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Interactive FOSS session with kids

December 31, 2010

Chennai, Birla planetarium authority Mr. Lenin Organized One hour FOSS session with Kids(7th to 9th) on Dec 30 2010. Srinivasan asked me to conduct this session. This program only for Kids. So I called Mr. Selvamani to accompany with me.  I went there early morning 9 am. The session was started at exactly 10am.  At beginning what I thought is “All kids are looking small, so they does not know anything about Operating system. So It will take so hard to make them clear understand about Linux”. But after started to take session I felt that my thought is wrong. Everyone of there had experience with Windows.

Me and Selvamani started to talk with student with the as usual story of Ritchard M Stalman and Linus Torvalt. Everyone  impressed with Linux. I showed Ubuntu and its compiz features. Then we played BigBugBunny animation clip. All kids enjoyed this.
Next question session. Followings are some question, which I never expected from them

1. At the session I explained about kernal orally. A 8th standard student asked me that ” How can I see the source code of kernal?”. Thats it, a few second I was kept silent.
2. How can I install linux in my system?
3. Where can I get help regarding linux?
4. Some kids said, can you give your mobile number? I will call you with my dad, and elder brother and explain about linux to them.
5. How to play games?
6. One student asked me a critical question that is “Linux is a free OS and have all kinds of softwares, then Why it is not famous. I mean why we dont know about linux?
7. Will Linux affect by virus

Really amazing. right?

At the end of the session we met another un expected incident. Some kids came forward to asked us “Autograph”. What to say? That was my memorable day..

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2010 2:24 pm

    Nice .

  2. SkyRocknRoll permalink
    December 31, 2010 2:55 pm

    cool 🙂 Kids are always interesting

  3. December 31, 2010 7:58 pm

    thanks for sharing… have more grasping power than elders

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