Hanthana School Labs in action!

While the initiative to provide computer labs for schools project is going forward as planned, a project to bring PCs in the classroom for primary schools was held as a pilot project was held at the Malalgoda Siriseewali Primary School. Invest a few moments of your precious time to see the feedback and opinions of the students, teaches and parents when Hanthana was provided for them for the very first time…

Proving the saying “Only the Best for the children”, Hanthana Linux was introduced to the school children of the Malalgoda Siriseewali Primary school which is located in the Habaraadoowa Educational zone of the Imadhoowa Provincial Council within the Galle District, on the 30th of January 2012.

This school had been closed down for around one year and was re opened on the 16th of January 2012 under the 1000 Schools initiative. The school comprises of 15 students, Grade 1 class teacher, an English teacher and the principal.

The opening was made possible entirely due to the work done by the locals and the parents, the majority of whom are estate workers and private sector employees. Another special point to highlight here is that a family, who’s father is a labourer and the mother employed as a house keeper abroad, donated the PC which was worth about 12000/- Rupees. Upon inquiring from the mother, she said that had her child had to go to another school (due to this school being closed down), they will have to spend 1200/- a month for three wheeler charges and it totals out to around 12000/- a year and rather than spending that amount just for travelling, she’s happy to spend it on a PC for her child as well as other children for the their education.

Far thinking parents of this schools, such as her, were instrumental in getting Hanthana Linux installed and help the primary education. Also need to highlight that other parents who labour during the day, spend sleepless nights dedicated on maintaining and repairing the school buildings and equipment. These villages personify “lead by example” from the sacrifices they make to educate their children.

On the first day Hanthana was used for the primary education several things of note took place. As there was only one PC, the multimedia projector of the Habaraaduwa Educational Zone Office was used in the class to illustrate the theories for the various subjects using the Educational Software Packages that comes with Hanthana Linux. Especially the “Identifying Colours” lesson. In contrast to other occasions, the children partook the lesson most enthusiastically and constantly requested their teacher to allow them to use these software by themselves. This bought many a happy tear to the eyes of the Director of Education for the Habaradoowa Educational Zone, who attended the occasion, as well to the principal and the parents who were present.

“I’m hungry.. I’m hungry…” the lunch time grumble that comes up everyday were not be heard on this day as the kids were so engrossed with computer aided lessons.

The teachers agreed that teaching subject concepts and theory using the educational software were extremely easy as opposed to other methods. Also even after the school time was over the children were still in class on this day.

As the students are the focal point in the educational system within the school, a single PC and multimedia projector is hardly sufficient. There should be at least a PC for every four students for this to properly work out. In areas such as these where the majority of the people are low income earners, the parents hardly has the capability to sponsor the required number of PCs and equipment. External sponsorship is highly important for cases like these.

A qualitative school education system helps the whole nation to grow. Therefore the Hanthana Community is committed to the task of building the school IT education using Hanthana Linux through the Hanthana School Labs Project.We hope that you’ll join us.

Come lets pave the way for these children to Sign in to the future…

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTN-6e0Sa_Q

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

Feel the freedom with Hanthana Linux @ Deyatakirula 2012

Hanthana Linux team, with the collaboration of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, is about to a conduct an awareness event on Free and Open Source Software and Hanthana Linux on 7th and 8th of February at “Deyata Kirula 2012” Education and Trade exhibition which is held at Oyamaduwa, Anuradhapura in line with the 64th Independence Day. Lectures series which 100 people can participate at a time, opportunity to use free and open source software installed on computers and people will get the chance to get their queries answered.

Following topics will be covered in lecture series.

  • Free and Open Source Software
  • Free and Open Source Software for education
  • Hanthana Linux project
  • Contribution for Free and Open Source Software
  • Free and Open Source Software launched and sponsored by ICTA

Get to know about Free and Open Source Software, visit ICTA stall at Deyata Kitula exhibition premises on 7th and 8th of February. Please be kind enough to spread the word to teachers and students of North Central Provincial area as well as to other who wish to visit the exhibition.

Apart from that Information Technology Unit of the Ministry of Education is about to conduct a awareness session of Free and Open Source Software in their stall.

For Deyata Kirula, Hanthana Linux 15.5 was released and ICTA has made arrangements to deliver a copy of the operating system for those who need at the exhibition premises. Visit this link to get the latest version. Danishka, Bandula, Kalhara and Hiranya  representing Hanthana Team will assist you in Deyata Kirula exhibition premises.

Hanthana Linux 15 Released !

The latest release of Hanthana Linux, Hanthana Linux 15 was released!. This marks the fifth release of Hanthana Linux project. First release was on 19th September 2009 in parallel with Software Freedom Day celebrations.


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.

Introducing Hanthana Linux to Mr. Bandula Gunawardane, Minister of Education byMr.Neel Gunadasa, Director of ICT, Ministry of Education and Mr. Bandula Pushpakumara, member of the school hardware team at Deyata Kirula exhibition 2011.

ICT Branch of Ministry of Education introduced Hanthana Linux to the public at the Deyata Kitula 2011 exhibition at Monaragala and at the educational exhibitions at Southlands College and information technology exhibition at Ruwanpura National Institute of Education (around 500 copies were distributed), public were allowed to use Hanthana Linux on the site and educated. Dheeranandha Nanasala took the initiative as the first Nanasala to introduce Hanthana Linux to rural areas.

Students of Sri Piyarathana Madya Maha Vidyalaya, Gonigoda using Hanthana Linux for their school activities...

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.

Hanthana Linux project cerebrates it's second birthday at Wallandura Ruwanpura National Institute of Education premises on 17th September 2010

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)


Sunday Times article


හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් 15 නිකුත් වේ!

හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් ව්‍යාපෘතියේ තවත් නිකුතුවක් වන හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් 15 නිකුත් විය!. මෙය හන්තාන ව්‍යාපෘතිය යටතේ නිකුත් කළ 5 වන නිකුතුව වන අතර එහි පළමු නිකුතුව 2009 සැප්තැම්බර් මස 19 දින ජගත් නිදහස් සහ විවෘත මෘදුකාංග දිනයට සමගාමීව නිකුත් විය.


නොකඩවා පස්වන නිකුතුවත් නිකුත් කිරීමට අප හට හැකියාව ඇත්තේ අප හා බැදුණු ශක්තිමත් ප්‍රජාව බව නොරහසකි. හන්තාන 14 (ගගන) නිකුතුව මේ වන විට මෙරට පාසැල් 15කට අධික සංඛ්‍යාවක (පරිගණක 500කට වැඩි) භාවිත වන අතර ඉන් එක් පාසැලක් ප්‍රාථමික පාසැලක් වීමද සුවිශේෂී වේ. එමෙන්ම රුවන්පුර විද්‍යාපිඨයේ පරිගණක 80කින් යුත් පරිගණක විද්‍යාගාරයෙදි හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් භාවිතය සඳහා පහසුකම් මේ වන විට සලසා ඇත.

තවද හන්තාන පරිශීලක ප්‍රජාව සඳහා වූ ෆෝරමයද ඉතා සක්‍රීය ව ක්‍රියාත්මක වේ. එමෙන්ම පසු ගියදා නිකුත් කළ හන්තාන ප්‍රජා සඟරාව ද ප්‍රජාව වෙත තොරතුරු සහ දැණුම ගෙනයාමෙදි තවත් විශේෂ කාර්යයක් සිදු කරයි. තවද 2011 වසර තුළදි හන්තාන 14 නිකුතුව අඩංගු DVD තැටි 2000කට වඩා වැඩි ප්‍රමාණයක් ලංකාව පුරා බෙදි ගොස් ඇති අතර ප්‍රායෝගික පුහුණු වැඩසටහන් සහ දේශණ වැඩසටහන් සඳහා එක් වූ පිරිස 1000කට වඩා වැඩි වේ. එමෙන්ම ජාතික අධ්‍යාපන ආයතනයේ විවිධ දෙපාර්තුමෙන්තු තුළ පරිගණක 25 කට ආසන්න සංඛ්‍යාවක ස්ථාපිත කළ අතර කණ්ඩායම් 5කට මේ වන විට ප්‍රායෝගික පුහුණු වැඩසටහන් නිමකර ඇත. තවද ශ්‍රී ලංකා නාවික හමුදා මූලස්ථානයේදි තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ අංශයේ සේවයේ නියැලෙන විවිධ නිළයන් වලට අයත් 35 දෙනෙක් තෙදින පුහුණු වැඩසටහනට එක් වුයේ හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් පදනම් කරගෙන සාමාන්‍ය කටයුතු සහ මෘදුකාංග සංවර්ධණ කටයුතු ඉදිරියට පවත්වාගෙන යාමට අවශ්‍ය දැනුම ලබා ගැනීමටයි.

අධ්‍යාපන ඇමති බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධන මහතාට අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යාංශයේ තොතුරු තාක්ෂණ ශාඛා ප්‍රධානී
නීල් ගුණදාස මහතා සහ පාසැල් දෘඩාංග කණ්ඩායමේ සාමාජික බන්දුල පුෂ්පකුමාර මහතා
දැයට කිරුල 2011 ප්‍රදර්ශනයේදි හන්තාන ලිනක්ස්  හදුන්වාදෙමින්.

දැයට කිරුල 2011 ප්‍රදර්ශනයේදි, අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යාංශයේ තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ ශාඛාව හන්තාන 14.5 මොනරාගලදි හඳුන්වා දුන් අතර සවුත්ලන්ඩ් විද්‍යාලීය අධ්‍යාපන ප්‍රදර්ශනය, රුවන්පුර ජාතික අධ්‍යාපන විද්‍යා පීඨයේ තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ ප්‍රදර්ශනයෙදි (පිටපත් 500 පමණ බෙදා දුනි) හන්තාන භාවිත කිරිමේ පහසු කම් සහ දැනුම ලබා දුන් අතර ප්‍රථම වරට නැණසලක් මඟින් හන්තාන ග්‍රාමීය ජනතාවට හදුන්වා දීම ධීරානන්ද නැණසල හරහා සිදු විය.

ගෝණිගොඩ ශ්‍රී පියරතන මධ්‍ය මහා විද්‍යාලයයි සිසු දරුවන් හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් මත පාසැල් ක්‍රියා කාරකම් කරමින්…

එමෙන්ම තම පාසැලේ සිසු දරුවන්ට පමණක් නොව විදුහල්පති තුමා ඇතුලු සහෝදර ගුරුමණ්ඩලයටද හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් භාවිතය පිළිබඳ ප්‍රායෝගික පුහුණුවක් ලබා දීමට තරම් හන්තාන ප්‍රජාව තුළ සිටින ගුරුවරුන් ඉදිරියට ගොස් ඇත. මේ සඳහා හොඳම උදාහරණය කටුගස්තොට අධ්‍යාපන කලාපයේ, ගෝණිගොඩ ශ්‍රී පියරතන මධ්‍ය මහා විද්‍යාලයයි.

කොළඹ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලනයේ පරිගණක අධ්‍යයන අංශය පැවැත්වූ IFO+ ප්‍රදර්ශනයෙදිද, රුහුණු විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ ඉංජිනේරු පීඨ ප්‍රදර්ශනයේදි ද හන්තාන ප්‍රජාව අතරට ගෙනයාම සඳහා අපට නොමිලේ ප්‍රදර්ශන කුටි ලබා දීම සහ අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යාංශය මඟින් පළමු වරට නිදහස් සහ විවෘත මෘදුකාංග පාසැල් වෙත රැගෙනයාමේදි පාසැල් තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ විද්‍යාගාර සඳහා හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් භාවිත කිරීම ද අප ගෞරවයෙන් යුතුව මතක් කර සිටින්නෙමු.

හන්තාන 15 මත ඇති සුවිශේෂිත්වය වන්නේ මෑතකදි හදුන්වා දුන් Gnome 3 එක් වි තිබීමය. ඔබ දන්නා පරිදි හන්තාන පද්ධතිය Fedora මත පදනම් ව ඇති අතර හන්තාන 15 නිකුතුව ෆෙඩොරා 15 මත පදනම් ව ඇත. නමුත් වැඩ තළය භාවිතයේදි ෆෙඩොරා පරිසරයට වඩා සුලු වෙනස් කම් එක් කර ඇති අතර, පිහිටුම් දැක්වීම, පද්ධතිය වසා දැමිමේදි අමතර යතුරු භාවිතයෙන් තොරවීම, පෙරනිමියෙන් තේමා භාවිතයට හැකියාව ද මේ අතර වේ. මෙවර වැඩතළය භාවිතය සඳහා උපකාරක සටහනක් සහ දමිළ භාවිතය සඳහා ඉක්ටා ආයතයෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කළ යතුරුපුවරු සැකැස්මද එක් කර ඇත.

පසුගිය දා පැවැත් වූ ඉ-ස්වභිමාණි 2011 සම්මාන උළලේදි හන්තාන ව්‍යාපෘතිය ඇගයීමට ලක් වූ බව ද සතුටින් දන්වා සිටින්නෙමු.

සුවහසක් බාධක අපහසුතා මැද අප හා මෙතෙක් කැපවිමෙන්, නන් අයුරින් සහාය දුන් ඔබ සැමට ප්‍රජාවේ උපහාරය පිරිනමනු ලබයි.

ලිනක්ස් මෙහෙයුම් පද්ධතියක් යළි-එකලස් කිරීම පහසු කටයුත්තකි, එනමුත් එය නොකඩවා පවත්වාගෙන යාම සහ ප්‍රජාව ගොඩ නැංවීම විශාල අභියෝගයකි. අපිට ලැබුණු සහ ලැබෙන සෑම අභියෝගයකින්ම අපි තව තවත් පන්නරය ලබන අතර අපි ඉදිරියටම ගමන් කරන්නෙමු !…

හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් ව්‍යාපෘතිය දෙස පිටතින් බැලු කළ එය හුදෙක් මෙහෙයුම් පද්ධතියක් ලෙස පෙනුනද, මෙහි සත්‍ය වශයෙන්ම සිදුවන්නේ ප්‍රජා සිවිබල කිරිමේ කර්තව්‍යයකි. ප්‍රජාවේ යහපත තකා ලබා දෙන මෙම ව්‍යාපෘතියේ අංගයන් සඳහා යළි ප්‍රජාවට දායක වීමට ඇති හැකියාව මඟින් ප්‍රජාවේ විවිධ වූ පිරිස් හට තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණය හරහා තම දැණුම සහ හැකියාවන් වර්ධනයට අවකාශ ලබා දේ.

අප රටේ තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ විශේෂඥයින් මෙන්ම සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාවටද තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ ප්‍රජාව සේවා සඳහා දායක විය හැකි බව අප ඔප්පු කර හමාරයි. හන්තාන 14 (ගගන) හි පෙරනිමියෙන් එන පසුබිම් රූපය ලංකාවේ වෘතීය ජායාරූප ශිල්පියකුගේ නිර්මාණයකි, පසුගිය දිනෙක කරන්දෙණිය මධ්‍ය මහා විද්‍යාලයේ තිබු තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ ප්‍රදර්ශනයට හන්තාන නියෝජනය කරමින් ගියෙ ශාරීරික අභ්‍යාස පුහුණුකරු (PEI) ලෙස පාසැලක සේවය කරන ගුරුවරයෙකි, ඔහු පසු ගිය කාළය තුළ හන්තාන පරිශීලකයෙක් වුවද මේ වන විට හන්තාන ප්‍රජාවට වැඩසටහන් සඳහා සහභාගීම පමණක් නොව තාක්‍ෂණික ලිපි සැපයීම දක්වා ඉදිරියට පැමිණ ඇත. ඔවුන්ගෙ සේවා ස්ථාන තුළ දි තම හැකියාවන් සහ දැණුමට නිසි තැනක් සහ ඇගයීමක් නොලැබුන ද ප්‍රජා සත්කාර්යයන් වලදි ඇගයීම සහ සමජායේ පිළිගැණීම වැලක්විය නොහැකි කටයුත්තකි.

සත්‍ය ලෙසම දැනුම් කේන්ද්‍රීය මාවතක හුදෙක් ප්‍රජාවේ සුභ සිද්ධිය කරා ගමන් කරන හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් ව්‍යාපෘතිය පළමු වසරේ පාසැල් දරුවකුගේ සිට වැඩි මහලු පුද්ගලයකු දක්වා විහිදුනු පරිශීලක පරාසයකින් යුතු වේ.

හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් ව්‍යාපෘතියේ දෙවැනි වසර සැමරු මොහොත
2010 සැප්තැම්බර් 17 දින වැල්ලන්දුර රුවන්පුර ජාතික අධ්‍යාපන පීඨ භූමියේදි.

තෙවැනි වසර ගත කරන හන්තාන ව්‍යාපෘතියේ මීළඟ නිකුතුව හන්තාන 16 (ධරණි) වන අතර එය 2012 වසරේ නිකුත් කිරීමට නියමිතයි.

අවසන් වශයෙන්.. අපේ මූලික ඉලක්කය වනුයේ නිදහස් විවෘත මෘදුකාංග පිළිබඳ අප රටේ ජනයා දැනුවත් කිරීම සහ භාවිතය ඉහළ නැංවීමයි. 2012 වසරේ දි මෙම කාර්යයන් තව දුරටත් වර්ධණය කිරීමට බලාපොරොත්තු වන බව සතුටින් දන්වා සිටින්නෙමු.


ආශ්‍රීත සටහන්:

හන්තාන පළමු නිකුතුව – සිරස නිවුස්ට් ෆස්ට් පුවත් තුළින් (2009 සැප්තැම්බර් මස 20 දින රාත්‍රී 7.00)


Sunday Times පුවත්පතේ ලිපිය


Linux empowers computer laboratories at schools !

Hanthana Linux project, founded around two years ago is now reaching it’s basic objectives. School computer laboratories were equipped with operating systems which require license and most of the installations were pirated copies. Things began to change recently.

The pilot project of nine computer laboratories with more than 200 computers, recently facilitated by the Ministry of Education entirely operate only on Hanthana Linux. Several other schools having grants from the world bank to better equip their laboratories have decided to shift to Linux operating system. They have the advantage of saving money spending to buy licensed software unnecessarily and from thus saved money, complete the computer network of their laboratories.

Dharmashoka College, Ambalangoda, Richmond College, Galle, Sujatha Balika Vidyalaya, Matara, Ferguson High School, Ratnapura, Sahira College, Gampola, Udayagiri College, Ampara and Maithreepala Sirisena College, Madawachchiya have received with computers by the Ministry of Education with Hanthana Linux as the only operating system. Wickramabahu College, Gampola and several others have started using Hanthana Linux in their computer laboratories.

At this point of writing, number of computers running Hanthana Linux as the only operating system in school computer laboratories exceeds 250.


Hanthana Linux deployment at Bandaranayake College, Gampaha.

Training sessions for teachers on how to use Hanthana Linux to fulfill the educational needs have already started. Coordination of those sessions are done by the Information and Communication Technology Branch of the Ministry of Education. Selected teachers from education zones are trained at the National Institute of Education.

Issues that Linux address

Although at times a school receives a licensed copy of an operating system as a donation they hardly can install a newer version later of it since the school has no money to pay for the license.

Though it is a licensed operating system, threats from viruses remains the same. To keep them away, new software has to be bought and installed. With Hanthana Linux there is no hassle from viruses since the threat from those are minimum and the latest security updates are available on the internet to be downloaded for free.

In general there comes a bundle of useful software with a Linux system and they all are installed in less than a 30 minutes time.

The finance for basic laboratory infrastructure for most of the laboratories are as foreign debt. With licensed software what happens it that we have pay the foreign for licenses. Further the quality of the software which comes free with Linux operating system are in good standards.

Sri Lanka is a developing country depending highly on foreign debts. In such a scenario projects like Hanthana Linux saving the flow of money to multi national companies and selecting qualitative options are of national importance.

Hanthana Linux workshop @ NCOE, Dharga Town

A two day Hanthana Linux awareness program was held at National College of Education (NCOE) – Dargatown, Aluthgama on the 11th and 23rd of February, 2011. Twenty students (trainee teachers) from Jaffna, Ampara, Batticaloa, and Dharga Town as well as from the National College of Education itself and several teachers of these students participated in the program.

This program was especial because this was the very first such program conducted for the Tamil medium students (trainee teachers).

In this program more focus was on introducing Linux, installation, using office packages and software development. Creating C++ programs and Java, HTML web pages on Linux and using the Apache web server, which is very popular in the world was discussed. Other than that, network management and user management was also thought in the program.

On day one there were two teachers in the staff that inquired about the content to be thought on day two. They self studied the content such as MySQL and enthusiastically thought the students these topics.

Rizkhan, who organized the event and Ms. Asuka Tomiyama who is a representative of the JICA institute that provides service to the National College of Education were present Throughout the program and provided invaluable help. Due to this and the enthusiasm of teachers and students alike, it was possible to cover a wide range of topics in this program.

At the end of the program, Rizkhan Basheer gave an assignment for the student which will help them gaining further knowledge of the subject matter presented on the two days. These students are supposed to attain residential training in 2012 and receive appointments to teach in schools in 2013 and there is lot of hope that they will spread the message and knowledge of free and Open Source software in remote areas of Jaffna, Batikaloa, Ampara and Ptlam. At the end of the progam we were invited to conduct programs on free and open source software (FOSS) in Jaffna was a sign of understanding the value of FOSS software.

We wish all the participants a brighter future!