I would like to thank Hariram Aatreya for the opportunity given to me to accompany Murali, Chandrasekhar, and Venkatesh from the AU-KBC center, Madras Institute of Technology for the FLOSS road show to Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam, Tamil Nadu, India on August 6, 2005.


The faculty, management and students were very much interested in GNU/Linux, and are planning to start a GLUG and increase their activities with GNU/Linux. Representatives from seven different colleges in and around Sathyamangalam had also come for the workshop.

On the way back we checked out the FLOSS lab at Kongu Engineering College, Erode, and the projects they had been working on. I must thank them for staying back till eight in the night as we finished late in the evening at Bannari Amman Institute of Technology.

Kongu Engineering College LUG started with six members in 2003, and it has now grown to 170 members from all the departments. They meet every week. A former student (just graduated), Arvind Kalyan, was responsible for taking the initiative in 2003. Professors (like Prof. Jayapathi, HOD, CSE department) and the management provided the support for the FOSS activities, and continue to do so. The juniors are now continuing the tradition :). They have also agreed to collaborate with Bannari Amman Institute of Technology for FOSS projects.

You can view the photos of the trip and the workshop from my /gallery.