Welcome to Workshop on FOSSEE

To promote the use of FOSS tools in the country

About The Workshop

The term "open source" refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible.

FOSS software is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, enhance and use free of cost. With this in mind, FOSSEE aims to reduce dependency on proprietary software in educational institutions.

They encourage the use of FOSS tools through various activities to ensure commercial software is replaced by equivalent FOSS tools.





Awareness: To spread awareness on open source and the usage of FOSS tools among the community.

Promotion: To promote the usage of FOSS tools to help improve the quality of education.

Hands-on experience: To provide hands-on experience on the usage of FOSS tools

Special Attraction


Here is the oportunity to witness the low-cost notebook developed by IIT Bombay. The cheapest ever of around Rs 8,000/- a fullfeatured notebook for students.


The laptop runs on a modified version of Ubuntu Linux OS. The device also comes pre-loaded with several FOSS like Chrome and Firefox , LibreOffice, Gnome player, AV tools such as Audacity and several other education tools and tutorials (such as wikipedia in 10 Indian languages)for students and researchers, as well as for watching movies and music.

Program Schedule

16th February 2018
3:30 - 4:30 P.M. Registration
4:30 - 4:45 P.M. Inauguration
4:45 - 4:50 P.M. Welcome Address by Director, NIT Durgapur
4:50 - 6:30 P.M. Address by Prof. Kannan Moudgalya, IIT Bombay followed by
Demonstration of Golden Laptop.
6:30 – 6:45 P.M. Tea Break
6:45 - 8:45 P.M Hands-on (#1) session on Scilab Introduction and Python
conducted by the Institute Volunteers Parallel Event of demonstration
of Golden Laptop at Central Library
8:45 - 9:30 P.M. Dinner

17th February 2018
10:00 - 11:00 A.M. Address by Mr. Abhas Abhinav, DeepRoot Linux
(Technical Session #1)Parallel Even of the display of
Golden Laptop Central Library
11:00 - 11:15 A.M. Session break, Tea program
11:15 - 12:30 Noon Address by Mr. Abhas Abhinav, DeepRoot Linux
(Technical Session #2), Open Discussion and Interaction.
Parallel Even of demonstration of Golden Laptop at Central Library
12:30 - 1:30 P.M. Lunch
1:30 - 3:30 P.M. Hands-on (#2) session Spoken Tutorial Scilab, LaTex and
LibreOffice by Prof. Kannan Parallel Even of demonstration
of Golden Laptop at Central Library
3:30 - 4:00 P.M. Valedictory followed by Tea
4:00 - 4:30 Press Conference



Scilab is a free and open source software for numerical computaion developed by Scilab Enterprises , France. Scilab also includes Xcos which is an open source alternative to Simulink. To install Scilab, open the terminal and type

sudo apt-get install scilab


Python is a general-purpose high-level remarkably powerful dynamic programming language that is used in wide variety of applications domain . It supports multiple programming paradigms.


LaTeX is a free and open source typesetting environment. LaTeX is widely used to prepare scientific documents.

sudo apt-get install texlive-full

Instructions on Spoken Tutorials

Participants should preload spoken tutorial in their laptop. They must have headphones or earphones to listen to spoken tutorials

To install spoken tutorial, they are instructed to do the following:

Procedure 1:

  1. Go to www.spoken-tutorial.org>Software Training>Procedure>Choose 'Create Your Own Disc Image'.
  2. Select FOSS Category(e.g. Scilab, LibreOffice Impress etc.).
  3. Select Level.
  4. Select Preferred Language.
  5. Click on 'Add Selected FOSS'.
  6. Click on 'Create Zip File'.
  7. Now you will get the download option on the right side.

Procedure 2: Direct download link:http://www.spoken-tutorial.org/cdcontent

  1. Select FOSS Category(e.g. Scilab, LibreOffice Impress etc.).
  2. Select Level.
  3. Select Preferred Language.
  4. Click on 'Add Selected FOSS'.
  5. Click on 'Create Zip File'.
  6. Now you will get the download option on the right side.

Once it is downloaded, you can unzip it and distribute among the participants. Participants are requested to follow the Side by Side Method.Click here to know more.
If you face any difficulty then please feel free to contact us.

Workshop Details


16th-17th February


3:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. - Friday
10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. - Saturday


NIT Durgapur

Organised by

GNU/Linux Users' Group, NIT Durgapur in association with IIT Bombay and Deep Root Linux

"In open source, we strongly feel that to do something really well, you have to get a lot of people involved."

-Linus Torvalds

Contact Us

Mahatma Gandhi Rd, A-Zone, Durgapur, West Bengal 713209