Localized Gujarati Geek

Kartik Mistry’s meta thoughts on life, foss and beyond that..

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Updates

* Life: As usual.

* Debian: Lots of stuffs going on. We’ve yet another ‘MiniDebConf’ edition, this time at Mangalore. (Not really, it is at: NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte) And, yes, we’ve some nice international guests this time. (Ah, hello, bubulle!). I’ve booked ticket etc. even I’m heading there during Diwali time, I hope that it will be more fun than usual crackers + sweets etc this time!

gwibber still sucks.

* There is nothing apart from Life, Debian that needs update. Aye. Aye.

DebConf 11

* Alas. Not going to DebConf 11 :(

conf.kde.in

I'm going to conf.kde.in

Yes. And, I’m talking about “Localization” in ‘Localization foo’ talk.

Speaker list is awesome. See you there!

* List of talks: http://kde.in/conf/talks/
* Delegate registration: http://kde.in/conf/register/

In case, you’re in Ahmedabad or near by (and college student!) , I’ve awesome posters to put into your college notice board to let your friends and spread the word. Ping me that case.

Report from MiniDebConf India 2010

* So, here is late report!

Sometime back Praveen started discussion at DebianIndia mailing list about having MiniDebConf kind of conference here in India. MiniDebConfs are generally focused on ‘development’ rather than at ‘introduction to Debian’. But, since this was our first attempt, out focus was more on to introduce Debian to student community and after writing this after 5 days – I realize that we’ve done good job!

Many thanks to Joerg Jaspert for setting up ‘Mini’ website: http://in2010.mini.debconf.org/

Praveen got bunch of sponsors, many thanks to CDAC and other sponsors for making event happen with testy food and tea that kept me awake.

Now what really happened at Pune?

My flight was nice. I went to guest house of COEP (the host college, 2nd old engineering college in India) and took some rest and called Praveen. He was already at computer lab and setting up Virtualbox and other things. We had two places – hall and lab. Unfortunately, both were at different buildings and subway between them :) I discussed with couple of students and we went to dinner at late night. Pro. Abhijit – who was kindly give permission to use lab and college hall – was another source of energy. He is handling many FOSS events in college and probably only faculty who encourage students to use and learn FOSS.

The Day 1 started with long lines of registration process. As we had around 200 registration, turn out of students were 100% on first day. Hall was almost full. Dr. Shashikumar from CDAC gave nice lecture about ‘contribution’ which was well received. Praveen and Onkar then took the stage and gave nice introduction about Debian.

I met Onkar first time. We had really nice discussion ranging from becoming Ubuntu MOTU to his Powerbook’s adapter. After that Vikram took lively session on ‘i18n and l10n in Debian’ and I took boring session on ‘Contributing to Debian’. Yet another boring session from me was ‘Developer Toolbox’.

Packaging workshop by me at hall made many faces to yawn heavily while Onkar and Praveen handled it nicely at Lab. Main reason for yawning was Wifi and my Macbook’s capacity to deal with ndiswrapper and crappy broadcom’s drivers. (Note: I should get nice machine.)

I met Sham first time. I met Kushal once again and felt energetic again!

Day 2 – As we expected – number was very low compared to Day 1. So, we closed hall and moved entire stuffs to Lab only. Vikram took again nice session on ‘Debian Edu’. It was very interactive and I should learn something from his act of presentation.

Another nice thing from Day 2 was discussion with BOSS Linux team. Hold on. Lets keep some old woes aside. They are basically doing what their ‘bosses’ are telling. Developers were clueless about ‘Sending patches’ to upstream. Their bugzilla had ‘Zorro’ bug reported. I made promise to follow-up on this and set-up ‘patches from boss’ at somewhere depending upon their response. That mail is my draft – let me finish it by weekend. Pavi and others took video from session. It will be nice if someone will post it somewhere :)

We then continued on discussing ‘bugs’ and ‘packaging’ area. It was amazing to see ‘Praveen become DM’ during conference and also to see: upstream, maintainer and sponsor in one room.

I really had nice food at dinners. “Mango Mastani” was nice. Beer was nice. How can I forget discussion with Ramki, Ninad, Pro.Abhijit, Praveen, Pavi and others after dinner?

So – lets work for MiniDebConf 2011 now!

Debconf 10

* Unfortunately…

(with apologies to GIMP)

foss.in/2009: Report from lazy man

* Yes. I’m kicking myself for being lazy and not doing stuffs that I supposed to do before, during and after foss.in/2009. I had expected too much that never happened but something too good happened that I wasn’t able to imagine.

foss.in/2007 was my last foss.in visit where we had lots of fun. Really. But, along with that certain elements (ie Real Life) made it hard to let me enjoy that. Same happened during 2008. Pity. I missed KDE Song and what not..

But, this year – I determined and kicked myself several times. Real Life was kind of in happy mood. foss.in team helped me to figure out travel issues. So, I was all set.

All days were filled with fun, much better involvement (& RTFM) with Debian and then my small talk at KDE PoTD was surprise to me (and also to that Projector that never worked with my Macbook). I’ve made some cool friends – Ramkumar, Siddhesh, Shreyank, Rahul Sundaram and many more from Pai hotel discussion group!

For those who missed my stupid brown humor and PJs – next time. C ya at foss.in/2010!

And yes, I took only two pictures during entire conference. But, fossdotin flickr or picasa tag will say you what kind of fun we had.

Power of Debian

* It was simple wire..

* Aamod came and gave me couple of stickers, and I was amazed..

foss.in Day 1

* Day 1 was pretty good. We had really nice breakfast, after kind of okay-okay sleep due to late night hacking of memories with Kushl, Pradeepto and Siddhesh. We jumped into vehicle, dropped ourselves to venue and met Jace, Samay and other known faces there. Inside, there were few people.. But, we had very nice discussion with fellow speakers sitting near hackcenter area while watching schedule is updated on-the-fly.

Had nice interaction with Ramkumar and instead of working on Debian workout stuffs, noted to learn emacs (yeah, I’m vim guy ;)). Started it with small amount of dose. We settled around table #8 and will remain there. Kunal wanted to package some PHP stuff, he started with that. I uploaded yokadi without any fancy stuff (really, nothing). Started with looking into gwibber2. I rushed to hall #3 and introduced about ‘Debian workout’ but I think people were confused about my sudden introduction, Aanjhan was laughing on my crappy jokes on last seat. Anyway, I then went back, met Aanjhan after so many months, met some more people, peeped into wireshark packet capturing by Siddhesh.

Keynote by Dimitris Glezos, was amazing. We then headed to Aangan for dinner. It was entirely Kushal’s idea, so we were suspecting something about beerware, but alas, it was fantastic Punjabi food. We loved it. Return journey to hotel was NFS Rickshaw driving kind of.

Obviously, I’m not seating in Pradeepto-Aanjhan’s room with other fellows, writing this, lots of discussion on lots of random topics. Kushal’s jokes are coming at random() interval.

Day 1, it was..

foss.in/2009: be there!

* What am going to do there?

1. Debian Workout: Where we are going to get some more ‘people’ hacking on Debian packaging. My focus will be on collaborative-maintainance, RC Bug Fixes, things we could not finished last year (I wasn’t there, but Kapil took the lead..). Kunal & friends are very much interested in fixing some things in `reportbug’ – so it will be fun.
2. Debian Development BOF: This is all about things we did in ‘talks’ in last years. BOF is better than ‘talk’. I’m going to re-prove it!

Foss.in/2009: Be there!

Foss.in/2008

* Even nothing is certain at moment. Wish I could be there.

Omelette and Fruits

* The Omelette Post

… and it clears about ‘low hanging fruits’ too.

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