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
இலங்கைத் திருநாட்டின் 64 வது சுதந்திர தினத்தை முன்னிட்டு அனுராதபுர, ஓயாமடுவே பிரதேசத்தில் நடைபெறும் “தேசத்திற்கு மகுடம் 2012” வருத்தக, கல்வி கண்காட்சியில் கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் மற்றும் ஹந்தான லினக்ஸ் பயன்பாடு குறித்து விளக்கமளிக்கும் பயிலரங்க நிகழ்வொன்றினை ஹந்தான லினக்ஸ் குழுவினர் எதிர்வரும் பெப்ரவரி மாதம் 7 ஆம் 8 ஆம் திகதிகளில்.
ICTA அமைப்பின் அனுசரணையுடன் “தேசத்திற்கு மகுடம்” பிரதேசத்தில் நடாத்தவுள்ளனர். இந்நிகழ்வு ஒரு தடவையில் நூறுபேர் கலந்து கொள்ளக்கூடிய கற்றல் கூடமொன்றில் நடைபெறவுள்ளது. இதில் கலந்து கொண்டு தங்களுக்குள்ள கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் பயன்பாடு குறித்தான ஐயங்களைளைத் தீர்த்துக்கொள்ளலாம்.
இப்பயிலரங்கில் ஐந்து விடயங்கள் பற்றி விளக்கப்படும்
1..கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் பற்றி
2. கல்வி தொடர்பான கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள்
3. ஹந்தான லினக்ஸ் திட்டம்
4. கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் திட்டங்களில் பங்களிப்பது
5. ICTA வினால் முன்னெடுக்கப்படும் கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் திட்டங்கள்
கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் தொடர்பான மேலதிக விபரங்களை பெற “தேசத்திற்கு மகுடம்” நிகழ்வு நடைபெறும் இடத்திலுள்ள ICTAவின் குடிலிற்கு பெப்ரவரி மாதம் 7 ஆம் 8 ஆம் திகதிகளில் வருகைத்தர மறவாதீர். மேலும் வடக்கிலுள்ள ஆசிரியர்கள் மற்றும் மாணவர்கள் உட்பட இந்நிகழ்வினை காண விளையும் நண்பர்களிடமும் இது பற்றிய தகவல்களை தயவு செய்து தெரிவித்து வைக்கவும்.
இதற்கு மேலதிகமாக கல்வி அமைச்சின் தகவல் தொடர்பாடல் தொழில்நுட்ப பிரிவினூடாக கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் தொடர்பான விளக்கமளிப்பு நிகழ்வும் ஏற்பாடு செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது.
தேசத்திற்கு மகுடத்தின் நிமித்தம் ஹந்தான லினக்ஸ் 15.5 பதிப்பினை வெளியிடவுள்ளதுடன், அந்நிகழ்வில் ICTA அமைப்பினர் இப்பதிப்பின் பிரதிகளைபெற்றுக்கொள்வதற்கான ஏற்பாடுகளை செய்துள்ளனர். இந்த புதிய பதிப்பினை பெற அனைவரும் எமது குடிலிற்கு அணி திரண்டு வருகை தாருங்கள். மேலும் உங்களிற்கு உதவும் முகமாக ஹந்தான குழுமத்தின் சார்பில் பந்துல, கல்ஹார, ஹிரன்ய, மற்றும் அனுஷ்க ஆகியோர் கலந்து கொள்கிறார்கள்.
It is the strong community around Hanthana Linux Project that enabled us to release the fifth consecutive release. Hanthana 14 (Gagana) is used in more than 15 schools (more than 500 computers) in the island and one being a primary school is of importance. Further, the computer laboratory with 80 computers at Ruwanpura National College of Education is facilitated with Hanthana Linux.
Active forum for Hanthana Linux community and the recently released Hanthana Community Magazine play a major role in penetrating information and knowledge to the community. More than 2000 Hanthana Linux DVDs have being deployed around the island and more than 1000 have participated in practical training sessions and workshops. More than 25 computers in several departments of the National Institute of Education are installed with Hanthana Linux and 5 teams have successfully completed their practical training. Further, three days training session was conducted at the Sri Lanka Navy base for 35 naval employees rated to IT with the aim of training them to do day to day activities as well as software development using Hanthana Linux.
Teachers in the Hanthana community are so advanced that they conduct practical training sessions not only for their students but also to fellow teachers including the principal. Sri Piyarathana Madya Maha Vidyalaya, Gonigoda of Katogasthota Educational Zone is the best example.
We recall with great respect the opportunity of having a stall for free at IFO+ exhibition by the School of Computing University of Colombo and at the exhibition by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna to spread the word among public. Further, we recall with great respect, the Ministry of Education, using Hanthana Linux in school computer laboratories when they first served schools with free and open source software.
Bundling of recently introduced Gnome 3 is special in Hanthana 15. As you know Hanthana Linux is based on Fedora and Hanthana Linux 15 is based on Fedora 15. But several enhancements than Fedora have been introduced in using the desktop, places menu, ability to shutdown without any additional key strokes, ability to use themes by default are some of them. With this release a user guide for the desktop and a keyboard layout for Tamil introduced by ICTAare included.
We are happy to announce that Hanthana Linux project was appreciated at the recently held e-swarnabimani award ceremony.
Community pays respect for you who supported us with dedication even among many difficulties.
To build a linux system is an easy task, but to maintain it and to build a community around is a great challenge. With each and every challenge we had and have, we grow stronger and we keep moving forward!…
Hanthana Linux project may merely viewed as an operating system, but it is really a project of empowering the community. This enables the members of the community to improve their knowledge and skills by contributing back to the project via the elements which are for the betterment of the community themselves.
We have proved that information technology experts as well as the ordinary public of the country can contribute to information technology services. The default wallpaper of Hanthana 14 (Gagana) was from a professional photographer of Sri Lanka, a teacher serving as a physical education instructor (PEI) in a school represented Hanthana Linux at the recently held information technology exhibition at Karandeniya Madya Maha Vidyalaya. He was merely a Hanthana Linux user some time back but now, he not only represent Hanthana Linux at community workshops but also writes technical articles. Although they do not get any proper recognition for their skills and knowledge at their service places, in community services, recognition and social praise is unavoidable.
Users of Hanthana Linux project which is with the sole aim of the betterment of the community, range from a grade one student to adults.
The next release of Hanthana Linux, Hanthana Linux 16 (Dharani) is scheduled to be released in 2012.
To conclude… Our aim is to educate people in the country about free and open source software and increase their usage. We are happy to announce that we hope to improve on this purpose in the year 2012.
Hanthana Linux first release – from Sirasa news first (20th September 2009 7.00PM)
With the arrival of the magic tool computer to our society, we could accelerate our day today events in an unexplainable way and a speed. We slowly but surely discarded our long standing hard working type writer from the type write table , gave a temporary halt for writing letters and kept away papers from our desk. The computer started to dominate the life in every avenue. Every father and every mother , specially the teacher parents wanted to have their sons and daughters to arm with personal computers. So the hunt began for the magic home partner the computer.
When we order a home computer from a vendor we have to name the configurations or else the vendor does give his. After the agreed price and conditions like guarantee or after sales service, he packs the company made genuine machine within a half an hours time. If not, if my request is for an assembled low cost machine , he might take a day sometimes to install the software and most probably the next day the buyer takes the machine home. How the machine works, its is immaterial for the user as his machine is fully armed with an operating system and other software which the user asked.
As the time passed by the user, the schoolboy gets more and more software from his peer groups in different versions and different trade names . He gets copies of expensive software or games copied at a very cheaper price from a communication centre or from his own machine, or from a friend cheaper than a short eat or a bun !
Not only he uses these software but he exchanges and share and passes copies of that software among his friends irrespective of its value or validity. A single copy of such is enough for the whole community. Without knowing he violates the copyrights of the knowledge of the creator of such soft ware. As the piracy is common, specially in the world of information Technology, we do not understand the gravity of the crime we commit. Since the software is very very cheap and the cheapest commodity in the market when we compare the other day today commodities, we tend to buy them at any place or any vendor. Most of us are not aware of what the process or what crime we commit when buying an illegal knowledge of somebody. Of course if we do not have such copies how can we buy a computer hardware for around 50,000 of rupees and another 50,000 of rupees for a licensed copies of software ( Operating System and the Office package) ?
We slowly are looking for a permanent solution for this unanswered problem. Now gradually the users have understood that those so called high prices software is not available in the market free like in the past decade or two. The laws have come into full operation to stop piracy in software selling and copying. Yet, still the schoolboy is clever enough to sneak into such activities. But it is time to have some alternatives for this process and to find an answer. There are open source software around the market yet the young user thinks the are not attractive and they can not match the taste of those so called pirate software. Listen to my story with the experience of teaching IT for around 15 years
How I had an affair with Hanthana
First when I received 10, very big number of computers to my computer unit in the school way back 2001, I got the complete unit with the Genuine Windows 2000 installed and the genuine windows and the office Cds. We did not mind how they came as the process was organized by the ministry GEP 2 Project. For another 10 years our school IT unit did not get any machine and with the SEMP Projects we were isolated and totally neglected.
Yet with the requests and the total identification of the problem Mr Upali Chandrarathne the subject coordination AD has allocated a sum of almost 1.1 million of rupees for us the buy our own machines. But we are bound with the problem- we have to buy software if we are going with windows. I personally decided neither to buy windows nor to use pirate copies and to go with Open source. Luckily I got an accident unexpected call from the IT Hardware Unit of the Ministry of Education, Isurupaya for a special workshop for our new machines. It was a blessing in disguise, a Two Day workshop with Danishka changed our philosophy , love and worship we had from the world famous rich software to our local made Hanthana Linux.
This is how we welcome the new software HANTHANA LINUX into our machines. With Hanthana “you ask for anything it has already got”. We started the teaching sessions with the new baby. Attractive and easy no hassle and trouble . With no time we made the software and the OS popular with the students and the teachers. They wanted to have their personal machines to be converted into Hanthana and the workshop began copying Hantahana LiveDVDs free for all. For the first time we started to copy true and genuine DVDs in our machines.
The content available in that DVD is immeasurable in value. It has years of knowledge to day diverted into the students. Lessons for the science teacher, maths teacher, social studies teacher and the teacher of aesthetic subjects are plenty and attractive. The most special feature of Hanthana it is totally immunized for Virus.
I lost my data in my Pen drive one day with an attack of a virus,I madly wanted to get my pen healed
But I failed and with some pains I formatted it and lost my data. The same has happened to my student and he said Sir I got my data saved because of Hanthana Linux. It is immunized for Virus !!!
Some visuals of Rupavahini “Jathika Pasala” (http://www.rupavahini.lk/jathika_pasala/) program can not be watched by the Windows but the visuals of the lessons are rightly working with our Lovely Hanthana. An additional qualification , isn’t it ?
Thanks Danishka and his team for the genuine effort he trying to save our computers from the virus and saving our money which we have to spend for high priced software.
Triple gem bless you and your effort.
Mr. Sunil Chandraman
Wickramabahu Central College, Gampola, Sri Lanka. sunilchandraman AT gmail DOT com
Latest version of Hanthana Linux operating system, a milestone of the project, was officially released today, 10th January, 2011. The first awareness session regarding the release was successfully conducted at the headquarters of Police, Colombo with the precedence of Mr. W.F.U. Fernando, deputy of Police of the Information Technology Division.
This release is a DVD version facilitating the users with a number of applications by default. The applications inside the DVD will serve you with your office, graphics, multimedia, education, financial, electronics, games and computer programming needs. The capabilities of these software range from simple unit conversions to advanced system security systems and system management applications.
It is notable that documentation like installation guide and FAQ are already included in the Desktop for the convenience of the newbies. This documentation is also viewable via the Firefox web browser.
Most featured and popular applications for audio and video editing such as Audacity, Pitivi, Me TV, RecordMyDesktop are included.
GIMP, Blender, Inkscape, Shotwell, Scribus, 2D CAD and QCad are there for graphics, photography and for other digital creations.
gPodder is there for you to download and manage your favourite podcasts.
For the convenience of the users Skype comes by default while TeamViewer will support you to control systems in remote making you life easy with remote desktop and remote system management needs.
For web development there is mysql database server, apache php and phpmyadmin included. IDEs such as Kompozer and Geany and NFS (Network File Sharing) will ensure that your work will be done with ease.
Not only the Firewall  but also SELinux  will safeguard your system from acts such as unauthorized access.