16 February 2011

SchoolOS at Karkala Taluk, Karnataka

nice work,

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From: Chethan S <chethanuniversal AT>
Date: Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Hi Narendra!

Since past two Saturday's me and some of my friends are introducing Linux to school students under the able leadership of Mr. Ashok Kumar A.(Asst. Prof., N.M.A.M. Institute of Technology, Nitte, Karkala Taluk, Karnataka). Our objective is to introduce students to the world of Free and Open Source Software. On a personal front, I am impressed by your work in promoting FOSS. I am happy to bring to your notice that one school has approached us to conduct a programme for their students the coming Saturday.

Regarding how we proceed, first we ask the students to familiarize themselves with the OS for few minutes with few inputs from us. The students don't face any difficulty at all. Later we give a formal introduction to Linux, issues like piracy, security issues, expensiveness of proprietary software are discussed. Then after a break I give my presentation on SchoolOS and simple tasks are given to students, like writing their experiences, drawing something, typing speed test etc. Students are asked questions based on presentations and whoever answers first is rewarded. Finally an online quiz is also conducted. Most of the students express their willingness to switch to Linux from Windows at the end of the session.

Now on a later date we will be conducting a "Linux Habba" meaning Linux Fest which will be a full day event. We plan to explain students about the ease of installing Linux, showcase various possibilities of Linux etc. Since you have the experience of introducing SchoolOS to wide variety of students I would like to hear your suggestions.

Meanwhile, I have deleted my slideshare account where I had posted my 1st week's presentation since I plan to host further presentations on Google Docs. The updated presentation is now available at


Chethan S.

By- Narendra Sisodiya

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