GNU/Linux

Posted by stylesen
Recently Yahoo changed the way in which we connect to the IM, which broke Pidgin clients in Debian Lenny and Ubuntu systems, specifically pidgin client version 2.5.7 and below. We can correct it by doing the following if you don't want to upgrade your clients to something latest, Go to your yahoo account settings in Pidgin. You'll see two tabs at the top. Go to the second tab(advance). There you'll find, "scs.msg.yahoo.com" and a few other web addresses change it to *cn.scs.msg.yahoo.com*. Thanks to Vipin M of AU-KBC who gave this piece of info via ILUGC mailing list.
Posted by stylesen

While compiling apr-util if you want to point a specific version of bdb installed in your system use the the following:

Posted by stylesen
If you concerned about Repetitive strain injury - RSI and would like something in your desktop which will poke you at constant intervals to take rest before you start starring the monitor continuously "workrave" will be a good tool to consider. In Debian/Ubuntu you install it by the following command:
sudo apt-get install workrave
Posted by stylesen
In order to change the default web browser of Debian GNU/Linux you can use the update alternatives as follows:
$ sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser

There are 4 alternatives which provide `x-www-browser'.

  Selection    Alternative
-----------------------------------------------
          1    /usr/bin/epiphany
          2    /usr/bin/iceweasel
*+        3    /usr/bin/konqueror
          4    /usr/bin/epiphany-gecko

Press enter to keep the default[*], or type selection number: 2
Using '/usr/bin/iceweasel' to provide 'x-www-browser'.
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FStival.org launched!

02 Sep 2008
Posted by stylesen
Yesterday around 22:00 HRS IST FStival.org website went live! It has very basic information, which will grow in the future. This will serve as an one stop shop for all the information concerned with FStival and Software Freedom Day celebrations conducted as a part of GLUGOT and GLUG-Madurai. This website is done using Drupal 6.4, with some cool modules :)
Posted by stylesen
In machines where we have two interfaces say eth0 and eth1, for which you have specified static ip in /etc/network/interfaces, after a reboot the static ip which we have assigned gets screwed among these interfaces ie., the physical interfaces to which eth0 and eth1 must be mapped may change after a reboot, which creates problem when both these networks are entirely different in your servers. This happens with Debian etch. The following could be done in order to overcome this. In your /etc/network/interfaces give names like eth-pvt, eth-pub, eth-dep, etc and assign the static ip addresses.
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A couple of months back Joe Steeve asked me to upgrade the GLUG-Madurai website from an older Drupal version (4.6.x) to something new. I tried for a couple of days when he told, and thought it will consume more time due to some incompatibilities I found with the modules like 'frontpage' used in that website, hence I stopped there. Last week when the FStival work started in full swing we wanted to make the announcements for the event and thought that the website is too outdated, which ultimately pushed me to do this work. Hence I started upgrading the site from Drupal 4.6.x to the latest 6.3 version. I took the following path in order to make the upgradation smooth (Those are drupal versions):