INDIA-GOA: TeX, SchoolForge, FreEduc... and even Susegado

INDIA-GOA: TeX, SchoolForge, FreEduc... and even Susegado

Post by F » Wed, 02 Jul 2003 13:57:28



FORMER GOA BOARD for SSC & HSSC Education chairman Raghuvir Vernekar was
waiting for the meeting to get up seat, as was Animesh, Alwyn and Mario.
Others walked in somewhere between the appointed hour of 3 pm, scheduled
for the launch of a proposed TeX Users Group in Goa.

        Normally-silent Alwyn Noronha was in full-bloom, explaining
        why he opted for TeX. "It's a way of creating documents that
        wil last over the years. Size of the documents is small. It's
        typesetting, not wordprocessing. You can get*to work with
        computers ranging from mainframes to Windows. Indexing and
        table-of-contents are very easy to create. You can even
        forward refer."

We discussed the ways of creating PDF books. With so much content floating
around, perhaps this might be a good idea.

        Prof Vernekar gave some ideas of how we could get in touch
        with Goa school principals (Goa Headmasters' Association) to
        introduce them to the idea of Free Software for education.
        One idea is to link up with the principals, teachers
        associations (AGSSTO, AGSSTA), and the higher secondary
        principal's forum. Any volunteers?

Rizaplaystation, which was lugged in earlier, was demonstrated with
FreEDUC. FN demoed some of the Gcompris games his daughter enjoys. Animesh
ran through some other programs on this CD (www.ofset.org).

        This was followed by a discussion on the Goa government's
        approach towards GNU/Linux was discussed, as was whether
        have Goa's own 'base CD' would help. Albert Gouveia of
        NIO gave his inputs, as did educationist Dr Anil Seth
        and Bijon Shaha. Some pointed out that in view of the
        limited functionality of proprietorial software tools
        offered to students under the *age scheme, a demand
        should be made for installing dual-boot systems on the PCs.


create a 'virtual Goa' community game, perhaps aptly titled
'Susegado' (a difficult word to translate, but reflecting the
relaxed state of the Goan mind). More about this later.

        Everyone adjourned for the customary tea-and-snacks
        at Navtara restaurant, leading to another session of
        informal discussions. Randall, a young student, was
        also present along with his friend from Don Bosco's
        IT college. Looking forward to seeing more young
        faces at the LUG. Let's take Free Software to your
        colleges too...

Some plans:
o St Xavier's Free Software talk and demo, possibly on 19.7
o Randall is checking out possibilities at Damodar's
o Prof Bhat promised to follow up more IT-in-college initiatives
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