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The nightly tar-balls of subversion trunk are now available here:

Interested people can make use of these source tar-balls in order to test subversion trunk.

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Subversion 1.6 supports caching of user passwords/passphrases in encrypted form using KWallet. I tried to get a feel of this feature, so started compiling the subversion sources with KWallet support. The following assume you already have kde desktop packages installed in your ubuntu/debian box. In order to get KWallet support in subversion we need to pass "--with-kwallet" option to the configure script. While configuring subversion if you get the following error
checking whether to look for KWallet... yes
checking for QtCore, QtDBus, QtGui... yes
checking for kde4-config... yes
Posted by stylesen
If you concerned about Repetitive strain injury - RSI and would like something in your desktop which will poke you at constant intervals to take rest before you start starring the monitor continuously "workrave" will be a good tool to consider. In Debian/Ubuntu you install it by the following command:
sudo apt-get install workrave
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In order to change the default web browser of Debian GNU/Linux you can use the update alternatives as follows:
$ sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser

There are 4 alternatives which provide `x-www-browser'.

  Selection    Alternative
          1    /usr/bin/epiphany
          2    /usr/bin/iceweasel
*+        3    /usr/bin/konqueror
          4    /usr/bin/epiphany-gecko

Press enter to keep the default[*], or type selection number: 2
Using '/usr/bin/iceweasel' to provide 'x-www-browser'.
NOTE: The abo launched!

02 Sep 2008
Posted by stylesen
Yesterday around 22:00 HRS IST website went live! It has very basic information, which will grow in the future. This will serve as an one stop shop for all the information concerned with FStival and Software Freedom Day celebrations conducted as a part of GLUGOT and GLUG-Madurai. This website is done using Drupal 6.4, with some cool modules :)
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I received my "Full Commit Access" to Subversion code base on 23-08-2008 01:47 AM IST. It was a long time dream for me to get commit access to a popular Free Software project and it came true now. This made me the 2nd committer in India :) (after Kamesh) You can have a look at for details. I received my partial commit access to subversion code base on 02-11-2007 01:22 AM IST.

Planet TCE launched!

13 Aug 2008
Posted by stylesen
Yesterday around 22:00 IST Planet TCE was launched. It took me just an hour to come up with this planet. Planet is a wonderful software which is very flexible. Right now the planet has minimal subscription and in future it will grow with more subscriptions. It aggregates blog feeds of students/staff/alumnus of Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai. Will try to tweak the CSS of this planet when I find time :)