Software Ffreedom Day was celebrated throught the world on 16/9/2006 this year.Thiagarajar college of engg also celebrated it as usual under the tag FStival 06. The chief guest was Mr. Kenneth Gonsalves, associate NRC, AU-KBC. He spoke on the topic “FOSS makes professional programmers”
After that there were many demo stalls conducted. In these stalls, various tools available under GNU/Linux were explained and people were taught how to use them. The demo stall include emacs, LaTeX, Gtk/Glade(Balachandran), CMS (Ravi and Venkatapathy), Databases, Lamp (alagammai) , Multimedia, graphics and animation etc. There was also a separate on-stage installation session(Krithika and Geetha priya) were Debian installation was eplained in great detail. That was followed by an on-stage explanation of XGL (Xtreme Graphics Library) by Karthikeyan and Sai Krishna. There were two propaganda stalls for GNU/Linux of which one explained GNU/Linux in industries (Vinodh) and the other the philosophy etc (Ashok).
The stalls were maintained by bth the second yrs and the third yrs.The height of the function was that it was the most successful FStival ever. We had a huge audience, K.S overflowing. We were very happy to have a few alumnis like Mr.Joe Steeve, Mr.S.Arun Ponniah, Mr.Senthil kumaran and Ms.Sri Ranjani.
On the whole the event was a great success. The support we had from the staff, seniors and above all the alumnis was really excellent and motivated us a lot. We had a good crowd this time and what’s more interesting is that most of them were eager to learn and use FOSS based stuff. GNU/Linux installation (Debian sarge) would have helped many. Hope we make still more and well planned arrangements next time and make it better.