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Posted by stylesen

In work I wanted python2.7 for using some latest modules. I run Debian 6.0 ie., squeeze in my laptop, but python2.7 is available in Wheezy or Debian testing. In order to install python2.7 from the testing repository add the following in your sources.list file ie., /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://mirror.cse.iitk.ac.in/debian/ testing main contrib

After adding the testing repository, do an update and then install python2.7 package as follows:

$ sudo aptitude update

$ sudo aptitude install python2.7

Joined NetApp

03 May 2011
Posted by stylesen

I joined NetApp, Bangalore on 2nd of May 2011 ie., yesterday. My work here in NetApp involves programming in Python language, which I was dreaming a long time, to get a career which allows me to completely program in Python and it is fulfilled now. I ve joined NetApp as a Python Developer in the tools development team. NetApp is the next best employer after Google this year, listed by fortune magazine - http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/bestcompanies/2011/snapshots/5.html and it has been listed in this space for many years in the past too! I look forward  for all the fun ;)

Posted by stylesen

My first article - "Creating Professional Presentation with Latex" - for Muktware got publised. This article explains how to create presentations with latex beamer. Following is a gist from the article, to read more visit - http://www.muktware.com/a/14/2011/830/creating-professional-presentations-latex

"If you are a fan of versioning presentations and not convinced with versioning binary files then this article is for you, of course it makes you stand out among your friends since this is how geeks prepare presentations. Latex is a popular document preparation system which provides a document markup language to edit your documents which looks beautiful in paper.

Posted by stylesen

Gone are those days when we want to boot a downloaded ISO image from an USB stick, we need to perform lot of black box operation in order to put/align things in the USB stick so that it could be made bootable.

I didn't follow the Debian stuff for a long time though I use Debian in all my machines. Surprisingly last week we had the much awaited release of Debian 6.0 (squeeze) and I was over joyed on seeing that! I was longing for that.

With the new release of Debian 6.0 we need not do any special things in order to create a bootable USB stick of the Debian ISO. Just a plain 'dd' of the ISO will do the magic. For a long time in order to create a bootable USB stick we had to depend on tools like usb-creator both for Ubuntu or Debian, but now things are pretty easy and straight forward. I am not sure whether this works for Ubuntu yet, may be the next release 11.04 will have such a feature, but as of Debian 6.0 it works.

Joined Nokia

04 Nov 2010
Posted by stylesen

I joined Nokia, Bangalore on 27th of October 2010, where my work will once again be based on FOSS based things. I ve joined Nokia as a Developer OS & MW in the Research and development organization, to primarily work on the Meego project. I got an N900 on the first day of my joining and it really rocks with the Debian based Maemo stack installed in it!

Posted by stylesen

Back in 2008 I started my Master of Science course in Birla Institue of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. Last semester I completed all my papers related to my course work. This semester I had my dissertation which I completed a couple of weeks back.

I gave dissertation viva voce yesterday ie., 19-oct-2010 to Mr. Kiran D. C who was interested in Subversion and asked many related questions about my dissertation work. My dissertation was based on Subversion titled "GPG-agent based secure password cache for Subversion Version Control System". As of now this work is maintained as a separate branch (gpg-agent-password-store) in apache subversion project repository. Though the branch is in working condition and does the intended job, there are many more changes planned before merging the branch back to trunk.

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Mepco FOSS WorkshopYesterday ie., 30 September 2010, I conducted a workshop at Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi which was organized by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering exclusively for Faculty from various engineering colleges in and around Sivakasi. In the morning I gave a talk and hands on in Subversion Version Control System and in the afternoon I handled Python Programming which was also a hands on workshop. 

We had a total of 35 faculty members from various colleges. The session was interactive and also I was amazed to see everyone eagerly trying out  stuff which I taught.