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Time Narration
00:01 Hello and welcome to the spoken tutorial on how to use the low cost FOSSEE Netbook, piloted at IIT Bombay.
00:09 In this tutorial, we will learn about:
00:12 the desktop of the FOSSEE Netbook,
00:14 some of the programs that it comes with and
00:17 how to update its operating system with newer releases.
00:22 We refer to it as the FOSSEE Netbook because
00:26 The FOSSEE Team:* came up with suitable specifications for it.
00:30 Tweaked the operating system
00:32 Came up with a software distribution and
00:35 provides updates and training.
00:38 The operating system is derived from the latest release of Ubuntu Linux.
00:43 The FOSSEE Netbook is a low cost laptop piloted at IIT Bombay.
00:49 Manufactured to its specifications by Basics Comtech Pvt. Ltd.
00:55 Has been designed for education and research.
00:58 And costs about Rs. 5,000 plus customs, taxes, etc.
01:03 To record this tutorial, I am using a FOSSEE Netbook
01:08 FOSSEE distribution of the GNU/Linux Operating System and
01:12 Kazam screen recorder version 1.4.5.
01:17 Let's now have a look at the FOSSEE Netbook.
01:20 This is what the FOSSEE Netbook looks like.
01:24 It is about 700gms in weight.
01:28 It has a 10 inch display and a touch-pad.
01:31 Has a front camera and two built-in speakers.
01:35 It has 2 regular USB ports, 1 mini HDMI port, 1 Lan port.
01:43 It has individual headphone and mic jacks for audio support.
01:49 It also has an SD card slot that can support up to 32GB.
01:56 It has a 5000 mAH battery.
01:59 It gives about 4 to 8 hours of backup, depending on the program used.
02:04 It has 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM.
02:07 It also has wi-fi and bluetooth support.
02:11 For more details about the hardware specifications, please visit
02:19 For recovery/update/re-installation of FOSSEE OS, user should do the following.
02:25 Prepare the sdcard with instructions provided in
02:33 Poweroff the FOSSEE Netbook.
02:35 Insert the sdcard in the slot and then long press the Power key.
02:41 The screen should show a text message "Entering recovery mode...".
02:46 Select the appropriate option shown in the next screen.
02:51 What you see here is the Desktop of the FOSSEE Netbook with the FOSSEE OS.
02:57 By default, you will see some icons on the Desktop.
03:01 As with any computer, double-clicking on any icon will open the related application.
03:09 Here, at the bottom right, is the Network connection icon.
03:15 Currently it says “No network connection".
03:18 Let's learn how to connect to a network.
03:21 For wi-fi connections, simply click on the icon.
03:25 A list of already available connections is displayed.
03:30 You can connect to any one of them provided you know the wi-fi network password.
03:35 I will choose one of the available networks on my machine.
03:40 And then type the password and click on Connect button.
03:46 Notice the Network icon in the System Tray.
03:50 The icon has now changed.
03:52 It mentions the name of the network that I am now connected to.
03:57 Let's now turn our attention to the bottom left corner of the Desktop.
04:03 Here we find the Start menu which is the main menu.
04:07 The Start menu lists all the available software and applications in a categorized manner.
04:14 Click each category to know which software or applications are listed.
04:21 Let us look at some of them.
04:24 Education category has all of these applications listed.
04:28 Here we have Geogebra.
04:31 This is an outstanding free software to learn the concepts of algebra and geometry.  
04:37 It is especially useful to students from 6th grade onwards.
04:41 The Spoken Tutorial project has created excellent tutorials to learn Geogebra.
04:47 These are available through free of cost.
04:53 You can see what this link looks like in the browser window.
04:57 And you can also see that these tutorials are available in many Indian languages.
05:03 There are many more such free software on the netbook with Spoken Tutorials on this page.
05:10 I will show them shortly.
05:13 Let’s come back to the Start menu.
05:15 Let’s see another software - Jmol.
05:19 This is very useful for viewing chemical structures like molecules, bonds, etc. in 3D.
05:26 The Spoken Tutorial website has tutorials on Jmol in many languages.
05:33 In the Start menu, let’s look at another category, say - Graphics.
05:40 Here you can see GIMP, Inkscape and XFig.
05:46 There are many spoken tutorials on GIMP, Inkscape and XFig on the Spoken Tutorial website.
05:54 You can use these tutorials to learn how to use these graphic software.
06:01 Let’s look at Internet category now and these are the options available here.
06:07 Here we have Firefox Web Browser.
06:10 And here are the spoken tutorials to learn how to use Firefox.  
06:15 Once again, these are available in many Indian languages.
06:20 Under the Office category, we have the entire LibreOffice Suite -Writer, Calc, Impress, Base, Draw and Math.
06:31 We have tutorials to learn the entire LibreOffice Suite on the Spoken Tutorial website.
06:37 Let’s move to the Programming category.
06:40 Here we can see iPython.
06:43 There is a Python series on the Spoken Tutorial website.
06:47 We also have Scilab here.
06:50 Once again, we have tutorials on how to learn Scilab on the Spoken Tutorial website.
06:56 We have some IDEs too like Code Blocks and Geany.
07:01 Spoken Tutorials for these are not yet available.
07:05 But if you do an Internet search, you will find useful learning material on these also.
07:12 Let us look at the applications available under Sound & Video.
07:17 So, we have Audacity which is used to record audio tracks
07:22 and here are the tutorials to learn to use Audacity.
07:26 Preferences has options to customize the Desktop, Keyboard, Monitor, Network etc.
07:33 Let's click on Customize Look and Feel option.
07:37 We are in the Widget tab, by default.
07:40 Here, one can change the default theme of the displayed windows.
07:45 Choose the theme that you prefer from the given list.
07:51 We will learn about all the other tabs and their options in detail, in later tutorials.
07:57 Logout is the option to use to either shutdown, lock the screen or logout.
08:03 Let me click on the Cancel button.
08:05 The icon next to the Start menu is the shortcut to the Desktop.
08:10 Let’s click on it.
08:12 It iconifys all the open windows and displays only the Desktop.
08:18 Now, on the Desktop, let us look at some of the icons.
08:23 Here we have the Terminal.  
08:25 This is the command line interface.
08:28 To learn how to use the Terminal, please refer to the BOSS Linux, Spoken Tutorial series.
08:34 The File Manager functions like the My Computer option in Windows OS.
08:39 You can navigate to any folder or file, from this window.
08:47 The Software Center helps to install all the software that we want.
08:58 Language Support lists all the languages supported by the FOSSEE OS.
09:05 Notice a pdf named Readme on the desktop.
09:10 Please open this pdf and read it.
09:17 It gives you a brief overview of the Netbook.
09:27 With this, we come to the end of this tutorial on How to use the FOSSEE Netbook.
09:33 The video at the following link summarizes the Spoken Tutorial project. Please watch it.
09:40 The Spoken Tutorial project team -conducts workshops and gives certificates on passing online tests.
09:48 For more details, write to us.
09:51 Spoken Tutorial Project is funded by NMEICT, MHRD, Govt of India.
09:57 More details on this mission is available at this link.
10:04 This is Nancy Varkey from IIT Bombay, signing off.  Thank you for watching.

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Gaurav, PoojaMoolya, Pratik kamble, Sandhya.np14