Some tips and tricks in configuring apache web server
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OpenSource book wrapperI wrote a book on OpenSource in Tamil and it got published by New Horizon Media (Kizhakku Pathipagam) on last Saturday ie., 07-jan-2012 in Chennai Book Fair 2012. If you get a chance to visit Chennai Book fair drop in at Kizhakku Pathipagam stall and grab a copy of the book.

Following are the link to purchase the book online:

1) https://www.nhm.in/shop/978-81-8493-489-2.html

2) http://www.infibeam.com/Books/open-source-tamil-sa-senthi-kumaran/9788184934892.html

3) ChennaiShopping

4) Flipkart

Introduction about this book are available in the following links:



Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/OpenSourceTamil

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subconf 2009 LFY articleIn the last week of October 2009, I went to Munich, Germany in order to attend SubConf 2009 which is the annual user conference of the Subversion community. While I was on the trip, I wrote many blog posts for Linux for You magazine website whose links are as follows:

SubConf Day1



I ve clubbed all the above blog posts into a single article about my SubConf 2009 experiences, which got published in December 2009 issue of Linux For You magazine.

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

SubConf is the annual conference of the Subversion community. SubConf 2009 was the third such event, held at Munich, Germany, from October 27 to 29, 2009. While it’s a user conference where Subversion users from various parts of the world participate, it does feature developer hackathons where the project’s core developers come together to discuss the roadmap, hack on code, et al. Developers also meet the users to get feedback, and study their requirements so that future releases can cater to these.

SubConf 2009 had 10 core Subversion developers at the conference venue—Stephen Butler, Stefan Sperling and Neels Hofmeyr (of Elego); Julian Foad of WANdisco; Greg Stein (a popular open source developer); Hyrum K. Wright (Subversion Corp), Lieven Govaerts, Bert Huijben (of The Competence Group), C. Michael Pilato and myself ( from Collabnet, Inc).

See attachment below to download the complete article in pdf.

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svn version compatibility LFY article coverThere exists a lot of confusion in choosing the compatible versions of Free Software. This article which I wrote for Linux For You magazine, published in December 2009 issue, was an attempt to explain the compatibility concerns of Free Software using Subversion Version control system.

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

The toughest job for any server administrator is to choose the correct version of software to install and use for maintenance. Most server software have corresponding clients that access the software to get data from them. This kind of client-server model creates a few problems when a server administrator is trying to choose the right version of server software.

In this article, we will discuss one such problem in choosing the appropriate release of the popular version control system, Subversion. This article will also help decipher version compatibility among most of the free  software available.

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Yesterday ie., 02-december-2009 I went to Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai to handle sessions in the Faculty Development Program on Free Open Source Software. This is same (for the engineering college faculty in southern region of TamilNadu) as that of the workshop which I took last week in Jaya Engineering College. Joe Steeve and myself shared the day with our sessions. Joe Steeve spoke on "GNU build tools". I handled two topics namely "CVS - patch - diff" and "Web Servers". Around 30 faculties participated in the sessions. Afternoon we had hands on in the lab, where all the participants worked out whatever they learnt in the morning.
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With the move of Subversion to its new home ie., Apache Software Foundation (ASF) all the "Full Committers" of Subversion project is getting migrated to the ASF infrastructure. As a part of it I got my credentials to the ASF infra today, thus becoming an official "Apache Committer". Thanks to CollabNet and Subversion who gave me this opportunity :) You can mail me at stylesen [at no spam] apache [dot] org Read the official announcement about the move here - http://www.collab.net/news/press/2009/svn-asf.html
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On last Friday ie., 05-06-2009, http://dev.tce.edu/ went live with "Redmine". The previous "trac" based site was replaced with Redmine, considering the ease of administering projects with a web interface. The alpha run (April 25th, 2009) of Redmine site was served using FCGI over apache which was very slow and the performance was not up to the mark. But now we run the production site using mod_rails over apache2 which is faster! Also the subversion repository creation is automated