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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.

24Nov/130

Infotech 2013 – Day 3

Posted by Ish

Oh! What a day … I should rather start by saying “awesome”.

Well, 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 …

infotech-2013-day-3-1

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 & got into a geek look 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 …

infotech-2013-rachel

Ajay’s camera, photo shot by Nirvan. Still unprocessed, which explains the quality. Will update it once the professionals get the work done (:

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 particular 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 (:

24Nov/130

Infotech 2013 – Day 3

Posted by Ish

Oh! What a day … I should rather start by saying “awesome”.

Well, 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 …

infotech-2013-day-3-1

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 …

infotech-2013-day-3-rachel

Ajay’s camera, photo shot by Nirvan. Still unprocessed, which explains the quality. Will update it once the professionals get the work done ( :

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 ( :

22Nov/130

Infotech 2013 – Day 2

Posted by Ish

Pawan & I reached SVICC at 12h30 after a long wait at R. Hill bus-stand. Since we were hungry we went directly to the food-court. I ordered a vegetarian Panini but was given a ‘chicken’ one. Oops! I realise that only after the first bite. Thought the day will go bad … I went back & asked them to replace it with a vegetarian one. It seemed that things got messed up at the supplier as all Paninis with the ‘V’ tag were chicken in fact.

A short while later Nirvan. He bought some snacks too & we had a quick lunch. We then proceeded to the NCB stand to meet the team. We had kinda bad experience yesterday and hoped we could meet with the right persons today. Indeed at the NCB stand I met Reza, whom I had liased through emails & phone calls previously. He’s a great guy & seems to be an open source advocate too. I also met Riad from the same team. Well … They both seem to have great ideas when it comes to the promotion of open source & reduction of piracy in the country. I was happy to have met them & we had a lengthy discussion sharing ideas.

They gave me a stand where I could put my laptop. I logged into Linux Mint 16 RC since my openSUSE 13.1 box still needs some fine tuning (apps installation etc). Riad liked the look & feel of Cinnamon 2.0. He in fact asked one of his colleagues to connect the laptop to the wall-mounted wide-screen. We did and … ahaaan … display was awesome! I fired up a couple of applications & opened a video in VLC. I opened my Linuxfest 2013 presentation and showed Riad & Reza Monday’s schedule of talks.

infotech-2013-day-2

Photo, courtesy of Nirvan Pagooah

I then approached people walking around & asked them if they knew about Linux or if they would like to see a demo. Many were keen to have a look at this new thing. They were mesmerized by the fact that’s it’s free (as in gratis). Some asked me for my card … which I don’t have obviously :P So, I wrote down my email address on pieces of paper. I also told people about Linux User Group & our weekly meetups. Some students that I met happened to have heard about us already … social network FTW!

Pawan’s cousin Antish joined us a little before 15h00 but unfortunately I had to leave. We had a quick chat, then Nirvan & I left.

Summing-up … Infotech 2013 – Day 2 was a positive one building contacts with like-minded folks. Looking forward for more community work tomorrow.

22Nov/130

Infotech 2013 – Day 2

Posted by Ish

Pawan & I reached SVICC at 12h30 after a long wait at R. Hill bus-stand. Since we were hungry we went directly to the food-court. I ordered a vegetarian Panini but was given a ‘chicken’ one. Oops! I realise that only after the first bite. Thought the day will go bad … I went back & asked them to replace it with a vegetarian one. It seemed that things got messed up at the supplier as all Paninis with the ‘V’ tag were chicken in fact.

A short while later Nirvan. He bought some snacks too & we had a quick lunch. We then proceeded to the NCB stand to meet the team. We had kinda bad experience yesterday and hoped we could meet with the right persons today. Indeed at the NCB stand I met Reza, whom I had liased through emails & phone calls previously. He’s a great guy & seems to be an open source advocate too. I also met Riad from the same team. Well … They both seem to have great ideas when it comes to the promotion of open source & reduction of piracy in the country. I was happy to have met them & we had a lengthy discussion sharing ideas.

They gave me a stand where I could put my laptop. I logged into Linux Mint 16 RC since my openSUSE 13.1 box still needs some fine tuning (apps installation etc). Riad liked the look & feel of Cinnamon 2.0. He in fact asked one of his colleagues to connect the laptop to the wall-mounted wide-screen. We did and … ahaaan … display was awesome! I fired up a couple of applications & opened a video in VLC. I opened my Linuxfest 2013 presentation and showed Riad & Reza Monday’s schedule of talks.

infotech-2013-day-2

Photo, courtesy of Nirvan Pagooah

I then approached people walking around & asked them if they knew about Linux or if they would like to see a demo. Many were keen to have a look at this new thing. They were mesmerized by the fact that’s it’s free (as in gratis). Some asked me for my card … which I don’t have obviously :P So, I wrote down my email address on pieces of paper. I also told people about Linux User Group & our weekly meetups. Some students that I met happened to have heard about us already … social network FTW!

Pawan’s cousin Antish joined us a little before 15h00 but unfortunately I had to leave. We had a quick chat, then Nirvan & I left.

Summing-up … Infotech 2013 – Day 2 was a positive one building contacts with like-minded folks. Looking forward for more community work tomorrow.

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22Nov/130

Infotech 2013 – Day 2

Posted by Ish Sookun

Pawan & I reached SVICC at 12h30 after a long wait at R. Hill bus-stand. Since we were hungry we went directly to the food-court. I ordered a vegetarian Panini but was given a ‘chicken’ one. Oops! I realise that only after the first bite. Thought the day will go bad … I went back & asked them to replace it with a vegetarian one. It seemed that things got messed up at the supplier as all Paninis with the ‘V’ tag were chicken in fact.

A short while later Nirvan. He bought some snacks too & we had a quick lunch. We then proceeded to the NCB stand to meet the team. We had kinda bad experience yesterday and hoped we could meet with the right persons today. Indeed at the NCB stand I met Reza, whom I had liased through emails & phone calls previously. He’s a great guy & seems to be an open source advocate too. I also met Riad from the same team. Well … They both seem to have great ideas when it comes to the promotion of open source & reduction of piracy in the country. I was happy to have met them & we had a lengthy discussion sharing ideas.

They gave me a stand where I could put my laptop. I logged into Linux Mint 16 RC since my openSUSE 13.1 box still needs some fine tuning (apps installation etc). Riad liked the look & feel of Cinnamon 2.0. He in fact asked one of his colleagues to connect the laptop to the wall-mounted wide-screen. We did and … ahaaan … display was awesome! I fired up a couple of applications & opened a video in VLC. I opened my Linuxfest 2013 presentation and showed Riad & Reza Monday’s schedule of talks.

I then approached people walking around & asked them if they knew about Linux or if they would like to see a demo. Many were keen to have a look at this new thing. They were mesmerized by the fact that’s it’s free (as in gratis). Some asked me for my card … which I don’t have obviously :P So, I wrote down my email address on pieces of paper. I also told people about Linux User Group & our weekly meetups. Some students that I met happened to have heard about us already … social network FTW!

Pawan’s cousin Antish joined us a little before 15h00 but unfortunately I had to leave. We had a quick chat, then Nirvan & I left.

Summing-up… Infotech 2013 – Day 2 was a positive one building contacts with like-minded folks. Looking forward for more community work tomorrow.

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21Nov/130

Infotech 2013 – Day 1

Posted by Ish Sookun

Last Saturday following some Infotech 2013 related discussions during MSCC meetup, I sent the team an email inquiring about the possibility of having a presentation slot for Linux & openSUSE Project. Monday morning I received a positive response and since then I’ve been in constant contact with the team via email & phone calls.

Jochen, Nirvan and I were going to present our topics (the same that we have prepared for Monday’s Linuxfest). Infotech’s website was updated with the presentation list 2 days ago. That gives a very short notice to people who could have been potential attendees to the talks. Besides I wonder if the Infotech team had been in contact with companies updating them about the various presentations in the conference schedule because when we reached the conference room, Symantec was doing a presentation with virtually no audience. That was kinda heart-breaking.

What could be the reason? Improper communication & planning of event… Even on the official website you need to dig around before you stumble upon the presentations list. It was a poor design & even worst maintained. Anyway, after the heart-breaking scene at the conference room, we crossed fingers & went to meet the NCB team with whom I had liaised earlier. Ahaaan … Heart breaks again. The stands were the most boring I ever saw. No one seemed to know real thing about open source, Linux or the philosophy of free software. None of the personnel could give us the right information why there isn’t an audience at the conference room. Are the announcements not done properly? What was happening? All you could see around was business happening! Infotech! Is it really educating people about technology … or just doing business as usual? If the latter, it’s rather a Tech Bazaar.

Anyway, we went back to the conference room. I initially wanted to go & do the announcement for the Linux conference that was scheduled but it seemed that only the ladies there should do it. Pathetic!

openSUSE Advocate

By the time I had to do the presentation, audience number had lowered. I guess some needed to catch the bus. Indeed, another bad timing issue. Photos, courtesy of Pawan & Nadim.

Well… Finally, we decided to just practice our presentations for Monday & have some fun. Yes! Awesome that was. I was happy to do the presentation & get response from folks. We were maybe around 10 people in the conference room. So, it was rather a peer-review of the slides. I also got some nice tips for Monday. Things that I should add & things that I shouldn’t say :P

To sum-up in a few words, Infotech Day 1 was a complete de-motivational experience. Never mind, I believe it’s a lack of experience on behalf of some.

Never back down… So, we gonna gear up again & see how it goes tomorrow.

Ohh… As we were leaving seemed like the day wasn’t bad enough. Car broke down! Actually, it was the battery that got drained due to headlamps remaining ON. Yup! I had a friend’s car today. I called up a mechanic friend who said he can come to solve the issue. While waiting for him, Nadim, Nirvan, Pawan, Pritvi & I went back to the foodcourt & had some snacks. He came up a while later with a spare battery & helped starting the car.

I then went to drop folks and continued chatting about usual geek stuffs.

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10Nov/130

Set up keyboard layout applet in Cinnamon 2.0

Posted by Ish

As I continue exploring Cinnamon 2.0 features (on openSUSE 13.1) I noticed the keyboard layout setting wouldn’t function as expected. For some weird reason I couldn’t add Hindi (Bolnagri) layout although this is present in the GNOME session. I also tried setting it up using gnome-control-center instead of Cinnamon settings but didn’t work.

A little bit of Google search & I found many people reporting the issue. Some folks resorted to adding their required keyboard layout directly to the X11 configuration. Well … it could do the trick but I was looking for something less system-wide. My search then led me to the following setting using setxkbmap.

setxkbmap -layout "us,fr,in(bolnagri)" -option "grp:alt_shift_toggle"

Upon running it adds English (US), French and Indian (Hindi/Bolnagri) layouts in the order as specified. To get it launched at login we just need to include the command & parameters in Cinnamon’s startup programs.

Open Cinnamon-settings ($ cinnamon-settings) & click on Startup Programs.

cinnamon-settings-startup-programs

Click Add and specify a name & the command parameters.

cinnamon-settings-add-startup-program

Re-login into Cinnamon and you should find the shiny keyboard layout applet on the bottom-right.

cinnamon-keyboard-layout-applet

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10Nov/130

Set up keyboard layout applet in Cinnamon 2.0

Posted by Ish

As I continue exploring Cinnamon 2.0 features (on openSUSE 13.1) I noticed the keyboard layout setting wouldn’t function as expected. For some weird reason I couldn’t add Hindi (Bolnagri) layout although this is present in the GNOME session. I also tried setting it up using gnome-control-center instead of Cinnamon settings but didn’t work.

A little bit of Google search & I found many people reporting the issue. Some folks resorted to adding their required keyboard layout directly to the X11 configuration. Well … it could do the trick but I was looking for something less system-wide. My search then led me to the following setting using setxkbmap.

setxkbmap -layout "us,fr,in(bolnagri)" -option "grp:alt_shift_toggle"

Upon running it adds English (US), French and Indian (Hindi/Bolnagri) layouts in the order as specified. To get it launched at login we just need to include the command & parameters in Cinnamon’s startup programs.

Open Cinnamon-settings ($ cinnamon-settings) & click on Startup Programs.

cinnamon-settings-startup-programs

Click Add and specify a name & the command parameters.

cinnamon-settings-add-startup-program

Re-login into Cinnamon and you should find the shiny keyboard layout applet on the bottom-right.

cinnamon-keyboard-layout-applet

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9Nov/130

Linux meetup – Geek talk around a pizza

Posted by Ish Sookun

The past week having worked till 01h00 I wasn’t in good shape to attend Linkbynet Openday. I pinged others informing I’ll come directly to PR School of Management & Education (PRSME) for the Linux Meetup.

Neha, Darshinee and Pawan had been to the Openday in the morning. I heard they got lost around in Quatre Bornes while looking for PRSME. Ahaan! We have Google Maps for such situations folks.

Natasha & Avinash on the other hand were waiting for me at UoM. I met them a little before noon and we moved to PR School of Management & Education. By then the lost penguins had found their way & they were sitting in the cozy conference room. A quick introduction & we started talking about Linkbynet Openday; how it happened etc. It was interesting to note a lot had changed there. Natasha & Avinash didn’t stay for long.

Other geeks joined us gradually. In all these folks showed up today : Avinash Seetaram, Natasha Fokeer, Pawan Babooram, Neha Gunnoo, Darshini Seeburn, Abdallah Yashir, Avinash Mayaram, Nitin Bachraz, Hasvin, Yuram Venkatiah, Nitin Mutkawoa & me.

Nitin Mutkawoa was the last to join us & he lost his way too while bringing Pizza & Coke for us. Oh! Hunger was almost killing me.

Which topics were on menu?

Earlier on the facebook event page I published the topics as still brewing. Well, today when we started discussions there were 2 things I tossed on table.

How can we (Mauritians) help & contribute to openSUSE or other FOSS projects?

Around 3 years ago I joined the openSUSE project as an ambassador. I told folks how it all started and what are the different channels through which we can help the project; like marketing (advocacy), content writing (wiki/blog), graphic design, and development (bug-reporting, coding etc). We don’t need to be experts but simply be passionate by stuffs in which we’re skilled.

Those who wish to connect & help the openSUSE team can ping me any time or send your query to the corresponding mailing list.

Cinnamon 2.0 running on openSUSE 13.1 RC2

Since the past few days I was hacking around to get Cinnamon work on openSUSE 13.1. It’s now working. I demoed a Cinnamon session with the Void theme.

To install Cinnamon on openSUSE 13.1, do as follows:

sudo zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/Cinnamon:/Factory/openSUSE_13.1 Cinnamon  
sudo zypper ref Cinnamon  
sudo zypper in -t pattern "Cinnamon Desktop Environment"  

Yuram has been learning new stuffs too. He showed us how he’s been using vmstat and free commands to get details about memory usage on Solaris & RHEL servers at our workplace. He nicely explained us about swap usage. Hope to see more of it showing up on his blog. We also had some ps and dmesg fun!

Hasvin came for the first. He introduced himself and told us about his graphic designing work. It would be nice to see him showcasing his graphic genius in the coming meetups.

Nitin Bachraz gave us some insight on recruitment of Unix/Linux engineers. He shared some tips that should boost the confidence of freshers. He emphasized on stress management & gave us examples on how things should be dealt within the work environment. It was also great to have a Database Administrator among us today. Yes, Abdallah is a DBA at Spoon Consulting. He shared some of his experiences as both a DBA & coder. Nitin Mutkawoa shared the news of Blackout OS, an upcoming Linux distro for pen-testers.

Pawan asked us about the use of echo command. He found it a bit silly that a command just returns the argument you passed it. His doubt was cleared when we showed him the usage of echo in a Bash script :) I was happy though to see that Pawan has progressed in his Linux learning. He’s become quite comfortable with the command line & he surprised us when he answered Yuram about using top to analyze CPU & memory usage. Good going little penguin!

In the end, we all had our fun time with geek chats & pizza munching.

Photos, courtesy of Pawan Babooram.

We thank Shaleena Callichurn, CEO of PRSME, for providing the facility to hold our Linux meetup. We also thank Rishen Armoogum for his presentation on PRSME’s aim & research programs.

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