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27Nov/130

Linuxfest 2013 – Highlights

Posted by Ish Sookun

On the 7th October 2013 I sent the following message to LUGM’s mailing list.

Hello folks,

After several pings I finally got a date from the UoM Computer Club. They checked & double-checked with registrar and the only date they could get is 25th November.

So … How about throwing a Linux party on that day @ Octave Wiehe Auditorium?

During the past MSCC & LUGM meetups I’ve been talking about this event which will aim at getting Linux to the general public. Since the last one back in 2011, I’ve known many who started using Linux since then and even got jobs within the industry :)

Let’s have some brainstorming about how the event should proceed; we need speakers, magicians & entertainers … where are the volunteers?

Cheers!

Ish Sookun

The response that I received from LUGM folks was great. Everyone was keen to help with the event. We had an initial meetup at Perfect Pizza to discuss the event. Several emails, phone calls & meetups followed. Folks from UoM Computer Club & LUGM liaised to assign pending tasks. We had little time to arrange/organize yet we synchronized to the best we could.

Finally the day arrived, 25th November 2013!

Why a Linux Festival?

When we did an openSUSE Installfest back in 2011 it was a successful event. I know several guys who since then started using Linux & got jobs within the industry. Somehow I think the exposure to Linux helped the guys try it, like it & continue use it. I hope of achieving the same this time …

Participating in the Infotech 2013 got us some visibility. In fact, I met several folks at Octave Wiehe, Auditorium for the Linuxfest who actually met us at Infotech first. We invited them & they came. Although exams happening on that day we got 167 students registering & attending.

How was the event?

We didn’t get time to rehearse or even test the equipment properly. Some of us reached University of Mauritius as early as 08h00. Yet we were not ready with logistics by 10h00. We started the event some time around 10h30. First came a video promo made by Nirvan Pagooah. We didn’t have any host on stage but instead had a whole team working backstage to do announcements & poke some fun from time to time.

Linuxfest 2013 - Mauritius

Linuxfest 2013 - Mauritius

Linuxfest 2013 - Mauritius

Linuxfest 2013 - Mauritius

Presentations were done as follows:

  • Expansion of Linux & Android in the world and particularly, Mauritius, by Avinash Meetoo
  • Running Windows applications on Linux, by Jochen Kirstätter
  • Skills needed for a Unix System Admin & open source in our current IT industry, by Nitin Bachraz
  • MSCC & Development on open source platforms, by Nirvan Pagooah & Nayar Joolfoo
  • openSUSE Project / openSUSE Advocate Program, by Ish Sookun
  • BSD & Linux, which is which, by Eldergod Sælvøn
  • Presentation of Kali Linux, by Nitin J Mutkawoa
  • Linux Mint for daily activities, by Nadim Attari

Photo highlights

Linuxfest 2013 - Mauritius Avinash Meetoo, CEO of Knowledge Seven.

Jochen Kirstätter, a.k.a JoKi, CEO of IOS Ltd.

Nitin Bachraz, Senior Engineer & Team Leader, Orange Business Services.

Nirvan Pagooah, Creative Director, Graphics Temple & Student of UoM.

Nayar Joolfoo, student of UoM.

Nayar’s presentation made using HTML5 got some jaws dropped.

Ish Sookun, Engineer at Orange Business Services & openSUSE Advocate.

Nitin Mutkawoa, Police Officer & Linux enthusiast.

Nadim Attari, Web Developer & Linux enthusiast.

After the presentations we invited everyone in the auditorium lobby for some Linux demos. Ajay demoed several tools including Steam running on his Gentoo box.

Ajay interacting with an inquisitive audience.

On my end I met a few students whom I first met at Infotech. I had told them they could bring their laptops if they wanted to install Linux, which they did. They brought two laptops and several pendrives to get copies of Linux distributions. I installed Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon on one of their laptops. On the second one I asked them to install & I would watch. It was fun to have to geek chat while they were busy with the installation. They did the installation fine, dual booting with Windows.

The event over & we felt a sense of satisfaction. We were a bunch of geeks sitting outside afterwards, sharing some of the great moments. We hope to have the same collaboration for future events & we can make things better in many ways.

Photo credits go to Khagesh Teeluck.
Some photos taken using Ajay’s camera.

27Nov/130

Font anti-aliasing in openSUSE KDE

Posted by Ish

Some time ago a friend, Abdallah Yashir asked me about font anti-aliasing in openSUSE KDE. He liked the KDE version of openSUSE but somehow was disappointed with the quality of fonts. As a developer typography was his main concern. I told him I’ll put some quickie instruction on my blog.

So, to get smooth looking text on your screen you have to enable “anti-aliasing”. Press Alt + F2 & fire up kcmshell4 fonts. It should bring up the KDE Control Module for Fonts. Enable anti-aliasing and click on the configure button. Select Use sub-pixel rendering and set it to RGB. Apply the new settings.

font-anti-aliasing

All newly started applications will now feature smooth fonts. For a better experience though, restart the KDE session.

font-anti-aliasing-writer

Update – 29.11.13

Getting some nice fonts from Google …

sudo zypper in google-alegreya-fonts google-allerta-fonts google-anonymouspro-fonts google-arimo-fonts google-cabin-fonts google-cardo-fonts google-cousine-fonts google-croscore-fonts google-droid-fonts google-exo-fonts google-inconsolata-fonts google-lato-fonts google-lekton-fonts google-merriweather-fonts google-nobile-fonts google-roboto-fonts google-tinos-fonts

 

Follow the above mentioned instruction & set the system font as Lato and the size as shown below …

font-anti-aliasing-lato

You should end up with a sleek & smooth KDE desktop ( :

27Nov/130

Linuxfest 2013 – Highlights

Posted by Ish

On the 7th October 2013 I sent the following message to LUGM’s mailing list:

Hello folks,

After several pings I finally got a date from the UoM Computer Club. They checked & double-checked with registrar and the only date they could get is 25th November.

So … How about throwing a Linux party on that day @ Octave Wiehe Auditorium?

During the past MSCC & LUGM meetups I’ve been talking about this event which will aim at getting Linux to the general public. Since the last one back in 2011, I’ve known many who started using Linux since then and even got jobs within the industry :)

Let’s have some brainstorming about how the event should proceed; we need speakers, magicians & entertainers … where are the volunteers?

Cheers!

Ish Sookun

- Geek by birth … Linux by choice.
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The response that I received from LUGM folks was great. Everyone was keen to help with the event. We had an initial meetup at Perfect Pizza to discuss the event. Several emails, phone calls & meetups followed. Folks from UoM Computer Club & LUGM liaised to assign pending tasks. We had little time to arrange/organize yet we synchronized to the best we could.

Finally the day arrived, 25th November 2013!

the-event

Why a Linux Festival?

When we did an openSUSE Installfest back in 2011 it was a successful event. I know several guys who since then started using Linux & got jobs within the industry. Somehow I think the exposure to Linux helped the guys try it, like it & continue use it. I hope of achieving the same this time …

Participating in the Infotech 2013 got us some visibility. In fact, I met several folks at Octave Wiehe, Auditorium for the Linuxfest who actually met us at Infotech first. We invited them & they came. Although exams happening on that day we got 167 students registering & attending.

How was the event?

We didn’t get time to rehearse or even test the equipment properly. Some of us reached University of Mauritius as early as 08h00. Yet we were not ready with logistics by 10h00. We started the event some time around 10h30. First came a video promo made by Nirvan Pagooah. We didn’t have any host on stage but instead had a whole team working backstage to do announcements & poke some fun from time to time.

backstage-team-work

linuxfest-backstage

linuxfest-preps

registration-happening

Presentations were done as follows :

Expansion of Linux & Android in the world and particularly, Mauritius, by Avinash Meetoo
Running Windows applications on Linux, by Jochen Kirstätter
Skills needed for a Unix System Admin & open source in our current IT industry, by Nitin Bachraz
MSCC & Development on open source platforms, by Nirvan Pagooah & Nayar Joolfoo
openSUSE Project / openSUSE Advocate Program, by Ish Sookun
BSD & Linux, which is which, by Eldergod Sælvøn
Presentation of Kali Linux, by Nitin J Mutkawoa
Linux Mint for daily activities, by Nadim Attari

Photo highlights …

linuxfest-avinash

Avinash Meetoo, CEO of Knowledge 7

linuxfest-jochen

Jochen Kirstätter // JoKi, CEO of IOS Indian Ocean Software Ltd

linuxfest-nitin-bachraz

Nitin Bachraz, Senior Engineer & Team Leader, Orange Business Services

benefits-of-being-single

Nirvan Pagooah, Creative Director, Graphics Temple & Student of UoM

It was an epic moment when we made a girl from the audience ask Nirvan, “Are you single?” …

mr-nayar-again

Nayar Joolfoo, student of UoM

Nayar’s presentation made using HTML5 got some jaws dropped ( :

openSUSE-Advocate-Program

Ish Sookun, Engineer at Orange Business Services & openSUSE Advocate
Below, my presentation slides ...



kali-linux

Nitin Mutkawoa, Police Officer & Linux enthusiast

nadim-and-linux-mint

Nadim Attari, Web Developer & Linux enthusiast

After the presentations we invited everyone in the auditorium lobby for some Linux demos. Ajay demoed several tools including Steam running on his Gentoo box.

which-movie

Ajay explaining his audience

On my end I met a few students whom I first met at Infotech. I had told them they could bring their laptops if they wanted to install Linux, which they did. They brought two laptops and several pendrives to get copies of Linux distributions. I installed Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon on one of their laptops. On the second one I asked them to install & I would watch. It was fun to have to geek chat while they were busy with the installation. They did the installation fine, dual booting with Windows.

installing-linux-mint

The event over & we felt a sense of satisfaction. We were a bunch of geeks sitting outside afterwards, sharing some of the great moments. We hope to have the same collaboration for future events & we can make things better in many ways.

tux-fun

Photo credits go to Khagesh Teeluck.
Some photos taken from Ajay’s camera ( : Kids having fun as usual.
27Nov/130

Linuxfest 2013 – Highlights

Posted by Ish

On the 7th October 2013 I sent the following message to the LUGM’s mailing list:

Hello folks,

After several pings I finally got a date from the UoM Computer Club. They checked & double-checked with registrar and the only date they could get is 25th November.

So … How about throwing a Linux party on that day @ Octave Wiehe Auditorium?

During the past MSCC & LUGM meetups I’ve been talking about this event which will aim at getting Linux to the general public. Since the last one back in 2011, I’ve known many who started using Linux since then and even got jobs within the industry :)

Let’s have some brainstorming about how the event should proceed; we need speakers, magicians & entertainers … where are the volunteers?

Cheers!

Ish Sookun

- Geek by birth … Linux by choice.
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
|H|A|C|K|L|O|G|.|i|n|
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

The response that I received from LUGM folks was great. Everyone was keen to help with the event. We had an initial meetup at Perfect Pizza to discuss the event. Several emails, phone calls & meetups followed. Folks from UoM Computer Club & LUGM liaised to assign pending tasks. We had little time to arrange/organize yet we synchronized to the best we could.

Finally the day arrived, 25th November 2013!

the-event

Why a Linux Festival?

When we did an openSUSE Installfest back in 2011 it was a successful event. I know several guys who since then started using Linux & got jobs within the industry. Somewhere I think the exposure to Linux helped the guys try it, like it & continue use it. I hope of achieving the same this time …

Participating in the Infotech 2013 got us some visibility. In fact, I met several folks at Octave Wiehe, Auditorium for the Linuxfest who actually met us at Infotech first. We invited them & they came. Although exams happening on that day we got 167 students registering & attending.

How was the event?

We didn’t get time to rehearse or even test the equipment properly. Some of us reached University of Mauritius as early as 08h00. Yet we were not ready with logistics by 10h00. We started the event some time around 10h30. First came a video promo made by Nirvan Pagooah. We didn’t have any host on stage but instead had a whole team working backstage to do announcements & poke some fun from time to time.

backstage-team-work

linuxfest-backstage

Presentations were done as follows :

Expansion of Linux & Android in the world and particularly, Mauritius, by Avinash Meetoo
Running Windows applications on Linux, by Jochen Kirstätter
Skills needed for a Unix System Admin & open source in our current IT industry, by Nitin Bachraz
MSCC & Development on open source platforms, by Nirvan Pagooah & Nayar Joolfoo
openSUSE Project / openSUSE Advocate Program, by Ish Sookun
BSD & Linux, which is which, by Eldergod Sælvøn
Presentation of Kali Linux, by Nitin J Mutkawoa
Linux Mint for daily activities, by Nadim Attari

Photo highlights …

Some speakers’ photos will be uploaded as I receive them.

benefits-of-being-single

It was an epic moment when we made a girl from the audience ask Nirvan, “Are you single?” …

mr-nayar-again

Nayar’s presentation made using HTML5 got some jaws dropped ( :

openSUSE-Advocate-Program

Me, talking on the openSUSE Advocate Program.

kali-linux

Nitin Mutkawoa, speaking on Kali Linux.

nadim-and-linux-mint

Nadim, making life easier with Linux Mint.

After the presentations we invited everyone in the auditorium lobby for some Linux demos. Ajay demoed several tools including Steam running on his Gentoo box.

which-movie

Ajay explaining his audience

On my end I met a few students whom I first met at Infotech I had told them they could bring their laptops if they wanted to install Linux, which they did. They brought two laptops and several pendrives to get copies of Linux distributions. I installed Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon on one of their laptops. On the second one I asked them to install & I would watch. It was fun to have to geek chat while they were busy with the installation. They did the installation fine, dual booting with Windows.

installing-linux-mint

The event over & we felt a sense of satisfaction. We were a bunch of geeks sitting outside afterwards, sharing some of the great moments. We hope to have the same collaboration for future events & we can make things better in many ways.

tux-fun

25Nov/130

Infotech 2013 – Day 4

Posted by Ish

The fourth day at Infotech 2013 was tiring indeed. Tired out of awesomeness! I initially thought I would not attend the last day and instead concentrate on the Linuxfest event. However, the great moments of Saturday changed my mind. The NCB team had been encouraging us a lot & I kinda felt bad not to go.

Pawan, Pritvi, Nitin & I arrived at SVICC around 10h45. We left our gears at the NCB stand. Pawan & I went to have some refreshment. We discussed some raw photo editing stuffs using UFRaw. I am really a dumbo when it comes to cameras. My heart kinda broke when the night before I wasn’t able to view the photos taken from Ajay’s camera. Well … They were actually in a raw format, something I didn’t know. Pawan tried enlightening me in these things. Meanwhile Ajay arrived & was all set with his Gentoo machine. We finished the snacks and rushed back to the stand. Was kinda lethargic still … I guess it wasn’t tea but coffee that I should have taken but I hate coffee from those Nescafé machines.

I fired up the Linux Mint machine for the demos, opened my Linuxfest presentation slides and a couple of applications that can be demoed to public.

infotech-day-4-1

Ajay was humble enough to let us use his camera. I took it & tried shooting. That thing was heavy. I wondered how the photographers manage shooting for hours. I went around & took some snaps.

infotech-day-4-2

infotech-day-4-3

Reza & Riad from NCB team

There were less people visiting compared to Saturday but most who came were with family members. I demoed applications that people use on a daily basis, like web broswers (had Firefox, Google Chrome & Opera installed), VLC, Skype etc. Most people were kinda amazed by this new thing that was free (as in gratis) and secured enough to surf Internet with no risk of PC getting infected. Ajay was happy getting the kids playing on Steam.

infotech-day-4-4

I was there to evangelize Linux as well as openSUSE in particular when students would show up.

infotech-day-4-5

A little after noon, Ratna & Ashmita came. They are from the UoM Computer Club team & were actually helping us for the Linuxfest as well. I introduced them to Ajay and the other folks at NCB. We in fact had lengthy discussions about the education system in Mauritius together with Riad. Later in the afternoon Nadim came. I handed demo sessions to him & took a pause. By late afternoon I felt like kaput. Was so tired, even Ajay several times told me to sleep early when I’m home :P

Oh … Epic moment was when NCB folks told me MBC needs a short introduction about our open source initiative & asked me if I could talk to them. Yup, sure I could. I was short on coffee, was feeling drowsy due to fatigue & MCB journalists show up. Ahaaan … Well, I thought open source is something I talk about all the time, so there’s no big deal talking the same in front of camera. We shot a first intro but it got ruined because of Orange making a lot of noise for their promos. Grrrr! On the second one, I just summed-up & made it shorter.

infotech-day-4-6

By the time Infotech 2013 ended we met everyone from the NCB team and thanked them. We were all very tired & needed rest. Yet, we had now the Linuxfest ahead … the next day. So, no rest, since I still needed some amendments in my slides. We walked towards the parking lot all while chatting about the great moments during this Infotech.

25Nov/130

Infotech 2013 – Day 4

Posted by Ish

The fourth day at Infotech 2013 was tiring indeed. Tired out of awesomeness! I initially thought I would not attend the last day and instead concentrate on the Linuxfest event. However, the great moments of Saturday changed my mind. The NCB team had been encouraging us a lot & I kinda felt bad not to go.

Pawan, Pritvi, Nitin & I arrived at SVICC around 10h45. We left our gears at the NCB stand. Pawan & I went to have some refreshment. We discussed some raw photo editing stuffs using UFRaw. I am really a dumbo when it comes to cameras. My heart kinda broke when the night before I wasn’t able to view the photos taken from Ajay’s camera. Well … They were actually in a raw format, something I didn’t know. Pawan tried enlightening me in these things. Meanwhile Ajay arrived & was all set with his Gentoo machine. We finished the snacks and rushed back to the stand. Was kinda lethargic still … I guess it wasn’t tea but coffee that I should have taken but I hate coffee from those Nescafé machines.

I fired up the Linux Mint machine for the demos, opened my Linuxfest presentation slides and a couple of applications that can be demoed to public.

infotech-day-4-1

Ajay was humble enough to let us use his camera. I took it & tried shooting. That thing was heavy. I wondered how the photographers manage shooting for hours. I went around & took some snaps.

infotech-day-4-2

infotech-day-4-3

Reza & Riad from NCB team

There were less people visiting compared to Saturday but most who came were with family members. I demoed applications that people use on a daily basis, like web broswers (had Firefox, Google Chrome & Opera installed), VLC, Skype etc. Most people were kinda amazed by this new thing that was free (as in gratis) and secured enough to surf Internet with no risk of PC getting infected. Ajay was happy getting the kids playing on Steam.

infotech-day-4-4

I was there to evangelize Linux as well as openSUSE in particular when students would show up.

infotech-day-4-5

A little after noon, Ratna & Ashmita came. They are from the UoM Computer Club team & were actually helping us for the Linuxfest as well. I introduced them to Ajay and the other folks at NCB. We in fact had lengthy discussions about the education system in Mauritius together with Riad. Later in the afternoon Nadim came. I handed demo sessions to him & took a pause. By late afternoon I felt like kaput. Was so tired, even Ajay several times told me to sleep early when I’m home :P

Oh … Epic moment was when NCB folks told me MBC needs a short introduction about our open source initiative & asked me if I could talk to them. Yup, sure I could. I was short in coffee, was feeling drowsy due to fatigue & MCB journalists show up. Ahaaan … Well, I thought open source is something I talk about all the time, so there’s no big deal about talking the same in front of camera. We shot a first intro but it got ruined because of Orange making a lot of noise for their promos. Grrrr! On the second one, I just summed-up & made it shorter.

infotech-day-4-6

By the time Infotech 2013 ended we met everyone from the NCB team and thanked them. We were all very tired & needed rest. Yet, we had now the Linuxfest ahead … the next day. So, no rest, since I still needed some amendments in my slides. We walked towards the parking lot all while chatting about the great moments during this Infotech.

25Nov/130

Infotech 2013 – Day 4

Posted by Ish Sookun

The fourth day at Infotech 2013 was tiring indeed. Tired out of awesomeness! I initially thought I would not attend the last day and instead concentrate on the Linuxfest event. However, the great moments of Saturday changed my mind. The NCB team had been encouraging us a lot & I kinda felt bad not to go.

Pawan, Pritvi, Nitin & I arrived at SVICC around 10h45. We left our gears at the NCB stand. Pawan & I went to have some refreshment. We discussed some raw photo editing stuffs using UFRaw. I am really a dumbo when it comes to cameras. My heart kinda broke when the night before I wasn’t able to view the photos taken from Ajay’s camera. Well … They were actually in a raw format, something I didn’t know. Pawan tried enlightening me in these things. Meanwhile Ajay arrived & was all set with his Gentoo machine. We finished the snacks and rushed back to the stand. Was kinda lethargic still … I guess it wasn’t tea but coffee that I should have taken but I hate coffee from those Nescafé machines.

I fired up the Linux Mint machine for the demos, opened my Linuxfest presentation slides and a couple of applications that can be demoed to public.

Infotech 2013

Ajay was humble enough to let us use his camera. I took it & tried shooting. That thing was heavy. I wondered how the photographers manage shooting for hours. I went around & took some snaps.

Reza and Riad from the National Computer Board.

There were less people visiting compared to Saturday but most who came were with family members. I demoed applications that people use on a daily basis, like web broswers (had Firefox, Google Chrome & Opera installed), VLC, Skype etc. Most people were kinda amazed by this new thing that was free (as in gratis) and secured enough to surf Internet with no risk of PC getting infected. Ajay was happy getting the kids playing on Steam.

I was there to evangelize Linux as well as openSUSE & Ubuntu in particular when students would show up.

A little after noon, Ratna & Ashmita came. They are from the UoM Computer Club team & were actually helping us for the Linuxfest as well. I introduced them to Ajay and the other folks at NCB. We in fact had lengthy discussions about the education system in Mauritius together with Riad. Later in the afternoon Nadim came. I handed demo sessions to him & took a pause. By late afternoon I felt like kaput. Was so tired, even Ajay several times told me to sleep early when I’m home :P

Oh … Epic moment was when NCB folks told me MBC needs a short introduction about our open source initiative & asked me if I could talk to them. Yup, sure I could. I was short on coffee, was feeling drowsy due to fatigue & MCB journalists show up. Ahaaan … Well, I thought open source is something I talk about all the time, so there’s no big deal talking the same in front of camera. We shot a first intro but it got ruined because of Orange making a lot of noise for their promos. Grrrr! On the second one, I just summed-up & made it shorter.

By the time Infotech 2013 ended we met everyone from the NCB team and thanked them. We were all very tired & needed rest. Yet, we had now the Linuxfest ahead … the next day. So, no rest, since I still needed some amendments in my slides. We walked towards the parking lot all while chatting about the great moments during this Infotech.

25Nov/130

Running Windows applications on Linux

Posted by Jochen Kirstaetter

Taking into consideration that the End of Support Lifecycle for Microsoft Windows XP is closing in one might be confronted with the question whether it would be possible to keep existing hardware and installed software applications without having the necessity to upgrade the operating system (which eventually might be incompatible or requires higher investment). The session provides a brief overview of potential solutions and demonstrates quickly how to install and run Windows software on Linux.

 

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24Nov/130

Running Windows applications on Linux

Posted by Jochen Kirstaetter

Taking into consideration that the End of Support Lifecycle for Microsoft Windows XP is closing in one might be confronted with the question whether it would be possible to keep existing hardware and installed software applications without having the necessity to upgrade the operating system (which eventually might be incompatible or requires higher investment). The session provides a brief overview of potential solutions and demonstrates quickly how to install and run Windows software on Linux.

 

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24Nov/130

Infotech 2013 – Day 3

Posted by Ish Sookun

Oh! What a great day.

It was a damn sunny morning but I liked the weather. Better be sunny & great than cold & lethargic. So, what was up in today’s list of activities? Firstly, going to University of Mauritius and meeting folks from the Computer Club. When I reached, Yunus was enjoying some loneliness at the entrance on Cafeteria. I greeted him and at the same time Darshini arrived. We had some general chat about the day’s schedule, things that were still pending for Linuxfest and I inquired about Ibraahim’s health.

A short while later Nirvan came with the lanyards. Those look great indeed & I’m happy Ibraahim did some green ones as I requested. Then got Nayar’s call informing that everyone is waiting at Raised Plaza. Ahaaan … They had quite a nice team there. It was a pleasure to meet them all. We had some quickie brainstorming for Monday’s event. The girls wanted some content materials for hosting the event. Well, I’m most of the time sporadic rather than setting things down on paper. Writing speech isn’t my skill but I told them I’ll improvise a couple of things during the weekend. By that time Neha, Pawan & Antish also had arrived.

We left UoM around 10h30 … for Infotech. A nice drive all way chatting some casual stuffs & at some point someone got me in an emotional nostalgia. Anyway, geek talks get me back in mood. When we arrived at Infotech I rushed to NCB’s stand, thought Ajay was there already but nah. We were first ( : I met Reza & Riad from the National Computer Board’s team. These guys have been helping us a lot. In fact, their support has made LUG’s presence something possible at Infotech 2013. I plugged the power cords & set my Linux box live on that wall-mounted wide-screen as we did yesterday. The NCB team is helpful & kinda like the vibrant energy our Linuxfest folks have. I was chatting with the guys while setting up things & it seems we will be having some nice collaboration in future events. Woohoooo! May the penguin army keep rising.

Reza on left, Riad on right.

I went outside for a while, when coming back I see the geek girl from day 1. Now, those who’re wondering who’s this geek girl… well, let’s go into flash back…

Day 1 – Conference was over & while we were queued up at the food-court, someone whispered, “there at 3 o’clock” and I was like “where, where, where?”. Of course, like a dumbass I don’t understand army’s code. Yet, my eyes fell upon a gorgeous girl in a fine black dress with the nerdy specs. Oh Lord! Those fitted her so well … Anyway, back to reality we continued our Linuxfest chat & folks gave me some great feedback on my presentation.Day 2 – I just had the panini episode in the food-court. While I was walking back to my seat I noticed the same geek girl I saw a day earlier. She was soothing to the eyes … I fired up twitter & tweeted : Oh! The chashmish girl in the foodcourt is cute <3. Brruuuaaaaah happened next. Twitter re-posted the same on my facebook wall & all the folks woke up eager to know whom I’m talking about. Camera was up & we got a blurry shot … Yet that wasn’t really my style, to shoot people without permission. So, I thought why not write about her ( : Pawan got on flirt mode & went for a shoot. I had already left Infotech by that time.

Coming back to day 3 … When I saw her again, I approached her asking if we could talk later & that I needed some info for my article. I actually wanted to know more about her geek look. It fitted her perfectly.

Met her around 13h00 while she was having lunch. A bit rude on my part maybe but I shot my questions. So, her name is Rachel Labour, a student of Architectural Design. She got into freelance modelling since a few years & did quite some projects; Salon de la Maison, Engen Motor Show among others. She’s passionate of interior designing. She aims to build her career as a professional interior designer rather than continuing with modelling. What about the geek look? Ahaaan … When she knew she’ll be hosting for Infotech 2013, she did her homework about technology & entertained a geek style to somewhere fit the environment. Mission accomplished! With so many eyes on her right from the entrance, she really cracked the code ( : Well, that was a nice meeting with a jovial person. Wishing her all the best in her career.

Oh… Did I miss something? Yup! Those who’ve been patient to see her. Here she is.

Ajay’s camera, photo shot by Nirvan.

Meanwhile at the NCB stand awesomeness was happening. We had a great response. In fact, Riad asked me if I could do an announcement of the Linux demos that we were doing. Sure, I could do. I improvised a quickie announcement both in English & Creole. At this point when I met colleagues from Orange Business Services, they asked what the noise was I making and instead of helping them with recruitment I was hopping around with penguins. Of course, I’m a geek & a bad-ass one. NCB has sponsored us a great platform, really pushing Linux & FOSS ahead. This greatly helps with all the activities we have in our calendar.

The rest of the day was awesome. I met a lot of students from University of Mauritius. There was a group which was particularly interested with the Linux Mint demo. I invited them to Monday’s Linuxfest. Met so many people, expanding the geek & professional network.

Ohh… It’s nearly 00h30 & I’m still writing. Ish, come on, have your milk & go to bed, you got another awesome day ahead.