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

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Akshay S Dinesh


Introduction to Static Websites, Jekyll, and Github Pages

Submitted Nov 21, 2015

  • Learn what static websites are and how they differ from dynamic websites
  • Learn about the various static website generators and the difference between them (Jekyll, Docpad, and others superficially)
  • Learn Jekyll basics - folder structure, configuration, liquid templating, variables, layouts, post metadata, markdown, redcarpet extensions, permalink, etc.
  • Learn Github pages basics - user/organization pages, setting up custom domain with CNAME, using subfolders effectively


For various reasons, a full blown dynamic content management system like wordpress would be an overkill for some websites. Examples include a simple blog, or a simple campaign website. Static website generators help one create html based websites and content management is done through files on the filesystem (usually). These html pages can then be served on various hosts and therefore are cheap, fast, secure, and can be easily version controlled.

Although they do not have the power of a server side language, many features can be accomplished on a static generated website through javascript by creative mixing of various ideas. For example, comments can be enabled through disqus.

Also, since they’re just files that need no processing, many cheap hosts are available. In fact, github does free hosting. Compared to things that’re needed for a typical wordpress site - php, mysql - statically generated websites run on bare metal :D

Hopefully by the end of this session many people will be motivated to set up a simple website/blog for themselves and strengthen the open Web with their presence.


  • Laptop
  • Internet connection || gem install jekyll

Speaker bio

I have built my website with Docpad and my quasi-website, quasi-blog decentralized social feed using Jekyll. So I’m well versed with both these frameworks and knowledgable about the most common challenges of both and nice tips and tricks for making things happen on them.


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