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7Feb/140

Linuxfest 2013, mass mail …

Posted by Ish

lugm-logo-smallToday while I had to send out emails to attendees of Linuxfest 2013, I sat down thinking of a way to mass-mail. The emails should display the name of attendees so that they may notify me if it’s mistyped. Sendmail and a bunch of command line utils could do the trick.

What do I need in my arsenal?

mailx, a Linux command line utility for sending and receiving mail.

paste which is among the lesser-known Linux command line utilities. It joins files horizontally by outputting lines sequentially next to each other.

I earlier kept the names and email addresses in a CSV file, which makes it easier to be read by utilities. I was wondering if I could use awk to get the job done without using paste, but my creativity was at low (possibly due to lack of caffeine). So, I only used awk to send names & email addresses in two separate files.

awk -F"," '{print $1}' linuxfest2013.csv > names.list
awk -F"," '{print $2}' linuxfest2013.csv > emails.list

Now, I had my two files containing names & emails, which could be vertically aligned next to each other. I put the message to be sent in a file named message.txt. Finally, I trigger the mass mail as follows :

paste emails.list names.list | while read email name; do echo `cat message.txt` | mail -s "Linuxfest 2013 | `echo $name`" -r my_email `echo $email`; done

Oh! Beauty of command line <3

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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

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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 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

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.

19Oct/130

Linuxfest 2013 brainstorming continues …

Posted by Ish

It’s been a hectic Saturday … started pretty early with a intervention (work) which I carried from home. I was hoping to finish before noon but those slow RDP connections messed up my plans. Oh yeah, intervention on WinServers.

During the week Pritvi created a facebook event for Linuxfest brainstorming. By this morning, the event page had 8 RSVPs, but more people showed up :) I reached 2 hours late. Folks were already there having some geek chat. Hmm … except for the ladies.

I reached Bagatelle Mall at 15h00. Pritvi, Nirvan, Avinash Seetaram, Nitin J Mutkawoa, Pawan and Avinash Mayaram were inside Mugg & Bean. Neha, Darshini & another friend of theirs were gossiping outside. When I arrived I pinged the ladies & they joined in. I first presented my apologies for being late & then took out the WinServers frustration. I shared the daunting experience regarding today’s intervention (slow RDP connection … grrr!). Nayar came a while later.

We started with a quick chat about Linkbynet Openday 2013. Nitin & Nayar had already registered on the website. Avinash Mayaram also wanted to know about the event. I explained him briefly the process of setting up applications on one’s own PC and how Linkbynet will validate the well-functioning of the same. Neha & Darshini had pinged me earlier on facebook to know more about the event. So, I pulled Pawan’s netbook & showed a quick Apache installation, accessed the default page on Nitin’s netbook and modified the page to show them that it’s not as difficult as they had imagined. Yup, being a sysadmin is more than just installing Apache. However, this did give them an idea of what to expect ahead. Pawan on the other hand was more curious to know about SSH. We then installed OpenSSH on his netbook & connected using Nitin’s. I then asked Pawan to get an SSH client on his Android phone & do the same. All three of them, Neha, Darshini & Pawan, found this SSH connection thing amazing. I could see it in their smiles.

lugm-with-specs

Geek talk was ON
Photo credit goes to Nirvan

Well, Linkbynet Openday, Apache and SSH talks had been long. At the same time others were continuing the geek chat. I adore this whole community. Everybody had something to share & discuss. From time to time Avinash S & me, we made some Windows or Mac reference to make fun. We usually do that in office too. Pawan & Neha took a copy of Ubuntu 13.10 to try at home. After the Apache & SSH fun we all moved to join the Linuxfest 2013 talk with Pritvi and Nirvan. I made a quick recap of last week’s points. More ideas were tossed on the table today. We laughed … We laughed a lot. Indeed the team’s made up of creative minded people :) Drop in our Linuxfest 2013 on November 25 at Octave Wiehe Auditorium, Réduit and you’ll understand why.

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