The Department of Computer Applications of Carmel College, organised a session on Free and Open source software on 5th August 2017.  Ms. Solley Thomas  introduced the speaker , Mr Gaurang Bane, Programmer, DCST, Goa University. The idea behind organizing this workshop was that the government organizations are planning to replace the paid software with the free ones, and with this workshop the students get an idea of the various open source softwares.

The resource person, addressed First year (10.30 a.m.), BA (11.30 a.m.) as well as BSc. (12.30 p.m.) students.  He explained the concept of Free and Open source software and also emphasized the need of using open source platform instead of the proprietary software. He demonstrated some of the open source operating systems which include various flavours of Linux, Endless O.S etc., and also the open office suite.

He introduced to the students, a project   called “Spoken Tutorial Project” which is an initiative of IIT Bombay, and encouraged them to select a suitable course of their choice  and register for the same. The spoken tutorial content can be downloaded free of cost from the website and one can learn on his own . Funded by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, the Spoken Tutorial Project aims to teach programming languages, office tools, graphic and circuit design tools through audio video tutorials.

He ended his session with the demonstration of Raspberry Pi ,   small single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science.