I wrote a book on OpenSource in Tamil and it got published by New Horizon Media (Kizhakku Pathipagam) on last Saturday ie., 07-jan-2012 in Chennai Book Fair 2012. If you get a chance to visit Chennai Book fair drop in at Kizhakku Pathipagam stall and grab a copy of the book.
Following are the link to purchase the book online:
Introduction about this book are available in the following links:
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/OpenSourceTamil
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.
Yesterday 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.
I 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:
This was my first gnuNify experience. To describe, I would say it was "simply awesome". I could meet many people in the conference and had a great time there. I attended many talks from different speakers which was really useful. Some of the people I met and shared were Adithya Mooley, Abbas Ali, Vivek Khurana, Satyakam Goswami, Rahul Sundaram, my old colleague Kushal Das, Arun K.
I gave a short interview for gnuNify 2010 blog as a part of "Know the Speaker" drive. You can read my interview here - http://blog.gnunify.in/2010/02/know-the-speakers-senthil-kumaran-s/
I gave my message for the first time contributors to Free software as follows:
On 19th and 20th of February 2010, I ll be giving two talks in gnuNify at 2010 Pune,
India. gnuNify is an annual Free Software based tech event conducted by Symbiosis
Institute of Computer Studies and Research (SICSR) in association with Pune
GNU/Linux User Group, since 2003.
The following are my sessions: