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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 : apps.fedoraproject.org
For contributing or any queries related to contribution please contact : rbhalera@fedoraproject.org

Minimum System Requirements for Fedora21:
15GB Hard disk
1GB RAM


How to root your Android device in 2 minutes?


How to root your Android Phone???

Rooting is the process of allowing users of smartphones, tablets, and other devices running the Android mobile operating system to attain privileged control (known as "root access") within Android's sub-system.
This can be achieved with less pain with the help of an android application called Framaroot
With Framaroot you can experiment with your device with full access of your device.

Steps to follow:

  • Download Framaroot APK.
  • If you downloaded the APK file on your pc connect the device to your PC and copy it into the SD card. if you have downloaded directly on the device to go to step 3
  • Make sure that you have enabled the download of other platforms different from Google Play. You can check this in the following path: Menu > Settings > Unknown sources (ON)
  • From your device, click on the Framaroot APK file and then follow all the on-screen instructions you see.
  • Once the app is installed on your phone, launch GingerBreak app and when it will be opened click on the “Root” button in application.
  • Wait a few minutes for the process to finish and reboot your device.
  • If you want to check if you are already root or superuser in your Android phone or tablet you can download HowToRoot app from Google Play Store and click over the padlock in the top-right of the screen. It will show you a message about if your device is rooted or not.
The easiest way is also to Download 2.3.0 version of Root Genius and follow the instructions in the link. It will root your device in a minute.

Cynogenmod
This is an open source operating system for developers which comes with a rooted phone and it has various features like overclocking, where you can tamper with the performance of your android device and create your own themes for your phones.
CyanogenMod does not contain spyware or bloatware.
Check out this link to convert your normal android device to cynogenmod.
Also read the link.

NOTE:
Backups made in recovery are not safe unless they are made to a true external sdcard. If you want to experiment with above stuffs, make preparations for doing safe backup before running the installers.
Rooting varies with different devices. Please check your device compatibility with the apps before rooting.

My Talk @ FWD

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