" so that they can share knowledge and improve upon their experiences with modern technology.

 

Membership in the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is open to anyone interested in computers, regardless of the level of their computer experience or the type of hardware or software they use.

 

TTCS website : http://www.ttcsweb.org/

TTCS Software Freedom Day event : http://www.ttcsweb.org/SFD

Software Freedom Day website : http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/

TTCS OSSWIN CD website : http://ttcsweb.org/osswin-cd/

Ubuntu Linux website: http://ubuntu.org

What is Open Source Software? : http://www.ttcsweb.org/oss

 

----- End  -----

 

 

TTCS Software Freedom Day Flyer

 

 

 

Download the TTCS Software Freedom Day flyer (PDF ; 180K). Print and distribute !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Software Freedom Day?

 

Software Freedom Day is a global, grassroots effort to educate the public about the benefits and availability of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is taking part in this global effort by having its own Software Freedom Day 2007 event on September 15th, 2007 where we will showcase FOSS for Windows (many of which is on our TTCS OSSWIN CD), Ubuntu : a popular Linux distro and highlights many other Linux distros.

 

We're registered with the SFD website. View the TTCS page on the SFD site at http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/teams/caribbean/ttcs/ and we've already received several CDs and printed material about FSF, and FOSS.

 

Useful links to keep in mind :

 

http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/StartGuide - This start guide is designed to introduce you to SFD and give you some tips and pointers for organizing SFD.

http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/Artwork - contains artwork by other teams - perhaps we can use some of this for our flyer?

 

 

 

 

TTCS Software Freedom Day event text

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS), will be celebrating Software Freedom Day (SFD) 2007 on Saturday September 15th, 2007 from

1pm to 6pm at Hand, Arnold (Trinidad) Limited, El Socorro Road Extension, El Socorro, San Juan (View satellite imagery showing

Handarnold at http://ttcsweb.org/handarnold-map).

 

 

Our goal in this celebration is to educate the Trinidad and Tobago public about of the benefits of using high quality Free and Open Source

Software (FOSS) in education, in government, at home and in business, in short, everywhere!

 

 

Anyone who uses a computer is welcome to attend the Software Freedom Day event.

 

 

While stocks last, attendees will receive, FREE OF CHARGE:

 

- one TTCS OSSWIN CD,

    a CD of over 100 free and open source programs for Windows

- one Ubuntu CD

    a popular linux-based operating system bundled with many applications

 

 

Additional Linux distributions can be obtained for TT$5 each. You can find out more information about this event at

http://ttcsweb.org/sfd and find out how to promote the SFD event.

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Some of the activities include :

 

* demonstrating open source software (OSS) for Windows from the TTCS OSSWIN CD.

* demonstrating Ubuntu, a popular Linux distribution.

* how to install Ubuntu on your Windows PC (dual booting).

* how to use a Linux "live" CD (no need to install Linux on a hard drive).

* how to do common computing tasks using Linux and open source software.

 

 

Please let us know via email at [email protected] if you are attending and what CDs you may be interested in getting so we can prepare the

venue accordingly.