Linux Workshop at North South University

A day-long workshop titled “Migrating to Linux: Introduction to Open Source Tools” was held at North South University today. It was jointly organized by Bangkadesh Linux Users Alliance and North South University Computer Club. The speakers were BLUA members Toby Phillipe, Mir Mahbub Alamgir, Ahmed Rafiq-ul-Islam, Mohammad Salman, and me.

Clock-wise: Russell John, Ahmed Rafiq-ul-Islam, Toby Phillippe, Mir Mahbub Alamgir, and Mohammad Salman. At Boomers, Banani.

Speakers: (clock-wise) Russell John, Ahmed Rafiq-ul-Islam, Toby Phillippe, Mir Mahbub Alamgir, and Mohammad Salman. At Boomers, Banani.

The workshop was divided into two sessions. The first session started at 11:30, when I started off by giving introductory lectures on Linux and Open Source software. I did a lot of Microsoft-bashing as well, which was my favourite part. The next presentation was Mr. Mahbub Alamgir’s, who talked about Ubuntu and Kubuntu. He demonstrated a Kubuntu Live CD and guided through the installation process. The lunch break was announced 13:30, and all of us had our lunch at Boomers. The second session started at 14:15. Mr. Alamgir continued his presentation and showed the basic desktop usage. Toby Phillippe, our “bideshi” member was the next presenter. Toby used an OOo Impress presentation and gave a lot of helpful tips to the participants on migrating to Linux from Windows. He talked about the Open Source alternatives of Windows programs, which was appreciated by the participants. His presentation was very professional, and I’m sure that he has a lot of public speaking experience. Ahmed Rafiq-ul-Islam’s presentation was next, who talked about the command line interface and it’s necessities. He taught the basic shell commands that are needed for everyday system administration. Since the participant were new to Linux, they had a little difficulty understanding, but I’m sure all of them enjoyed his presentation. Mohammad Salman was supposed to talk about server setup and administration, but we had to cancel his presentation due to lack of time. We took a quick decision on organising another workshop sometime soon where he’ll show Apache, BIND, mySQL, and sendmail installation and workaround. Overall, the workshop was a success. It had strengthened our ties with NSUCC, who’s support was invaluable. My personal thanks goes to Saumen, who coordinated the event from their side. Thanks to NSUCC president Zia bhai and all the the volunteers who helped enormously. Check out for photos of the event.

Unstable Google Earth 4 Beta

We apologize for the inconvenience, but Google Earth has crashed. This is a bug in the program, and should never happen under normal circumstances.

It was a great to see the native port of Google Earth for Linux, which was released 2 weeks ago. I downloaded it last week, but installed it today on my Mandriva box. I ran it, but it crashed.

I retried, but it kept on dying at random intervals. It lasted from 30 seconds to 15 minutes, while showing me the sneak peak of it’s capabilities. I zoomed on Buriganga river and saw some ships. The national stadium at Gulistan looked remarkable too.

I’m sure that the random crashes has something to do with my X server configuration, but right now I’m feeling too lazy to search for a fix. Google demanded that it works under Fedora 5 and Ubuntu 5.10, but I didn’t bother to check. I’ll patiently wait till the stable version of Google Earth 4 is out!

Kernel 2.6.17 Released

I just patched my kernel to version 2.6.17, which was released this morning and codenamed “Crazed Snow-Weasel”. Not much pain while patching.

Just a little stat on this production release:

  • 652 files and 416664 lines has been added
  • 632 files and 507448 lines has been changed
  • 350 files and 308710 lines has been deleted

Get the patch from’s FTP or HTTP server.

New Home of Ubuntu-BD

Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) was released today, making it the perfect day to announce the new home of Ubuntu Bangladesh.

I’ve been working on-and-off on the site for the last few days, tried MediaWiki, MoinMoin and TikiWiki, but finally decided to go for PHP-Nuke, which is not a wiki but a CMS. The site is happily running from an US server, hosted by our sponsor Dualnic. Check it out!

Birth of

Smurf finally pointed the domain to our DNS — and is finally up!

I’ll spent next few days on designing the site. Wait up for the announcement, guys!

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