FOSS Ka Kura

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FOSS Ka Kura a.k.a FKK is a monthly open-discussion program organized by FOSS Nepal Community, where we can discuss about FOSS, FOSS applications, Localization, Open Source, Linux, etc. The main objectives of this program is to create public awareness about FOSS applications and developing a Free/Open Source Community in Nepal. The Open Source Community could involve a wide range of people ranging from experts, enthusiasts, FOSS advocates and so on.

This program was formerly known as Linux Ka Kura and was organized by Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP).

The program used to be handled by the IOE FOSS Community, Pulchowk Campus and was coordinated by Kailash Budhathoki <kailash DOT buki AT gmail DOT com>, Cell: 9803420948.

The program has been revived and now will be hosted by a different college each month. This will be an opportunity for the various college FOSS communities to meet and possibly collaborate.

Have a look at the pool of topics mentioned below. Please feel free to add topics that are related to FOSS. If you are interested to share your knowledge on certain topic as a speaker, please email us at our mailing list

Program Structure

  1. Introduction to FOSS and FKK (5 minutes)
  2. FOSS News (5 minutes)
  3. Main Presentation (30 minutes)
  4. FOSS Software (10 minutes) - Introduction to any FOSS software
  5. FOSS Drill (10 minutes) - Howto on any FOSS software
  6. Video - Any interesting video (preferably FOSS related but not mandatory)

Upcoming FOSS Ka Kura

The following colleges have been chosen to host the upcomming FOSS Ka Kura. Futher details will be released around 15 days before the event.

  • 11th July 2015: National School of Science (NIST)
  • July, 2014: Prime College
  • August, 2014: Acme Engineering College
  • September, 2014: Nepal College of Information Technology (NCIT)
  • December, 2014: Kathmandu Engineering College
  • January, 2015: Himalaya College of Engineering

Pool of Topics

The following are some topics that can make upto FKK. Please feel free to add more.

  • NoSQL in Open Souce paradigm
  • Web Development in Open Source paradigm
  • Squeak and SmallTalk
  • Cyber Law and Cyber crimes
  • Working with CVS/SVN/GIT
  • Online Programming Collaboration
  • Open Source Licenses
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Wrongs
  • Nepali Computing
  • Open Source Programming Standards
  • Building custom distros using Morphix/Knoppix/Ubuntu

Pool of Media

Here are some of medias related to Open Source, These are some medias which could be easily downloaded or already available with FOSS NEPAL.

  • How to Protect your open source project from poisonous people. Ben Collins & Brian W. Fitzpatrik on Google tech talk. 54.55min
  • The Code Linux. Linux and Open Source around Linus Trovalds. 58.54min
  • Python 3000. Overview of upcoming Python Version by Guido Van Rusoom at Google tech talk. 1.06 Hr
  • Harnessing The Power of Open Source. Anynomous talking about Open Source. 1.00hr
  • The Code Breaker. BBC documentry on Booming Open Source projects. --.--hr
  • Revolution OS. Linux as Revolutionary concept in Opensource. --.--hr
  • Pirates of Silicon Valley. not actually about open source, but about Steve and Bill (cool movie to watch though). 1.36hr
  • Linux MCE vs windows MCE ~ 18 mins
  • Please add more

Past Topics

Date Topic Presenter Venue
August 8th 2010 Open Source Collaboration in Colleges Bibek Shrestha Zero Energy House (Center of Energy Study), Pulchowk Campus
June 20th 2010 FOSS and Money Akash Deep Shakya Prime College, Naya Bazaar, Khusibu, Kathmandu
May 16th 2010 Map Reduce Framework & Hadoop Akash Deep Shakya, Lekh Nath Bhusal, Bishal Acharya Kantipur Engineering College, Dhapakhel, Lalitpur
Apr 18th 2010 Introduction to Linux Shell Suraj Sapkota Pulchowk Campus, Pulchowk, Kathmandu
Feb 6th 2010 Software Project Management using Redmine Ritesh Man Tamrakar Nepal College of Information Technology (NCIT), Balkumari, Lalitpur
May 4th 2009 Introduction to PostgreSQL and talk on Full-text search capabilities in PostgreSQL Oleg Bartunov (/ M.Sc. Hall, Dept. of Electronics and Computer Engineering, IOE
January 9th 2009 Formatted Nepali Text Conversion Jacob Nordfalk Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka
October 24th 2008 Grid Computing and its prospect in Nepal Akash Deep Shakya Informatics College, Kamal Pokhari
FOSS News: Recent News in the field of FOSS Jitendra Harlalka
July 4th 2008
(Special Edition)
Linux Kernel Mr. Bernie Innocenti ( Zero Energy House (Center of Energy Study), Pulchowk Campus
June 6th 2008 Regular Expression Jitendra Harlalka Zero Energy House (Center of Energy Study), Pulchowk Campus
January 18th, 2008 FOSS: an Introduction Mr. Prabin Gautam National College of Information Technology (NCIT), Balkumari, Lalitpur
FOSS Nepal Community Mr. Prabin Gautam
SilverScribe One Content Management System Mr. Ujjwol Lamichhane
December 28th 2007 Dictionary Software - The Development Process Dibyendra Hyoju & Vijay Kumar Shrestha National College of Computer Studies (NCCS), Paknajol
November 18th 2007 Cyber Law in Nepal Mr. Babu Ram Aryal (Kathmandu Centre for Cyber Studies) Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel
October 5th 2007 Building websites easily with Drupal Mr. Bibek Shrestha & Mr. Sanil Man Singh(IOE, Pulchowk Campus) College of Applied Business (CAB), Tangal Durbar, Tangal
September 3rd 2007 Ruby and the Ruby on Rails web development framework Philipp (Switzerland) and Ross (Italy) Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka
August 12th 2007
(Special Edition)
Open Content/Community Development Dr. Paul R. Sparks & Mr. Jeffrey Lee
(Pepperdine University)
Center for Energy Studies (CES) Hall, Pulchowk Engineering Campus, Pulchowk Lalitpur
August 3rd, 2007 Making your own distro, easily Mr. Prasanna Gautam Pulchowk Engineering Campus, Lalitpur
FOSS Software: Looking Glass 3D Mr. Ankur Sharma
FOSS News: Recent News in the field of FOSS Mr. Jwalanta Shrestha
July 6th, 2007 Linux Kernel Mr. Bibek Paudel and Mr. Saurabh Thakur St. Xavier's College, Maitighar, Kathmandu
FOSS Software: Elisa (Media Center Software) Mr. Ankur Sharma
FOSS Drill: How linux saved my day: finding SLC results efficiently Mr. Jwalanta Shrestha
FOSS News: Recent News in the field of FOSS Mr. Jwalanta Shrestha
June 15th, 2007 Nepali wikipedia ( Mr.Indiver Badal Himalayan WhiteHouse College, Mid-Baneshwor, Kathmandu
FOSS Drill: New Document management tool in Linux Mr. Ankur Sharma
FOSS News: Recent News in the field of FOSS Mr. Shankar Pokharel
FOSS News(FEDORA 7) Release of Fedora7 & Why and how Core+Extra=Fedora Mr. Abhishek Singh, Fedora Project Ambassador to Nepal
May 24th 2007
(Special Edition)
Open Content Dr. David Wiley, Founder of Open Content and C()SL Director Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur
May 11th 2007
(new format)
Presentation: Open Source Database: MySQL Mr. Dibyendra Hyoju Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur
FOSS Drill: Making eyecandy icons in Inkscape Mr. Ankur Sharma
FOSS Software: Firebug Mr. Prasanna Gautam
April 6th, 2007 New Generation Technology Mr. Bhaskar Prasad Rimal Kathmandu Engineering College,
Seminar Hall (New Building 4th Floor)
Kalimati, Kathmandu
March 2nd, 2007 LTSP and its prospect in Nepal Mr. Shishir Jha Institute of Engineering (IOE),
CES Hall (Centre for Energy Studies)
Pulchowk, Lalitpur
Feb 9th, 2007 Sixyadaan Mr. Sagun Dhakwa
Mr. Prasanna Gautam
Institute of Engineering (IOE),
CES Hall (Centre for Energy Studies)
Pulchowk, Lalitpur
January 5th, 2007 One Laptop Per Child Nepal (OLPC Nepal) Mr. Shankar Pokharel
Mr. Ankur Sharma
Prime College,
Naya Bazar, Khusibu, Kathmandu