Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mozilla sponsors GNUnify'09

The GNUnify'09 team is delighted to announce that Mozilla the creators of the Mozilla suite(now called Seamonkey) and subsequently Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird.

Also the Downloads section has now been updated with stickers/badges and the official posters.
The HTML codes to be used for the stickers/badges are here:


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Speaker registration is now closed but...

Speaker registration for GNUnify'09 is now closed.

But the Delegate Registration is on full swing.
So hurry and register !!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Hurry ! Speaker Registration Closing in 2 days

The registration of speakers for GNUnify '09 will close on 22nd January2009.

CFP will also close on 22nd January 2009.

All those interested in registering and submitting Synopsis/CFP, please hurry !

GNUnify'09 is here

But many of you may ask : What is "GNUnify" in the first place.
Well, here is your answer.

GNUnify is an annual technical extravaganza organised by the students of Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research (SICSR) in association with the Pune GNU/Linux Users Group (PLUG).

It provides a platform for students, IT professionals and Academia to exchange ideas and discuss the philosophies behind the Free & Open Source Software(FOSS) movement.
It helps strenghtening the FOSS movement and spreads the knowledge of FOSS among people who may not be aware of it.
GNUnify kicked off in 2003 and has since then grown to become on of the leading FOSS events in the calendar year. It brings together some of the world's leading speakers to share their knowledge and experience, with students and developers.
It provides a common forum to unite open minds.

GNUnify consists of the following exciting events -

These sessions bring the who's who in FOSS technologies face to face with the FOSS community. We get to hear the gurus of the industry speak in the series of lectures conducted on different topics running in parallel tracks.

Its an interactive session in which individual demonstrations are carried out to help the newbie to have a closer look at the functionality and working of the FOSS world by a hands on approach.
install fest, workshops, Q&A panel, programming contest etc.

It provides hands on experience in the installation of several flavors of GNU/Linux. One can get to know about the various technicalities of installation and configuration. Several IT facilitators are always at hand to help in case of doubts.

Being the most exciting of the events, brings down all the experts to the same stage where they start from nothing and meander their way through everything. It is an informal meet up without any pre planned agenda.

In the end the aim of GNUnify each year is to share the vast amount of knowledge of FREE/Open Source Software with everybody and not with a previleged few

As GNUnify enters its 7th year it continues to strive to fulfill its vision of spreading the awareness about the FOSS movement. All in all GNUnify is an experience by itself. You have to be a part of it to feel it!! It's your presence and our pleasure.

When 13th - 14th Feb 2009

Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research
Atur Centre,
Gokhale Cross Road,
Model Colony,
Tel : (+91) 020 - 2567 5601 / 02
How To Reach: Map

You can contact us at webteam@gnunify.in

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Behind the machines...

Did you enjoy our workshops ? We too enjoyed configuring our labs for it with Internet downtime, Pacific re-routing, power cuts and PXE.

It all began with Abhishek & Harish from Tech Team trying to configure Ruby on Rails in 207 in morning 2 AM. After a series of sudo apt-get and server/script webrick we woke up to the fact that nobody had ever boarded this Railgaadi. Robert Adkins came to the rescue around noon and gave us the tickets along with free snacks of insight in Synergy(http://synergy2.sourceforge.net) and his sexy MacBook Pro and iPhone.

But the Gods of Power, literally graced us, with the first power cut of day. And down went the Rail configuration. So it was again building up from Ground Zero. Leaving us with instructions, Babuji(as Robert Adkins is popularly called) left for the Speakers' Meet. When the power came up, the Tech Team followed all the instructions to configure it but didn't know how the heck to test it. Vinay from MBA-IT came to the rescue. The Tech Team had to just open the browser at Platform No. 3000. At last it was all done and they didn't know it was done.

What followed now, was the replication excerise. How can you replicate 49 machines ? The new machines in the lab had SATA hard disks which aren't supported by the PXE imaging software used. So we had to enable the legacy mode which disables the SATA magic and speed. Now that gave us 10MBps speed of replication which would take us the whole night. But practically the speed decreased with each new replication client.

Deliberations, suggestions, crazy ideas on how to replicate and tea flowed in. It was finally decided that we try different methods on different machines which included replicating a dd'ed clone from external USB, installing from Internet and installing manually using external cdrom drive.

Finally we had the lab replicating till 8 in the morning with Abhishek, Harish, Gaurav, Bodhi, Kaushik, Samar, Dinesh and Hemant around.

You can read more between the lines at our Picasa Web Album

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Event Schedule & Speaker Profile Uploaded

The Schedule for GNUnify has been released and is now available on the website. The Schedule has been grouped into Four Main Categories. These are General, Software Development, Mobile Development and System Administration. You can visit the website to ascertain the time and room where the talk or workshop will be held. The Schedule is subject to change without prior notice.

Also The Speakers Page has been updated. You can read about the various speakers who will be taking part in the event and a brief description of their topic.

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Speaker Registration Closed

The Speaker Registration has been closed. Currently we have over 30 Speakers who will be presenting workshops and seminars during the event. The list of Speakers and their topics will be uploaded on the website Soon.

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