Special Correspondent

KOCHI: The Software Division of Computer Society of India in association with CICC, Singapore, National Resource Centre for Free and Open Source Software of CDAC, Chennai, and RMK Engineering College, will hold a five-day southern regional training programme on Open Source Software from May 22 to 26 in Chennai.

The training programme will broadly cover the following: free and open source software and GNU/LINUX linux installations; OSS licensing and copyright issues; desktop management, command line, file system operations; package, user, hardware management; apache / MySQL; PHP introduction and detailed discussion; web database connectivity - LAMP; localization projects, etc.

On the last day (26th May 2006) of the programme, a one-day conference on Open Source Software will be held in which the trends in open systems and their applications in the enterprises would be dealt with in detail.

The speakers and the resource persons for the training programme and the conference are drawn from both academia and industry with extensive experience in OSS.

A team of resource persons supported by CICC will provide international perspectives to the subject.

The training programme is free and open to members of the teaching faculty. Persons from industry, Government departments and other organizations are also eligible.

This first southern regional programme planned in Chennai is open to the participants from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. RMK Engineering College, Kavaraipettai (near Chennai), will host the programme and provide the infrastructure and logistics support. Outstation participants will be provided accommodation at the college hostel and travel cost.

Interested candidates may get the details by sending an e-mail to csiaoss@gmail.com {lt}mailto:csiaoss@gmail.com{gt} or from the website: www.rmkec.ac.in/csiaoss/index.html {lt}http://www.rmkec.ac.in/csiaoss/index.html{gt} The last date for receiving the nominations is 10th May 2006.

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