Software Freedom Day, Chennai, India

Its been over 8 months since i moved to Chennai, the southern part of India. Chennai has a strong free software user as well as contributor base.

I was invited as speaker at an engineering college (jaya college of engineering). I was amazed to see the enthusiasm among student s about free software. The college has students contributing to free software allready.



I interacted with a crowd of over 200 students. Most of them were freshers and knew what free software is. I am sure with the guidance of teachers/staff/faculty the college will produce more contributors to many more projects.

Apart from regular talk there were Software stalls as well where students were showing demo of popular free software like Scribus, Inkscape, Kde/Gnome, text editors like Vi/Emacs and office suites. I was happy and surprised to see school students participating in the event.





I was extremely happy to meet the HOD of college Comp Sc, Mr. Kumaran who is leading this initiative since year 2007.
I had word with them and we are also going to organize Ubuntu “Oneiric” release party next month.

Lastly i did got a shiny memento for my presence at the event. 🙂

Desktop Summit: My Experience meeting Gnome/Kde folks

First of all thanks to KDE e.V for sponsoring my trip. It was great place to meet g33ks and folks i been chatting mostly via IRC.

Desktop Summit

I met many folks like Andre , Lydia and Aaron to name a few. I was happy to see participation of attendees from India most of them being GSOC students and contributors.

Vishesh and Rohan

The two freaks above they been allready doing some awesome work, vishesh with nepomuk and Rohan with bug fixes on Kde and Ubuntu.

I also met awesome team of kde-www although neverendingo was not there i had conversation with annew on the userbase related contribution.

I also got chance to meet Mr. Shuttleworth and attend his say on copyrights and stuff.

Mark Shuttleworth and Michael Meeks


I love KDE and Gnome both, but there are people who are very strict to there choice. I might be wrong but we need to be flexible and give/show love to both. Am happy to see KDE and Gnome folks all at same place. 😀

KDE and Gnome

I been organizer of an open source event and i need to learn the commitment part from  the organizers, hats off to them for everything.

seaLne (setting up connector in hall for hack session)

Its been one of the best experience for me, i would especially thank andre and lydia. They gave confidence to me for submitting my talk

I am happy for all those parties and beer i had during Island and beach party.

Beach Party


I am very grateful to work with my awesome OSS team at csscorp who helped me with all the valuable suggestion for my talk.



ImageMagick and mogrify. : My command line tool for watermarking.

One fine day i decided i want “watermark” on my photos too, i know am not a great photographer but just for sake i wanted one.

I am too lazy to do anything from GUI so i searched a bit and came to know about ImageMagic and mogrify.

I simply installed it on my ubuntu box :-

sudo apt-get install imagemagik

Once i had it installed i decided using same watermark for all my images which which were lying in my directory at Desktop with name “foto”

One of the photos before watermark


before watermark

I simply used the command :-

$ mogrify -font /usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont/FreeSerifBoldItalic.ttf -pointsize 100 -verbose -draw "fill red text 24,75 '@koolhead17' " /home/atul/Desktop/foto/*.jpg
i am selecting a font, asking for verbose, drawing, filling it with red color text with mentioned size.
This is how it looks after watermark :-

 I would highly recommend any one who is lazy as i am to give a try to imagemagik.
More example and information on Imagemagik can be found at :





My first Ubuntu Cloud Days ..

Its been long time i blogged, this blog is about the amazing IRC session we had during 25-26 july.
Another thing i would like to tell is i participated as presenter as well as a student. Interesting session were taken by Ubuntu Cloud developers and from members of OpenStack Team. I took session on cloud-init, a Ubuntu cloud technology that enables a cloud instance to bootstrap itself and customize. It was one of the first experience for me thanks to for kicking me into this. I would say i need a lot of improvement before i present in next cloud days.

I loved all the sessions to start with kim0`sI have few bugs assigned under my belt which needs to be fixed.

I cannot say as which talk i liked most as all of them were equally awesome but i enjoyedthe most. I mean OpenStack project is so active, if you are out of it for a week or two get ready to be surprised. The whole OpenStack Dashboard is changed for example 🙂

I am looking forward to contribute to ensemble as i been following it for some time.

Other topics were Orchestra, UEC, eucalyptus.

Logs for complete session are available at

Thanks again kim0 😀

What i want to See in my Google plus : wishlist

To start with neither Google has paid me to write this nor i dislike WebEx or Facebook. Google has always changed the technology tread and yes they failed too sometime, like Google Wave.
I love Google and its most important part of my web life. I got google plus and i was thrilled to see many features like circles, streams and hangouts. I can easily create a circle with college friends, office friends, family and stream my stuff to them. cool stuff, i always wanted that in facebook. 🙂

So there is another feature which interests me most its hangout. I can invite a particular circle of mine and all of us can chat/talk and share cam. Its just fantastic. 🙂

What i see google plus is :–

1. A tool/platform more than just a social media.
2. Google Plus can be used easily to provide online education to millions of poor kids sitting in Africa and Asia.
3. It can be used as a tool for live question answer session for “President`s” address to public. (hoping some day white house joins and adds people to Circle ) 😀
4. Provide private companies there own circle to use plus as social media along with strong interaction tool.
5. Most of the NGO needs a platform for spreading the word and google plus will be best hangout.

What all features (wishlist) i want integrated in google plus :-

1. Integration of slideshow inside google hangout. I wonder why there is no ? When google docs is capable of converting everything as slides why/what is stopping it from this?
2. Remote screen sharing.
3. Online Chat classification on basis of circles and feature to be available for only desired groups. (its doable i know, some tweak with ejabbed which google uses)
4. Wikipedia page listing like “sparks” 🙂

I know we human are always in desire of something more, and since Google is god we can get everything from there. 😀

I will add more wish list as i explore google plus more. 😀

command 4 today : june 24 2011

apt-cache showpkg 

I been using Ubuntu/Debian for over 5-6 years now but never got an opportunity where i had to check the available version of particular software in repository and know about its dependency and also reverse dependency.

 sudo apt-cache showpkg ftp

Package: ftp
0.17-19build1 (/var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_lucid_main_binary-i386_Packages) (/var/lib/dpkg/status)
 Description Language: 
                 File: /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_lucid_main_binary-i386_Packages
                  MD5: e4165975d9905e3c75c5c1aa9714d90d

Reverse Depends: 
  heimdal-clients,ftp 0.16-1
  ftp-ssl,ftp 0.10
  ftp-ssl,ftp 0.10
0.17-19build1 - libc6 (2 2.11) libncurses5 (2 5.6+20071006-3) libreadline6 (2 6.0) netbase (0 (null)) netstd (0 (null)) 
0.17-19build1 - 
Reverse Provides: 
heimdal-clients 1.2.e1.dfsg.1-1ubuntu1
ftp-ssl 0.17.19+0.2-1

Openstack Book released!!

Well its over month we at Csscorp , my current workplace released a complete beginners guide on the deployment of Openstack for Ubuntu natty.

All the information for the same can be found at

Am lucky to be part of the team where i got my first hand into cloud computing and i can see Openstack a very promising entity, after all its backed by Rackspace and NASA beside over 100 other corporate houses.

Report: ilug chennai meet & natty release party

I been traveling across colleges and places in India so from now onwards i will be putting all details and information about it on my blog. I been escaping it for a while.

Its been almost 3 months for me in Chennai and finally i attended LUG-Chennai meet up. Thanks to Srini for giving me lift for the venue as am yet to become familiar will bus routes in Chennai.

Before reaching at venue we got chips, coke and some other snacks for the meetup as we were celebration natty release party. I was very happy to see a gathering of around 40 people at the venue.


There were some other talks as well like government of India spoken-tutorial initiative and a student giving introduction to google`s GO programming language.










Lastly we had a our youngest member took the dias and spoke about natty and its feature with a slide exceeding 150 pages 🙂

I liked the way he demonstrated natty and told others about Unity and other major improvement in the release.

One of the most important thing that happened during the meetup was that we had an uninvited guest a “Monkey”, yes he was in the party too. I offered him some chips and he eat it with fun 😀

Overall i would say although i missed most of the old fellows of Ilug-Chennai as srini was the oldest of the present members there.

I hope to meet them regularly now for the meetup.