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Back to blogging after a longish break… the days and times have been hectic…. today we concluded the first installment of our fast-track long FOSS internship programme, organised jointly by us and WBUT.
We have chosen the format of a 21-days long internship, which includes working weekends. We are taking in Engg. students, typically from the 2nd and 3rd years from various engineering colleges under WBUT to work on various FOSS projects. Each batch will have a specific focus area. Our goal is to create small, dynamic teams well-exposed to and capable of carrying on activities in a given area of specialization during their post-internship period.
The first batch of our fast-track interns were students of Dr. B.C. Roy Engineering College, Durgapur. They were here from 11th July to 31st July, working on preparing a custom LTSP 4.2 setup on Fedora 7 for the Bijra School Project, Durgapur. It was an advanced LTSP deployment considering it is shipping with a standardised image containing, local device support (local FDD/CD-ROM/USB stick on the terminals), network audio, localised (l10n) desktop support (BN_IN) along with management tools like the fl_teachertool, DR and some content like Project Gutenburg, the Offline Wikipedia, WordNet 3.0, Bangla (BN_IN) Archive Project, and custom-rolled vidcast tutorials (by Kushal Das http://kushaldas.in) for the KDE edutainment pack. We are also took some pointers from the Red Hat High initiative.
[The Interns, from L to R : Arindam, Subhodip, Soumya and Sawgnik]
A more detailed report would be shortly forth coming as well as the publication of a plethora of other resources, however for the time being to keep your appetite whetted, here are the first batch of pictures as we worked towards the deliver of the system.
Tomorrow, we start with our 2nd Fast-track batch. This time, they are from the Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata (HITK).