Giovanni Mazzurelli … in Goa

Italian hacker Giovanni Maruzzelli of was in Goa, and gave a couple of fascinating talks here. One at BITS Pilani Goa campus, and the other at D-Link in Verna. In case you were wondering, Celliax.Org is about: developing GPL chan_celliax and chan_skypiax Asterisk channel drivers, to manage cellular phone and Skype calls via Asterisk. Asterisk (with celliax and skypiax) runs on Linux and Windows. Open source interface between Asterisk and Skype client, and between Asterisk and cellphones. Here’s a news item on his visit. F.decorate(_ge(‘photo_notes’), F._photo_notes).notes_go_go_go(2968247090, ‘’, ‘3.1444’); Blogged with the Flock Browser Tags: hacker, skype, celliax, giovanni maruzzelli, … Continue reading Giovanni Mazzurelli … in Goa

Voice communications, smartly used, can bring the benefits of info to many

Techie-guru and ex-editor friend Vickram Crishna announced in cyberspace that Giovanni Maruzzelli would be visiting India. After a few emails were exchanged, he added Goa to his route. This Italian techie believes that the right solutions can turn telephones into a powerful tool. He speaks at the BITS Pilani Goa campus (Zuarinagar) on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 6 pm. Giovanni explains how techies could make a difference. An interview with Frederick Noronha (FN). FN: What is the focus of your trip to India? Giovanni Maruzzelli: I’m focusing mainly on two things: to enjoy incredible India, and to enjoy its … Continue reading Voice communications, smartly used, can bring the benefits of info to many

Mixing fixed lines and Internet telephony … Asterisk to the rescue

After a flurry of emails across the continents (and within Goa), it’s finally getting done. Giovanni Maruzzelli of is due to talk in Goa (BITS-Pilani Goa campus, Oct 22, 2008 at 6 pm, at the lecture theatre). Giovanni, from Italy, is touring India to make some presentations over 20 days on Asterisk, chan_celliax, chan_skypiax and directoriax at various venues. He explains it thus: Asterisk is a software PBX that connects fixed lines and Internet telephony, celliax and skypiax interface Asterisk with cellphones and Skype. Celliax use second-hand, recycled or cheap cellular phones as physical interface with the GSM network. … Continue reading Mixing fixed lines and Internet telephony … Asterisk to the rescue

Learning, teaching, learning… Free Software

At the August 2008 GNU/LUG (GNU/Linux Users’ Group) meet in Miramar, Goa, participants share knowledge and ideas about Stellarium, the astronomical free software product. An example of how teaching and learning, and the sharing of useful knowledge, happens at a Free/Libre and Open Source Software network. Check it out. Blogged with the Flock Browser Tags: software, GNU/Linux, ilug-goa, miramar, goa, india, software skills, learning models Continue reading Learning, teaching, learning… Free Software

Educational resources … from

Sukumar Anikar <>  [1] and Prasad <> managed to get across to me a copy of a DVD … and what a DVD at that! It contained a whole lot of fascinating educational software for school children. A couple of nights ago, I ended up ‘playing’ some educational games with Aren, 5, and told him that my friends had sent the same across free. “Did you say ‘thank you’?” he asked me in turn. In fact, he kept ‘playing’ on these games, though it was almost midnight, and even though he’s too small to obviously understand many of the concepts … Continue reading Educational resources … from

Starting a GNU/Linux user group?

Sourabh Khajanchi <> who is a fifth semester engineering student in Bhopal, wrote in to say, “I am starting a Linux User Group in my college…. I need some help from you. I want  to know about the various events and activities a LUG should organise.” My (hurried, and delayed) response? Check this: Linux Online – Linux User Group HOWTO The Linux User Group HOWTO is a guide to founding, maintaining, … 6.1 LUG support organisations; 6.2 Founding a LUG; 6.3 Maintaining and growing a LUG … Most important: set up and maintain (continuously) an active mailing list. Either … Continue reading Starting a GNU/Linux user group?

LUG meeting on Saturday (July 26, 2008)

Photo from an earlier LUG activity (ECAP 2006). A GNU/Linux user group (LUG) meeting tomorrow, Saturday, July 26, 2008 from 3-5 pm at the Goa Science Centre. Dhaval Giani <> volunteered: “Am in goa for the next week. Can do a short talk on becoming a “Becoming a Fedora Package Maintainer, no rocket science”. Can also talk about building a community around an open source project.” Wish I could make it, but have to be in Quepem at the same time. Blogged with the Flock Browser Tags: freesoftware, LUG, Goa Continue reading LUG meeting on Saturday (July 26, 2008)