FOSSMeet 2017

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 2017.

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: Oct 27, 2016
Proposal submission deadline: Jan 15, 2017
Proposal acceptance: Jan 20, 2017
Presentation upload: Feb 15, 2017

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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

Deepu Benson


Open Source Tools for C Developers

Submitted Dec 9, 2016

Even after four decades of industrial application C is still one of the leading programming languages in the world with a TIOBE Index ranking of 2 in 2016. But are we using C in the proper way? The fate of C and Linux are intertwined right from the begining and C is most powerful when used with Linux. In this talk I will be introducing some powerful Linux tools to boost the power of C. With these tools application development with C will become a lot easier and the source code generated will be far more secure.


Open source tools in the following categories will be introduced and hands-on sessions will be provided to the audience to familiarize with the working of these tools. (Sample code for execution will be made available prior to the talk).

• Integrated Development Environments (IDE) like Code::Blocks, Code::Lite, etc.

• Build automation tools - Make and Waf

• Revision control systems - Mercurial and Git

• A C debugger called GDB

• A code coverage tool called Gcov

• A static code checking tool (analyzes the Source code) called Splint

• A dynamic code checking tool (analyzes the executable) called Valgrind

• A Profiling tool called Gprof

• A code formatter called Astyle

• A documentation generator called Doxygen

• Open source libraries like OpenGL, OpenCV, OpenSSL etc.


A Laptop with a working Linux distro and basic knowledge of C programming.

Speaker bio

A free software enthusiast currently working as an Assistant Professor in Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kanjirappally, Kerala. A frequent contributor to Open Source For You magazine, a leading Indian magazine on open source technologies. Has conducted many workshops on ns-2, ns-3, LaTeX, and C development on Linux.


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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