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HACKERDOM'08



Theme :

Users + Devlopers = Community
Come a User; return a hacker 


The Free and Open Source Community in India is growing. The Community boasts some ofthe best minds in India, but out of the high percentage of Free Software Users in India, most just seek to gain from the Free Software they use and not to give back on some way to the Open Source Community. The problem is fundamentally of lack of understanding of what "free" in free and open source software stands for.


Of all the cool slogans and write-ups we have made up explaining the dream of Free Software, none of them have been able to completely make the people aware of the fact that Gnu/Linux is not just another brand of sofware that seems to function much more efficiently than the more common brands. The common users remain simple users without a notion ofthe fact that even they can help.


Not everyone wants to write code, not everyone wants to give lectures on the conepts of our community. But any user can still help. Its not that every user needs turn developer to help, licencing the work you create using FOSS to be free and open source too or simply giving a feedback to the community or letting the developers know of your wants is also a tremenderous help and involvement in the community.


Hackers are the ones who can really help. Knowing how important freedom is to the society and how vital the role of the user is in spreading that freedom, its upto the hackers to spread awareness and bring following.


Why Hackers ??


DISOBEY!

... and think for yourself!



Hackers solve problems and build things, and they believe in freedom and voluntary mutual help.

Its their moral duty to share information, solve problems and then give the solutions away just so others can solve new problems or find new ones instead of having to perpetually re-address old ones.


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A hacker is simply-" One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations."


Why the Hackers must unite ?


What a hacker can do for the community?.
* Hackers have the responsibility to learn, evaluate and eventually report
* Go out and start doing good things today! 
* Every good hacker is an artist
* Every good artist should be a hacker too
* Always Yield To The Hands-On Imperative!
* Make good use of technology
* Keep it simple, stupid!
* Invite the public to participate 





What is Hackerdom ?


Hackerdom is simply a venue for the hackers ofthe world to unite and interact and invite the public to participate.

The booming Free and Open Source awareness in India is something we are proud of. The Free and Open Source usage and the public participation is highly encouraging in Kerala. A hands-on approach from the hackers to spreading public awareness is what we aim at.


We focus not on the shallow goal of popularity but of the more path of leading people to freedom. We do not aim at just showing off all our cool software, we aim at showing people how using those software and the freedom it ensures has empowered us and how it can empower them too.


Focus : 


Education.-> 
School
Engineering
Art
Business
Music


Professionals
Designers
IT
Bankers
Web Development/Security


General Public
Teachers/Parents 



Elements


Hackshops
Workshops and hands-on session for one and all
Target-


Tack - Talk Hack!
Talks by the hackers of lore
Target-


Bof - Birds of a feather
Interactive unconferences between interested parties, on any specific problem/topic



Target-


Stallman estimates that the total paid for all legal Microsoft software in India would amount to $500 million, and feels

India can save "a tremendous amount of money" by shunning proprietary software. He also believes India is ready to

contribute to the free software movement.


Which is true. Having enough activists is one major point in favour of the movement. India has already implemented free and open software in various fronts and is contributing to the movement in leaps and bounds.


The Government of India and most major technical institutions are patrons. We target on bringing in Free and Open Source way of thought in education, by having FOSS implemented in school/college labs as a start, and in fronts where intellectual creativity (hacktivity) is involved. The necessity for good support to the FOSS users is also a major goal.


At the end of the day when all is said and done, Hackerdom aims at creating a highly interactive community involving both the users and the hackers equally and by providing a stage to spread the "freedom".