I had conducted a one-day Fedora, Free Software workshop at the Bachelor of Computer Applications department, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (Vadodara), Gujarat, India on Saturday, December 26, 2009.

MSU, Baroda

Thanks to VGLUG for coordinating with me for the past few months in organizing this event. I would like to thank the Fedora project for sponsoring the travel.

The BCA department lab systems were equipped to run on Fedora 12, and we used it for couple of the hands-on sessions:

I had also addressed the following topics:

Git session

Participants were from the BCA department, and had also come from Ahmedabad. Vadodara (Baroda) connects to Ahmedabad via 95 km National Expressway 1.

Free/Open Source Software is officially included in the Gujarat state school syllabus for higher secondary (XI and XII). In the coming years it is expected to be even introduced from standard VIII.

The Department coordinator and Professor V A Kalamkar is happy to facilitate work between VGLUG, and the students for Free/Open Source Software projects. We hope to have more interaction with them in the future.

VGLUG members are also keen on participating in the Fedora project at various sub-projects of their interests.

Due to the political crisis in Hyderabad, I was uncertain about reaching the Hyderabad airport, and thus making it to the workshop. The bandh was withdrawn for December 25th, and when I made it the airport on the 25th, the scheduled flight was cancelled. So, I had to re-schedule a different flight, but, the airline officials said they couldn’t guarantee if I will make it to my connecting flight in Mumbai. This re-scheduled flight got delayed even further. Luckily, my connecting flight also got delayed, and I finally managed to make it to Vadodara.

As customary, here are some photos taken during the trip.