Thursday, December 25, 2014

Fedora 21 release party @Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education

What is Fedora???
Fedora is an operating system based on the Linux kernel, developed by the community-supported Fedora Project and owned by Red Hat. Fedora contains software distributed under a free and open source license.

What is Release Party???
As the name implies, it is a party/get-together to promote or release something.

On 21st of December 2014, we had a release party for Fedora21 at +Homi Bhabha Centre For Science Education. It was again one of the awesomely arranged software release party. The session began at half past two with a quick introduction of all enthusiasts present. There were participants from various organisations like IIT Bombay, Red Hat & C-DAC Pune.
The introduction to Fedora21 was presented by Pravin Satpute

Fedora21 has GNOME desktop environment. It is quite interactive than Ubuntu OS. We were introduced to various interesting applications of Fedora21. Fedora 21 includes OpenStack IcehouseOne can directly upload videos and images on any social media in one click.
We were introduced to Docker cloud. In simple terms, it is like sandbox or virtualenv in python. Here there is no limitation with the hardware space and you can experiment whatever you feel like which wont directly affect your machine. Even if you restart your machine, the docker experiments can be saved forever.

As it was a release party, there was a cake cutting ceremony and snacks to relish too.

The event was concluded by Rahul Bhalerao with a presentation on how to contribute & participate actively in Fedoraproject.
People can participate and contribute by following certain guidelines in various forms:
  • translation,
  • design,
  • coding,
  • user support,
  • testing and usability,
  • documentation,
  • marketing,
  • and many other contributions and interests.
Also read about FAS.
You can even earn badges with your contributions.

Lastly, there was openhouse, a kindof group discussion where we discussed about difference between Free Software, OSS and FOSS.
The concept was beautifully explained by Dr. Nagarjuna as follows:
Free Software has 4 freedoms:
  • The freedom to run the program as you wish
  • The freedom to study and change it as you wish
  • The freedom to redistribute copies to help
  • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others
A free software charges you for their service. Rest you have all freedom to do whatever with the software unlike proprietary stuffs which charges you and even restricts you. 
He even explained how Android, though open source, forces users to have a Gmail account. This is just to scrape users's personal information.

We shell out so much on servers which scrapes our personal information. Instead it is very cheap to host and manage our own servers. Read about FreedomBox.

After the discussion, a group photo was captured and they gave away goodies like Fedora21 stickers, workstation and server DVDS and Red Hat keychains.

You can contact the fedoraproject group with this email id :
For contributing or any queries related to contribution please contact :

Minimum System Requirements for Fedora21:
15GB Hard disk


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