Long time Debian developer Ray Dassen died on May 18.
Ray was a Debian Developer for an incredible 19 years. He joined the
project in 1994, and continued to be an active contributor until recently.
Ray was one of the founding members of the Debian GNOME team, his
friendliness and willingness to help fostered a spirit of collaboration
within the GNOME team. He continued his involvement within Debian as the
maintainer of several packages, most notably the Gnumeric spreadsheet.
A lot of debate happened on our FB wall on the topic 'What are the
advantages & disadvantages of having multiple Linux Distros?'. Here is
We are planning to do a story on the same and we would really appreciate
if you let us know your thoughts on *'Is having too many Linux distros a
problem?*'. Please share your views on what you think on this.
We are planning to do a story on the same and we would really appreciate
if you let us know your thoughts on *'Is having too many Linux distros a
problem?*'. Please share your views on what you think on this
Could you describe the problem?
Junior Linux System Administrators.
No. of Openings:
One (1) to two (2) years experience with Debian 6/7, CentOS/RHEL
5/6, Ubuntu 10.04/12.04 server.
Must be comfortable with:
1. Command line - no GUI for administration.
2. Shell scripting (sh/bash)
3. Remote administration with ssh
5. Deb and RPM package management,
6. Network tools like tcpdump, wireshark, iperf, ...
7. Virtualization (Linux KVM, VirtualBox).
8. DNS (bind), DHCP
Working knowledge of the following very helpful
a. Directory Services (LDAP+Kerberos)
b. Samba 3/4
c. FTP (vsftpd)
d. Messaging (email + calendaring) - postfix, dovecot, roundcube, kolab
e. Proxy server / Captive Portal
f. Trouble ticket system
Besides the above, the Candidate must be
A. proficient in written/spoken English; some interaction with
B. self motivated problem solvers - you are expected to resolve IT
related issues on you own and escalate only those that are beyond your
C. Taking and following instructions with diligence.
Application of Mind (knowledge) a *must*
Mumbai, Western suburbs
How to apply:
Please send your professional bio data (ODT/PDF/RTF/TEXT formats only)
to hr <at> silverarc <dot> biz
with subject line as follows
"[JOBREQ NO 20130518] Junior Linux System Administrators"
Please note that any candidate who does not follow the above
instruction, disqualifies him/her self automatically.
Please circulate this among your friends/colleagues who may be interested.
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Free Software Movement Maharashtra - Outcome of preparatory meeting
The preparatory meeting for formation of 'Free Software Movement
Maharashtra' was a success. The meeting was held at the Indian
Institute of Technology Bombay on 4th May 2013. 44 people participated
The agenda of the meeting was:
1. Discussion on the importance free software and knowledge as a commons
2. Discussion about the need for a movement in the free software domain
3. Forming an organising team to take forward activities in Maharashtra
4. Listing and approving of action items for the next few months
The participants were welcomed by Vikram Vincent, Member, General
Council, FSMI and Prof. Puru Kulkarni moderated the session.
Prof. Kannan Moudgalya inaugurated the first agenda point by talking
about the FOSS initiatives at IITB and the efforts to connect with the
teachers and students from all over the country. Prof. D.B. Phatak
explained about the role of Aakash and the need for large scale
efforts to localise knowledge. He raised several points of importance,
two of which are the need to create strong business ecosystems in the
FOSS domain and the need for the end users to have the freedom to
choose the products and services they want. Dr. T. Jayaraman of TISS
highlighted the efforts of TISS in opening up knowledge and the
challenges that arise out of such initiatives. He extended support
both from himself personally and also of his colleagues at TISS for
furthering the free software movement. Dr. Vivek Monteiro spoke a few
words on the universalisation of knowledge. Venkatesh Hariharan of
Knowledge Commons intervened in the discussions and provided the
theoretical framework for knowledge as a commons. Kiran Chandra,
General Secretary of FSMI, detailed the need for a strong people’s
movement in the free software domain. He emphasised on the guiding
principles of FSMI which allowed it to take up issues of human concern
The recent mandate of AICTE (to all its institutes) to implement Microsoft's
Office365 suite of collaboration tools was discussed.
A link to AICTE's announcement is here:
Kiran Chandra pointed out FSMI's response to this, which is available at the
The possible effects of the implementation of the mandate to use
Office 365 were discussed and there was unanimous agreement towards
demanding reasons for the same from AICTE, through legal means and
using RTIs etc., along with an agreement to oppose such an initiative.
The meeting then called for volunteers to form a core team who would drive the
activities for the next few months towards initiating the Free
Software Movement Maharashtra. A team of 18 members was created, and
Dr. Puru and Vikram will coordinate the same. The members of the
organising team are Dr. T. Jayaraman, Mrunmayee Tayade, Rajesh Kumar,
Nikita Belavate, Rahul Maganti, Deepak Pacha, Arun Khan, Siji Sunny,
Kiran Eranki, Prof. Shishir Jha, Dinesh Jain, Rahul Muttu, Pradeep
Mohandas, Krutikaa Jawanjal, Karthik Nadar, one for ERP-next. The
meeting had representation from several organisations such as IITB,
TISS, FSMI, Wikipedia, Knowledge Commons, DA-IICT, ILUG-BOM, Somaiya
and other colleges.
The ‘Free Software Movement Maharashtra' with the domain name of
http://fsmm.in was declared functional.
The following points were chosen as action points in near future:
1. FOSS sessions in colleges and schools
2. GNOME Marathi popularisation and supporting respective groups
already working in this domain.
3. Office 365
4. Any other that may be feasible as and when opportunity arises.
Photographs of the meeting. Courtesy of Venky
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In favour of Publication
Sub :AICTE removes the mandatory clause from the notice on
A delegation from the Free Software Movement of India and other groups
have submitted a representation demanding the revision of the decision
of the AICTE making the usage of Office-365 mandatory on the 30th of
A group of young parliamentarians led by P Rajeev also made a
representation to the AICTE chairman raising concerns that were
similar on 07-05-13. The signatories include Rajeev Chandrasekhar,
Sitaram Yechury, KN Balagaopal, PK Biju CP Narayanan, Prashantho
Chatterjee, Tapan Sen, Dr T Seema and MP Achutan.
We understand that the AICTE has now agreed and is removing the
mandatory clause from the notice. We welcome this decision. However,
we demand that AICTE should revise the decision of using Office-365
totally, as it is not in the interest of the students, institutions
and colleges. AICTE as a public funded body should not engage in
supporting proprietary systems.
We also thank all those in the academia, intellectuals, developer
community, policy makers and parliamentarians who have taken it up
with AICTE for revising the decision.
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From: "Francesca Ciceri" <madamezou(a)debian.org>
Date: May 5, 2013 6:28 AM
Subject: Debian 7.0 Wheezy released
> The Debian Project http://www.debian.org/
> Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" released press(a)debian.org
> May 4th, 2013 http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130504
> After many months of constant development, the Debian project is proud
> to present its new stable version 7.0 (code name "Wheezy").
> This new version of Debian includes various interesting features such as
> multiarch support , several specific tools to deploy private
> clouds , an improved installer, and a complete set of multimedia
> codecs and front-ends which remove the need for third-party
> 1: http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110726b
> 2: http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120425
> Multiarch support, one of the main release goals for "Wheezy", will
> allow Debian users to install packages from multiple architectures on
> the same machine. This means that you can now, for the first time,
> install both 32- and 64-bit software on the same machine and have all
> the relevant dependencies correctly resolved, automatically.
> The installation process has been greatly improved: Debian can now be
> installed using software speech, above all by visually impaired people
> who do not use a Braille device. Thanks to the combined efforts of a
> huge number of translators, the installation system is available in 73
> languages, and more than a dozen of them are available for speech
> synthesis too.
> In addition, for the first time, Debian supports installation and
> booting using UEFI for new 64-bit PCs (amd64), although there is no
> support for "Secure Boot" yet.
> This release includes numerous updated software packages, such as:
> * Apache 2.2.22
> * Asterisk 18.104.22.168
> * GIMP 2.8.2
> * an updated version of the GNOME desktop environment 3.4
> * GNU Compiler Collection 4.7.2
> * Icedove 10 (an unbranded version of Mozilla Thunderbird)
> * Iceweasel 10 (an unbranded version of Mozilla Firefox)
> * KDE Plasma Workspaces and KDE Applications 4.8.4
> * kFreeBSD kernel 8.3 and 9.0
> * LibreOffice 3.5.4
> * Linux 3.2
> * MySQL 5.5.30
> * Nagios 3.4.1
> * OpenJDK 6b27 and 7u3
> * Perl 5.14.2
> * PHP 5.4.4
> * PostgreSQL 9.1
> * Python 2.7.3 and 3.2.3
> * Samba 3.6.6
> * Tomcat 6.0.35 and 7.0.28
> * Xen Hypervisor 4.1.4
> * the Xfce 4.8 desktop environment
> * X.Org 7.7
> * more than 36,000 other ready-to-use software packages, built from
nearly 17,500 source packages.
> With this broad selection of packages, Debian once again stays true to
> its goal of being the universal operating system. It is suitable for
> many different use cases: from desktop systems to netbooks; from
> development servers to cluster systems; and for database, web, or
> storage servers. At the same time, additional quality assurance efforts
> like automatic installation and upgrade tests for all packages in
> Debian's archive ensure that "Wheezy" fulfills the high expectations
> that users have of a stable Debian release. It is rock solid and
> rigorously tested.
> You can install Debian on computers ranging from handheld systems to
> supercomputers, and on nearly everything in between. A total of nine
> architectures are supported: 32-bit PC / Intel IA-32 (i386), 64-bit PC /
> Intel EM64T / x86-64 (amd64), Motorola/IBM PowerPC (powerpc), Sun/Oracle
> SPARC (sparc), MIPS (mips (big-endian) and mipsel (little-endian)),
> Intel Itanium (ia64), IBM S/390 (31-bit s390 and 64-bit s390x), and ARM
> EABI (armel for older hardware and armhf for newer hardware using
> hardware floating-point).
> Want to give it a try?
> If you want to simply try it without having to install it, you can use a
> special image, known as a live image, available for CDs, USB sticks, and
> netboot setups. Initially, these images are provided for the amd64 and
> i386 architectures only. It is also possible to use these live images to
> install Debian. More information is available from the Debian Live
> homepage .
> 3: http://live.debian.net/
> If, instead, you want to directly install it, you can choose among
> various installation media, such as Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, CDs, and USB
> sticks, or from the network. Several desktop environments — GNOME, KDE
> Plasma Desktop and Applications, Xfce, and LXDE — may be installed
> through CD images; the desired one may be chosen from the boot menus of
> the CDs/DVDs. In addition, multi-architecture CDs and DVDs are available
> which support installation of multiple architectures from a single disc.
> Or you can always create bootable USB installation media (see the
> Installation Guide  for more details).
> 4: http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/installmanual
> The installation images may be downloaded right now via bittorrent 
> (the recommended method), jigdo , or HTTP ; see Debian on CDs 
> for further information. Wheezy will soon be available on physical DVD,
> CD-ROM, and Blu-ray Discs from numerous vendors , too.
> 5: http://www.debian.org/CD/torrent-cd/
> 6: http://www.debian.org/CD/jigdo-cd/#which
> 7: http://www.debian.org/CD/http-ftp/
> 8: http://www.debian.org/CD/
> 9: http://www.debian.org/CD/vendors
> Already a happy Debian user and you only want to upgrade?
> Upgrades to Debian 7.0 from the previous release, Debian 6.0 (codenamed
> "Squeeze"), are automatically handled by the apt-get package management
> tool for most configurations. As always, Debian systems may be upgraded
> painlessly, in place, without any forced downtime, but it is strongly
> recommended to read the release notes  as well as the installation
> guide  for possible issues, and for detailed instructions on
> installing and upgrading. The release notes will be further improved and
> translated to additional languages in the weeks after the release.
> 10: http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/releasenotes
> 11: http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/installmanual
> About Debian
> Debian is a free operating system, developed by thousands of volunteers
> from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet. The Debian
> project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the
> Debian Social Contract and Free Software, and its commitment to provide
> the best operating system possible. Debian 7.0 is another important step
> in that direction.
> Contact Information
> For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at
> http://www.debian.org/ or send mail to <press(a)debian.org>.
Workshop on Essential Abstractions in GCC, 2013
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IIT Bombay (http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in).
Dates: 29 June to 3 July (Saturday to Wednesday) 2013.
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