Linux User Group of Mauritius Promoting open source software in our beautiful island

30Jun/091

Google: Let’s make the web faster

Posted by Dominique Derrier

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Google lance une consultation sur les moyens d'accélérer l'internet basée sur 4 axes:

Broadband Access (Le petit problème de Maurice...)
Browser Technologies (Les petites astuces du renard en feu)
Internet Protocols (Revoir un peu les bons vieux HTTP/TCP/...)
Webmaster Tools (Concilier le beau et le rapide, Flash/...)
Other Ideas (Tout ce qui peut apporter une contribution).

N'hésitez pas à poster vos idées !
http://moderator.appspot.com/#16/e=79951

28Jun/091

Conference Joomla

Posted by ronny

Hello
Vu sur weekend: une conf sur joomla/mysql cluster par des personnes de mySQL, yahoo!, Joomla Core Team ...

Cela se ferra le 18 et 19 juillet au swami vivekananda, Pailles.

www.multievents.mu

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25Jun/092

/proc le coffre aux trésors

Posted by Dominique Derrier

coffre_tresorAutour du kernel, nous utilisons tous une foule de programmes pour récupérer les informations et utiliser notre système du mieux possible. Sous linux, toutes ces informations sont accessibles via /proc. Un peu de curiosité vous montrera les bijoux techniques qu'il est possible de récupérer.

23Jun/097

The Sony Bravia LCD TVs run Linux

Posted by Avinash Meetoo

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How many of you would like to get an LCD TV for Christmas? A lot, I bet. How many of you know that the Sony Bravia LCD TVs are powered by Linux? A lot fewer, I guess.

LCD TVs have a lot of pixels. When displaying a normal-resolution programme (say from the MBC), the TV must use extremely complex image processing algorithms to generate the missing pixels. For example:

  • SECAM @ 720 x 576 = 414,720 pixels every 1/25 of a second (I'm simplifying...)
  • HDTV @ 1920 x 1080 = 2,073,600 pixels every 1/25 of a second

So the TV must digitally create 5 times as many pixels as in the original frame 25 times per second. As you can easily guess, this requires a lot of horsepower hence the use of a powerful computer inside the TV. Sony has chosen Linux to power that computer (specifically Linux kernel 2.6.11)

For the more curious, have a look at http://products.sel.sony.com/opensource/source_tv.shtml

20Jun/094

With screen with compiz

Posted by Dominique Derrier

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J'ai eu le problème de la fenêtre blanche avec skype... horreur impossible de voir la famille par cette magnifique fenêtre sur le monde qu'est internet. Merci la 3D !

16Jun/098

Our July meeting

Posted by Avinash Meetoo

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The next LUGM meeting will take place at the usual venue on 4 July 2009 at 10:00. A tentative agenda is:

  • Status of registration of the association
  • Status of the development and deployment of the new website
  • Involvement in the Fedora Electronic Lab distribution (made by a Mauritian, Chitlesh Goorah!)
  • AOB

The meeting will be followed by a technical presentation (the exact topic will be confirmed in a few days) and we'll have lunch together afterwards.

Everyone is invited!

16Jun/093

Hier j’ai compilé mon OS

Posted by Dominique Derrier

Les distributions pourraient se disposer sur les rayons des supermarchés tellement elles sont nombreuses. On en trouve pour tous les gouts et toutes les couleurs.

Gentoo Distrib

Gentoo Distrib


D'une classique Ubuntu, installable les yeux fermés à une LFS qui nécessite de faire un peu d'assembleur avant de démarrer. Pour ma part je pense que Gentoo propose une bonne alternative pour les Geeks en mal de pouvoir de compilation avec des ordinateurs toujours plus puissants.
Mais pourquoi se priver du plaisir de la compilation !

15Jun/0910

Back to the future

Posted by Avinash Meetoo

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I'm happy!

After years and years of inactivity (let's be honest!), the LUGM website is alive again! As you can see, this is a blog and I expect you to make it become alive with a lot of insightful and passionate comments. Of course, we'll also participate in the discussions.

As you all know, the Linux User Group of Mauritius has a number of objectives namely (i) advocate (ii) support (iii) educate and (iv) make people meet. During the coming months, we will make a number of important announcements concerning events that we intend to organise... with your help! Stay tuned.

The past

When LUGM started 10 years ago, Linux was still a curiosity... especially here in Mauritius.

As a matter of fact, I got into Linux myself par hasard. I had a Windows NT server around 1999 and it was tough to configure (in fact, a lot of things were not working properly.) I stumbled upon a copy of the PC Quest magazine with Redhat Linux 6.2 as cover disk. Little by little, I migrated all the services from the NT box to a Pentium 133 with 32 Mb running the Redhat Linux 6.2 and everything worked great. I then decided that life was too short to care about NT and became a Linux addict.

Of course, things were not always rosy. I fondly remember having to fight with the X-Window configuration files on a daily basis. And a lot of services could only be configured after read documentation and HOWTOs thoroughly. But, at least, they worked as expected...

But Linux was fun! I really enjoyed learning about the UNIX way of doing things. It is then that I decided to share my passion with others, first by announcing the launching of this Linux User Group then by introducing my students to Linux. I remember deploying Linux to the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the University of Mauritius to great effect. Many of the students loved Linux as it allowed them to explore areas of Computer Science that they were not really aware of.

On the commercial front, we did a survey on the use of Linux in Mauritian companies in 2003 and the results are still interesting to read.

Now

Linux is now a common occurrence in Mauritian companies. And this is true for a lot of open source software too. Of course, most of the desktop computers still run Windows (and I expect this to continue for some years until everyone becomes mobile) but a lot of the largest servers in the country are powered by Linux.

Interestingly, a lot of devices being used by Mauritians all day long (e.g. the Mauritius Telecom Livebox and the Sony Bravia LCD TVs) run Linux.

As far as I know, the rate of adoption of open source software is increasing (simply because, for most of them, they work great!)

There is one thing which I don't like though, the Mauritian Linux community is still largely fragmented and I hope that this new website will enable us all to work together (and also have a lot of fun together.)

The future

It all depends on you. What do you want us to do?

Avinash Meetoo