Linux Magazine's special edition on openSUSE

A few weeks ago openSUSE community member Douglas DeMaio announced1 the availability of a special edition of Linux Magazine covering openSUSE. The 100-page magazine features openSUSE Leap 42.3. The magazine is beginner friendly and covers basic tools in openSUSE such as the configuration tool YaST, the KDE desktop, common applications and commands using the Konsole terminal. System logs are incredibly important files in Linux. Learn about the results & solutions to complement your “Getting Started with Linux” magazine - https://t. [Read More]

Linux dominates supercomputing

When Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation, in his keynote speech at the Open Source Summit1 said that “2017 is the year of the Linux desktop” it did not really bring cheer on faces. We all know Linux is lagging far behind in desktop computing. In fact, it didn’t take long before he was trolled on social networks for using a MacBook for his presentation while proclaiming2 2017 as the year of the Linux desktop. [Read More]

Mauritius ranks 72 in ICT Development

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched its 2017 edition of Measuring the Information Society Report1 during the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium2 in Tunisia. The report is published annually by the ITU since 2009 and it’s considered an important ICT Development Index by the National Computer Board3 of Mauritius. Mauritius ranks 72 and is observed (as per the index) as performing better than neighbouring countries like South Africa, Maldives, Seychelles, Botswana, Gabon, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, Zambia, Cameroon, Mozambique, Uganda, Rwanda, Angola, Tanzania and several others. [Read More]

Freedom of Information Bill

Independent MP, Hon. Kavi Ramano, representing constituency number 18 (Belle Rose and Quatre Bornes), will ask about the Freedom of Information Bill during tomorrow’s parliamentary sitting. The question1 B/723 will be directed to the Hon. Prime Minister, P.K. Jugnauth. He will be asked whether he can communicate an expected date for the introduction to the bill to the house. The current government promised a Freedom of Information Act in their manifesto2 during the general elections of 2014. [Read More]

Cannot insert 'vboxdrv' into the kernel

It became a requirement to sign kernel modules when Secure Boot is enabled a long time back. I only encountered this today. I installed VirtualBox on Ubuntu 17.10 running on a machine that has Secure Boot enabled. The installation finished with a warning. WARNING: The character device /dev/vboxdrv does not exist. #011 Please install the virtualbox-dkms package and the appropriate #011 headers, most likely linux-headers-generic. #011 You will not be able to start VMs until this problem is fixed. [Read More]

ISOC InterCommunity 2017 in Mauritius

I’ve been very infrequent with my blog posts lately. I’m told I shouldn’t drink that much coffee and I did reduce but I guess the effect becomes apparant in my lifestyle. Okay, enough of rambling. So, what exactly did we miss in September? Yeah… The post is two months late. The Internet Society celebrated 25 years of its existence and its members planned something different for their annual InterCommunity event. This year the InterCommunity event was celebrated in 17 different countries at the same time, it was live streamed, and participants could engage with people from other chapters. [Read More]

Internet shutdown in Togo

On the 7th September 2017 the President of the Internet Society Chapter of Togo called out the internet community alerting an internet shutdown in Togo. In his statement, Norbert K. Glakpe, said that social media was fluctuating since the day before, i.e 6th September 2017 but then there was a total internet blackout since the morning of 7th September. Mobile internet service was unavailable from two different operators. Fixed line broadband was functioning for only one operator while the major Internet Service Provider blocked its broadband service. [Read More]

Functional Programming meetup :-)

Two months ago we organized a meetup on Functional Programming at Turbine by Renghen Pajanilingum. As the presentation got intense it was in fact time to leave. There was thus a call for a second meetup. Yes! Thanks to fellow developers at LSL Digital, we worked it out and this time we shall host the meetup at La Sentinelle, Port-Louis. I spoke to Renghen on the phone and I can reveal this much about the up-coming meetup. [Read More]

Windows Subsystem for Linux

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) allows Linux binaries to run natively on Windows 10. That being said, one could run user-mode binaries such as Bash, Sed, Awk etc. WSL provides a Linux-compatible kernel interface that is developed by Microsoft and it runs binaries from Ubuntu 16.04. Work on the Windows Subsystem for Linux was announced in March 2016. Since then WSL was a beta tool available for testing & exploring Linux CLI tools from a Windows host. [Read More]

System Administrator Appreciation Day

The System Administrator Appreciation Day or simply SysAdmin Day occurs on the last Friday of July. In an interview to Spiceworks in 2011, Ted Kekatos, the creator of SysAdmin Day, explained how it all began. Below is a extract from that interview. Twelve years ago I was working for a software company and every year we would have a company picnic. Near our office building there was a pond with shade trees and we’d hold our picnic there. [Read More]