Be a man of Deeds! Not a man of Needs!
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gnunify 2010 stylesen talkThis was my first gnuNify experience. To describe, I would say it was "simply awesome". I could meet many people in the conference and had a great time there. I attended many talks from different speakers which was really useful. Some of the people I met and shared were Adithya Mooley, Abbas Ali, Vivek Khurana, Satyakam Goswami, Rahul Sundaram, my old colleague Kushal Das, Arun K.

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Haiku lfy article cover

An article titled "An OS for Personal Computing (Haiku)", which I wrote for Linux For You magazine and got published in February 2010 issue.

A gist from the article is follows, you can download the entire article from the attachment to this post,

GNU/Linux has lots of features for the desktop and the server side. However, there are problems with Linux-based operating systems. Being a monolithic kernel, people often find the system becomes unresponsive when using a GNU/Linux system. Another major problem, especially for new users, is choosing between various distributions. They end up installing a distribution that has more apps and services than they actually need (or that their hardware can support) for their day to day use, which also serves to slow down their systems.

This article introduces you to an operating system called Haiku, which serves as a good starting point for aspiring students and those interested in hacking on operating systems.

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I gave a short interview for gnuNify 2010 blog as a part of "Know the Speaker" drive. You can read my interview here -

I gave my message for the first time contributors to Free software as follows:

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On 19th and 20th of February 2010, I ll be giving two talks in gnuNify 2010 at Pune,
India. gnuNify is an annual Free Software based tech event conducted by Symbiosis
Institute of Computer Studies and Research (SICSR) in association with Pune
GNU/Linux User Group, since 2003.

The following are my sessions:

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damn simple linux LFY article cover

An article on customizing Damn Small Linux, which I wrote for Linux For You magazine and got published in January 2010 issue.

A gist from the article is follows, you can download the entire article from the attachment to this post,

There's an old unused computer at home that doesn't have a great hardware profile—a Pentium II processor with 64 MB of RAM. I wanted to use this computer meaningfully, and hence came up with this idea of customising Damn Small Linux (DSL), a small GNU/Linux distribution that can work with minimal hardware. The users of this system were my parents, who know very little about computers and merely wanted a simple interface to browse the Web and check e-mails. I decided to make the system as simple as possible so that anyone could switch it on and start using it.

Here are the requirements specifications:

  1. Use low-profile hardware
  2. Quick booting
  3. Show my name during start up :-)
  4. Should not require entering a user name and password to log in to the system
  5. Show the Web browser with some URL, as default

Coke, Pepsi books

30 Jan 2010
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கோக-கோலா, பெப்ஸி

சென்னை புத்தக கண்காட்சிக்கு இரண்டாவது முறை சென்ற போது நான் வாங்கிய புத்தகங்களில் ஒன்று என். சொக்கன் அவர்கள் எழுதிய "பெப்ஸி". இதனை வாங்கிய மறுதினமே படித்து முடிக்க நினைத்தேன், அப்போது வானொலி நிகழ்ச்சி ஒன்றில் என். சொக்கன் அவர்கள் பெப்ஸி புத்தகத்தை அறிமுக படுத்தி பேசினார் (நல்ல வசீகரமான குரல் மற்றும் கருத்துக்கள்), இதனை கேட்டு மகிழ்ந்த பின்னர், நான் இப்போது பெப்ஸி புத்தகத்தை படிக்க முடியாது என்ற முடிவுக்கு வந்தேன். ஆம், பெப்ஸியின் முன்னோடி "கோக் - ஜிவ்வென்று ஒரு ஜில் வரலாறு" என்ற புத்தகத்தையும் என். சொக்கன் எழுதியுள்ளார், இவ்விரண்டையும் ஒன்றன் பின் ஒன்றாக படித்தால், "கோலா வார்ஸ்" வரலாறு முழுமை அடையும் என்பதால், உடனே சென்று லேண்ட்மார்க்கில் கோக் புத்தகத்தின் ஒரு பிரதியினை வாங்கி வந்தேன் (கிழக்கு பதிப்பக புத்தகங்கள் எங்கும் கிடைக்கும், எனினும் இருவர் டிவிடி வாங்க சென்ற போது, இதனை அள்ளி வந்தேன்).

Coke book cover   Pepsi book cover

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Often we find that our time zone is not what we expect to be in our Ubuntu/Debian boxes soon after installation. Specifically in Debian these days during installation we don't have fine grained control to choose our timezone like 'Asia/Kolkatta', instead we choose 'Eastern' and later decide to change it. In order to change the timezone in command line use the following command in your Ubuntu/Debian boxes,

# dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

The above brings up an ncurses based interface where you can have fine grained control of your timezone selection.