Jharkhand is an economically backward region in India with a large rural population. Since the last few years, students and others alike in these rural areas have developed keen interest in acquiring skills of computer usage. However just like many others, they have been using piriated software and pirated operating system. This is largely due to two reasons - one, their instructors were conversant with that particular operating system which was beyond their purchasing capability and taught them computer usage based on that. Two, they were totally ignorant of open source and free operating system like Fedora. As a result of this, almost everybody is condemned to use pirated OS.
The idea is to take Fedora to rural areas of Jharkhand through a number of programs like:
1. Organising workshops on 'What is Fedora'
2. Distributing media
3. Using banners, posters etc
4. Helping in installation
5. Organising training camps, workshops on basic usage of Fedora (using multimedia, text editors . . .)
1. Students who are ready to learn
2. Instructors of local computer institutes who are ready to use Fedora in their institutes
3. Others who all are interested
Who are the volunteers
1. Some instructors from Ranchi and Tatanagar (two cities in Jharkhand) who are conversant with Linux
2. Some people who have been using Fedora for some time.
Yet to be decided.
Till then Mohan Prakash (mpduty) is responsible.
Programs undertaken so far
Sidraul, Ranchi on 26 March 2014:
Discussion on "Why to use open source software" with special mention about Fedora. 26 people attended. 5 DVDs of Fedora 20 were distributed and installation of Fedora was demonstrated.