Free Software

ICT Workshop at Autism Sisu Kshema Kendram, Trissur

A two day ICT Workshop  was conducted at Autism Sisu Kshema Kendram, Trissur on 28th and 29th of October, 2019.  About 15 Special Education Trainers from the Institute  Of Autism Sisu Kshema Kendram participated in the workshop. With technology becoming more important and useful every day, a variety of education software aimed at children with autism is now available. Many general educational software titles can also be tailored for autistic children. Such softwares were introduced  to Trainers on this two day event.

Malayalam Computing Workshop using NLP, TKM College of Engineering

IEEE THM’19 conducted Malayalam Computing Workshop using NLP on October 12th 2019, at TKM College of Engineering, Kollam.The workshop was handled by resource person from SPACE, Mr.Sachin Gracious. It focussed on providing a basic introduction to NLP,and Malayalam computing. About 20 members from different engineering colleges who are the IEEE members attended the workshop.

Debian-Buster release party

Debian 10 which is codenamed as ‘Buster’ was released on 6th July 2019. Debian release which is considered as one of the main events in the free software community celebrated all over the world by different local communities. (wiki page link ). In Kerala, release parties were organized in Trivandrum, Ernakulam, Thrissur & Kannur.

SPACE ( Society for Promotion of Alternative Computing & Employment) one of the early adopters and promoters of free software in Kerala conducted the release party for all the free software supporters.

The question of why Debian is released in such a way & why SPACE is doing the same needs to be addressed. We also hope that the relevance of such release parties & objectives it should meet need also be discussed in the context of this new Debian Release.

Debian & Free Software

Debian is one of the earliest operating systems based on the Linux kernel consisting entirely of free software. The Debian Stable branch is the most popular edition for personal computers and network servers and is used as the basis for many other Linux distributions. The project is coordinated over the Internet by a team of volunteers guided by the Debian Project Leader and three foundational documents: the Debian Social Contract, the Debian Constitution, and the Debian Free Software Guidelines. Debian has been developed openly and distributed freely according to the principles of the GNU Project. In short, Debian is the operating system developed by a community bounded by free software ideologies for the free software community.

Debian & SPACE














As a part of ‘Freedom15’, SPACE is providing an Internship programme as our February event. Even though we had provided internship programmes to engineering students and graduates in the past, it is for the first time SPACE coming with a comprehensive programme and announcing an open call for the same. We are planning to provide internships to at least 15 candidates throughout this year on different technologies we are working on.


SPACE launched its 15th year celebrations with an event of Dr. Richard M Stallman at Technopark on 16th January 2019. The program was organized by SPACE in association with ICFOSS, FSF India , Prathidwani and FSUG Trivandrum. The lecture was based on "Software Freedom & Where to Push For it".



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