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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

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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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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