Archive for the ‘FOSS’ Category

Lenny in progress…

March 10, 2009

I was very happy when I heard that debian lenny has been released. I have to download the DVD version of the distro. Since I have a low bandwidth internet connection, it will take few days to download the entire OS. So, anyone who need a copy of the OS have to wait for my next post on Debian Lenny.

Will catch you back from Lenny soon… 🙂

TCE towards Free and Open Source world

February 12, 2008

As a student of Thiagarajar College of Engineering, I feel proud to share one of the faces of TCE. This is the place where I learnt a lot from both my friends and the administration. I really feel proud to be exposed to the FOSS world, as I wont use any other OSes other than those come as Linux flavours.

Though the students in TCE were not aware of what FOSS is (which was before 5 years), there were a lot of contributions and developments in TCE towards FOSS. All the machines in the Centralized Computer Center in TCE has dual boot with Debian installed in them.

There is GNU/Linux Users Group Of TCE (glugot) where there are many active members and the students in TCE are conducting monthly meetings and are creating awareness among others. As a note of celebration of Software Freedom Day, which is celebrated all over the world, TCE celebrates its kind as FStival every year.

Also, seminars are being conducted in TCE for the past two years which was helpful to the students of TCE and the other participants from the outside. The alumni’s contribution in these events were awesome.

Also TCE has its own ERP named TCENet, which automates all the works related with the students like Attendance maintenance, Student Profile, Online Assignment, etc. totally of 24 modules. Then it has automated the college admission process by developing the application TAA as a part of TCENet. All these were developed by the students of TCE.

TCE also gave the products like Tuxedo, ijammer, Getez and contributed to FOSS world through their students. All the servers in TCE are Linux servers and they are all maintained by the students itself.

TCE has also won awards for them… Got the Best Innovative IT Implementation award of the Year 2007 from PCQuest. Also got the FOSS India awards for TCENet and GetEz.

“Innovation needs Freedom” and TCE is in its right path I suppose…


September 13, 2007

Software Freedom Day is celebrated all over the world on September 15th of this year. We, at TCE celebrate SFD as FStival’07 this year.

The program starts at 9:30 am at Thiagarajar College of Engineering in Madurai. There will be a talk on FOSS for an hour and there will be demo stalls in the computer science department, where you can feel the advantage of using GNU/Linux.

FOSS’07 revisited…

January 13, 2007

It is the time to share my experience with FOSS’07 which I mentioned in my previous post. The first day seminar was addressed by Mr.Joe Steeve. As it is the first day, there comes the need to give an introduction about FOSS and he is the right person to do. He made a good session regarding the Need for FOSS, its history, its advantages through the famous spoon example. He also explained the various licenses around the FOSS world and the way how the FOSS world gets developed. He too made another session on Programming tools.

The second day went with the installation session with Debian sarge conducted by Mr.Praveen but I couldnt attend the session. The third day session was conducted by Bharathi Subramanian which I couldnt attend due to exams. I missed his speech, again I have to continue only through the mailing lists. 😦

The fourth day seminar was addressed by Mr.Ananth Srinivas who is working for Sun Microsystems. He gave a wonderful seminar regarding the debugging tools. Among them, he explained about ltrace, strace and dtrace. The fifth day, Mr.Senthil Kumaran addressed the seminar with his presentation with DBMS and Web Designing Tools. The sixth day seminar was continued by him and I couldnt attend the seminar.

The main thing that I learnt from the seminars is that I should work even more harder to become a good Computer Science Engineer or a Programmer :).

Seminar on FOSS

January 7, 2007

A seminar on Free and Open Sourse Software (FOSS) Tools is to be held from January 8th to 13th in TCE. The unique feature of the seminar is to bring together faculty in the academic institutions and Industries working in Free/Open Source Software to use this as a forum to exchange views and ideas and lead to innovation. The chair persons will be Mr.Karumuttu T.Kannan, the Correspondent of TCE, Dr.V.Abhai Kumar, the Principal of TCE and Dr.Rajaram, the HOD of CSE Dept, TCE.

The persons delivering the lectures will be my college alumni by whom I got inspired into the world of FOSS. It will be a great experience to see all the geeks at the same time. Thanks to TCE for conducting the Seminar…

For further details, visit here.

On Itanium 2, IA-64…

December 8, 2006

Hi all, this day will an unforgettable one for me. As me, Sai and Balachandran (my frends) have entered into the world of servers, we got an opportunity to install debian sarge in the Itanium IA-64 processor machine and we did it well. The installation would have been done by our seniors (who are the present administrators of TCENet). But in their absence, we did it with the help of our staff and an HP guy.

Initially, we had a problem of booting the system using HyperTerminal. Then, with the help of the HP guy, we booted the system and installed sarge in the server. After starting the installation, we were stuck with the partition phase (where we will stuck up often during our early times in Linux), because the server had 2 hard disks and had been raided. We removed those raided partitions and installed debian.

We learnt about a new partition called EFIboot (Extensible Firmware Interface). The IA-64 (Intel Architecture 64) architecture is more speed than the 32-bit architectures developed in co-operation by Intel and Hewlett Packard.

HOW TO USE telnet

December 8, 2006

TELNET (TELetype NETwork) is a network protocol used on the Internet or local area network LAN connections. The telnet I mention here is a software program which is used as an inteface for TELNET.

To use telnet, type the following command in the console.

First telnet to any host.

telnet hostname/IP port_number

Then to send message to anyone, do the following steps :

(Here, the port number to be selected is 25.)
mail from : Your mail address
rcpt to : Recepient’s mail address
subject : subject
from : your mail address

to : recepient’s mail address
Enter your message here

(Finally, put a dot to indicate the end of the message).

Now, your message would have been sent )

Note : The port number is selected according to your neccessity. For example, if you want to send mail to someone, select the port number as 25.

More updates will be done in this topic soon.