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19Mar/150

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Release Party #DevConMru

Posted by Ish

The release of Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet is coinciding with Developers Conference 2015. We’re thus proudly having our release party during the event. Typically, all geek stuffs, that is hackathons, demos, installfests will run Flying Dodo, Bagatelle. Ubuntu release party is scheduled for Thursday 23rd April and I shall be there a whole, hopefully. So… Bring it ON and let’s have some Ubuntu fun.

Ubuntu Mauritius

ubuntu-mauritius-220Ubuntu Mauritius is a group comprising of Ubuntu enthusiasts who seek to promote the use of Ubuntu and free open source software. The group comprises of professionals as well as college & university students, who dedicate their time to plan and organize events around the island.

Should you wish to join the league, catch us on Launchpad. We’re reachable via our mailing published on our Launchpad page. We also have an event page on the Ubuntu LoCo Team Portal.

Meanwhile let’s just spread some Linux Love through #Ubuntu #Mauritius #DevConMru hashtags on social networks. Those who are on Facebook, feel free to use the following as FB Cover.

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23Feb/150

Reviving an old notebook with Xubuntu

Posted by Ish

Last Sunday I spent some time reviving my old laptops. Had quite some gear lying around and I decided to clean up the trash. I gave my current Acer Aspire running openSUSE 13.2 to my mom, swapped the HP Compaq 6515b with an SSD drive and loaded Xubuntu.

Next in line was a little bit of aesthetics. In fact, while exploring Evolve OS I came across the Numix Project. Thought of giving it a try. Ah, totally worth it.

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The Numix Project offers a collection of GTK themes and icons. Get hands on those as follows:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa
apt-get install numix-gtk-theme numix-icon-theme

Hit the Appearance dialog and set the Style and Icons as Numix.

xubuntu-numix

One more tweak for the day. Though font anti-aliasing is enabled by default my fonts would not look good in Abiword. To fix the same I ran the Alt + F2 combination and executed xfce4-settings-editor. Went to xsettings and set Lcdfilter’s value to lcdlight.

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As and when I tweak the box further, I’ll be writing.

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23Feb/150

Reviving an old notebook with Xubuntu

Posted by Ish

Last Sunday I spent some time reviving my old laptops. Had quite some gear lying around and I decided to clean up the trash. I gave my current Acer Aspire running openSUSE 13.2 to my mom, swapped the HP Compaq 6515b with an SSD drive and loaded Xubuntu.

Next in line was a little bit of aesthetics. In fact, while exploring Evolve OS I came across the Numix Project. Thought of giving it a try. Ah, totally worth it.

xubuntu-desktop

The Numix Project offers a collection of GTK themes and icons. Get hands on those as follows:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa
apt-get install numix-gtk-theme numix-icon-theme

Hit the Appearance dialog and set the Style and Icons as Numix.

xubuntu-numix

One more tweak for the day. Though font anti-aliasing is enabled by default my fonts would not look good in Abiword. To fix the same I ran the Alt + F2 combination and executed xfce4-settings-editor. Went to xsettings and set Lcdfilter’s value to lcdlight.

xfce4-settings-editor

As and when I tweak the box further, I’ll be writing.

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7Feb/150

Ubuntu Jam 2015 – Mauritius

Posted by Ish

In-line with the Ubuntu Global Jam happening from 6 – 8 February 2015, we too, we had our share of jamming session at the University of Mauritius today. Due to work commitments, however, I could not put in too much energy and rather unloaded the same on Ashmita, the University of Mauritius Computer Club president, and a very good friend.

ubuntu_global_jam_badge_v1Though we had a tight schedule of just a couple of days, she managed to get some gear ready for the event. I created the event on the Ubuntu Loco Team Portal. Ashmita created an event page on Facebook as well.

Scheduled to start at 10h00, I reached the University of Mauritius around 10h15. Bad weather, bad timing, but geared for some fun. On the way, I picked up Shelly. As for Pritvi, really it’s time he gets himself a mobile phone to synchronize timing. He reached the university some 15 – 20 minutes after me.

As I arrived at the caféteria, the usual geek team was busy setting up what looked like a “chapiteau”. Oh great, we would need one in case the rain pours like hell. Ubuntu Jam in the rain, that’s rare but fun.

Minutes later we had tables set up, got power and plugged our gears. I brought two laptops. My work laptop was with me, I actually carry it everywhere ^^ so I just shot a Live Ubuntu on that one. Besides I had my second laptop running openSUSE which I used to build Live pendrives.

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My openSUSE notebook

A few curious ones showed up and I discussed Ubuntu while demo’ing stuffs on the Live Ubuntu session. Some took ISO images while many others wished to have a Live pendrive. The irony was when I had Ubuntu running on a MacBook to copy a Linux ISO on a Microsoft pendrive :-)

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Kamal & Nadim were busy installing Ubuntu on laptops. It was great to see people bringing their gear for a Linux install. As far as I know, they did at least three installations.

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Nirvan & Logan were intrigued as to why they had SSH issues on the university campus. They tried git-cloning using SSH and it failed flat on their face. Git via HTTPS worked though. Conclusion, port 22 (standard port for SSH) seems to be blocked. This did create some debate and it was argued that SSH is a popular protocol used in many “security-centric” applications and Github undoubtedly is the favourite code-sharing platform for aspiring computer scientists of the university.

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We packed up around 13h30 & settled at the cafeteria itself for a group lunch :-)

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23Sep/140

Geany, themes pack

Posted by Ish

Installed Geany on a fresh Ubuntu machine & I realise it does’t have much to offer as customization. Ran a quick sudo apt-cache search geany yet nothing about the themes. I did an Internet search and then I realised the last time I customized Geany it was using template config files from Codebrainz Github page.… Read more ➡

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20Sep/140

Software Freedom Day

Posted by Ish

web-banner-chat-participatingYup! Let me start this post with Software Freedom Day. Actually, I forgot about it until this morning when I saw an email from the Free Software Foundation. The Software Freedom Day is an annual celebration that aims at creating awareness about free software.… Read more ➡

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13Sep/140

Ubuntu Global Jam // Linuxfest 2014

Posted by Ish

ubuntu_global_jam_badge_v1The Ubuntu Global Jam (UGJ) – Mauritius happened today at the University of Mauritius. On the same occasion, as Ajay tossed earlier, we had a Linuxfest too. While I decided to put more of my energy in getting gears ready for the Ubuntu Jam, Ajay along with folks from the University of Mauritius Computer Club helped in to get things ready for the Linuxfest.… Read more ➡

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17Jul/140

LibreSSL – DEB package for Ubuntu

Posted by Ish

Earlier today, Logan posted on Mauritius Internet Users discussion list about LibreSSL availability for non-OpenBSD platforms. I had a look at the LibreSSL homepage and definitely you cannot miss the winking LibreSSL Portable notice.

I downloaded the source & compiled it on my Ubuntu 14.04 64bit machine.… Read more ➡

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5May/140

Ubuntu: Build from source using apt-build

Posted by Ish

Ubuntu lets you build/compile a package from source using the apt-build utility. The latter does not ship by default on standard Ubuntu installs. You may install it as follows:

sudo apt-get install apt-build

Now, to compile a package from source, you do the following:

sudo apt-build install package_name

However, since a few days that I’m using apt-build on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS I noticed an error showing up every time I update the software repositories list.

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Upon searching I found that the bug has been around since a while and affects 64bit systems. As few people might be using the apt-build feature therefore it hasn’t been on a priority list. If you’re using apt-build on a 64bit machine it’s highly probable that you’ll encounter the error too.

It can be fixed by specifying the architecture type in the repository configuration file. In this case it’ll be the file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/apt-build.list.

Replace the following line:

deb file:/var/cache/apt-build/repository apt-build main

by

deb [arch=amd64] file:/var/cache/apt-build/repository apt-build main

That should do the trick. You can now run sudo apt-get update without errors showing up.


Update

The bug is being tracked here.

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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).

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Cable guys

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Ajay checking the network status

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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.

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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.

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I dd'ed several pendrives to ease installation

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Me with my Corsair lanyard

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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.

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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.

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Hacking Challenge

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A happy Saamiyah painting kids

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Shamsher with his nuts game

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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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