Document Freedom day – 2015

 

Have you ever felt so irritated for having so many different file types? Documents composed by one application cannot be opened from another.

I wish there were universal file types. You have surely wished at least for once in your life, specially if you’re a Geek.

There are about 1000+ file types and data transmitting protocols nowadays in computer field. We have a number of file types even for the same sort of applications. One common example would be that we have a number of different file types in text processing. Different file types are supported by different text processors. In some applications we can save the document in other formats (which is not the default for that particular application) as well, still in most of the cases we experience inconsistencies such as formatting issues when the same document is opened from another application.

It would be great, if we can have standard file types so that our lives would be much easier. Document Freedom Day is all about celebrating and making awareness of such open standards.

Document Freedom Day is the international day of Open Standards and happens every year on the last Wednesday of March. It is a day to come together and raise attention towards the ever growing importance of Open Standards for all aspects of our digital communication and information accessibility.

-http://documentfreedom.org/about.en.html

 

Lets make the idea more clear with a real life example,

You speak Sinhalese and I, myself is also a native Sinhalese speaker. When you’re expressing your ideas in Sinhala, I can understand it if you’re using the proper linguistic guide. Like every word should be a dictionary word, there should be spaces between words etc. When you are not using proper format, I can’t get the ideas. So you and me, we both agree on a format for communication. Same applies for the computer world.

We, Hanthana Linux encourage the Open Standards. Rather than keeping proprietary data formats that locks the user. We tend to use open file formats and open data sharing protocols (by open data sharing, we mean making the format open but not the data you’re sending).

People who are working on developing LibreOffice encourage the Open standard and all of their software and formats are built in such a way that they are compatible with Open . Isn’t it Standards.

You must be wondering, “How I am important?”. We need your voice to make it loud and clear. Speak alongside with the Open Standards. Data formats that can be freely implemented on any platform, any device and any service. It’s truly a something that will make you happy and at the same time will be of great importance to the society.

So no worries with sending important file to your *boss* and he complains you about he doesn’t have software to open it. No more market manipulation with those hidden standards. Lets make the world standards free. Join with Document Freedom Day – 2015.

 


To read more, visit – https://documentfreedom.org/about.en.html

 

Hanthana Session at Deyata Kirula, a success!

Free and Open Source Software awareness lecture series organized by ICTA and Hanthana Linux community in line with Deyata Kirula 2012 education and trade exhibition was conducted ICTA stall on 7th and 8th of February.

A gift from the ICTA

A lot of people participated at this event and the feedback was highly positive.

Participants consisted of students, teachers, parents and employees from the government and private sectors.

During the session, teachers got the chance to do a short lessons to their students using the education software in Hanthana Linux. At that point teachers were successful in getting used to the software during a short period of time of like 2 minutes and conducting the lesson to their students.

A school teacher (who visit the ICTA stall) conducting a small session on chemistry using Kalzium application to the audience

ICTA presented the students with prizes like shool bags and pens and refreshments were offered . Further, ICTA distrubuted the Hanthana Linux 15.5 LiveDVD free of charge.

Although it was scheduled to conduct only three sessions a day, a new session had to be started just after a session driven by the enthusiasm of the students and parents on Free and Open Source Software awareness lecture series.

Two winner of the TuxMath game (a mathematical game)

Information Technology Branch of Ministry of Education also in their stall introduced Free and Open Source Software for the second time throughout the exhibition.

Hanthana community pays the gratitude to Mr. Bandula Ranathunga who supported at the very first step to join Deyata Kirula exhibition, Ministry of Information Technology, team from ICTA, Mr. Athula Pushpakumara, Mr. Wasantha Deshapriya, Mr. Mahesh Kuragama,  Mr. Priyanka without whom this won’t be a reality and finally to Mr. Sujith Jayasooriya who coordinated and supported Hanthana community.

 

Discussing.. what is the answer?

No matter its day or night.. all the FOSS sessions flooded by the parents, kids, etc

අම්බලන්ගොඩ ධර්මාශෝක විද්‍යාලයේදි හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් දෙසුමක්

අද දින අම්බලන්ගොඩ ධර්මාශෝක විද්‍යාලයේ පැවති තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ දින උළෙලේ දී හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් පිළිබඳ සැසියක් පැවැත්විණි.

එහි දී අධ්‍යාපනික හා මෘදුකාංග සංවර්ධන කටයුතු සඳහා හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් භාවිත කළ හැකි අයුරු පිළිබඳව පාසැල් සිසුන් දැනුවත් කිරීම සිදු වූ අතර ඉදිරි දිනෙක දී එම විද්‍යාලය තුළ හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් පිළිබඳ විශේෂ වැඩසටහනක් පැවැත්වීමට ද නියමිත ය.