FOSSMeet 2016

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

FOSSMeet is the annual Free and Open source software meet at NIT Calicut. We are inviting proposals for talks and workshops at FOSSMeet 2016.

What we are looking for

Through FOSSMeet, we intend to get the attendees, mostly students, get started with the development and usage of free software. You may propose to conduct a lecture, demo, tutorial, workshop, discussion or panel at FOSSMeet. If the contents of your session is the ‘I am feeling lucky’ result of some Google search, there is low probability that it’ll be accepted. Same applies to proposals titled ‘The absolute beginner introduction to X’ and others on a similar line. On the other hand, if your talk is on some obscure, albeit important, free software project that will go over most students head, this might not be the best platform to deliver that talk. There are always exceptions and we leave that to your judgement. If our audience wants it, we’ll try our best to accommodate it. Of course, if you find people interested in your proposal, you can always call a BoF. We are all for BoF’s! :)

Take the above with a pinch of salt. They are no s̶t̶r̶i̶c̶t̶ ̶r̶u̶l̶e̶s̶, only guidelines. All your proposals are welcome and we celebrate every single one that we receive! :D Looking forward to see you folks here.


Your audience (mostly) comprises of smart, above average, GNU/Linux aware students.

Important dates

Call for proposals opens: Nov 19, 2015
Proposal submission deadline: D̶e̶c̶ ̶3̶0̶,̶ ̶2̶0̶1̶5̶ Jan 23, 2016
Proposal acceptance: J̶a̶n̶ ̶0̶7̶,̶ ̶2̶0̶1̶6̶ Jan 26, 2016
Presentation upload: J̶a̶n̶ ̶1̶4̶,̶ ̶2̶0̶1̶6̶ Feb 2, 2016

Contact Us:

For more information about speaking and proposals, contact

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FOSSMeet is an annual event on Free and Open Source Software, conducted at National Institute of Technology, Calicut. The funnel is a space for proposals and voting on events. more

Vaishali Thakkar


Contributing to Linux Kernel - Workshop

Submitted Dec 27, 2015

The workshop focuses on helping students to get started with contributing to the Linux Kernel.


The talk primarily aims at explaining workflow of sending first patch to Linux Kernel. This will be a hands-on workshop and we will take audience along with us in sending their first-patch in the biggest open source project.

Here, is a glimpse of the topics included in the workshop:

  • Introduction to work-flow cycle of the Linux Kernel
  • Overview of Linux Kernel specific communication [mailing list and IRC] etiquettes
  • Configuring and compiling the Linux Kernel
  • Booting into latest kernel
  • Setting up environment to send a first patch
  • Finding a driver to clean up
  • Running and creating first patch
  • Understanding patch best practices
  • Sending first patch in the Linux kernel mailing list [staging directory]
  • What after sending first patch?
  • Overview of Linux Kernel bug finding tools Sparse and Smatch
  • Overview of Coccinelle and Semantic patch language [SmPL]
  • Overview of easy to fix issues like Y2038 issues, Devm functions etc.

Note: This workshop requires git and Linux kernel source code. Guidelines for the prerequisites can be found here


Laptop with Linux environment [either natively or in virtual machine], Git, Linux-next source code

Speaker bio

  1. Vaishali Thakkar is working as a Linux Kernel engineer with Oracle, Bangalore. She worked as an Outreachy, Round 10 Linux Kernel intern on project Coccinelle. She was also selected as a Linux Foundation training scholarship winner under the Kernel Guru category, 2015. Her patches in the Linux kernel can be found here.

  2. Tapasweni Pathak is working as a Developer Associate with SAP Labs, Bangalore. She is involved with open sources. Here is the link to her patches in Linux Kernel.


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FOSSMeet is an annual event on Free and Open Source Software, conducted at National Institute of Technology, Calicut. The funnel is a space for proposals and voting on events. more