It was at Mini-Debian Conference 2010 at my alma mater, College of Engineering Pune that my journey with Open Source began. So I was thrilled when our Professor Abhijit A.M. invited us to give a talk at Mini-Debian Conference 2016 which was being held again at our own college.
The proposals were open even for other Open Source projects. Since me and Akanksha are both currently learning about OpenStack, we thought it would be a nice idea to share with the students our learnings.
Akanksha’s session included an Introduction to Cloud and OpenStack. She explained the different components of OpenStack and their roles and their interaction when we spawn a new instance, the OpenStack Development Environment – DevStack, how to Contribute to OpenStack, the Community, the workflow, the reviewing system, and everything else a newbie would want to know. The session was interactive and many students engaged in asking their doubts.
In my session, I gave an Introduction to Virtualization and talked briefly about Network Virtualization. I also gave a demo on the Neutron API using the Horizon Dashboard, explained the Neutron workflow, the Neutron architecture, the different network types supported by OpenvSwitch and finally talked briefly about SDN.
Many students interacted with us after the session. It was great to know a few students were already working on OpenDaylight as a part of their final year project.
Apart from talking about OpenStack, I also attended the session on How to Contribute to GNUKhata which is a python based Open Source Accounting Software. Ishan and Navin gave a nice walkthrough of the GNUKhata code during the session.
We also had a group photo that was followed by the Debian India Community Planning Session where both the attendees and the speakers interacted and shared their feedbacks and reviews. The audience, comprising of students from different colleges across Pune, were eager to have more MiniDebConfs at their own colleges, each of them suggesting the different ways in which they would like to increase awareness about Debian, FOSS and Open Source Communities in their respective colleges.
And we also celebrated Debian’s 23rd Birthday in advance. Every year, the Debian Community celebrates 16th August as Debian Day (The day on which Debian was founded by its founder Ian Murdock).