One night with Suse

Posted in Bangalore, Free Software at 5:28 am by Administrator

I am still feeling sleepy. She let me sleep only after midnight. I had to wake up at 6 and come home so that I’ll be in office in time.

Well, Ranga wanted me to rescue his friends system after they installed Redhat GNU/Linux on top of Windows XP and they were not able to boot into Windows 200. I thought it was another HAL.DLL missing problem. The problem comes when you have a windows OS installed on a drive other than C and you created a partition bofore that Windows drive, default suse partition do that. It is very easy to resolve you just have to increment the number in C:\boot.ini with as many new created partitions are there
go to your c:\boot.ini file (you may have to mount the partition if you are using a live CD) line

[boot loader]

[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /fastdetect
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT=”Microsoft Windows Recovery Console” /cmdcons

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /fastdetect
Assume you created a swap partition on 3rd partition. the partition were your windows is moved to 5 now. So the new line looks like this

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(5)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /fastdetect

We left Electronic City at 7.30pm and we reached his home at 9. He stays with his friends Suresh and Ramesh. I got a nice welcome and had dinner there. The chicken curry was superb. Then we moved to the business. They were braver to install Redhat in the first partition so there is no configuration file for NTLDR (default boot loader of windows). So I had to first re install Windows 2000 in the C drive and back up his data files to free one partition for GNU/Linux. We were in a dilemma as to which distro to chose ( we had fedoar, redhat, suse and ubuntu ). I suggested Suse and we started installing. We partitioned the 25GB drive (Suse’s partitioner has got a minor drw back, it needs you to chose cylinders instead of the sizes, so you’ll have to make some calculations – 1 cylinder is 9MB size). It installed finely (except for some missing packages because of bad sectors in CD – gnome didn’t install). Then i stayed there and woke up in the morning and now I’m in office typing this 🙂 . Now got to meet HSR Rao.

That’s all for now.

See my previous hacks with Suse and Windows XP on Rauf’s comp


Invited speakers list of FOSS.IN

Posted in Bangalore, Free Software at 8:36 am by Pirate Praveen

See original message:


I imagine that some of you would be interested in hearing about some of
the speakers who will be coming to FOSS.IN/2005, from far away shores. 🙂

So here are a few, and over the next few days, more will be revealed.


Many people have an impact on their chosen field in a singular manner –
typically through a specific project, or a specific direction. It is rare
for someone to be known for two completely different things within the
same field. Our first speaker, however, has managed to do just that.

He is the co-author of what could probably be called “The Bible of Linux
Development”, in which he uses his keen knowledge of the Linux kernel and
its design to show people how to develop device drivers. No one in India
would even *think* of trying this without referring to his book, now in
the third edition.

He is also the editor of the world’s most respected FOSS publication to be
found online – the one place where *everyone* goes to read unbiased news,
reviews and commentary about the FOSS world.

Our first visiting speaker is Jonathan Corbet, co-author of “Linux Device
Drivers”, and editor of LWN.NET, aka “Linux Weekly News”.


Last year, he came to LB/2004, bringing with him not only the development
knowledge of FOSS projects he himself is deeply involved in, but his keen
sense of direction when it comes to enterprise-wide deployment of FOSS

He also brought with him an ocean of experience related to the creation of
events for the community, having himself helped bring to life one of the
most famous of them all.

From Linux Australia, we have Andrew Cowie. Read the rest of this entry »


October blug meet at Mahiti

Posted in Bangalore, Free Software at 9:32 am by Pirate Praveen

October blug meet happened this Saturday 22 at Mahiti Infotech in Domlur. I went to the meet with my friends Dilip and Kiren SK. The meet started at 4.30. Dinesh of Servelots, Alan of Mahiti were some present (total 16 people turned up). We discussed about our experience with BMS folks and our plans for the next seminar in BMS. But we have not finalised anything yet. We are looking for voluntters for the meet. This time we want to be more prepared and focused. Tejas was also present for the meet (He is in first year at PESIT). The we discussed about the venue and timings. Most of us din’t care about the venue or time. Though every one agreed upon saturady evennings and center of city. The next month blug meet is in Goa ! Only one seat was left (and I think by now it will be filled too). Contact Devadas Bhagath if you are interested. Goa guys will be joining bluggers there.

Sujo’s blog has a report of the meet


online petition for the right to freedom of expression

Posted in Bangalore, Society at 11:28 am by Pirate Praveen

Sign the petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/blogbang

The members of the “Bloggers of Bangalore” community would like to bring to the attention of the media and society at large, certain unfair and intimidatory actions undertaken by the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) against members of the Indian blogging community.

In June 2005, JAM, a popular youth magazine published out of Mumbai, ran a story on IIPM titled ‘The Truth about IIPM’s Tall Claims” pointing out blatant exaggerations in the institute’s claims about infrastructure, courses, affiliations and placements. For instance, the magazine article pointed out how IIPM continues to use certain rankings conferred upon it AFTER those rankings have been withdrawn by the bodies conferring them.

The magazine ran an ethically researched investigative story on IIPM, revealing what was a marketing fraud by the college.

Alongside, the editor of JAM magazine and a former student of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, who is also a blogger, published the same on her personal blog. In August 2005, blogger Gaurav Sabnis, another Mumbai-based blogger, posted about this on his own blog, linking to JAM’s original story. Soon after this, he received an e-mail from the IIPM legal department threatening to sue him for a huge sum of money unless he withdrew his comments. Simultaneously, he was also pressurised by IIPM through his employers, a global hardware manufacturer. Rather than put his employers in a tight spot, Sabnis decided to quit his job. Meanwhile, Varna Sriraman also got a mail from IIPM threatning legal and police action Read the rest of this entry »


October Linux Profession meet

Posted in Bangalore, Free Software, HP at 7:26 am by Pirate Praveen

There are various professions (interest groups) inside HP that cater to varying interests of the employees. Some of the professions are ‘Linux Technology’, ‘Unix Technology’, ‘Microsoft Technology’ … I’m a member of the Linux Technology Profession. We meet every month and October meet was on 7th. We had two presentations

  1. Remote Development using eclipse by Bala
  2. Diskdump and netdump tools by Masa San (he is Linux Technology Profession Japan lead).

(Those of you missed Bala’s talk can attend his talk in FOSS.IN ) Read the rest of this entry »


KEA annual get together

Posted in Bangalore, NITC at 3:28 pm by Pirate Praveen

Last Sunday we attended KEA (Kerala Engineers Association) annual get together at Shikshak Sadan opposit to Kaveri Bhavan in KG Road. I went there with my classmates at NITC – Harry Thomas and Anoop Bhagyanath. Vijaya Krishanan was also there. The inauguration was done by TG Ravi – who is a movie actor and alumnas of GEC Trichur.

The Orchestra and Ona Sadhya was superb. The day was filled with those beautiful songs by G Venugopal like Thamasamenthe varuvan… Onnam Ragam paadi… Unarumee gaanam…. The Orchestra was compered by Jayaraj Varrier. He also kept us laughing with his comedy show.

The Sadhya had 14 dishes and two Payasam. The Ada payasam was superb and it was unlimited 🙂 The crowd turn up was more than 500 and we got first prize for Pookalam (Rangoli).

Our seniors Barathan (BG) and Narayanan was also there. After the meet we walked till Brigade roadand I brought a new mobile Nokia 6030. It has got a FM radio with it and now I need not be bored in Hosur Road traffic everyday.

So folks don’t miss next chance.

Where The Mind is Without Fear

Posted in Free Software, Society at 1:18 pm by Pirate Praveen

Where The Mind is Without Fear
From Rabindranath Tagore‘s Geetanjali

Where the mind is without fear
And the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up
Into fragments by narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake


September Blug meet

Posted in Bangalore, Free Software at 4:33 pm by Pirate Praveen

I attended blugmeet this September 30 (my second blug meet — also second meet after a long break). This time I sit at registration desk. I left early from office and reached there by 5.45 (I was the first to be there, then came Surjo Das then Devdas Bhagath then Gopal V and his Yahoo Team (3 guys) and altogether 19 guys).

Read Surjo’s posts about this blug meet
The September BLUG Meet
Meet v/s BoFs
Posts on blug non tech mailing list:
Meet Vs Bof
Meets v/s BoFs ….contd

It was a really nice meet as I could get to know some more of those online folks. I met Tejas Dinkar whom I had mailed some times back about arranging a FUDConf (Fedora Users and Developers Conference) during next (06) FOSS.IN. The discussions started with blug.in website content. Then we discussed T-Shirts for FOSS.IN. I reported about some problems with planet.foss.in DNS (now solved by Atul Chitnis). Then we discussed about Cities (comparison between Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi over Dinner) and Traffic and other stuff. The discussion is now to move away the meets from Akshaya. Amit Sharma offered a room for 25 folks in blug non tech mailing lists in Indiranagar.

We stayed back after the meet and a whole lotta topics from gentoo to evolution to Miguel to fedora to Mplayer … came to discussion. Shyam was defending Gentoo’s way of doing things and there was Sreyas in support for Suse and Tejas for Fedora… I didn’t realise that mplayer doesn’t need X to run ! and I tried it after coming back. Mplayer rocks !! Shyam droped me at BTM after that.

LJ and blogger – a comparison

Posted in Bangalore, wordpress at 12:40 pm by Pirate Praveen

Surjo asked in blogbangs group

Is Bloggers.com good ? I mean is it like
Bloggers.com rocks and LJ sucks or vice versa ?

This was my reply
* I started with LJ (now I’ve installed worpress and it rocks !!). It is a great community and you are well connected with friends (LJ even have their own song). The friends list is the thing I like the most.
* Blogger is completely customisable.
* Some dumped Blogger and came over to LJ and some the other way.
* You can use any other feeds for LJ (only for payed members), like Atul Chitnis’ blog.
* Blogger is from Google and LJ is completely Open Source.

My vote is for LJ. If you want flexibility to full extend I suggest you use wordpress.
Any comments welcome



Posted in Bangalore, Free Software, Society at 2:32 pm by Pirate Praveen

One weeks back (24th September) I talked at BMS College of Enginering of Free and Open Source Software. Dilip and Thejesh Already wrote about it (I was kinda lazy to write).

Now we are trying to improve ourselves so that we can have a better impact on the audience. It was our alpha edition and so it had many bugs, we didn’t have any idea what to expect. But I think this experience gave us a better picture and will help us (hopefully) in our next ventures.

All this started with Thejesh’s mail in fsf-friends mailing list enquiring about any plans for Software Freedom Day. We discussed many possible events in August blugmeet. But nothing materialised since we were very late and many colleges had exmas. We got positive reply from Nirmal Thacker of BMS College and it took us till the week before the seminar to confirm the date. Kudos to Nirmal and team to make it a grand success. Read the rest of this entry »

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