GNUKhata Version 5.0 Released

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Digital Freedom Foundation is proud to announce the release of version 5.

The much awaited version 5 of this free, fast and feature rich accounting software is more enterprise ready with a lot of new additions to the already existing modules. These new additions include Sales and Purchase order, Credit and Debit note and Rejection Note, all GST ready.

Invoice and Delivery chalan modules are also GST ready. We also have the sales and purchase register revamped for new updates to GST.

After a long discussion with our existing customer base, we decided to export all reports to xlsx instead of the previous ODS format.

We have also revamped the Profit and Loss statement and made it more auditor friendly.

Lastly we have made the import from software like Tally even more easy.

You can now download the new version from GNUKhata website while help desk is ready to take your queries, requests and new feature demands.

In fact the support help desk is the biggest thing we have to offer to our customers from this time around.

Hope you all will like this version of GNUKhata and have more reasons to exclusively use it.

Machine Learning Workshop at St. John College Of Engineering And Management

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Workshop on FOSS for school teachers at Momin's Girls' High School

The Founder and Secretary of Digital Freedom Foundation, Mr. Krishnakant Mane had given a seminar on “Free and Open Source Career Opportunities” at St. John College Of Engineering And Management on 8th January, 2017. A team from Digital Freedom Foundation – Krishnakant Mane himself, Prajkta Patkar and Abhijith Balan then conducted a workshop on “Machine Learning using Python” on 2nd and 3rd February, 2018. The workshop began with an introduction to Python programming. Later on data structures in Python, defining functions and concepts of OOP were discussed.

Once everyone became familiar with Python a demo of Emacs text editor was given. Afterwards an introduction to machine learning and its applications was given. Python libraries that were to be used in the exercises and their installation was discussed. The attendees were then walked through the steps involved in a machine learning project through exercises on supervised machine learning. The workshop concluded with a discussion on various sources for gaining further know how on machine learning and Python.

Digital Freedom in Education

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Digital Freedom in Education cover photo.

November 14, is celebrated as Children’s Day all over India commemorating the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister. Digital Freedom Foundation(DFF) and Free Software Movement of Maharashtra celebrated this occasion by organising an event to promote awareness about ‘Digital Freedom in Education’. The event was hosted by Keshav Gore Smarak Trust in Goregaon, Mumbai who also provided us amenities to organise the event. Several residents of Goregaon, especially teachers and even people from other parts of Mumbai turned up for the event.

The event began with an introductory session in which both speakers and audience introduced themselves. Later Sidharth Adelkar of FSMM gave an introductory speech about free software and its importance in education. This was followed by a presentation by Krishnakant Mane, the founder of DFF that elaborated the philosophy behind free software and its relevance in every walk of life. He followed with demonstrations of a GNU/Linux desktop operating system(Ubuntu) and its accessibility using Orca.

Abhijith from DFF demonstrated a GNU\Linux distribution built for schools – Zorin OS Education and various software that comes with it. This was followed by detailed demonstrations of software relevant for schools. Prajkta Patkar from DFF gave a demo of Kalzium. Reshma Bhatawdekar of DFF gave a demo of Gcompris – a playful educational suite for kids. Kranti Ghag of FSMM demonstrated GeoGebra – a mathematical software for schools. She also came up with sarcasms targeted at various forces restricting our freedom in daily life. Guru Dhamal of FSMM demonstrated Blender – a 3D creation software which according to him serves the purpose of for four or five different proprietary software.

The audience were given a few laptops that they could share among themselves to gain hands on experience of working on the software that were demonstrated by speakers. Several questions were asked by the audience during and after the demonstrations. The response from audience meant our efforts at answering them were fruitful.

Workshop on Free and Open Source Software for Teachers

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Workshop on FOSS for school teachers at Momin's Girls' High School

Digital Freedom Foundation(DFF) and Free Software Movement of Maharashtra(FSMM) conducted a workshop on Free and Open Source Software for teachers at K.S.H.A.B.S.H.L.M. Momin Girls’ high school on 14th of October, 2017. More than 70 teachers from the school attended the workshop to learn about the benefits of using Free and Open Source software. They would also get to know how to use a FOSS operating system and various educational applications that are supported by such operating systems. Krishnakant Mane from DFF gave an introduction to the free software movement. He shed light into its history and explained why the movement is still relevant. Ill effects of using proprietary software and benefits of switching to free software were also explained in detail. He also gave a demo of Ubuntu – a very user friendly distribution of the Free and Open Source GNU/Linux operating system.

Attendees for Workshop on FOSS for school teachers at Momin's Girls' High School
Attendees for Workshop on FOSS for school teachers at Momin's Girls' High School

Sidharth Adelkar from FSMM elaborated the philosophy of Free Software. He stated the four essential freedoms that a software must grant its users for it to be a free software. Following that Kranti Ghag from FSMM, Prajkta Patkar from DFF and Reshma Bhatawadekar from DFF gave demonstrations of educational software. Kranti gave a demo of Geogebra, Prajkta gave that of Kalzium and Reshma gave that of Gcompris. Students from Saraswati College of Engineering, Kharghar volunteered to help DFF and FSMM conduct the workshop.

Workshop on FOSS for school teachers at Momin's Girls' High School

Software Freedom Day 2017, Mumbai

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Several school teachers from Mumbai gathered at Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Kurla to learn about the wonders of free software. The event was organised jointly by Digital Freedom Foundation and Free Software Movement of Maharashtra in association with ILUG. It was the occasion of Software Freedom Day that was being celebrated by the free software community in and around Mumbai.

This Day is celebrated every year on 16th September to mark the beginning of the Free Software Movement all over the world, aimed at liberating digital technology (software ) users from the restrictive and exploitive proprietary software companies. The theme this year was “Free Software and Future of Education”.

The event was inaugurated by Mr. krishnakant Mane, founder and secretary of Digital Freedom Foundation, with the lighting of a digital lamp followed by the opening talk. He discussed at great length how free software defines digital freedom of users and why we must absolutely use it for every thing in general and education in particular. His motivational yet practical talk (punctuated with Urdu shayari) went in great details on how proprietary companies control their users. He elaborated on how restrictive licenses are used to exploit every one by not allowing users any right on their own copy of software and how these proprietary organised digital mafia forces costly upgrades or snoops personal data.


The talk went on to show how every one is unaware that they all use free software in one form or other. Core concept of the digital freedom one gets with free software was also explained with examples. He believed that permission to share copies of a free program, the friendly community helping users and the availability of program source for study makes free software most essential in education. His talk ended with a strong appeal to all teachers to collaborate together and take full advantage of free and open source software.

Following this, a series of short seminars were held in the afternoon between 3 to 6 PM. Several speakers addressed the audiance with strong reasons to use free software. Most of these talks were backed with practical demo of several free programs useful in various school subjects. These include Tux Paint, Tux Math, Kalzium, Marble, and Geogebra.


One of the Speakers, Prof. Kranti Ghag had given a very inspiring and interesting talk highlighting a few of the above mentioned software with Raghu Kamat following up with a set of more software demos. In fact Kranti had an interesting analogy about hidden mallware. “Imagine a house maid working as required, but also going outside and telling others about your household problems? would you prefer such a servant? would This is exactly how a lot of closed proprietary programs work.”


Prajkta, the Project Manager for GNUKhata, a free accounting software stressed that first programming language ought to be minimal in syntax for expressing precise logic. According to her Python perfectly fits that requirement. Prasad from FSMM and Krishnakant were giving little explanation’s when ever audiance asked any question. Even Prof. Tayyab Ali from DBIT and Nilesh Patil from FSMM chipped in with valuable advices and methodologies to adapt free software in education.


Towards the end of the event Krishnakant, a visually disabled programmer himself, demonstrated Orca, the free screen reading software. His precise slogan of “Jay Javan, Jay Kisan, Jay Mukt Gyan ” got a thunderous applause and touched every one. All the talks had one thing in common – to make teachers aware of how important it is to have freedom in digital age and how comfortable it is to use these free programs.

The last talk was one of the biggest highlights of the session. Dr. Nagarjuna from Homi Bhabha Center for Science and Education gave a profound lecture on how important it is to have a strong voice about digital privacy. He talked in great dept about the mall-practices permitted by governments hand-in-hand with proprietary companies. He also illustrated the fake claims of Indian government about Internet being available in all schools.The fact was brought to every one’s notice that a single dongle is given with just 2G or 3G connection for entire school. He also demonstrated his offline collection of all the free programs, free OS, Wikipedia, TED Talks, Khan Academy tutorials and much more. He called it the “Internet in a Box ” and it’s independence from having a high-speed Internet (which actually the government is obliged to give ).


Teachers were mesmerized to see what all is available on 0 license cost, localized interfaces and so much easy to use. A few schools immediately started to approach DFF, FSMM and ILUG for help to migrate to Free Software labs. We hope that this Software Freedom Day will be a beginning of the end to monopolistic, restrictive and hazard us proprietary software in education.

GNUKhata version 4.25 coming soon

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We are soon to release version 4.25 of GNUKhata the free, fast and feature rich accounting software.  This will be the first GST compatible version and has some more features.

You can test the beta version at testing.gnukhata.in and give us your feedback at info@dff.org.in or any suggestion.

GNUKhata version 4 released

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Digital Freedom Foundation is proud to announce the release of GNUKhata version 4.0

This release not just improves the inventory module with new features and enterprise reports, but also has greate new facilities in book keeping.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Display of balance of accounts in voucher,
  • consolidated balance sheet (holding and subsedeary companies )
  • Automatic account creation for customer and supplyer,
  • Invoice integration with sales purchase vouchers,
  • Several new inventory reports including stock on hand.

Please visit project page  for detailed feature list.

You can download GNUKhata version 4.0 from Download page

We hope you like the latest version of GNUKhata and that it gives you more power in accounting and inventory management with total freedom.

GNUKhata version 3.5.1 released

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Digital Freedom foundation is proud to announce the release of GNUKhata’s latest version.
The 3.5.1 release has several great enhancements, few of them being much awaited.

Data import from Tally

Many of our users have often asked for a feature which can help them happily migrate all their books of accounts from Tally to GNUKhata once for all.
This would help them get all the previous years of data.
We have finally made this feature available in the latest release.
All you have to do is, export data from Tally ERP 9 into spreadsheets.
Put all the sheets in a single workbook (Tally’s gateway feature allows this ).
The first sheet should have the list of accounts categorized in the groups which GNUKhata specifies. There are 13 such groups, most of them matching with those in Tally.
There are additional subgroups and you can have new ones which are not in GNUKhata by default.
Then arrange the accounts with their optional opening balances under these groups or subgroups.
Rest of the sheets must be ledgers of all these accounts.
For more details you can visit GNUKhata home page including the link for live demo.
A sample workbook is also uploaded there which you can take and use the import feature in GNUKhata.

Godown wise stock classification

The version 3.5 already had stock management incorporated in GNUKhata.
Now we have taken this one step ahead. You will not just be able to see the stock report but also godown wise classification of stock.
We have also made the GUI more user friendly.
You can download the offline and online installer from Http://gnukhata.in and use it right away on your machines, commercially or personally.
We hope you find the software more compelling for your accounting needs and makes your book keeping a great experience.