Git workshop over irc

Date: 15th June
Venue: #wfs-india channel on freenode
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm IST

Git is, technically speaking, the most advanced version control system on earth right now. However this does not itself justify why everybody should learn it. The real value of git is that it has taken collaboration to a new level. Just like social media has made friendship cross barriers of space, git has helped developers work together across continents. Git is the backbone of developers working on huge projects like the Linux kernel. Git is also the choice of countless designers and can be used by visual artists and authors as well.

This amazing tool costs nothing — it is free.

Free to use and to modify as well (courtesy GNU-GPL V2). Nobody can stop you from becoming an expert in git.
Get started with Git through our workshop.

There is only one pre-requisite — install git beforehand.


Install from the command-line using:

sudo apt-get install git


Install from the command-line using:

sudo yum install git-core

Arch Linux

Install from the command-line using:

sudo pacman -S git


Download and install git from msysgit. You can use this direct URL to download the installer.


Mac users please use the instructions given here.

Still need help?

We will provide full assistance during the workshop for any issues faced by participants in installing git. We will assist participants in configuring their git installations before we begin. So if you are having troubles installing git, don’t worry. We’ll help you.

Particpants can ping anybody on #wfs-india to solve installation issues prior to the actual workshop.

Poster Competition on Women’s and LGBT Issues

WFS India in collaboration with Glug-CalFedora and Mozilla announces a poster competition on women’s, LGBT and gender-related issues in India using free software tools as part of the extended Cultural Freedom Day celebrations. You stand to win exciting prizes by your participation.


India is a multi-ethnic, multi-racial country one billion strong and growing. India’s most pressing problems include official corruption and the suppression of women and the LGBT community.

A substantial section of India’s well-to-do people have embraced modern technology, from cell-phone toting farmers to tweeting teenagers, technophile home-makers to artistic designers, and more who are coming online, communicating, coding and interacting in real time.

And yet, these people are still struggling to find their voices while retaining basic human values within our society. Your challenge is to bring out your virtual brushes and pictorially depict this struggle while celebrating their diversity.

Exercise your creative freedom with Free/Libre open source software and other technologies. Your poster may be the inspiration that gives people a voice to fight for their rights, a vision of a better tomorrow, a tomorrow that gives them the freedom and space to dream while allowing them to explore the problems of their culture and livelihood.

Who Can Participate?

Anybody can participate*.

Those with no previous experience with poster-making/digital art can start with Tux-Paint.

* We will not be able to send prizes to regions falling outside the country, but anyway do participate.

What Are We Expecting?

We expect great posters that has one or more of the following attributes:

  1.  Conveys a positive message with educational value on feminist issues.
  2.  Highlights social evils.
  3.  Demands reforms in a powerful way.
  4.  Rectifies common misconceptions about gender and sex.
  5.  Conveys deeper aspects of the development of social evils.
  6.  Says something on the participation of women in the free software movement.

How To Participate?

  •  Read this announcement.
  •  Prepare your posters as per the guidelines below.
  •  Submit you posters along with form at this submission link.


Click Here for Submitting Your Entry

Competition Rules and Guidelines:

  1.  A registered participant can submit any number of entries.
  2.  All entries must be done using free software tools like GIMP, TeXLive, ImageMagick, TuX Paint, Inkscape, ScanTailor, Scribus, Synfig Studio, Asymptote, Libre Office and Open Office Draw. These tools are available for ALL operating systems including Ubuntu, Fedora, other GNU/Linux distributions,  PC-BSD, M$-Windows. We prefer submissions in xcf, .eps or other good image formats.
  3.  All entries must include an outline of the main steps involved and some proof of the use of tools. A description (in less than 200 words) of the intended message of the art work should also be included.
  4.  Entries will be licensed under Creative Commons Share Alike -3.0 (with Attribution).
  5.  Photos and other art works used in the poster should be suitably acknowledged.
  6.  Entries should be no smaller than A4 size and no larger than A2 size.
  7.  No plagiarism. Submitted posters should not be copies of other people’s work and should involve substantial creativity of the artists.
  8.  Only entries that pass minimal sanity check will be displayed in our e-gallery.
  9.  Decision of the judges will be final and binding.

Important Dates:

Submission Begins: 1st June’2013
Last Date of Submission: 14th June’2013
Announcement of Results: 15th June’2013
Gallery Update: By 24th June’2013

Panel of Judges:

  • A. Mani
  • María “tatica” Leandro
  • Shweta Srivatsava
  • Sourav Sen Gupta

Competition Coordination:

  • A. Mani


  • Flash drives with Fedora and /or Books for top three entries.
  • 2 consolation prizes.
  • Certificates of Merit.

In case of any difficulty, please contact A. Mani or post your query in our mailing list or google group or talk to us on IRC #wfs-india at freenode.