FOSS Essentials Training for Enterprise 2009

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"FOSS Essentials Training - FOSS Alternative for Enterprise Solutions"

Date: February 3rd-4th, 2009

Venue: FOSS Training & Research Center, Brihaspati VidyaSadan, Kathmandu, Nepal.

1. Introduction

Free and Open Source Software, also F/OSS, FOSS, or FLOSS (for Free/Libre/Open Source Software) is software which is liberally licensed to grant the right of users to study, change, and improve its design through the availability of its source code (Source: Wikipedia).

Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community is a team of volunteers who believe in the usage of Free/Open Source Software. The primary objective of the community is to promote and diversify the usage of Free/Open Source Software in Nepal. In this endavour, FOSS Nepal Community has conducted various trainings, workshops and other activities. In 2007, in collaboration with Center of the International Cooperation for Computerization (CICC), National Information Technology Centre (NITC), Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP) and BellaSap, FOSS Nepal Community had organized FOSS Essentials Training 2007. The training focused on awareness of Free and Open Source software, their uses and development.

From our past learnings, it has become crystal clear that it is important to fulfill enterprise's needs of FOSSification. Hence, this year, FOSS Nepal Community is preparing to organize the second FOSS Essentials Training targeting Enterprise in February 2009.

2. Rationale

Enterprises are the organizational units which pioneers with new technologies and create demand of the new skilled human resources and technologies. Thus, it would be worthwhile to equip them with the best option of FOSS and convince them to incorporate these FOSS technologies for their organizational needs. This is an important decision for any organization and it needs to be very carefully planned and implemented. Hence, this training aims to achieve this catalytic change.

3. Goal and Objectives


To develop capacity and awareness on various tools and technologies of FOSS for enterprise needs.


  1. To raise awareness about FOSS and its benefits to various enterprise/organizations.
  2. To develop technical awareness and capacity of IT focal person/users from these enterprise/organizations.
  3. To build a team of focal team for supporting the future needs of the enterprise/organization for FOSSification. .

4. Expected Outcomes and Output


  1. Awareness on FOSS and and its benefits to enterprise solutions.
  2. Technical capacity development on various FOSS tools and technologies with hands on training on related softwares and applications.
  3. Formation of a key focal team for assisting/supporting in any further FOSSification in any organization and institutions.


  1. Training Report with major highlights and participants feedback.
  2. Photographs of the workshop.

5. Training Curriculum

The course curriculum for FOSS essentials for enterprise is organized in following framework.

  1. Introduction / Inauguration
    1. Introduction to FOSS Nepal Activities
    2. Introduction to CICC Activities
    3. AOSS Workshop/Training Program
  2. Theoretical concept of FOSS,
    1. Introduction to FOSS
    2. Cost/benefit aspect of FOSS
    3. Licensing issue
    4. Open Standards
    5. Migration opportunities and challenges
    6. Unicodization essentials
    7. Basics about how to encourage the change at the enterprise: supporting/motivating other users.
    8. Basic Linux Desktop Orientation
  3. FOSS essentials for enterprise Human Resource (HR) development/management (software/applications that supports a organization's HR development/management: )
    2. GNU Cash
    3. OpenProj
    4. Scribus
    5. eXe
  4. FOSS essentials for System Management (software/applications that supports a organization's Computer system management)
    1. Network management
    2. XAMPP - simple installation and configuration
    3. Content Management Systems (Drupal/Joomla/Mambo/Word Press)
    4. Media wiki
    5. Discussion Forum Management Systems (PHPBB / SMF)

6. Methodologies for the Training

The Training will consist of presentations, discussions and hands on trainings session on the selected topics facilitated by various resource persons. Hands on training will be given on most of the FOSS essential tools for enterprise mentioned in the training curriculum. Which will be assisted by a group of FOSS Volunteers. We will do our best to design our all the session as informal and interactive as possible. Also, strong emphasis will be given to provide space to raising questions or queries in each sessions.

The last session of the Training will be designed to facilitate interaction among participants and experts for troubleshooting, advanced help on any specific topic, feedback collection and for developing any future activities.

The participants will be added to our general mailing list and will be supported by FOSS Nepal Community in all technically possible ways.

7. Participants, Resource Persons, Scholarships and Registration


Participants in the Training will consist of people from various enterprises, business houses, Colleges, govt. agencies, INGO, NGO, students and other interested individuals. The Training will be good mixture of 24 to 30 participants belonging to various sectors defined above.

For, selection of the participants, we will have a open call for registration for a duration of 10 days (2 weeks if possible). After the deadline, these registration will than be screened and final list participants will selected by the Training organizing team. The selection team will give emphasis for ensuring the gender balance and other criteria while doing selection.

The final selected participants will be required to deposit the training fee 4-days ahead of the actual training to the training committee. In other case, other registrant will be given the opportunity to participate in the training.

Organizing Committee

Mr. Prabin Gautam

Mr. Dadhiram Nepal


Resource Persons

The resource persons for the Training will be experts on specific topics and fields of FOSS. Few prospective resource persons includes.

  1. Prabin Gautam (eXe)
  2. Subir Pradhanang (FOSS Nepal Activity)
  3. Mr. Yamamoto -CICC, Singapore (CICC Activity)
  4. Mr. Nara -CICC, Singapore (OSS Training)
  5. Mr. Yoichi Suehiro (OSS Internationalization)
  6. Mr. Masa Yoshida (Linux Strategy and Direction)
  7. Abhishek Singh (OpenProj & virtualization)
  8. Gaurab Raj Upadhaya (Network Management)
  9. Basanta Shrestha - GNU CASH
  10. Pravin Joshi - Scribus
  11. Bibek Paudel - (MC and XAMPP)
  12. Sarba Raj Bartaula (PHPBB/SMF/Joomla/Mambo)
  13. Akash Deep Shakya - LTSP
  14. Jwalanta Shrestha (WIKI, IRC, Blog)

Training Fee and Scholarships

To sustain this training FOSS Nepal Community will be charging a minimal training cost from the participants. The details are as below:

  • Institutional Participants: NRs. 1500.00
  • Individual Participants: NRs. 800.00
  • Student Participants: NRs. 300.00

Fee Waiver Scholarship:

  • Full Fee Waiver Scholarship : Nos 3 (preference will be given to participants from outside Kathmandu Valley )
  • Partial Fee Waiver (50%): Nos 3 (Participants who request for the fee waiver and selection committee approves his/her application)


Interested participants are requested to register by January 29, 2009 by filling up the form and sending it to

8. About Organizers

FOSS Nepal Community

FOSS Nepal Community is a team of volunteers who believe in the usage of Free/Open Source Software (FOSS). The primary objective of the community is to promote and diversify the usage of Free/Open Source Software in Nepal.

  • To raise awareness among general public, government bodies, private sector, civil society, educational institutions and media for expanding the scope of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) via Free and Open Source Software
  • To sensitize general public, government bodies, civil society and media for the implementation of e-governance by means of FOSS; the optimal solution for e-gov
  • Advocacy for Alternatives in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) specific to ICT
  • To enhance the capacity of IT professionals by promoting inclusion of Free and Open Source Software in educational system and providing platform for IT professionals to make them globally salable


The Center of the International Cooperation for Computerization (CICC) is a non-profit organization founded in June 1983 under the auspices of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of the Japanese government, with substantial support from many other organizations and companies.

CICC is an unique organization with a specialized mission: to give wide-ranging support to Information Technologies in partner countries. CICC Singapore is a regional office mainly for South east and South Asia. Since 1980's We have been supprting Singapore and most of the Asian countries for IT development. We have close contacts with various IT organization such as ICT ministry, ICT industry associations and research institutes in each country. We also encourage the network among the ICT people through various projects in the region.

For example,we are currently focusing on the promotion of Open Source Software (OSS) in Asia for the development of IT infrastructures. We would like to cooperate with governments, private sector and IT professionals.

9. About Supporters

High Level Commission for Information Technology

High Level Commission for Information Technology (HLCIT) is an apex body formed under the chairmanship of Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of Nepal with a view to providing crucial strategic direction and helping formulate appropriate policy responses for the development of ICT sector in the country as well as harnessing these technologies to meet key developmental challenges including governance reform and catalyzing economic growth for poverty reduction.

Help Nepal Network

HELP NEPAL Network (HeNN) is a global charity run on a fully voluntary basis bringing together individuals who love Nepal together, to contribute towards health and education in the remote parts of the country. The volunteers include people from all walks of life. The aim of the Network is to encourage Nepalis and those with an interest in Nepal, around the world to contribute and provide assistance in the fields of health, education and emergency relief.

Brihaspati VidyaSadan

Brihaspati Vidya Sadan is a secondary school aimed to fulfill the basic requirement of the people of Nepal in providing education of the highest level in the English language in their own country for their children. With more that 1200 student enrolling, and a nice pool of qualified teachers, BVS is one of the most reputed High School in Kathmandu Valley.



Appendix 1: Volunteer List

Name Email

  1. Kailash Budhathoki kailash.buki at gmail dot com
  2. Barsha Paudel barshaaa at gmail dot com
  3. Nitesh Pandey >nitesh at nitesh dot com dot np

Appendix 2: Curriculum/ Topics for training

1. Introduction to FOSS, FOSS Nepal Community and Licensing issues

[TODO: Summary here]

2. Ubuntu Linux Installation

[TODO: Summary here]

3. GUI Applications in Linux

[TODO: Summary here]

Generally Usable tools:

1. latex for documentation

[TODO: Summary here]

2. for office

[TODO: Summary here]

3. eXe for making notes and tutorials

[TODO: Summary here]

4. Unicode

[TODO: Summary here]

5. Planner

[TODO: Summary here]

6. Blender (Designing- specific)

[TODO: Summary here]

7. Scribus (Publication - Specific)

[TODO: Summary here]

8. GNUCash (Accounting - Specific)

[TODO: Summary here]

9. Samba Network (Linux-Windows Networking)

[TODO: Summary here]

10. LTSP for Enterprises How can LTSP be beneficial for Enterpprises?

11. ...

Appendix 3: Schedule of the Program

Nepal FOSS Essentials Training
3 – 4 February 2009 (Tuesday & Wednesday)

Date Time Item
3 February Tuesday 9:00 - 10:00 Opening Ceremony

Introduction to CICC & FOSS Nepal Activities and speech from Guest Dr. Madan Pariyar, HLCIT

10:00 – 10:45 Overview of FOSS (including Licensing and Copyrights issues & Open Protocols and standards)
10:45 – 11:00 Tea Break
11:00 – 11:45 LINUX Desktop
11:45 – 12:30 Office Productivity
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Unicode and migration
14:30 – 15:30 Ubuntu Linux installation
15:30 – 15:45 Tea Break
15:45 – 16:30 Virtualization
16:30 – 17:00 Basic System administration and Networking
4 February Wednesday 9:00 - 10:00 Wiki, Blogs, IRC, MailingList
10:00 – 10:30 CMS, PHPBB
10:30 - 10:45 Exe: tutorial and note maker
10:45 – 11:00 Tea Break
11:00 – 11:45 OSS Internationalization: Concept and tools - Yoichi Suehiro
11:45 – 12:30 Linux Strategy and Direction - Masa Yoshida
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 Project Management
14:30 – 15:30 XAMPP: X ( cross-platform) Apache MySQL configuration/installation – community website: Nara
15:30 – 15:45 Tea Break
15:45 – 16:30 LTSP for enterprises/network: its effectiveness, management and cost reduction
16:30 – 16:45 Test (evaluation) and feed back and general course review
16:45 – 17:00 Closing Ceremony

Appendix 4 :Other Reference / Resource Materials