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:

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Balasankar C


Intro to Debian Packaging

Submitted Nov 21, 2015

A hands-on session to give audience the basic idea of packaging free software for Debian


Packaging of software makes it easier to handle - considering installation, removal, updation and upgradation. Debian maintains a huge number of Free Softwares in its repositories. The purpose of this session is to introduce the audience how to package a free software (probably a Ruby gem) so that it can be added to Debian repos for users to simple apt-get it.

We will be focussing on packaging of Ruby gems, along with explaining the general way of packaging, that are used in projects like Diaspora, GitLab etc.


Debian GNU/Linux (Unstable recommended, Testing OK, Can make it work even with Stable), a mind to ask questions and to learn.

Install the packages : build-essential, devscripts, debhelper, gem2deb

PS : Even Ubuntu is acceptable.

Speaker bio

In the basic level, Balasankar C is a Free Software enthusiast and evangelist. He is also a Debian Maintainer and is currently maintaining several Ruby packages related to Diaspora and GitLab and a few other FOSS packages. He has been mentoring people via online (and offline, sometimes) on packaging.

He is also an active member of Swathanthra Malayalam Computing, the largest language-related Free Software Community in India. His areas of contribution involve Localization of several projects like GNOME (where he was a Foundation Member), Mozilla, Diaspora etc. He is also an administrator of Malayalam Wikisource and the Diaspora Pod - Poddery


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