Welcome to our Phabricator install – phab.amritafoss.in

Happy to tell you that we have a fully functional Phabricator running up and alive in phab.amritafoss.in. The application is hosted in rhcloud, free of cost and that might make it a bit slow in low bandwidth.

As the website says : Phabricator is a set of open source web apps that help software companies build better software. It is an extra functional alternative to Bugzilla, and is used by popular organizations like Wikimedia Foundation 🙂

How we are going to use it:
We can use the Phab to assign task, monitor progress, and make sure things are done before deadline. You can see the tasks ( also called Maniphests ) available at : http://phabricator-amfoss.rhcloud.com/maniphest/query/all/

New projects can be made – with something like – ‘Club-general’ which would be ‘Photoshop workshop for club students’ , and assign it to a person. Other people can subscribe to the task, get email updates and set a deadline.

Why its important:
Task management is an essential part of software engineering, and when you are good with something like Phabricator, people would find you organized. The tool is being extensively used outside, and we should have it.

I have enabled Sign-Up via username and password, and also via your Github account. Use either.

All emails are routed via mailgun.com API and configuring took me bit more hours. Thanks to them.


FUDCon Pune 2015: An Experience to be shared.

FUDCon '15

FUDCon ’15

I was in Pune from 26 June to 28 June, 2015, attending FUDCon 2015.

It was definitely a great experience of going to a new place, meeting new people and learning new things all at the same time.Here is my day wise experience.

DAY 1: Friday, 26th June 2015

There was an introductory session , Fedora for everything and everyone which supposedly started at 9:00 A.M.I was a bit late and lost in the big campus of MIT (Maharashtra institute of technology, Pune).


MIT college entrance.

And then I realized that I was not the only one lost, one of the speakers, Sarup Banskota, was in the same condition (which I did not know by then that he was a speaker :P) . I had a small conversation with him and contacted the juniors who guided me then.

We attended the discussion on how open source should become a part of present education system and how remote places in Bengal have already started working on it. NCERT has also taken a similar initiative,

P.S : This was that talk which I attended unknowingly. Entered the wrong place at wrong time. But was not worthless at all.

Then I attended a  talk on ABI Compatibility for Dummies by Sinny Kumari and then followed by Spartakus: Fighting kernel ABI breakages through semantic processing of linux source code by Samikshan Bairagya. Little did I understand but got to know about some thing new and interesting.

After lunch I attended lightning talks which were short and interesting followed by a talk on Linux-IO : Native scsi target implementation in linux kernel , which I did not understand. 😛

Then which I understood completely was the next talk Documentation: It’s Important and Difficult.

DAY 2: Saturday, 27th June 2015

My day started with Present and Future of Fedora Workstation talk which included the new apps, features and changes in fedora workstation and its impacts.

Then I attended a talk on Documentation in Open Source since it was an extension to what I had attend on day 1.

This included the process of documentation and the tools used for each step.

Then which I was eagerly waiting for to clarify my doubts on was Compiling Linux Kernel & Submit first patch.Disappointingly the speaker was late and began writing modules. 🙁

Nothing of compilation and first patch was taken. I did not attend the second half of the day.

DAY 3: Sunday, 28th June 2015

Since I had a slight idea about dockers and container (Thanks to Bithin bhaiya),I decided to attended all the talks and workshops related to dockers and container.

Docker Basics Workshop.

There was a huge wifi trouble which was making it difficult to have a proper workshop.

But nonetheless, this was made very simple and easy to understand by the speakers Aditya Patawari, Lalatendu Mohanty, Shivaprasad Katta .

Fedora Atomic.

Everything was linked with the previous workshop. Detailed talk on Project Atom was given followed by the workshop. From setting up Atomic host to deploying containers.

Hands-On Kubernetes.

This was again more of a talk which was supposedly a work shop due to lack of time and resources.

Orchestration of Docker containers using Openshift v3 and Kubernetes.

This one was difficult and was made boring by the speaker.

Most of them were from RedHat. There were handful of students attending FUDCon. People were surprised seeing freshers and sophomores attending it.

Everyone was really helpful and ready to explain in layman’s language to students like us.

I asked Sarup Banskota for suggestions for attending talks as a sophomore and suggested me that I cannot learn all of the new things at a time (some of which were new to him too ) but can know about new things and learn gradually.

The most inspiring thing was people very much experienced ( who would be around 40 years old) were sitting with us learning new things, putting up questions and suggesting new ideas.

This was An Experience to be remembered and made use of.


Mini App Days @Amritapuri (04 August, 2013)


Date & Time

04 August, 2013 / 08:00 am to 5:30 pm


Amrita School of Engineering
Amritapuri, Clappana P.O.
Kollam – 690 525, Kerala, India



Java By Active Learning


A one month long course on ‘Java by active learning’ was conducted from 4th June to 4th July at Amrita School Of Engineering, Kollam by FOSS@Amrita.

The course was an experiment in Active Learning whereby students engaged in cooperative learning, discussions and problem-solving sessions to teach themselves topics necessary to meet the demands of specific projects much like in the real world work environment while being backed up by core theory lectures on Object-Oriented Programming.



Yahoo! Summer School – 13′


A five-day summer school on Information Retrieval and the Semantic Web which was held at the Satish Dhawan Auditorium, IISc, Bengaluru from 25 June 2013 to 29 June 2013. … 



FOSS Club @ Amrita had conducted a National Level FOSS Conference – FOSSTER ’09 at Amritapuri Campus on March 28th and 29th, this year. It was a great success. The event wae inaugural day by Mr. Nageshwara Rao, Sun’s Senior Site Director and Site Lead of its India Engineering Center. Tirthankar gave talk on Open HA Clusters and Mayuresh on Introduction to OpenSolaris.



Contribution to Android – ADC2, 2009

Three students from 2nd year Computer Science, Rahul, Shilpa and Seshagiri, participated in the Android Developer Challenge 2(ADC2). They had made a game of “Tic Tac Toe” that runs on the Android platform. This is now an OpenSource project hosted at google code.


School OS for NCERT

School OS is specially designed for school children by Shyam and Avinash (final year IT student), while interning with SUN, in collaboration with NCERT and IIT Delhi. The School OS is determined to spearhead the rise of open-source in the primary & secondary education system of India. The project was based at Sun Microsystems, Delhi office. They also went to the schools to install and test the operating system.


My Experience at JavaOne 2009 – Avinash Joshi

Attending JavaOne 2009 Conference at San Francisco was a wonderful, learning experience. As a part of Sun Microsystems’s Campus Ambassador Program, they nominated five CA’s from all over the world who would get an opportunity to attend the JavaOne 2009 Conference, fully sponsored by them. Let me now share my JavaOne 2009 experiences with you all.



Application porting to Open Solaris

Varun Rao and Adithya, 3rd year Computer Science Engg. students, made contributions to Open Solaris by porting applications. They worked on porting applications like “Parcellite”, which is a clip board manager for Open Solaris.

This is Varun Rao sharing his experience:

In this post I will describe how I ported Parcellite, a clip board manager to Solaris using IPS.

When I learnt that i could port any application to Solaris, I first visited http://sourceforge.net, where you get thousands of free and open source applications.I chose to start with a lightweight application based on GTK called Parcellite, a clipboard manager.


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