Posts Tagged ‘fedora’

color-theme on EPEL

February 20, 2011 Comments off

Pushed emacs-color-theme for EPEL. I was able to test the EL5 build using centos 5 however i was unable to test the EL6 build as i don’t have RHEL6. i would appreciate if some one test the following scratch build on a EL6 machine I am not sure whether it will work. i used the same spec file which i have used for EL5.

On the other news cricscore-applet was updated to on all branches fixing a crash due to python API change.

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Yet another reason to use duckduckgo

January 15, 2011 1 comment

I started using duckduckgo after heavy lobbying from the LUG folks . It is indeed good. They are very open to feedback and change. Take a look at the below conversation


Now searching for “BIL” in duckduckgo shows up info about BIL conference on the first page Day 2 and 3

December 26, 2010 1 comment

I have been little busy with work lately and was not able to write a post. Day 2 at started with lennart’s talk on Open surround sound.  We had Fedora mini-conf sessions in the afternoon, so after the talk i went to the workout area to prepare for my talk.

In the afternoon, after rahul’s introduction amit started his talk on kvm. Then aditya shared his experience on  Fedora summer coding and creating KDE Netbook remix. As his talk was short , i was asked by rahul to take my own time and explain more about packaging. I tried my best :-) Here is my presentation

After the talk we went to the workout area to start Fedoraforkids packaging sprints. We managed pull a  decent crowd for the workout. In the evening rahul tried to do a packaging session in Hall c as we had time and people. After finishing the session we went in for the key note address by james morris. Hiemanshu joined us for the dinner , we went to chandni chowk an exotic Indian restaurant in bangalore. After having icecreams with juan we went back to our hotels.

The next day, started with an awesome talk my Dimitris glezos on transifex. After the talk we went to Fedora booth and spent some time with the visitors. we clicked a  team photo too.  People were pinging us in IRC about packaging sessions. After sensing the interest, we announced and conducted  packaging sessions in the afternoon.

I had booked my return flight ticket on Friday, so i had to leave the venue by 4.00 PM to catch my flight! was fun! Sadly it is going to be the last. It was a great experience to meet community members and red hat folks. Big thanks to Fedora community architecture team for sponsoring the whole thing.

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Fedora presence @ – day 1

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment

This is my first ever  My flight arrived at bangalore by 8.30 in the morning. It took me nearly 2 hrs to reach my hotel from the airport. Beware if you want to catch a flight you better prepare and go well ahead of the time ’cause bangalore’s traffic sucks. I met aditya, amit and shreyank at the hotel and we headed towards the venue.

Everything started an hour late. The first talk was about wikipedia. Danese cooper CTO of wikimedia foundation gave a talk on the technology that drives the world’s fifth largest website. Santhosh thottingal’s work on wiki2cd was appreciated  by the wikimedia team. wiki2cd helps in creating offline content out of wikipedia.After the talk we met rahul and got our Fedora t-shirts (yay!) .

In the afternoon aditya and i went into meego mini-conf sessions by Nokia. Nokia is really trying to push meego into the mainstream (Good luck Nokia). In the evening the keynote address was given by rahul. He talked on a topic named “Failures of Fedora and what we have learned from them”, he gave us insights into what red hat/community did wrong and what they learnt from it. It was an awesome talk. Some points from his talk includes merger of core/extras repositories into a single repo, opening up the infrastructure, focus on improving packaging quality/guidelines, the problems they faced with documentation(because of red hat’s initial stand on freeing up the documentation license) , the proposed removal of CLA, the new update policy etc.

Finally we Fedora folks including lennart poettering went into a bar/restaurant and had a very good dinner. Thanks to the community architecture team for everything. We spent lot of time talking about what could be done to improve the  project. Harish pillay joined us there later in the restaurant. He explained why LTSP in Fedora needs some love and how it is getting  distro centric. We came back to hotel by 11.30 PM.

More pictures at

I Voted

October 31, 2010 1 comment

I just voted for the release name of Fedora 15

  • Asturias
  • Blarney
  • Lovelock
  • Pushcart
  • Sturgis

If you haven’t do it NOW!

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FedoraForKids and openeuclide

October 21, 2010 Leave a comment

We are going to do a workout in from the Fedora community. The aim is to create a spin/remix for kids. We have named it as “FedoraForKids” . As part of the preparation we started packaging software which will be useful for the kids/student community.  openeuclide is a geometry software that is intended for educational or modeling purposes. I just pushed it for F13 and F14. Thanks Ankur for the review. If you know about  some free software (for kids) which is not yet available in Fedora, please add it to the wish list

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New Package: Rinari – A Ruby on rails minor mode for emacs

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Pushed emacs-rinari into Fedora repositories, Review request is at . This is the first time i am using fedpkg. It is nice. Thank you shakthi for the review.

Dell vostro 3500 and Fedora 13

August 16, 2010 16 comments


  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 350M(2.26GHz, Dual Core, 4T, 3MB L3)
  • 3GB (1X2G+1X1G) DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM, 2 DIMM
  • 320GB Hard Drive, 7200 RPM
  • Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
  • Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g wireless
  • 8X DVD+/-RW Drive for N-Series
  • Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth Module
  • 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery

Fedora 13 on dell vostro 3500


Fresh installation using Fedora 13 live usb works.

Details of lsmod,lspci,lsusb and cpuinfo





Desktop Environment

I have tried Gnome, Gnome shell, Compiz fusion and sugar on my laptop everything works well.


Sound works by default.


Vlc 1.0.6 crashed initially , ran vlc using ‘MALLOC_CHECK=1 vlc’ to rectify the problem.

Wired network

Fedora uses r8169 module and it works


Wireless won’t work by default, need to install kmod-wl package from rpmfusion non free repository.


Works fine. Tapping is not enabled by default, enable it by visiting System->Preferences->Mouse->Touchpad


Webcam works. Clicked some pictures with cheese.


Works. Transferred some files to my mobile.

Multimedia keys

Multimedia keys response is poor. (Play, pause,next,previous,stop,volume buttons ) I don’t know whether its the fault of my machine, because i can increase the volume with ease but cannot reduce it.

My first ILUGC meet

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Yesterday , i went to IIT – Madras to attend my first ILUGC meet. There i met sudarshan , aishwarya, thangam arun and Yogesh (one of my office pal who came with ravijaya) for the first time. The meeting was actually postponed to 4pm from 3pm (we didn’t check the email to see the announcement) . Me and baskar went there by 3.30 and opened the CSD 20 room of electrical sciences block to see an IIT professor lecturing the students. The professor actually looked like KG :-) . So being there before 30 mins, baskar and me waited outside the block under a tree (“marathadi”) . People started flowing in, approximately by 4.15pm all 15 were there (i didn’t count though).

We started with informal introductions under “marathadi”. ravi jaya started the proceedings with his “lightning” talk on two netbook distros. One is XPUD (some thing like google chrome os, which uses firefox) and another i really can’t remember the name (even ravijaya didn’t :P so he wrote the name of the distro in a paper) . After ravi jaya finished his “lightning” talk under “marathadi”. Bharathi informed us that the room was ready, so we went in there.

People from “kanchilug” prepared a FOSS calender (it is in the process of printing) and demonstrated how they made it using inkscape. Then people from NRCFOSS gave a demonstration on OSM. I came to know about JOSM a java based editor for editing gps traces captured using your phone. Soon i will contribute to OSM (i need a gps device/phone ).

I thought of talking about Fedoraproject,FEL and Fedora security spin there, but i kept my mouth shut as the time already crossed 6.15pm (may be next meet). I met welkin a new contributor to Fedora (packaging). He packaged his own app for Fedora and it is under review at . I invited him to join a FEL list and start packaging for Fedora electronics lab. I hope soon he will be packaging for FEL :-). When leaving i was asking about OSM to sudharsh, he used his freerunner to capture gps traces, it was incredible for me to hear that it has pidgin and shell :D, i wanna buy 1 freerunner soon :-).

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Pushed emacs-goodies spice-mode and haskell-mode in fedora repo

December 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Today i pushed emacs haskell mode and emacs goodies in fedora repository.

Last weeks back i pushed emacs-spice-mode for FEL.

Haskell mode and spice mode will be available for EPEL too. According to haskell mode upstream, the package needs some reorganization otherwise indentation will not work, read the README for more details .

After an extensive review emacs goodies got approved ;-) . The upstream for emacs goodies is debian.

I thank Peter Galbraith, debian developer for his excellent support, Jochen Schmitt , proven packager for sponsoring emacs-goodies , chitlesh, proven packager, FEL spin maintainer for sponsoring emacs-haskell-mode and emacs-spice mode and shakthi, package maintainer for his reviews and patches.

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