One-stop support for Debian on selected HP servers

Posted in Debian, Free Software at 2:29 pm by Pirate Praveen

It is great to see HP support for Debian GNU/Linux on its Servers and ThinClients.

HP gives your organization a single point of service accountability for community-supported Debian GNU/Linux distributions. Our close relationship with the Debian community coupled with our engineering investment to qualify specific distributions to run on selected HP ProLiant and BladeSystem servers enables us to supplement your in-house expertise in addressing Debian-specific software technical problems and related server issues.

Experienced HP Services professionals collaborate with your IT team to identify Debian GNU/Linux-related problems, and they offer trustworthy advice on known software fixes. For unresolved problems, HP will work with the Debian community to develop bug fixes and help ensure their inclusion in future distributions.

More details of the offering


Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan to be the chief guest for FOSS Meet @ NITC 2007

Posted in Free Software, NITC at 4:38 pm by Pirate Praveen

National Institute of Technology, Calicut will be hosting a two day, technical event pertaining to Free and Open Source Software, namely FOSS Meet@NITC 2007, on 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March 2007. The event will consist of talks, bofs, workshops and competions based on free and open source softwares. This is the third edition of the event conducted by GNU/Linux Users Group Calicut.

The Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala Shri V S Achuthanandan will be the chief guest for the event.

Participants and Volunteers are required to register online at the foss meet website.

Looking forward to your support and participation.
More details of the event at:
* website
* wiki
* Mailing List

Dunc-Tank: Success or failure?

Posted in Debian, Free Software at 4:00 pm by Pirate Praveen

Debian Project leader Anthony Towns was intervied by Liz Tay and it has some very interesting comments.

Do you think Dunc-Tank has been successful as an experiment?

There was a definite effect [of funding] on it [etch], and there were some other indirect effects as well, such as the Dunc-Bank project, in which a group of people, mostly from France, didn’t like the idea of paying people at all and set up a project that would work with Debian’s guidelines and try and improve Debian, but in such a way that Dunc-Tank would fail and wouldn’t release on time.

They decided to do some really thorough testing of the release and find more bugs that would then have to be fixed, because if you don’t find bugs in advance you can’t fix them, and so you might release on time, but with bugs.

So they found the bugs in advance, and said, ‘oh, we know about these bugs, and etch can’t be released till they’re fixed’. This forces us to release a better product, but later, which is what the Debian community tends to focus on anyway.

And this one is really good, it speaks truth about Debian. Especially if you are worried about flame wars in Debian lists.

When you can have people who are working in direct opposition to each other end up essentially working together to produce something better, that seems really amazing.

was an experiment to see if funding would help Debian. It was a project not officially part of Debian but Debian Project leader spearheading it!

Two days of intensive travel and sessions

Posted in Free Software at 3:35 pm by Pirate Praveen

Now waiting for my bus back to Bangalore after two days of hectic sessions on Free Software. I left Bangalaore on Friday and reached home on Saturaday (3rd Feb) morning. I spent some time on my presentation and left for MES Kuttippuram that is two and a half hours far from my house. I talked about dangaers of DRM and advantages of doing a Free Software project for the academic project. It was a good session and they have demo’ed the Free Software projects which some students were already working on.

Today I started from home on 7.30 in the morning and the session started at 10. I took one session in the morning and another in the afternoon. It was basics of GNU/Linux commands and C programming. It was also interesting. I have taught them some bash scripting and some C programming ideas like shared library.

It was great to meet some of the students there whom i have met through orkut or know by email. After the session I came back home and was really tired.

It was a busy two days but worth it. I really enjoyed the sessions, I hope they did too 🙂