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If you see Java Runtime Environement (JRE) plugin not available in your Iceweasel or Firefox system and auto installation fail, asking you to do a manual install, then install the following package which will automatically put the JRE plugin in place in Debian/Ubuntu based systems.

# aptitude install icedtea6-plugin

The above loads JRE plugin in the web browser. I really wanted this in order to attend webex sessions from my Debian/Ubuntu boxes. Check your browser's Tools->Add-ons->Plugins which will have "IcedTea Java Web Browser Plugin" loaded after installing the above package.

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I was thinking about changing the looks of stylesen.org for a long time (nearly 2 years), but today was the auspicious day I was able to accomplish the mission! Yes at last I ve done it and I hope you are already looking at it ;) Back in 2004 I started blogging with Blogspot.com, then switched to Wordpress.com In september 2006, I rolled out stylesen.org when I had my first self hosting website. I chose drupal to host this site, which today I feel is a wise decision made by me!

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svn 1.6 security improvementsThis was my second article for Linux For You which got published in the May 2009 issue. I am happy that I wrote this article because, the security improvements include the GNOME Keyring support introduced to Subversion whose code am closely associated with. This is also a continuation to the article published in April 2009 issue.

A gist from the article is follows, you can download the entire article from the attachment to this post,

Subversion 1.6.0 was released on 20th March, 2009 and included a lot of
security improvements, which we explore in detail in this article.

Last month, while discussing some of the new and significant features available in Subversion 1.6, we covered a little bit about the security features. This month we’ll concentrate exclusively on security improvements.

  1. Warning when passwords are cached in plain text
  2. Caching SSL client certificate passphrases
  3. Encrypted password/passphrase caching

See attachment below to download the complete article in pdf.

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svn 1.6 features walkthroughI ve written some articles for Linux For You magazine in the recenet past. Thought of publishing it one by one here, and this the first attempt at doing so. My first article to LFY was about the features of subversion 1.6 release. I was so excited to see this article in print which was my first experience to do something like this.

A gist from the article is follows, you can download the entire article from the attachment to this post,

Subversion (svn) is a popular free software version control system that is widely used by a lot of developers across world. Many popular community sites like SourceForge.net, OpenOffice.org, Netbeans, Tigris, etc, provide Subversion hosting for collaborative development.

This article takes you through some of the important features of the Subversion 1.6 release that benefits both users and the developers.

See attachment below to download the complete article in pdf.

Posted by stylesen
Yesterday ie., 02-december-2009 I went to Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai to handle sessions in the Faculty Development Program on Free Open Source Software. This is same (for the engineering college faculty in southern region of TamilNadu) as that of the workshop which I took last week in Jaya Engineering College. Joe Steeve and myself shared the day with our sessions. Joe Steeve spoke on "GNU build tools". I handled two topics namely "CVS - patch - diff" and "Web Servers". Around 30 faculties participated in the sessions. Afternoon we had hands on in the lab, where all the participants worked out whatever they learnt in the morning.
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Today (29-oct-2009) marked Day 3 of SubConf 2009 which is also the last day of the event. Just like yesterday we had lots of talks planned with 3 parallel sessions at any point of time, but unfortunately there was only one talk in English for the whole day. The Subversion Hackathon went for the whole day where developers got together, discussed and wrote code for the entire day. The talks in day-3's agenda was mostly concerned on Software Configuration Management and general concepts. 09:50 am - 10:35 am "Coding Control: How to bring in agility and avoid fragility through software configuration management" talk by Tony Smithfrom Perforce Software. This talk mainly focussed on SCM and Agile development.
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Yesterday ie., 12 Spetember 2009 from 11:30 to 13:30 HRS IST, I conducted "Python Programming Workshop" in SRM University as a part of "Aaruush'09" . I explained basics of python programming language and the advantages of using python over other languages, with some code demo.

We had audience from various colleges in and around Chennai. The session was interactive and I enjoyed a lot with the questions from the audience.

Thanks to Srinivasan T and Ravi Jaya who gave me an opportunity to conduct this workshop. My sincere thanks to Manipal lug where I got some content for my presentation.