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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.

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 3 update 4 released.

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The GNUKhata team at DFF is happy to announce that the 4th update for it’s web version 3 has been released.

The update has few minor bug fixes and some enhancements.

please visit for more details

DFF presents GNUKhata at the Mini deb conf.

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The said conference for Debian actually invites national and
international speakers from the field of free software.

DFF is known for it’s workshops and seminars through which many colleges
have shifted totally or almost completely to free software.

We presented GNUKhata’s web version to the audiance.
The talk was targeted towards both users and also for those who wish to
do programming for GNUKhata to add more features.

DFF makes an MOU with College Of Engineering Pune.

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This is a major tie up with one of the oldest engineering colleges in India.

Under this joint agreement, DFF and COEP will do plethora of activities
including yearly internships at DFF labs on free software projects,
joint FOSS workshops and seminars etc.

The Director of COEP and Secretary of DFF signed the agreement and on
the very next day a meeting with 6 interns was held. These interns will
be working on inventory module of GNUKhata as their final year project.

GNUKhata version 3 released!

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DFF is proud to announce the release of GNUKhata version 3.

Apart from being a major release, this version is also the first web
based enterprise release which has great new features and can be used as
a stand-alone (desktop version ) and on the web.

for more details, visit and download the installer.