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Pragyan 2011 - Pengufest


The preliminary quiz is over. We're overwhelmed by your great enthusiasm! The list of shortlisted candidates is up and confirmation mails with payment details have been sent to them personally.
Please mail to if you have any queries.


Do you dream of penguins jumping around?

Do you believe that open source is the way of life?

Are you the kind that derives joy by submitting a patch?

Do you spend more time at freenode than facebook?

Or, are you just another wannabe geek?

If you answered in the positive to any of these questions, keep reading...

The GNU/Linux Users Group, Trichy (GLUG-T) proudly presents Pengufest.

Having its origins at Pragyan 2008, Pengufest is back with grandiose, providing talks on eclectic topics, hackathons and unconferences to instigate the hacker in you. With its primary goal to help you kick-start your open source journey, Pengufest provides beginner-friendly talks on contribution to open source, version control (Git), and hands-on hacking sessions. The speakers range from alumni of NITT to past GSoC'ers. The talks go together with hands-on sessions, providing you a learn-by-doing approach.

We also present late-night hackathons, where you collaborate, hack and contribute. Why sleep when you can hack? Sit down with your laptops, choose a project you like, discuss and hack. You get to scratch your own itches.

Is that all?  Nope!!!

Be there at Pengufest to witness the celebration of Wikipedia's 10th birthday, followed by a session on contributing to the Wikimedia Project! Who knows? You could even win Wikipedia goodies!
Due to the limited availablity of seats, there will be a priliminary short listing based on an online quiz. Keep Checking this space for more updates on the quiz. 

Muthu Subramanian K

Muthu has been working on openoffice/libreoffice for more than 5yrs now. He mostly works on the Calc parts. Currently he is doing independent consulting to Novell for the libreoffice team - contributing to the Calc code. His specialties include Open source software, Embedded systems, Applications & Device Driver development, Marketing, Market Research, Financial Analysis, Data Mining Analysis & Interpretation (via tools and scripts).


Tinu Cherian Abraham

Tinu is a software engineer from Bangalore.He is an administrator on He has over 52,000+ edits on Wikipedia making him one of the Top 100 article creators , top 300 global editors and one of top 4 wikipedia editors from India by number of edits. He is also a member of Bot Approval Group (BAG), which reviews, approves or denies requests for approval for software bots in english Wikipedia.


Srikanth Lakshmanan

Srikanth is a Software Engineer by day and pseudo geek by night.He did his B.E in Computer Science from SSN and is interested in Opensource / Opendata, Free culture movements and tries to contribute to them. His association with Wikipedia started around 2008 and has been contributing to English Wikipedia, has also started hacking around Wikipedia recently and keen on Wikipedia outreach.


Bala Jeyaraman

Bala Jeyaraman (alias Sodabottle) is a self employed financial speculator from Coimbatore. He has an engineering degree in Electronics and Communication from the College of Engineering, Guindy and a couple of MA degrees in History and English. He also writes non-fiction books in Tamil and English. He began contributing to Wikimedia projects in 2009 and is currently an administrator in the Tamil Wikipedia.


Pratul Kalia

Pratul (Lut4rp) is an active FOSS enthusiast and contributer. He worked on Drupal as a Google Summer of Code 2009 student. He blogs at


Yuvaraj Pandian

A student of KCG College of Technology, Chennai, coding geek, Google Summer of Code student under GNOME (worked on Cheese) and the techie behind - a crowd sourced site for bus routes in Chennai.


Surendran M

An alumni of NITT and chairman of GLUG-T during the 2007-08, Surendran is now working with Yahoo, Bangalore and an active contributor to the Libre Office Project. He was one of the lead organizers and speakers of Pengufest 2008. He has published an introductory 'getting-started' book/tutorial on Linux for intra-college circulation. He blogs at

Day I (19th February 2011)

Session 1 (9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.)

Speaker : Pratul Kalia
Topic      : Introduction to Open Source and Contribution
Venue    : Octagon Annexe First Floor

The FOSS philosophy, introduction to contributing to Open Source, the structure of open source projects, Source Code Management (git), IRC Channels, Mailing lists, Ethics to be followed while participating in an Open Source Projects. Some famous Open Source projects like Drupal, GNOME, Chromium, etc.

Session 2 (02:00 p.m to 05:00 p.m.)

Speaker : Muthu Subramanian K and Surendran M
Topic      : Introduction and hacking into Libre Office
Venue    : Octagon Annexe First Floor

Experience in Open Source, Why contribute?, Introduction to Libre Office, Installing the development environment, Discussion


Day II (20th February 2011) 

Session 1 (9:00 a.m to 11:30 p.m.)

Speaker : Tinu Cherian Abraham, Srikanth Laxmanan, Bala Jeyaraman
Topic      : Wikipedia Tenth anniversary celebrations
Venue    : Octagon Annexe First Floor

Introduction , 10th Anniversary updates, How to Contribute to Wikipedia by Tinucherian, Introduction to Tamil Wikipedia by Bala Jeyaraman (Sodabottle), Hacking with Wikipedia by Srikanth (Logicwiki), Discussions and more.


Session 2 (01:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m.)

Speaker : Yuvaraj Pandian
Topic      : Contribution to GNOME - Getting Started
Venue    : Octagon Annexe First Floor

The GNOME project, using Git, downloading the source code, understanding the source code, bug triaging, bug fixing, submitting patches, becoming a committer. Introduction to GSoC and the way forward.


Venue     : Computer Science Department Lab
Time        : 07:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. (19th February 2011)

Collaborate, Code, Contribute

Note: The details of the project you will be working on will be put up soon. Keep checking this space.

Duration       : Two Days 

Date              : 19th and 20th February, 2011

Organisers    : GNU/LINUX Users Group - Trichy (GLUG - T)

Fee                : Rs.200/- per student

Please bring a print out of the registration confirmation mail when coming for the workshop.

A lot of goodies await all participants. 


+91 94867 19607

For any queries please mail to :

The following is the FINAL list of shortlisted participants whose payments have been recieved and verified. 


Saranya Vijaykumar
Thilak Nagarajan
Kandan Mani
Sulaganathan Subramani
M.Gobi Kannan
Rajkumar GV
Vishnu S
Martin Vino X
Vinoth Kumar V
M Vivekanandan
Yokesh Kanna
B V Reddy
Karthick Gowtham
Dilip Kumar Vignesh
Praveen Kumar
Walton Prasath
Vivek R
Darshan Kumar
Alex Mcet
Shankar Balaji
Karthick Prasanna
Vishnu Vardhan
Sivaranjani Shivaji
Nancy Christina
P Pandiyan
Ranjitha Dayalan
Ramya Vadivelu
Christon James N
Srinithi Ramakrishnan
Brahm Prakash Mishra
Kabil Jeyaratnam
M Karthik
Jayaseelan Natarajan
Jayaprakash N
Murugan M
Pazhani Muthu V
Iyyappan M
Jeya Sri R
Balamurugan K
Manikandan Ananth
G Devanarayanan
K Aathinarayanan
Alexander M
L Pushapanathan
thirumalai nambi doss
Mohammed Hasan
rudresh priya ranjan
K Nagarjuna Varma
Ishan Patwa
Prasad Khare
Vardharaj L
Mythreya Raj
Ganesh B
Prakash Chandar T P
shravan srinivasan
yadiki pavan
nikhil bhardwaj
Sai pranav
Karthik Gopalan
pushpendra pandey
Vidya Sagar
Manoj Kumar Subramaniyan
Priyanshu Agarwal
Vikram Keerthi
Balaji C
mithra smiley
Varsha Bargavi Gopalan
Sri Abinaya
kishor chadalawada
veluru raghunath
MG Shabarish
S Shravan
SP Chidambaram
Rudresh Priyaranjan
Raghavendra Ramachandran
Kumar Shubham
Diksha Gohlyan

Note : The colored groups represent they made joint payment.

The following is the list of unverified payments recieved. This means that we cannot match the name and email of the sender of the reciepts with anyone in the list of shortlist candidates. We request the following to please contact Formula: 0 immediately and send their actual name and email address with which they registered for Pengufest quiz. Otherwise there payment WILL BE REJECTED.


Sender Name Sender Email Payment via Date Source Branch
Pari Anbu Challan/Bank Transfer 14/Feb Neyveli
Gouthamreddy AYOJAK 15/Feb Online
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