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My first article - "Creating Professional Presentation with Latex" - for Muktware got publised. This article explains how to create presentations with latex beamer. Following is a gist from the article, to read more visit - http://www.muktware.com/a/14/2011/830/creating-professional-presentations-latex

"If you are a fan of versioning presentations and not convinced with versioning binary files then this article is for you, of course it makes you stand out among your friends since this is how geeks prepare presentations. Latex is a popular document preparation system which provides a document markup language to edit your documents which looks beautiful in paper.

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Gone are those days when we want to boot a downloaded ISO image from an USB stick, we need to perform lot of black box operation in order to put/align things in the USB stick so that it could be made bootable.

I didn't follow the Debian stuff for a long time though I use Debian in all my machines. Surprisingly last week we had the much awaited release of Debian 6.0 (squeeze) and I was over joyed on seeing that! I was longing for that.

With the new release of Debian 6.0 we need not do any special things in order to create a bootable USB stick of the Debian ISO. Just a plain 'dd' of the ISO will do the magic. For a long time in order to create a bootable USB stick we had to depend on tools like usb-creator both for Ubuntu or Debian, but now things are pretty easy and straight forward. I am not sure whether this works for Ubuntu yet, may be the next release 11.04 will have such a feature, but as of Debian 6.0 it works.

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Back in 2008 I started my Master of Science course in Birla Institue of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. Last semester I completed all my papers related to my course work. This semester I had my dissertation which I completed a couple of weeks back.

I gave dissertation viva voce yesterday ie., 19-oct-2010 to Mr. Kiran D. C who was interested in Subversion and asked many related questions about my dissertation work. My dissertation was based on Subversion titled "GPG-agent based secure password cache for Subversion Version Control System". As of now this work is maintained as a separate branch (gpg-agent-password-store) in apache subversion project repository. Though the branch is in working condition and does the intended job, there are many more changes planned before merging the branch back to trunk.

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Mepco FOSS WorkshopYesterday ie., 30 September 2010, I conducted a workshop at Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi which was organized by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering exclusively for Faculty from various engineering colleges in and around Sivakasi. In the morning I gave a talk and hands on in Subversion Version Control System and in the afternoon I handled Python Programming which was also a hands on workshop. 

We had a total of 35 faculty members from various colleges. The session was interactive and also I was amazed to see everyone eagerly trying out  stuff which I taught.

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Last weekend ie., 25 September 2010, myself along with Mr. Joe Steeve conducted a one day workshop on Free Software Technologies at Kalasalingam University, Srivilliputhur which was organized by TIFAC-CORE in network engineering and Computer Science and Engineering Department of the University.

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OSI Days 2010 talkI was one of the speakers at OSI Days 2010. It was a 3 days event from 19th to 21st September, 2010 organized in Chennai Trade Centre and is one of the biggest open source event conducted every year in India. Though I have given many talks in many conferences, this is subtly different from whatever I ve done so far.

The audience for the event was extremely extraordinary. They know what to ask!

I participated as a panel member on 19th September, 2010 in a panel discussion on the topic "The Rapidly growing market for FOSS in India". This panel had elite people from the IT industry with whom I had a chance to network and discuss lot of things about FOSS. The panel included the following people:

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Velalar Python workshopLast weekend ie., 18 July 2010 from 09:45 to 12:45 HRS IST, I conducted "Basics of Python Programming" workshop in Velalar College of Engineering and Technology, Thindal, Erode which was organized by Free Software Foundation, TamilNadu chapter. I explained basics of python programming language and the advantages of using python over other languages, with some code demo.

We had audience from various colleges in and around Erode. The session was interactive and I enjoyed a lot with the questions from the audience.

Thanks to Ravi Jaya and others who gave me an opportunity to conduct this workshop. It was great to meet LinuXpert Systems CEO Mr. Baskar, with whom I discussed a lot about Free Software usage in education. My special thanks to the Head of IT department at Velalar College who was present throughout all the sessions and interacting with the speakers with his great questions.

Official report about the workshop in FSF-TN mailing list is here. Article in "The Hindu" is here.

For presentation slides, see attachment below.