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]

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]

Ubuntu Jam 2015 - Mauritius

In-line with the Ubuntu Global Jam happening from 6 - 8 February 2015, we too, we had our share of jamming session at the University of Mauritius today. Due to work commitments, however, I could not put in too much energy and rather unloaded the same on Ashmita, the University of Mauritius Computer Club president, and a very good friend. Though we had a tight schedule of just a couple of days, she managed to get some gear ready for the event. [Read More]

Ubuntu Global Jam // Linuxfest 2014

The Ubuntu Global Jam (UGJ) - Mauritius happened today at the University of Mauritius. On the same occasion, as Ajay tossed earlier, we had a Linuxfest too. While I decided to put more of my energy in getting gears ready for the Ubuntu Jam, Ajay along with folks from the University of Mauritius Computer Club helped in to get things ready for the Linuxfest. I planned for 08h30 but nevertheless I reached the University of Mauritius at 09h00. [Read More]

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, a first impression

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS was released yesterday, 17 April 2014. This falls well with perfect timing for LUGM’s event, the Corsair Hackers Reboot. I did not wait much & downloaded the 64-bit image for a trial & to check new features. Installation was seamlessly easy as usual. On my Acer Aspire 4741 notebook it took the usual 15 mins. Booting up was fast & furious. Improvement? We could say it, though Ubuntu wasn’t known to be slow at boot-ups. [Read More]

Zim – Personal wiki

At work my colleagues & I, always scatter our notes in text files (yeah, though we don’t like it, we use Windows). Some even say, “Yay! Notepad is the future!” … When I first arrived at Orange Business Services and I heard this line I was like, “Oh Lord, where am I teleported?” … Well, long story cut short, last week Thiery (OBS colleague) showed me a nice tool that I can use to organize a personal wiki on the desktop. [Read More]

सम्भाषणसंस्कृतम् शब्दकोशः

सम्भाषणसंस्कृतम् शब्दकोशः – meaning spoken Sanskrit dictionary

If you’re a Sanskrit lover too you will adore this website => It’s an online English/Sanskrit translator suitable for those wishing to translate or understand short texts.

Your browser should however support Devanagari font rendering. To enable it in Linux do :

– openSUSE

sudo zypper in indic-fonts

– Ubuntu\Linux Mint

sudo apt-get install ttf-indic-fonts

इनङिक फ़ोंटस् स्थापित करने से अब आप अपने लिनूक्स डेस्कटप पर हिन्दी में पढ़ सकते है अौर टाइप भी कर सकते है।

Need Microsoft Word equivalent on Linux?

At work I’m surrounded by people who need to poke me whenever Linux is on news (by people I mean Thiery L aka asthierix). Thiery usually feeds my imagination with lots of crazy ideas. In fact, he’s the one who got the programming bug into my brain. Today he poked me to look at something on his screen. That looked familiar … but wait, did I see well? I noticed an Ubuntu kind of environment running an MS Word like application. [Read More]

Wireless issue in Linux

A friend had a wireless issue on Linux Mint and asked me for advice. I found many people reporting issues with Broadcom & Intel drivers. Most distributions do not bundle proprietary drivers in their main release. These drivers are however available on the NON-OSS repository. Finding you’re wireless make/model isn’t difficult. Just run “lspci” as root. lspci … and the output should be something like this : 00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801IBM/IEM (ICH9M/ICH9M-E) 2 port SATA Controller [IDE mode] (rev 03) 00:1f. [Read More]

Reduce swap tendency in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

This applies to machines having little RAM resources (e.g 512Mb). When a machine swaps, data is actually written on the disk rather than the real RAM. This is considerably slower. Swap tendency can be put off completely (value 0) or put at maximum (value 100). The latter will make the machine constantly write to the swap. To check the current value of swappiness in your system, do: cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness The default value in Ubuntu based distributions is 60. [Read More]