City Council of Barcelona switches from Microsoft Windows to Linux

For about almost a decade the German city of Munich remained a pioneer of “Linux migration” when it would come to the public sector institutions. It was a big win1 for the open source software community. Munich even had its own brewed Linux distribution called LiMux2, the “M” standing for Munich. In late 2017 though news3 came that the Munich city council decided to roll-back to Microsoft. While that was definitely a saddening news for the community, around the same time the Spanish city of Barcelona decided to adopt open source software. [Read More] website compromised?

The fifth season of History’s show Vikings premiered1 last week. I am subscribed to Netflix and unfortunately it’s scheduled for December. Even worse perhaps it won’t be available on Netflix Mauritius. Meanwhile the internet is full of spoilers about the “delights” of the 2 hours long premiere (episodes 1 & 2). Funny thing is that while searching about Vikings on the internet something peculiar appeared in Google search results. Indeed, the linux. [Read More]

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]

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]

Linux and supercomputers :-)

Whenever I am asked whether Linux is trustworthy or not for critical applications I cite statistics from That’s a list of the top 500 commercial supercomputers that are known. Every six months the list is updated and the Linux share of supercomputers keeps growing. I recall that during the LUGM Linux Festival of 2013 I presented stats from and people were astounded to find only two supercomputers that actually ran Windows while the majority ran a Linux variant. [Read More]

Font rendering issue in Google Chrome on Linux

I banged my head against the wall quite a few times trying to fix the ugly font issue in Google Chrome on Linux. I’m running openSUSE Leap and no hack with the chrome://flags or advanced font settings helped fix the font rendering issues. Until today… The best fix that I could find is to place a configuration file that instructs Fontconfig to disable hinting but to keep antialias on. <?xml version="1. [Read More]

Hindi phonetic keyboard layout in openSUSE Tumbleweed

I installed openSUSE Tumbleweed from snapshot 20170203. Surprisingly I could not find the Hindi/Bolnagri layout as I use to in previous installations of openSUSE. I’m using GNOME and getting a Hindi phonetic keyboard layout is usually not much a hassle. With GNOME version 3.22.2 I suppose the configuration of keyboard layouts have met some changes. To add a keyboard layout now you should navigate to Settings > Region & Language. At the input sources section click on the “plus” button to list all the available keyboard layouts. [Read More]

Developers Conference 2016, day 3 with openSUSE bug hunting

I had my «openSUSE bug hunting» presentation scheduled at 09h30 this morning. I’m usually very lazy on Sundays but the enthusiasm of the Developers Conference is just an amazing feeling. Though we live on a small island, we get to meet some people maybe just once a year during this fun event. I picked up Shelly on the way and we reached Voilà Hotel at 09h05. Right at the hotel entrance Yash was waiting, he might have seen us coming. [Read More]