How will people cope with the COVID-19 confinement financially?

People of Mauritius are under a nationwide confinement since 19 March 2020. This confinement is to last for about two weeks, during which people are to remain at home and special permits are given to certain essential services workers to be able to travel only between their home and workplace.

As per the Cabinet Decisions of 20 March 2020, a COVID-19 Wage Support Scheme will provide financial support to  employees who would become technically unemployed on a temporary basis due to the impact of COVID-19. The scheme will cover formal sectors (mainly Travel and Tourism Sector, Export Oriented Enterprises, ICT/BPO Sector and SMEs). This support will be extended to other formal sectors of the economy.

I could not find a proper reference on the Government portal that highlights what are formal sectors but I assume they mean companies duly registered and operating within a defined industry (like the examples given above, Tourism, ICT/BPO etc).

Therefore, I also assume that my neighbourhood dhollpuri seller, carpenters, construction workers, plumbers and labourers will not benefit from the COVID-19 Wage Support Scheme.

My self-employed friends will be left on their own to pay their rents, utility bills and mortgages.

Confinement means no work, which means no income for them. How will they cope financially during this confinement period? What happens if the confinement is extended after the two weeks?

I am a proponent of this confinement which I feel is a necessary step to stop the propagation of COVID-19 on the island. I know the economy will be severely hit but I am also putting my trust in the capable authorities to sustain its people and help them cope financially.

I sincerely hope that the authorities extend the support to more people currently affected by the COVID-19 confinement.

Nationwide confinement announced in Mauritius

The Prime MInister of Mauritius had a press conference scheduled at 14h30 today. 1.5 hours later it was canceled and journalists were told that the PM will address the nation directly later.

At around 21h30 Prime Minister P. K. Jugnauth addressed the population through the national TV, Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation. It appeared to be a recorded message.

P. K. Jugnauth announced that four new cases of COVID-19 have been registered today. This makes the total cases of COVID-19 rise to seven in Mauritius. This number is high enough to raise the alarms now.

He announced nationwide confinement starting 06h00 tomorrow to last for two weeks. He assured the population that there won't be shortage of staple food and medicine. He also assured people working in the private sector that their salary won't be affected.

First COVID-19 cases in Mauritius

The Prime Minister of Mauritius, P. K. Jugnauth held a press conference tonight to announce that three persons, all of them Mauritians, have been tested positive to the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

One person having recently visited the United Kingdom and two others who worked on a cruise ship. The person coming from UK was not in quarantine and was only tested positive after being ill and visited the Candos hospital. The other two persons were quarantined upon their arrival to Mauritius and later they were tested positive for COVID-19.

Public reaction on the social networks was undoubtedly bitter towards the government. The past few weeks it was a general feeling among Mauritians that the government should take strict measures, restrict access to the island, and that all inbound passengers be on mandatory quarantine. Such calls went to deaf ears. Even opposition's pressure was ineffective.

Today, we are no more a safe haven because of incompetent decisions of the government. 😔


I woke up this morning hearing on the radio that a cyclone warning Class 1 is in force in Mauritius.

Herold is the eighth tropical storm of this cyclonic season. It was named last night after the system situated close to Madagascar, at about 800 km away from Mauritius, developed into a tropical storm.

Satellite image source: Mauritius Meteorological Services

The sky above Mauritius remained clear of clouds for most of the day.

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Cyclone Herold se pehle. 🙄

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We will probably start getting cyclonic conditions on the island in the next few hours/days.

Bitcoin Is Dead …

Guest post by Chittesh Sham 😉

B**coin, the most promising cryptocurrency set upon the humongous mission to revolutionize and modernize our current financial institution in this day and age… is dead - and coronavirus isn't to be blamed on this one, as certain cryptocurrency blogs may want you to believe.

Source: Bloomberg

Like the fate of many bubbles, this one also had its reasons for its mind-boggling $50 Billion burst. 💥

Nobel Prize-winning economist, Nouriel Roubini

At the time of this post, Bitcoin has wiped out all of its 2020 gains (about $30 Billion... gone!) and brought other major cryptocurrencies including ethereum, Ripple’s XRP, bitcoin cash, and litecoin, down ️with it. 〽️

One of the many things that were promised with cryptocurrency was its independence from market conditions and it being a no-brainer asset to invest in times of greater risk and uncertainty. But that is not the case, Bitcoin's sudden sell-off was triggered by the oil crash caused by OPEC members (mainly Russia) messing-up on production cuts agreements.

We know what triggered the sell-off of Bitcoin but what really caused the sudden steep sell-off is because of PlusToken, a Ponzi scheme that swept China and Korea with $2 billion worth of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies stolen from investors. And those scammers have been liquidating over $100 millions worth of B**coin.

Many people have lost their money on this stupid (the whole concept of it is stupid) cryptocurrency crash, and I noticed a lot of traders are encouraging people to buy-in on these low rates and that the cryptocurrency prices will climb up in the long-term (the usual b**coin narrative).

Take a step back, think and be smart. This can and will be continuously falling, LET IT DIE, it's not a worthy asset to invest in, rather invest in other smarter assets like cruises companies stocks, oil companies, heck even etc.. anything except cryptocurrency because it was and it has proven to be an ever-inflating bubble driven by scammers and jerks.

About the crypto-jerks, here is their new cryptocurrency called "CoronaCoin" and styling itself as "the world's first crypto-backed by death," allows traders to bet on the coronavirus epidemic - with the token's value rising as more people fall ill or die.

Do you get it yet?


Did you know cryptocurrency mining wastes energy of 15 Nuclear Power stations per hour and has the equivalent carbon footprint of New Zealand?


I have nothing against the underlying technology (Distributed Ledger System), but I am totally against how malicious people used the potential of this technology to scam other people based on their limited knowledge. It was a hyped-up technology that prioritise money first over real innovation that could actually help humanity move forward.

My sincere f*cks to the holdem gang. ✌️


DevCon 2020 | Kubernetes – Introducing through openSUSE MicroOS & Kubic

Guest post by Chittesh Sham 😉

DevCon 2020 is just about three weeks away and the hype is real.

People know me as a friendly neighborhood SysAdmin and this year I am excited to announce that I will be co-hosting a presentation alongside Ish at the Developers Conference. It has been a long time coming, and as you might have noticed Ish has been building up to this one, starting with his Kubic Presentation at DevCon 2019 , openSUSE MicroOS in Production talk at openSUSE Conference 2019 and a workshop on Managing Pods & Containers at the openSUSE Asia Summit.

Half Left - Kubernetes Logo ; Half right MicroOS logo 😊

We have been experimenting with a bunch of tools such as Podman, Buildah, Skopeo and openSUSE Kubic for a while now and we would like to share our experience.

Our presentation is scheduled on Saturday 4 April 2020, 2:30pm - 3:15pm in the Kryptone room at the Caudan Arts Centre. We will also be around for all three days at the conference, so if you want to grab a coffee and geek out on openSUSE and Kubernetes, don't hesitate to hit us up!

I would like to give express my gratitude to the Linux Foundation and Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) for their support. I was impressed by Chris Aniszczyk, especially how quickly he reacted to show his support upon noticing our talk.

See you at DevCon Geeks! 🤓

DevCon is free to attend. How to register?

What is DevCon by the way?

First I need to tell you about the Mauritius Softwaree Craftsmanship Community (MSCC).

Some time around May or June 2013, Jochen Kirstätter (aka JoKi) started this trend called Code & Coffee, which was a weekly meetup on Wednesday mornings in a coffee shop to talk about programming or general tech stuff. He used to organize that under the umbrella of the Mauritius Software Craftsmanship Community, a user group which he started. Rumours circulate that JoKi sat all alone in a coffee shop for the first Code & Coffee meetup (TBC by Mary Jane, JoKi's wife).

I attended my first Code & Coffee meetup in June 2013 after learning about it from JoKi during a Linux meetup at L'Escalier organized by the Linux User Group of Mauritius. I don't recall having blogged about that first Code & Coffee meetup, but after the second one, yes I did blog about it.

MSCC meetup attendees grew over time and there were requests to also hold a Saturday monthly meetup. With a growing community we all became ambitious. Then in 2014 JoKi tossed the idea of having a "classic" conference which will be called the Developers Conference. After rigorous planning and support from both local and international sponsors, the first Developers Conference, dubbed as DevCon, happened on April 2015 at Voilà Hotel, Bagatelle.

DevCon attendance is a free of charge. It is an event full of business opportunities and professional networking. Attendees can learn about latest software development technologies, methodologies, as well as cloud features and infrastructure.

The aim of the conference is to provide local software developers a buffet of tools, practices and principles applicable to tackling current challenges in the Mauritian software development environment. From keeping up to date with the latest technologies and trends to tackling the challenges of working in large enterprise systems – it’s a buffet of experiences, ideas and pragmatic advice as well as an opportunity to connect with  peers across the industry.

Flashback: my blog post from DevCon 2015 Day 1

How to register?

Now that you know what DevCon is and how it started, let us talk about registration. MSCC events are published on That is where you would also register to attend DevCon.

Just head to the meetup page of MSCC, create an account and join the group.

Then, head to the DevCon event page and click on the attend button at the bottom of the page.

That's it, done. We'll see you at DevCon 2020. 😎

openSUSE community welcomes new board member

The results of the openSUSE Board election were published on 1 February 2020. The community welcomed Sarah Julia Kriesch and Simon Lees as they started their new term.

However, ten days later, Sarah stepped down, leaving a vacant seat on the board. Under such circumstance and the board election rules, the sitting board may appoint someone until the next board election.

On 27 February 2020, openSUSE Chairman Gerald Pfeifer, announced the appointment of Vinzenz Vietzke as board member. His appointment was unanimously supported by the Board and the openSUSE Election Officials.

DRM Plugin crashes after openSUSE Tumbleweed update

A few days ago openSUSE users started complaining about DRM Plugin crashes in Firefox after running a Tumbleweed update.

Netflix requires the DRM plugin in Firefox to be able to play encrypted videos. The plugin would crash due to a bug in Firefox 73. While this bug affected not just openSUSE users, but everyone using Firefox 73, it became apparent to TW users as v73 landed in the Tumbleweed repo.

Mozilla fixed the bug in the 73.0.1 release. I tweeted about that a little more than a week ago.

Firefox 73.0.01 is now available in the Tumbleweed repo. So, a quick update should fix your Netflix. 😉

Information for package MozillaFirefox:
Repository     : openSUSE-Tumbleweed-Oss                 
Name           : MozillaFirefox                          
Version        : 73.0.1-1.1                              
Arch           : x86_64                                  
Vendor         : openSUSE                                
Installed Size : 186.7 MiB                               
Installed      : Yes                                     
Status         : out-of-date (version 73.0-1.1 installed)
Source package : MozillaFirefox-73.0.1-1.1.src           
Summary        : Mozilla Firefox Web Browser             
Description    :                                         
    Mozilla Firefox is a standalone web browser, designed for standards
    compliance and performance.  Its functionality can be enhanced via a
    plethora of extensions.

DevCon 2020 is just about a month away

The annual Developers Conference of Mauritius is happening on 2 - 4 April. That leaves us like about a month of final preparations.

A bunch of DevCon regulars met today during Code & Coffee at Mugg & Bean, Bagatelle, to attend to tasks related to the website, discuss about sponsorship, review talk proposals etc. Things are progressing and we are definitely looking forward to a great conference.

Two nights ago the conference website went live at

At the moment it's basically a conference announcement with registration pending to be opened and it contains a list of confirmed sponsors. Some of the sponsors are our regular supporters and we are thankful for their continued trust. As for the first timers we are just as eager to welcome them to this yearly awesomeness.

Once the registration opens, I'll blog more about the conference and provide details on what to expect this year. 😉