Once again, I am trying to bring out the Minutes of the Meeting, for the one
that was held on 12th October, at "3:00PM".
It was only after 3:30 that there were some "sizable" number of people in
the meet. The reason for the thin attendance can is being attributed to the
less number of mails about the location and timing of the meet, and the
non-availability of the information in the website till today morning.
First was a small chitchat, about GPGP passphrases, the lengths, bruteforce
attacks, protecting the files by using "rootsquashing" (not sure about the
spelling- Prabhu, pl correct me), and so on.
Then Sriram Karra, came up to the stage to put forth his "long dormant" idea
on an application that could prove useful to most of us.
Command line interface (CLI) and Graphical user interface(GUI) are widely
used and each have their own advantages (mutually exclusive) and patrons.
But in CLI, we tend to forget the parameters for many of the commands. One
of the famous examples is the FIND command. It has too many options and too
many features, that you forget the commands quickly. In order to find a
solution to this problem, Karra proposes a new software that will pop-up a
window, and will have all the options available to us in a GUI form.
Prabhu introdused us to "Kaptain". This has a script of its own, and we can
tell the command and the different parameters to it, and it will generate a
GUI for us, which will get us the desired functionality. It looked as if it
is infringing into the "patents" of Karra, but one difference. Karra wants
it to generate the command line and put it back on the console, so that we
can see the actual parameters also, and we can use the same to repeat the
It was Somu's turn (who walked in late), to collect money for the Tee
Shirts. There was a confusion on the sizes of the various Tees. To what
sizes does L, XL, and XXL translate to was a major problem while placing the
orders. I hope he will be able to clarify the same for us very soon.
Mr. Bharathi took us to his "demo lab" to show us the Ind-Linux project. It
was a really amazing lab. He showed us his Tamil/Hindi inscript typing
capabilities of his library level software. Since the translation is done at
the library level, what-ever application we use, will be able to use the
capabilities. The backspace problem as discussed in the previous meet was
also shown. The console version of the software was not available as there
were no ext2 machines available at the demo lab( the kernel which was
developed with ind-linux capabilities doesnot support ext3).
There was also a small demo on the amazing WLL facilities. Simultaneous
voice/data transfer and other capabilities were also displayed. It was
amazing to see HS-DSL at work, with a streaming video image being webcast.
The "server" room (exchange room), of the demo was also excellent. A
"small"(in size) exchange which can serve 1000 lines is used for the demo.
Three machines running RHL, (one of them a server) are used to monitor every
aspect of the exchange, including the CARD status, the users,
functioning/failure of different nodes etc... elaborate log files are also
created by these.
The WLLs on display are actually capable for a range of 25KMs (but
configured here only for a few 100 mts.). A repeater that can extend the
range base stations was also on display. These people do some really
excellent work for the cause of the villagers. Presently they are aiming at
Village level kiosks. This is a huge project with more than 1,500 people,
and three companies participating, to provide access to rural India. Already
the system is under experimentation in some villages in TN, and very soon we
can see it in work in Gujarat. The Indianisation of the display (local
language), is one of the major parts of the whole project.
I think there will be a repetition of this demo during the next meet, for
the benefit of those who missed the same.
When we returned to the Meeting hall, Suraj (late comer) was ready to put
forth is pans for his "School Demo" that he is organizing in a school in
Chrompet. He has got some 6 volunteers , and two PCs for display. More info can
be had directly from him
Thanks to the new coordinator Mr. Bharathi for providing that demo, and helping
me in getting to Srivathsan to pick up RHL 8 CDs. Thanks Mr.Srivathsan, for the
CDs, I will try to return them ASAP.
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