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29Apr/140

Linux free course by EDX

Posted by Ish

edx_smallI received an email today from EDX about their upcoming course on Linux. I usually receive notifications about new courses but this one caught my attention. I checked and indeed there’s an Introduction to Linux course that is being made available as from 1 August 2014 in collaboration with the Linux Foundation. The course is totally free, i.e no cost associated and it’s delivered online.

For those who’re not familiar to EDX or it’s cousin Coursera, it is an online collaboration of several universities to provide quality courses for free. Folks from around the world can register to these courses and upon completion they receive a certificate of merit/achievement or they can also opt for a paid Verified Certificate of Achievement.

Just for info, EDX was initially an open initiative by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). MIT was the first institution to start open learning by providing their courses for free. They started a pilot project called MITx and offered a course in Circuits & Electronics. Later several US universities joined to form EDX. MIT has also been providing their courseware for free through the MIT Open Courseware website.


Update

7 May 2014, 20h23
tux-scholarAs published on Ars Technica, the Introduction to Linux course usually costs $2,400 which is approximately MUR 72,000. Linux comes for free, most tutorials out there come for free and now even a University-class course is coming for free. What more would you need to start learning? Enroll now!

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28Apr/140

LUGM: Linux Magazine

Posted by Ish Sookun

Some time back while having a black coffee in the morning an evil idea lurked in my mind. I instantly posted about it on facebook. Folks were eager to know more. Later in the afternoon I detailed it in another post. It went like this:

The response I got was great. Many liked the post & several others commented to further encourage. Two days later Nadim started a group discussion. The same pulled in several people into the pool, who might help with the project. At some point many of us got lost however, with the amount of missed messages & having to catch up with the backlog. Every now and then one of us had to publish a sum-up to help others keep track of what’s happening.

Then we decided the easiest way would be to publish the sum-up on LUGM instead. We could add required updates as & when we’ve decided stuffs. Basically the idea is to have a Linux Magazine that hightlights our local events & puts forward tutorials suited for local folks. The magazine would be designed & produced by LUGM members.

Sum-up // Magazine content

  1. Interviews
  2. Local events coverage
  3. Tutorials (local context, e.g setting up Emtel/Orange/MTML 3G dongles in Linux)
  4. FOSS related articles in oriental languages
  5. Programming tutorials
  6. Ad spots for sponsors

Discussion was also tossed to have an online version which ultimately would be nothing but just having more dedicated “writers” for LUGM.org. On the other hand an offline version of the magazine (PDF) would be suitable for those wishing to carry it on their tablets. On my end I’d vote for both.

28Apr/140

LUGM: Linux Magazine

Posted by Ish

Some time back while having a black coffee in the morning an evil idea lurked in my mind. I instantly posted about it on facebook. Folks were eager to know more. Later in the afternoon I detailed it in another post. It went like this :

lugm-mag-idea

The response I got was great. Many liked the post & several others commented to further encourage. Two days later Nadim started a group discussion. The same pulled in several people into the pool, who might help with the project. At some point many of us got lost however, with the amount of missed messages & having to catch up with the backlog. Every now and then one of us had to publish a sum-up to help others keep track of what’s happening.

Then we decided the easiest way would be to publish the sum-up on LUGM instead. We could add required updates as & when we’ve decided stuffs. Basically the idea is to have a Linux Magazine that hightlights our local events & puts forward tutorials suited for local folks. The magazine would be designed & produced by LUGM members.

Sum-up // Magazine content

1. Interviews
2. Local events coverage
3. Tutorials (local context, e.g setting up Emtel/Orange/MTML 3G dongles in Linux)
4. FOSS related articles in oriental languages
5. Programming tutorials
6. Ad spots for sponsors

Discussion was also tossed to have an online version which ultimately would be nothing but just having more dedicated “writers” for LUGM.org. On the other hand an offline version of the magazine (PDF) would be suitable for those wishing to carry it on their tablets. On my end I’d vote for both.

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25Apr/140

UoM Computer Club – Career & IT Fair 2014

Posted by Ish

The University of Mauritius Computer Club organized a Career & IT fair on 23rd and 24th April 2014. Ibraahim, president of the club, invited LUGM and MSCC. I liaised with other folks within the Linux User Group to present stuffs. Nadim, Pritvi, Ajay and Pawan answered the call for volunteers. On the first day I reached Octave Wiehé Auditorium (where the event was happening) around noon. In fact, Nadim called me earlier asking to get a few copies of the LUGM membership form as some students desired to join the force. Well … That was something done already. The day before I printed around 25 copies of the membership form and a couple of LUGM info sheet as well.

As I walked across the auditorium’s corridor I could see several companies busy interacting with students. It’s a career fair after all. I was late, so I rushed till the stand that was allocated to LUGM. Ibraahim sent me a layout two days earlier. I knew where we should be. Jochen, Nadim & Pritvi were already there busy explaining stuffs to the young folks. I took out the printouts and handed them to Nadim. I met Computer Club folks who were seemed very taken up by the event. Yunus, Ratna, Ubeid, Kishan, Saamiyah and several others greeted me. It was lunch time & before I could even start advocating, Yunus came up with food. That was great, I needed to eat. Once I start talking about FOSS I might skip lunch.

The first few students I talked to seemed very much interested with our activities and wanted to be involved as well, by learning & sharing. I was happy to see such a spirit. The membership forms were filled up quickly.


MSP caught signing "agreement" with Linux geeks Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Prospective LUGM members (^^,) Folks at Spoon Consulting Kishan wondering something while Saamiyah signs up with LUGM Microsoft folks
 

On day two, again I woke up late. Rushed to the bus-stop with two heavy bags carrying my laptops, cooling pad etc. I get in the bus and on the next bus-stop Pritvi gets in. #facepalm The day before I boasted that I’ll reach early next time but I am late again. Anyways, we had some geeky chat till university and he helped me carry the heavy load.

Pawan & Ajay called while we were still on way. They reached before us & started doing some advocacy. Nadim reached a couple of minutes later as we entered the auditorium. Saamiyah popped from somewhere cheering that she finally saw us in the bus. Well, long story cut short, Saamiyah, Pritvi and I we actually travel through same route except we never saw each other along the way (except Pritvi who lives nearby with me). That morning she saw (^^,)

Okies. Time to rock the floor. I fired up my Ubuntu laptop & my mom’s Manjaro notebook. Ahaan, I had to ask mom if I could borrow her laptop for a Synergy demo, she agreed. I was still hopping here & there, when Ratna showed up asking if I could do my presentation earlier. It was initially scheduled for 14h30 but since a slot was free I could do it at 11h30. I was all ok for that. My presentation would cover the aims of Linux User Group of Mauritius and a mini-demo of Synergy.

When it was presentation time, oops, auditorium had more college students than university folks. Now, how do I present a technical stuff to these cute creatures? I fired up my presentation slide, introduced myself and changed the topic completely. There was a mini round of clap with cheering when I did that. I guess they preferred a casual presentation than technical stuffs. So, I took the kids back in time & told them the story of Free Software and Linux. Oh! Not to mention, in the story of Free Software, Microsoft stands as a villain. It seemed like the kids enjoyed the story-telling since it ended with another round of cheering.

In the meantime, outside Ronny brought Linuxfest 2013 certificates. The day before I posted on facebook, calling those who’d be around the university to come and collect their’s. A few showed up.


uom-it-fair-8 uom-it-fair-6 uom-it-fair-7 uom-it-fair-9 uom-it-fair-10

In the afternoon I asked Ratna if I could have another presentation slot targetted towards university students. She agreed as a slot was free, however, by 14h00 there was practically no one in the auditorium. I took a small group of geeks with me and hopped around the university calling for people who’d be interested with a Linux presentation. Some answered our call positively. Others went un-interested. We even went knocking a classroom & asked the tutor. The gentleman turned out to be another supporter of Free Software and granted his students a short break to attend the presentation. That was how I did my final presentation about the aims of the Linux User Group of Mauritius (^^,)

The event ended on a happy note with a bunch of folks cheering in the cafeteria having tea, coffee & water.

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21Apr/140

Corsair Hackers Reboot, as it happened

Posted by Ish Sookun

Weeks of preparation, meetings and late night group chats finally culminated into Corsair Hackers Reboot. It was planned for Saturday 19th April 2014 at Fortune Way Shopping Mall, Centre de Flacq. The night before Ronny, Nadim, Nitin, Pritvi & I went there to set up the tables and arranging the layout. Most of us reached home quite late. Ajay & Kavish on the other hand had a hectic day finalizing stuffs for Police presence and getting hands on a couple of more devices.

Corsair Hackers Reboot, D-Day

We initially decided to reach Fortune Way at 07h00 to make sure everything is ready by 09h00. Oops! We kinda missed it. Most of us have been quite taken up the last few days and we didn’t make it there until 08h00 – 08h30. Nevertheless, everybody rushed to get stuffs done. Each with their assigned tasks. The participation of University of Mauritius Computer Club members was commendable. Despite having the burden of assignments/dissertation and some being on eve of exams many of the members managed to give us a helping hand.

Team composition

Making up LUGM team was Ronny, Nadim, Ajay, Nitin, Pritvi, Avinash, Kavish, Pawan, Yog, Shamsher, Ashley, Kaleem, Yasir and Me. Selven despite being ill managed to drop by. His presence of course cheered everyone.

On the Computer Club side we had Ibraahim, Yunus, Nirvan, Nayar, Saamiyah, Ratna, Ashmita, Hena, Brijesh, Anup, Kishan and Sherven. A great collaboration of young minds indeed.
Last minute jumping on board were Chelon, Keshav and Kevin from UTM Tech Society.

Ajay and Kavish got hands dirty quickly to setup LAN stuffs. Ashley joined in & taught Computer Club folks how to make LAN cables. Crimping tool, RJ45 connectors and the task was achieved quickly. Being busy already at the Demo desk I didn’t know about the hard work going on behind the scene with cabling & all. I was preparing a Synergy demo with laptops running different Linux distributions and one Windows XP machine (properly licensed & it was their to be dumped for a Linux Mint replacement). Unfortunately the machines didn’t have Synergy and I was waiting for Emtel to fix their connection issue and I would quickly set up. Well … Even though during preps Ajay reminded Emtel of the crappy connection at the Microsoft Global Windows Azure Bootcamp, it seemed like Emtel engineers didn’t take anything seriously. For the whole day I had Internet for something like 15 mins only (a real pity). I cancelled several demos I intended (testing of Internet Browsers, Skype, IRC Chat and even Microsoft Office Online).

While I was still setting up the Laptops & Desktops, people started pouring in for a Linux install. Woohooo! That was a great thing indeed. I stopped connecting PCs, temporarily left the demo section & helped in for Linux install along with Pritvi and Kishan. For the whole day I hopped between Linux installs & quick demos. Whenever we were stuck with some partitioning issue Ajay would join to give a helping hand.

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a girl’s laptop who’s doing some part-time course in IT. While the setup was on she asked me a few questions about web servers as she was stuck with some assignment involving a migration from Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) to the Apache web server. To ease things for her once I had internet connection I installed Apache on her laptop and explained her a little bit how it works. I dropped a simple HTML file in the DocumentRoot and showed her the major directives of httpd.conf. At the same time Pritvi and others were busy with Installfest. I also installed Ubuntu on another elderly folk’s laptop. I noticed his keyboard had dual layout with Arabic characters and I asked him if he’d like to set it up for Arabic typing. He was happy to hear that. I thus added the Arabic layout and called Saamiyah to type something & see if all keys are set properly. Before leaving the elderly folk gave me a pat on the shoulder and said, “You guys have made my dream come true. I always wanted to have Linux on my laptop but there was no one around to teach me.” Now, that was much more than mere encouragement. Yet another elderly folk stayed with us for the whole day. He had brought a Samsung netbook and his first expression was, “J’en ai marre de ce foutu XP.” Ashley helped him load Linux Mint & Shamsher configured the interface in French. Finally, that was one more happy guy to carry home a Linux machine. Nadim sitting at the Hacking Challenge desk was also busy helping some ladies getting Linux Mint on their notebooks. Some install went unaccounted as I was still hopping to-and-fro the Installfest & Demo desks.

In the centre of the hall, just a few metres away from my desk, Yasir was doing electronic wizardy with his Arduino projects. I could see the “awe” of young folks when he displayed the cool tricks.

Far from my sight awesomeness was still happening. Yes, the hacking challenges were full ON! It was only when the event was ending that I came to know the proportion of the hacking challenge. A big task achieved indeed by Yog & Nitin. Not so far from the Hacking Challenge, Saamiyah was all colorful while painting cartoon characters on children faces. I wonder if I may call Pawan a kid but mister managed to have a Tux drawn on his hand. Kiddos were also seen having fun with the GCompris setup. Shamsher a.k.a Luffy had his nuts game getting popular. It was still far from my sight & I wondered what could so many people try to solve with nuts. Anyway, I hope to try that some day during a meetup.

On the other side of the hall, Merlin Digital were displaying some cool gadgets, seemed like their sensitive-to-touch Dinosaur became popular. Kaleem was there to display Android TV, Emtel showcasing their products/services and Spherinity giving info about their IT courses. One thing I should add about Spherinity was their helpful attitude to note down names & get us some stats about attendees.

My mom, dad and brother came at some time but unfortunately I couldn’t make them meet the rest of the team.

We finished around 16h00 and left Fortune Way past 17h30 after cleaning up & packing our stuffs. It was a great day, awesome event & target achieved. Pizza & beer was a must for the crew. (^^,)

Photos, courtesy of Pawan Babooram.

21Apr/140

Corsair Hackers Reboot, as it happened

Posted by Ish

Weeks of preparation, meetings and late night group chats finally culminated into Corsair Hackers Reboot. It was planned for Saturday 19th April 2014 at Fortune Way Shopping Mall, Centre de Flacq. The night before Ronny, Nadim, Nitin, Pritvi & I went there to set up the tables and arranging the layout. Most of us reached home quite late. Ajay & Kavish on the other hand had a hectic day finalizing stuffs for Police presence and getting hands on a couple of more devices.

D-Day

We initially decided to reach Fortune Way at 07h00 to make sure everything is ready by 09h00. Oops! We kinda missed it. Most of us have been quite taken up the last few days and we didn’t make it there until 08h00 – 08h30. Nevertheless, everybody rushed to get stuffs done. Each with their assigned tasks. The participation of University of Mauritius Computer Club members was commendable. Despite having the burden of assignments/dissertation and some being on eve of exams many of the members managed to give us a helping hand.

Team composition

Making up LUGM team was Ronny, Nadim, Ajay, Nitin, Pritvi, Avinash, Kavish, Pawan, Yog, Shamsher, Ashley, Kaleem, Yasir and Me. Selven despite being ill managed to drop by. His presence of course cheered everyone.

On the Computer Club side we had Ibraahim, Yunus, Nirvan, Nayar, Saamiyah, Ratna, Ashmita, Hena, Brijesh, Anup, Kishan and Sherven. A great collaboration of young minds indeed.

Last minute jumping on board were Chelon, Keshav and Kevin from UTM Tech Society.

Ajay and Kavish got hands dirty quickly to setup LAN stuffs. Ashley joined in & taught Computer Club folks how to make LAN cables. Crimping tool, RJ45 connectors and the task was achieved quickly. Being busy already at the Demo desk I didn’t know about the hard work going on behind the scene with cabling & all. I was preparing a Synergy demo with laptops running different Linux distributions and one Windows XP machine (properly licensed & it was their to be dumped for a Linux Mint replacement). Unfortunately the machines didn’t have Synergy and I was waiting for Emtel to fix their connection issue and I would quickly set up. Well … Even though during preps Ajay reminded Emtel of the crappy connection at the Microsoft Global Windows Azure Bootcamp, it seemed like Emtel engineers didn’t take anything seriously. For the whole day I had Internet for something like 15 mins only (a real pity). I cancelled several demos I intended (testing of Internet Browsers, Skype, IRC Chat and even Microsoft Office Online).

cable-guys-3

Cable guys

ajay-lan-setup

Ajay checking the network status

network-setup

Kavish checking the Dell machines

While I was still setting up the Laptops & Desktops, people started pouring in for a Linux install. Woohooo! That was a great thing indeed. I stopped connecting PCs, temporarily left the demo section & helped in for Linux install along with Pritvi and Kishan. For the whole day I hopped between Linux installs & quick demos. Whenever we were stuck with some partitioning issue Ajay would join to give a helping hand.

corsair-ubuntu-14.04-install

corsair-installfest

Kishan (middle) & Pritvi (right)

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a girl’s laptop who’s doing some part-time course in IT. While the setup was on she asked me a few questions about web servers as she was stuck with some assignment involving a migration from Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) to the Apache web server. To ease things for her once I had internet connection I installed Apache on her laptop and explained her a little bit how it works. I dropped a simple HTML file in the DocumentRoot and showed her the major directives of httpd.conf. At the same time Pritvi and others were busy with Installfest. I also installed Ubuntu on another elderly folk’s laptop. I noticed his keyboard had dual layout with Arabic characters and I asked him if he’d like to set it up for Arabic typing. He was happy to hear that. I thus added the Arabic layout and called Saamiyah to type something & see if all keys are set properly. Before leaving the elderly folk gave me a pat on the shoulder and said, “You guys have made my dream come true. I always wanted to have Linux on my laptop but there was no one around to teach me.” Now, that was much more than mere encouragement. Yet another elderly folk stayed with us for the whole day. He had brought a Samsung netbook and his first expression was, “J’en ai marre de ce foutu XP.” Ashley helped him load Linux Mint & Shamsher configured the interface in French. Finally, that was one more happy guy to carry home a Linux machine. Nadim sitting at the Hacking Challenge desk was also busy helping some ladies getting Linux Mint on their notebooks. Some install went unaccounted as I was still hopping to-and-fro the Installfest & Demo desks.

dding-ubuntu-14.04

I dd'ed several pendrives to ease installation

ish-demo-1

Me with my Corsair lanyard

ish-demo-3

In the centre of the hall, just a few metres away from my desk, Yasir was doing electronic wizardy with his Arduino projects. I could see the “awe” of young folks when he displayed the cool tricks.

yasir-arduino-projects

Yasir & Arduino

Far from my sight awesomeness was still happening. Yes, the hacking challenges were full ON! It was only when the event was ending that I came to know the proportion of the hacking challenge. A big task achieved indeed by Yog & Nitin. Not so far from the Hacking Challenge, Saamiyah was all colorful while painting cartoon characters on children faces. I wonder if I may call Pawan a kid but mister managed to have a Tux drawn on his hand. Kiddos were also seen having fun with the GCompris setup. Shamsher a.k.a Luffy had his nuts game getting popular. It was still far from my sight & I wondered what could so many people try to solve with nuts. Anyway, I hope to try that some day during a meetup.

corsair-hacking-challenge

Hacking Challenge

saamiyah-enjoying-with-colors

A happy Saamiyah painting kids

luffy-with-nuts-game

Shamsher with his nuts game

kids-corner

On the other side of the hall, Merlin Digital were displaying some cool gadgets, seemed like their sensitive-to-touch Dinosaur became popular. Kaleem was there to display Android TV, Emtel showcasing their products/services and Spherinity giving info about their IT courses. One thing I should add about Spherinity was their helpful attitude to note down names & get us some stats about attendees.

My mom, dad and brother came at some time but unfortunately I couldn’t make them meet the rest of the team.

We finished around 16h00 and left Fortune Way past 17h30 after cleaning up & packing our stuffs. It was a great day, awesome event & target achieved. Pizza & beer was a must for the crew (^^,)

Photos, courtesy of Pawan Babooram
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21Apr/140

Corsair Hackers Reboot, as it happened

Posted by Ish

Weeks of preparation, meetings and late night group chats finally culminated into Corsair Hackers Reboot. It was planned for Saturday 19th April 2014 at Fortune Way Shopping Mall, Centre de Flacq. The night before Ronny, Nadim, Nitin, Pritvi & I went there to set up the tables and arranging the layout. Most of us reached home quite late. Ajay & Kavish on the other hand had a hectic day finalizing stuffs for Police presence and getting hands on a couple of more devices.

D-Day

We initially decided to reach Fortune Way at 07h00 to make sure everything is ready by 09h00. Oops! We kinda missed it. Most of us have been quite taken up the last few days and we didn’t make it there until 08h00 – 08h30. Nevertheless, everybody rushed to get stuffs done. Each with their assigned tasks. The participation of University of Mauritius Computer Club members was commendable. Despite having the burden of assignments/dissertation and some being on eve of exams many of the members managed to give us a helping hand.

Team composition

Making up LUGM team was Ronny, Nadim, Ajay, Nitin, Pritvi, Avinash, Kavish, Pawan, Yog, Shamsher, Ashley, Kaleem, Yasir and Me. Selven despite being ill managed to drop by. His presence of course cheered everyone.

On the Computer Club side we had Ibraahim, Yunus, Nirvan, Nayar, Saamiyah, Ratna, Ashmita, Hena, Brijesh, Anup, Kishan and Sherven. A great collaboration of young minds indeed.

Last minute jumping on board were Chelon, Keshav and Kevin from UTM Tech Society.

Ajay and Kavish got hands dirty quickly to setup LAN stuffs. Ashley joined in & taught Computer Club folks how to make LAN cables. Crimping tool, RJ45 connectors and the task was achieved quickly. Being busy already at the Demo desk I didn’t know about the hard work going on behind the scene with cabling & all. I was preparing a Synergy demo with laptops running different Linux distributions and one Windows XP machine (properly licensed & it was their to be dumped for a Linux Mint replacement). Unfortunately the machines didn’t have Synergy and I was waiting for Emtel to fix their connection issue and I would quickly set up. Well … Even though during preps Ajay reminded Emtel of the crappy connection at the Microsoft Global Windows Azure Bootcamp, it seemed like Emtel engineers didn’t take anything seriously. For the whole day I had Internet for something like 15 mins only (a real pity). I cancelled several demos I intended (testing of Internet Browsers, Skype, IRC Chat and even Microsoft Office Online).

cable-guys-3

Cable guys

ajay-lan-setup

Ajay checking the network status

network-setup

Kavish checking the Dell machines

While I was still setting up the Laptops & Desktops, people started pouring in for a Linux install. Woohooo! That was a great thing indeed. I stopped connecting PCs, temporarily left the demo section & helped in for Linux install along with Pritvi and Kishan. For the whole day I hopped between Linux installs & quick demos. Whenever we were stuck with some partitioning issue Ajay would join to give a helping hand.

corsair-ubuntu-14.04-install

corsair-installfest

Kishan (middle) & Pritvi (right)

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a girl’s laptop who’s doing some part-time course in IT. While the setup was on she asked me a few questions about web servers as she was stuck with some assignment involving a migration from Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) to the Apache web server. To ease things for her once I had internet connection I installed Apache on her laptop and explained her a little bit how it works. I dropped a simple HTML file in the DocumentRoot and showed her the major directives of httpd.conf. At the same time Pritvi and others were busy with Installfest. I also installed Ubuntu on another elderly folk’s laptop. I noticed his keyboard had dual layout with Arabic characters and I asked him if he’d like to set it up for Arabic typing. He was happy to hear that. I thus added the Arabic layout and called Saamiyah to type something & see if all keys are set properly. Before leaving the elderly folk gave me a pat on the shoulder and said, “You guys have made my dream come true. I always wanted to have Linux on my laptop but there was no one around to teach me.” Now, that was much more than mere encouragement. Yet another elderly folk stayed with us for the whole day. He had brought a Samsung netbook and his first expression was, “J’en ai marre de ce foutu XP.” Ashley helped him load Linux Mint & Shamsher configured the interface in French. Finally, that was one more happy guy to carry home a Linux machine. Nadim sitting at the Hacking Challenge desk was also busy helping some ladies getting Linux Mint on their notebooks. Some install went unaccounted as I was still hopping to-and-fro the Installfest & Demo desks.

dding-ubuntu-14.04

I dd'ed several pendrives to ease installation

ish-demo-1

Me with my Corsair lanyard

ish-demo-3

In the centre of the hall, just a few metres away from my desk, Yasir was doing electronic wizardy with his Arduino projects. I could see the “awe” of young folks when he displayed the cool tricks.

yasir-arduino-projects

Yasir & Arduino

Far from my sight awesomeness was still happening. Yes, the hacking challenges were full ON! It was only when the event was ending that I came to know the proportion of the hacking challenge. A big task achieved indeed by Yog & Nitin. Not so far from the Hacking Challenge, Saamiyah was all colorful while painting cartoon characters on children faces. I wonder if I may call Pawan a kid but mister managed to have a Tux drawn on his hand. Kiddos were also seen having fun with the GCompris setup. Shamsher a.k.a Luffy had his nuts game getting popular. It was still far from my sight & I wondered what could so many people try to solve with nuts. Anyway, I hope to try that some day during a meetup.

corsair-hacking-challenge

Hacking Challenge

saamiyah-enjoying-with-colors

A happy Saamiyah painting kids

luffy-with-nuts-game

Shamsher with his nuts game

kids-corner

On the other side of the hall, Merlin Digital were displaying some cool gadgets, seemed like their sensitive-to-touch Dinosaur became popular. Kaleem was there to display Android TV, Emtel showcasing their products/services and Spherinity giving info about their IT courses. One thing I should add about Spherinity was their helpful attitude to note down names & get us some stats about attendees.

My mom, dad and brother came at some time but unfortunately I couldn’t make them meet the rest of the team.

We finished around 16h00 and left Fortune Way past 17h30 after cleaning up & packing our stuffs. It was a great day, awesome event & target achieved. Pizza & beer was a must for the crew (^^,)

Photos, courtesy of Pawan Babooram

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18Apr/140

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, a first impression

Posted by Ish

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS was released yesterday, 17 April 2014. This falls well with perfect timing for LUGM’s event, the Corsair Hackers Reboot. I did not wait much & downloaded the 64-bit image for a trial & to check new features.

ubuntu-14.04-installInstallation was seamlessly easy as usual. On my Acer Aspire 4741 notebook it took the usual 15 mins. Booting up was fast & furious. Improvement? We could say it, though Ubuntu wasn’t known to be slow at boot-ups.

I shot open a few applications & the noticeable improvement to Unity was the menu embedded in the window’s title bar instead of the top-menu-bar. It’s better than what it was previously but not yet the best improvement of Unity. For example, on a re-sized window the close button is shown on the top-right corner of the windows, however, when maximized the button is moved to the left side of the top-menu-bar. To a regular Ubuntu user this might not be a glitch but to someone who just migrated, this could be an awful experience. I have myself several times closed the wrong window by misinterpreting the left & right close buttons.

ubuntu-14.04-window-menu

Menu embedded in window's title bar

The next thing that should catch the eye is the awful invasion of privacy while using Unity Dash search. I would not want online suggestions when searching for an installed application. It’s a pity to see this thing enabled by default. To disable the online suggestion feature, go to Settings > Security & Privacy and under the Search tab simply turn off “Include online search results” feature. To further fine-tune the search results you may also disable a couple of other stuffs under the Files & Applications tab.

ubuntu-14.04-settings

Click the yellow icon (:

ubuntu-14.04-turn-off-online-search-results

Turning off the online suggestion feature

ubuntu-14.04-fine-tune-search

Fine-tuning search results

Lastly, I updated the software repos & installed my favorite applications. To get 3rd-party software, Canonical Partners repos must be enabled. It’s disabled by default. To enable the same go to Settings > Software & Updates, under the Other Software tab select Canonical Partners. Doing so, software like Skype can be downloaded & installed directly through Ubuntu Software Center or through command line.

One tip though, while installing the usual tons of applications don’t look for acroread. Adobe Reader 9.x has reached end-of-life and thus been removed from the repositories. So far Adobe hasn’t found it necessary/wise to release the latest version for the growing Linux community. Nevertheless, Evince remains a nice piece of software for viewing PDF files.

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13Apr/140

Corsair Hackers Reboot Preps + LUGM AGM

Posted by Ish Sookun

We’re now less than 1 week away from the Corsair Hackers Reboot. The past week was hectic on my end not being able to contribute much. However, Nadim did a great job by finishing the poster edits & getting the same printed.

It was decided that Yesterday (Saturday 12 April), we should meet up at Flacq and stick some of the posters. Nadim, Ronny & I volunteered. I called for others to join in if they might be free between 09h00 – 11h00. Ronny picked me up along the way. Oh… We were supposed to meet at 08h30. But since it’s Saturday & I’m lazy as usual, I could not make it early. He finally picked me around 09h15. By that time Nadim had already reached VIP Commercial Centre with the posters. Some 15 mins later we reached too. Oh! The posters looked great.

As I posted on facebook earlier, while calling for volunteers, we would not start without having a coffee / breakfast. We ordered some chips, panini and coffee. Nadim drew a draft plan where we should start with the poster sticking. He really is a determined person ( : Like it. A couple of minutes later Pritvi came, so we were now four. We split in two teams, Nadim & Pritvi going to the bus-station having a chat with conductors & drivers asking permission to put the posters in their buses. While Ronny & I went having the poster fun in VIP itself. For a Saturday morning it seemed like not so many shop owners were around, I left some posters in my cybercafé and asked my brother to talk to the owners later & get the posters in their shops. Hopefully, that should be done & we’ll get visibility around VIP Commercial Centre.

We also had the AGM (Annual General Meeting) for the Linux User Group of Mauritius scheduled for 12h00 at Lambic Restaurant, Port-Louis. That’s why we planned to end the tasks in Flacq by 11h00. With no major traffic congestion we managed to reach Lambic at 12h15. Luckily not all members had reached, we weren’t late. When we entered there was only Logan sitting and having, hmm… wait, what was that? Juice!

Selven had arrived too & was somewhere around. Ajay & Kavish reached a while later. Before the meeting starts we thought of having some proper refreshment. That being said, beer was ordered. Selven & Ronny being the beer gurus, they asked for Leffe. I tried the same.

After refreshments, we ordered lunch that should be served in approx 30 mins. It was around 13h00. Selven opened meeting discussions by welcoming everybody & reading the minutes of previous AGM. Followed by the agenda. I won’t spoil the fun but there are some good news ahead for members. Hopefully when it’s published on LUGM website there’ll be smile on many faces. Ajay brought the Linuxfest 2013 certificates which got printed last week. One last step is left, Ronny’s signature. Everybody made fun of Ronny since he has to properly sign around 150 certificates.

Those who wish to know more about the Linux User Group of Mauritius can join our mailing list and shoot questions or meet any of the member to know about our activities and aim as Linux and FOSS (Free & Open Source Software) advocates.

Some of us left around 15h30 while others stayed for a few more rounds of beer, till 17h30.

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