Friday, April 23, 2010

I am not tired of talking about and reading about GNU/Linux
I liked and disliked the above article. Both at once. Now, how many times do you feel like that!!. I liked the article because there has been lot of duplication of information without adding any value to the original information. I felt bad because there were duplication of information like this which in turn would add value to the original information and would take me ahead where the original article had left.

So, cool down buddy. Dont worry about all the hue and cry. Be happy about the options being given to you to meet your computational needs. Be clear about what you search and once you get enough information(Which,I am confident you will get) forget it. Try to improve the information with whatever you made out from the info upstream.

Thank you Debian GNU/Linux.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Every Gnu/Linux distro shuold follow the Debian GNU/Linux route

With reference to the following post(, I would like to comment that whatever all GNU/Linux or GNU/BSD distros do I bet that no distro would come closer to whatever Debian GNU/Linux has been or is or will be. Debian GNU/Linux is a big book of "co-operation" for benefit of the entire humanity. Majority of the distros have a more focussed or smaller objective which would in turn support their commercial offerings. In summary the free versions are the testing grounds for the commercial offerings. They are guinea pigs in guise of Floss.

This is where I love Debian GNU/Linux. It has been true in spirit and action to the vision envisioned by RMS(A free as in freedom OS and related apps used by normal users). If users start to use the vanilla versions, then huge corporations are forced to support their hardware on this platform just because of the reach the OS has got. Commercial support will develop around the vanilla version of GNU/Linux. But what is happening is distros are aiming for commercial support first and then build the distro around it. I believe this is bad for GNU/Linux in the long run. An important case where I completely desist is the idea of selling music by ubuntu one. When I recieved 10 cds of ubuntu 5 I was overjoyed at the ideologies of canonical and Mark shuttleworth. I was happy that at least one of the richest men in the world has vowed to help out the poorest in the world.

The popularity of Ubuntu which should be owed to the marketing by canonical and in large to the GNU/Linux community has made canonical to be bullish and as a result are starting to dictate terms to the community. I am not very happy with this improvement. Ubuntu one is serving music but in mp3 format!!!!!!!!!!. This is outrageous. The vorbis format is prooved to be of better quality and smaller size at smaller bit rates. Ubuntu should have been the first to provide music in this format with an option to download mp3s also to whoever are having devices with support for mp3 only. This would have created an environment wherein the device makers would add support to ogg/vorbis format together with licensed codecs like mp3, acc, wma etc. This, I believe is what shuttleworth started out, I think.

So, Mr. shuttleworth, am I right. You owe too much to the GNU land of software and in turn RMS. Wake up Mr. Mark and be a propreitor for GNU/Linux in the true spirit, I gurantee you ROI in terms of happy users and also path breaking financial health in the future. Dont look up to Debian GNU/Linux for only the packages. Look at it for the ethical part of "free as in freedom" philosophy

Sunday, April 11, 2010


After a stressfull April, it was time to head out and chill. My family(wife, son) and my wife's sister's family(husband, son) decided on a week long trip to kodaikal and ooty. But the inspiration and the courage to go on this particular trip was from this travellogue from team-bhp. Excellent travellogue with lots of photographs. I would recommend this travellogue to any body who want to go on a week long trip on this route. Beatiful and informative.

Only the cars used are same. But the route we took was very traditional. It was not as optimistic and detailed as mentioned in the travellogue. The itinerary was bangalore - kodaikanal- ooty - bangalore.
Reached kodai at around 14.30 pm on wednesday 07.05.10
Took rest in the hotel(Hotel TTDC 1650 per room per day)
Went to the lake and took up a pedal boat. Returned just in time before it rained cats and dogs. The lake is neat and less smelly compared to that at ooty. Reach the lake before 5.00 pm. Took a stroll along the lake havin hot bajjis and hot coffee. Went back to the hotel and retired for the day.

Around 10.00 am on 8.5.10 we are ready and drive towards palini(Go back on the same route and take a u turn-indicated on the way), coimbatore, mettupalyam, coonore and finally towards ooty. Reached charring cross around 6.30 pm and booked a hotel (hotel managed by the co-operative bank. It is behind the bank, 10 steps from the charring cross on the commercial street) 1350 per room per day. Rooms were fantastic with spacious verandas, halls, bathrooms and one of the room was equipped with an lcd tv!!!. Had non-veg at a restaurant run by a muslim keralite(very good non-veg except for the biryaanis)

10.00 am on 9.5.10 Doddabetta, tea factory, chocloate factory, Rose garden.
9.00 am on 10.5.10 stinky lake and boating, dashing cars. Lots and lots of people.
1.30 pm start to pykara falls. But lose it on the way and head towards mysore and then bangalore.

See to it that your car is in good shape. It has to take on a number of hair pin curves especially from ooty towards bangalore. Central(remote) locking was a problem. It was like locking a Maruti 800. Otherwise, a fantastic trip. Nature rocks!!!!!. Hope we keep it that way.

"Other OS" option to be removed from "fat ps3s" also!!!!!!(END)

Well the big corporations have won the battle. Sony has gone ahead and disabled the other os option from fat ps3's. Users have been treated as a piece of shit. From various posts all over the public network I have users divided over this issue. I have come across a majority of users bothered and shocked about the ability to run a full fledged OS on their console. They want to hide their ignorance by ignoring this aspect. The same lot will wake up when other non-technical options are deleted from the ps3 like disable the Blu ray movies play back(Well, did you think it is impossible!!!), disable the media server option(SECURITY reasons can be qouted once again), Disable the remaining USB ports(SECURITY, once again), So what u have is a dumb game console. No user in his right mind would have bought the ps3 without requiring any of the options mentioned above. The user base which has turned a blind eye towards the removal of other os option, should just watch out.

I appeal to the entire user base of ps3 to REVOLT against the "feature disabling" steps taken by sony. We bought the ps3 for a specific option beyond its gaming abilities. If it is the question about gaming only then there are plenty available with cheaper games on the anvil.