Few friends came over to my place today… it was pre-planned. But, what was supposed to be a small discussion, took the whole day.

Last night, I was chatting to my ex-roommate and classmate Abhijeet.Β  We were having a general talk when suddenly, he asked me, “I want to do some work… guide me”. hmm… I thought. And then, I introduced him to Kushal da, and they had quite a long conversation, at the end of which, Abhijeet told that he would come over today.

Today, he arrived with Ashish and Rahul. Meanwhile, Ratnadeep had also come to discuss a few things. Ratnadeep and /me showed them how to connect to the internet using their mobile phone… installed audio and video codecs, etc. Rahul, being an ECE student, provided with an FEL dvd and the iso; explained about IRC, the need to have their nicks registered, various channels, and some general stuff. They registered their nicks. They should be posting a blog on how to connect to the internet using a GPRS cellphone very soon. πŸ™‚

Harsh(yevlempy) also arrived. My room was over-crowded πŸ˜€ but it felt nice. With so many of us gathered there, talks went on till 7:30 p.m. till we thought that we should leave something for the coming days πŸ™‚

Past few days, I, along with Meejan, under the guidance of Kushal, have been working on system-config-boot. We wrote a tui version of it, which we sent to Harald, who accepted it, and after making the required changes, committed it in git.

The link to the rawhide build is here.

To get the work done, I had to study the python snack module.

The gui version code at /usr/share/system-config-boot/boot_gui.py helped a lot. There are two examples present atΒ  /usr/share/doc/newt-python-0.52.10/ namely, peanuts.py & popcorn.py , are simple and very helpful. Hack on them and you’ll learn a lot.

Lots of thanks to Kushal for mentoring us. This has been my first contribution to a project… lots more should follow πŸ™‚

Past few days have been quite hectic. And, the list of my pending tasks has increased considerably. I am halfway through with the conversion of the Fedora 11 installation wiki(the small install guide) into a pdf, hope to complete it by tonight… also have to make a wiki page in the fedoraproject wiki for the same and another one on how to install Sahana.

Besides, I am studying python for the Subtitle Downloader at the DGPLUG Summer Training. I have been slow with python and wish to pick up some pace (but how!! 😦 )The class on RPM packaging was very good and I am going through mbuf’s presentation and the RPM Workflow link… could anyone guide me to something very easy to try a hand at ?

Ah! I almost forgot… translation! I also have to translate the wiki into Hindi. Typing hindi on the keyboard is sooo… tough, I am painfully slow at it, but still have begun and will complete it soon (hope so!)

In the meantime, my classes have already begun and I will have to leave (probably tomorrow) for Durgapur to submit a letter to the college for additional leave πŸ˜‰

Yesterday was my first visit to the West Bengal State University, Barasat. Rtnpro, Meejan, Yevlempy(Harsh), Chandana and /me being led by IndraDG and StephDG reached the university around 12:30 p.m.

IndraDG led us straight to the Server Room. He got us acquainted with the equipments in use there. We were given a briefing about the wiring and the connections of the room, the batteries being charged by this *big* UPS (I have to admit, first look, I thought it was a CPU, a big CPU. But then, I noticed just a small display and no optical/usb drives… then I understood… this was one big UPS). This UPS is used to charge some 20 batteries which are arranged on a shelf, blocks of 4 in each of the five rows.

The UPS is a Liebert GXT-MT 6KVA UPS with a OpenComms Web Card.Indradg then explained some details about the UPS.Β  We were then told about the mechanism used to provide back-up during power cuts, IndraDg actually recreated a power cut by shutting down the power supply for a while. We were also introduced to the network configuration of the university.

It was time to get started… we set up a Desktop in place of the already-setup one. But the system was in a bad state… so we had to install Fedora 10. After the installation was complete, rtnpro began his task: downloading the Fedora 11 repository. But, rtnpro seemed to be having some trouble with it. A call to Susmit da… he mailed some instructions and finally…Β  there was some progress.

While rtnpro was busy with the repository, I had a cup of tea twice. The server room is so cold!… had to step outside every hour or so… Some posters citing “Do not switch off this machine! Work in progress” were prepared by StephDG and stuck on the desktop and the doors. IndraDG then showed us how to configure the router so that it can be controlled from outside. rtnpro could now login and check the progress sitting at his home. But, as we were about to leave, rtnpro hit the halt command on his terminal, not realising that he was logged in to the server. (thank you very much rtnpro! πŸ˜› ) The system had to be booted again and the whle procedure cost us some 20-30 minutes.

However, we finally left the university at 5:30 p.m. I reached home at 8:50 p.m. and was so tired that I went to bed instantly, waking up at 7 this morning.

As of now, I am sitting alone in the server room – Day 2. rtnpro and meejan were supposed to be here at 11, but its almost 1 pm. and they haven’t arrived.

Yesterday, I was installing Fedora 11 Leonidas on my laptop virtually. I was using VirtualBox for the installation. I took snapshots of each and every step during the whole installation procedure and now, the result is a wiki page, where I have written down the installation procedure step-by-step along with the screenshots. The page can be found here.

I am currently translating the same to Hindi and will put up the link ASAP. Any comments/feedback for further improvement would be really hepful. πŸ™‚