A dive into Open source with GCI and FOSSASIA

Google has been supporting Open source organizations and technologies through various competitions and one such is the Google Code-in (GCI) in which I am participating in currently. GCI is a competition for 13-17 year old students interested in technology and coding. I have participated on GCI last year and that is how I decided to participate this year as well.

I have given premiere focus in FOSSASIA, one of the chosen open source organizations by Google for GCI. I have been here for the past 3 years and I feel like home here.

FOSSASIA which has over 5000 members has over 100 projects under it’s hood,  I have found some intresting projects at FOSSASIA which are listed below:

1. Meilix

I have contributed a whole lot to this project’s development, Meilix aims to develop a beautiful lxqt based OS which runs on the ubuntu/debian architecture which is light in weight, fast to run and fully customized.  Meilix is build by running build.sh and we have a meilix generator in which you could customize and download the meilix ISO. It currently is 32-bit only and we are aiming to provide a 64-bit release in the near future.

2. Phimpme-android

Another interesting project, Phimpme-android, the photo app. It is an android photo capturing and editing app developed on top of OpenCamera with a lot of fliters and editings. It’s already launched on playstore! and is one of the design friendly apps ever.

3. SUSI AI

The core of AI at FOSSASIA, susi.ai which is a robust platform which we seek to provide as a open source competitor to Siri and the Google Assistant like closed source technologies. It is cross platform and has apps on almost all popular platforms.

Open source technologies that I use in my PC

I am a hard core fan of open source and I run Kali Linux (Debian based OS) which is the newest version of backtrack. I am more hackish guy and most likely I stick around with the inbuild open source apps available on kali linux which are ideal of penetration testing and open source at the same time.

Some of the apps that I use are:

  • dmitry
  • nmap
  • pof
  • zenmap
  • sparta
  • nikto
  • burpsuite
  • apk2jar
  • volafox
  • voltility etc.
  • jsql
  • mdb-sql
  • sqlmap
  • wirecrack
  • wireshark
  • johnny
  • apktool
  • clang
  • clang++
  • pipal
  • magictree
  • reaver
  • kismet
  • Firefox
  • Gimp
  • Inkscape

What are the communication channels I use to get in touch with the community?

I use Gitter as my communication way currently as FOSSASIA members have become Slack inactive and I feel it’s better way to touch the community.

What am I seeking to learn?

I am seeking to learn more about Artificial Intelligence based applications such as SUSI AI, Mycrosoft etc. Also in addition to this I am trying to learn more and more programming languages that will teach me more about technology and more specifically open source technology. I been a redhat developer and I am trying to learn more about OpenShift Containers in Redhat and figuring out ways to contribute to redhat projects like fedora.

Links to FOSSASIA and the blog

FOSSASIA website

FOSSASIA blog

 

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