Another fort yielded [Basics of the gnu/linux system, more on kernel and modules ]

Posted in Free Software, Home at 7:01 am by Pirate Praveen

4th of June

This is continuation of where we left in our last adventure at Rauf’s computer. Sabeel came home after his theory papers (s6) and we met on 3rd evening. We talked for a long time and then we talked about GNU/linux system, from kernel to shell to X windows. We discussed about modules [of linux kernel] too.

Modules are pluggable parts of the kernel that can be used as and when we need it. For example glx is a module for the Open GL 3D graphics libraries [typically used for 3D games] that will be plugged into the kernel only when the X server [the graphics system in Unix-like systems] starts. [in /etc/X11/xorg.conf or /etc/X11/XFree86config file you can see all the modules that will be loaded when the X server starts in the Modules sub-section]. insmod is a command used to insert a module into the kernel and lsmod lists all the modules that are currently loaded into the kernel. A module usually have a .ko [for kernel object — from Object Oriented Methodology everything is viewed as an object only, in the same manner.so extention stands for shared object].

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Liverpool: The European Champions 2005

Posted in Sports at 5:32 pm by Administrator

Noted on Last week of May 2005

Ever since I watched the football clips of Steve Jerrard in NITC hostel, I’ve become a fan of his and Liverpool FC. The Chelsea Vs Liverpool semi was the first match after I have become their fan. But I was doubtful when they did badly against Arsenal (Lost 1-3) in the English Premier League [That was the first match I saw them playing — I’m not much into the club football but I keenly watch all the world cups and Euro cups]. I had no doubt whom I am supporting in the finals at Isthambul; I was with Jerrard and Liverpool. After the finals I’m now a complete fan of the team of Raphel Benitos. The final began with a shock, early in the first minute itself Milan scored, their captain Paulo Maldini was the scorer. Liverpool attcked the AC Milan goal post with more vigour but two counter attacks and Crespo touch got them to 3-0 position. Read the rest of this entry »


RT Linux, Sreejith and ‘Why ? Why ? Why’

Posted in Free Software, Home at 5:55 pm by Pirate Praveen

Noted on 19 May 2005

On this Thursday (19 May), I decided to visit my friend. But when the phone didn’t give any reply I tried calling Sreejith. He was in Chennai for his final year project at AltoSys on RT Linux ie, Real Time Linux, when I called him last week. Here the result was an engaged tone. I was really confused as I told my grand mom and aunt (Valliammayi) that I will be going to Mannarmala (which I planned after this) and I won’t be coming back today. I’ll have to go to Mannarmala in the morning itself. I tried to call my aunt at Manjeri to see whether Sheenechi has come back from Bangalore. I was told that she will be back only on 30th which I confused to be on this week. [This was the second or thord time in the 3 weeks, I went wrong with a ‘date’ !! I missed Changathikkoottam before, I thought it was on 8,9 and confused it with 7,8 and I was sure of 8 and when I went there I came to know that it was really on 9,10 !!!] Read the rest of this entry »


Project Killing (time) — and lots of Partition hacks

Posted in Free Software, Home, Movies, NITC, Reading, Society at 6:14 pm by Pirate Praveen

Noted on 19 May 2005

I’ve been able to engage myself in ‘something or other’ for the last 3 weeks since I left NITC, like
IT@School training,
Movies (Akkareyakkare Akkare, Ninathen vanthai),
Reading [K.L. Mohanavarma’s ‘Settlement’, News papers — almost complete!! ]
or ‘Bakar’ (Kathi) with sabeel (he left for exams on 14th).
Update: He is placed in HCL Infosystems through Campus Recruitment
I went to rauf’s home to demeonstrate GNU/Lnux as Sabeel got really exited as I kept on telling him about my hacks. Well, it seems his interest has gone as he saw it as a simple thing !!! [It was Suse 9.3 Professional and I could not go into much of the commands and configuration files and options ]. To some it is interesting when it is not common or not challenging. Read the rest of this entry »