FOSSMeet 2019

FOSSMeet is an annual event at NIT Calicut that brings together the Free and Open Source Community from around the country.

How I stopped worrying and love the fork bomb.

Submitted by Abraham Raji (@abrahamraji) on Thursday, 27 December 2018

Section: Student Technical level: Beginner

Abstract

The ageless romantic-comedy of the inanimate text in specific order when transformed into electric signals help us recieve, store, interpret, process and create information, it’s creators, it’s users and their freedom.

Starring:

  • Guy Fawkes
  • Alan Turing
  • Dennis Ritchie
  • Richard Mathew Stallman
  • Linus Torvalds
  • Bill Gates
  • Steve Jobs
  • Yours truely.

This talk will explain why a lot of things are the way they are in the Free software world. It intends to analyse the past to get a feel for the future.This talk aims to help people (geeks,nerds and common folk alike) connect to the Frees Software Movement and value their freedom and privacy.

Outline

  • The Talk begins with Guyfawkes and his act of terrorism.
  • Moves to the tragedy of Alan Turing, The Enigma and Christopher.
  • Transitions into the Hacker Culture, Unix and the under-rated genius behind it- Dennis Ritchie.
  • Pushes foreward into the wierd new printer at MIT and it’s implications.(This is where RMS enters).
  • The Gnu and The Penguin.
  • Wizards Of Silicon Valley.
  • Apache and rise of GNU/Linux.
  • Free Software Sucks.
  • Free Software Rocks.
  • My introduction to FOSS and being a Debian Maintainer.
  • Why the movement is as relevant as it was all those Years ago.

Requirements

  • Open-Mind.
  • Curiosity.
  • A Heart.

Speaker bio

I’m an engineering student who spends most of his time editing his dotfiles or advocating for free software. I’m a Debian Maintainer and the lead of The Nexus, SJCET (Github) which is a club that focusses on hardware and software freedom and aims to spread awareness regarding the same.

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