Ubuntu Membership

My Ubuntu membership application has been approved today by the Asia and Oceania membership approval board by unanimous votes.

It’s a recognition of significant and sustained contribution to the Ubuntu community, and I’m really glad to get the status. I hope to continue contributing for this great project.

Fixing Delete Key Problem on Acer Extensa

The delete key on my Acer Extensa 5620 wasn’t working on Ubuntu 8.04 out of the box, and I experienced the same problem on Ubuntu 8.10. It’s already filed as Bug 181057 and I hope it’ll be fixed on the next release.

Anyway, here’s how to fix this problem:

  1. Open the following file as root: /etc/X11/xkb/keycodes/xfree86
  2. Find the line <DELE> = 107
  3. Replace it with <DELE> = 242
  4. Find the line <I72> = 242
  5. Replace it with <I72> = 107
  6. Save and reboot, delete key will now work

This problem has been reported on other distributions too, and effects Acer Extensa 5210, 5220, 5620 and possibly other models that I’m not aware of.

Ubuntu Bangladesh Gets Official Status

I’m very happy to announce that Ubuntu Bangladesh finally got the “official” status. This news couldn’t come on a better day as we’re celebrating our first birthday today!

Thanks to Jono Bacon and everyone at the Community Committee for approving. I’m hoping for some great days ahead of us. Wish us luck!

Linux for Home Users: Workshop at East West University

Ubuntu Bangladesh organised a workshop at East West University yesterday, titled “Linux for Home Users”. 108 undergraduate and graduate level students from from 9 departments participated on this day-long workshop, where various issues of FOSS and Ubuntu Linux were discussed.

I initiated the discussion by talking about the FOSS philosophy, history of Linux, Ubuntu and it’s variants, and why Ubuntu is “better” then other distros. The students were very enthusiastic, and asked a lot of questions. This interactive atmosphere made the program very stimulating.

The next presentation was provided by our member Mr. Rafiq-ul-Islam, who explained why switching over to Linux is important for students and how it can help them in their future career. His presentation was highly acclaimed by the participants and he received a great deal of applause.

Light refreshments were then served to the participants, after which I demonstrated the installation of Kubuntu. I took special care in explaining the partitioning part, as this is where all the newbies get stuck. After the installation was over, I demonstrated programs available under Kubuntu that the novice users would possibly use in their everyday lives. The Ubuntu Live CD was also demonstrated, so that the students get to know the difference between the KDE and GNOME environment.

Five more workshops are scheduled over the next four months in this University. We believe that as we inform them about foundational topics about Ubuntu Linux and steadily progress towards more advanced ones, these students will be able to obtain a thorough grounding about Ubuntu Linux.

My appreciation goes to all the volunteers of East West University Telecom Club, who worked hard to make the program a resounding success. Pictures of the event are available at http://gallery.linux.org.bd/thumbnails.php?album=33 (sorry about the picture quality, taken with a mobile phone).

Ubuntu Bangladesh Mirror

It is my pleasure to announce the official Ubuntu Bangladeshi mirror at http://bd.releases.ubuntu.com — now on a new server with a larger hard drive!

Our sincere thanks to BDCOM Online Limited for sponsoring the server and the bandwidth.

Please share the link with your friends, and download the latest ISOs faster than ever! Don’t forget to harness the power of jigdo and torrent files as well!

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