Sending a Freemedia DVD.

I am a part of Freemedia team for Fedora . and this is the first time I am actually sending a DVD outside apart from my local requests .The request i accepted is from Dewanhat , Cooch Behar , West Bengal .

I burned the DVD, put it into a Floppy/CD Mailer Envelope and went to a post office .

Me : I want to do a speed post of this .

me hands over the envelope .

The person was a lady and she took it , but just she was about to dump it , she noticed the CD/Floppy Mailer tag on the envelope .

P.O : Sorry , we dont mail CD’s in this way , you have to put it in a wooden box and then mail it .

[reaction] wtf.

Me : From where can i get that box ?

P.O: You have to built one .

[again reaction] WTF.

P.O: You better take a courier service.

Me : ok

and i took the DVD to a courier office .

Me : I want to send this .

C.O: ok .

C.O : But its written a village , we dont have service to village .

Me : ok

takes back the DVD ,

[Current status] : DVD still with me .

Any ideas on how to send this will be helpful .


call for good administrators……is it ??

India has shortage of bandwidth, demand more  and provider less . So in a small city like here ,it almost impossible to ask for good connections , My so called ISP is actually airtel broadband given via local cable operators .Thep provide good download speeds and this is where the problem starts .

you pay 900/- bucks for BSNL to get a 256Kbps unlimited and here 820/- to get 256Kbps upload limited connection .No support for Linux , they wont come to your home if it not a windows machine .

Orkut is the most happening thing in India I guess.You go on anything beyond orkut and you are blocked . My GSoC requires svn to work with and to my great fortune svn is blocked . Result = searching for externel shells and currently working on my mentors machine via ssh .

status : Eagerly waiting for BSNL to arrive .

dgplug@NIT-DGP and @BCET

Today I suppose is a good day in dgplug’s history . We were scheduled to visit NIT@DGP and BCET today. Naturally we started off a little late but managed to reach NIT in time.

NIT@DGP had organized a seminar cum discussion session,with mostly students from 3rd year and 2nd year our primary concern is to get upstream contributers. Since many of them are already familier with Linux. With a brief introduction of dgplug’s way of work and bijra high school project we directly jumped into describing various way of upstream contribution that ranges from documentaion to graphics to os development.Introduction to Linuxchix for girl contributers( we have lot of girls present ) . Some open source activities like Google Summer of Code and all .We even had Pradeepto, Kartik Mistry and Runa on our big screen ,it was fun cause Runa had her ice cream melted 😛 . Our session lasted for two and a half hours.After that we all had lunch @vatika ,a local food court.

Second half of the day didn’t go as we planned, We tried to had a short session at BCET but eventually landed in very formal seminar planned by BCET-LUG and BCET authorities . So kushal had to give again a long one and half hour talk . Since most students here are new to the linux world so we mainly had to concentrate on how and whats of Linux rather than what we did in NIT@DGP.

After a long talk session finally home.I had to wait some time to digest all that in ate today

The positive part is NIT has a good infrastructure so they can kick some good stuffs with help of that . For BCET as its mainly a authority initiative so we expect some help when need but being its very tight and formal structure there will be restrictions.But at least their college is talking some initiatives.


Dgplug install fest

This time install fest went really good. The day before we asked the student that since no college labs are available so whatever we will be doing will be concentrated to laptops only ,so those who have should bring their laptops . And students brought not only theirs some even borrowed from their friend and came in. We had total of 9 laptops and 36 students .So we started off with dvd’s burnt on previous day.

As most are branded ones Dell XPS 1530 and Lenovo’s had a smooth install ,Though their were some issues with nvidia drivers with the dell machine.

HP machine with single partitions had some issues which were also solved.

Most valuable thing this time is we had our local repos so no issue in doing a yum update after installation.

So after a day of successful install fest ,peace in mind.Tomorrow we will again be sitting with those laptops resolving issues and teaching basic stuffs.

In other news: Some teacher in our college wanted to set up remote destop system in order to have a better administration in our linux and networking lab. They wanted to do that with us.There are some capable machines we sorted out but with very less amout of RAM . See my previous post regarding this. So looking forward to this .

Vmware server and LTSP 5

I tested LTSP 5 in fedora 8 using vmware server 1.0.4 build-56528.

There are certain thing that is needed to be taken care off .

By default a bridging in configured between your ethernet card and vmware which is known as virbr0 . Now as most internet connection are served over dhcp, so there are chances of both dhcp server getiing mixed and result is this error

No root path received
no option root-path specified in your dhcpd.conf file
may be multiple dhcp server configured

A solution to this problem is to create a host only network configuration . This is same as configuring a network on a server with two NIC’s. On for internet and other for serving dhcp to clients.

in order to do so run as root

Now i am just adding the portion needed to configure a host only networking

configured manually

Do you want networking for your virtual machines? (yes/no/help) yes

Would you prefer to modify your existing networking configuration using the
wizard or the editor? (wizard/editor/help) wizard

Do you want to be able to use NAT networking in your virtual machines? (yes/no)
[yes] no

Do you want to be able to use host-only networking in your virtual machines?
[no] yes

Configuring a host-only network for vmnet1.

Do you want this program to probe for an unused private subnet? (yes/no/help)
[yes] no

What will be the IP address of your host on the private

What will be the netmask of your private network?

The following host-only networks have been defined:

. vmnet1 is a host-only network on private subnet

Do you wish to configure another host-only network? (yes/no) no

Ltsp 5 in fedora 8

I have made a pdf file that contain a little bit more detail description of making LTSP 5 running in fedora 8 (i386) .

This contain detail about configuring configuration files as well .

Hope this will help .

You can find the file here

p.s . :

This file contains details about /etc/exports , /etc/host.allow , /etc/dhcpd.conf , because for LTSP 5 need these to wriiten manually as compared to LTSP 4.2 .

LTSP 5 and fedora 8 … a hard way

This is a follow up to my previous post regarding LTSP 5 and Fedora 8 .

The installation part is pretty simple and is same as told before . But need some tweaks to make things work . I am detailing them here ..hope it will help .


One most important point is ,

xinetd service must be enabled and running in order to have a xsession running in thin clients .

In order to do so there are some points to take care of: –
As this a ubuntu version running so there are certain changes than a normal fedora version.
a) Ubuntu uses inetd instead of xinetd so take care of that . Also from this version NBD is used and is fired over NFS. This is taken care of by installing nbd.rpm which can be found here.
b )Ubuntu has /etc/X11/Xsession but fedora has /etc/X11/xinit/Xsession , so it is important to create link between them in order to have a xsession firing up.
This can be done by

# ln -s /etc/X11/xinit/Xsession /etc/X11/Xsession

Now that most configurations are ready . Fire up the thin client . At this point actually
ubuntu bits are executed .if every things all right you will be getting a ubuntu login screen.


At this point it is necessary that a ssh authentication do takes place otherwise no login allowed .
If you run ltsp-update-sshkeys for the first time in Fedora you will get the following error

ltsp-update-sshkeys: line 6: tempfile: command not found

Now it can be solved by downloading an installing tempfile rpm from here .
Another problem encountered is

/var/log/syslog: No such file or directory.

This can be easily overcomed by either creating a blank file as /var/log/syslog .
Now execute the command


The output will be something like the following.

Setting up ssh_known_hosts in:

One important point , you may face problem while logging in . It is better to enable passward authentication for ssh . In order to enable this
#vi /etc/ssh/ssh_config
and remove comment from line 25 which states

    password authentication yes

Now run the command after you are sure of all changes .

you will get a output like the one below.

Updating /tftpboot directories for chroot: /opt/ltsp/i386

Now Configurations are ready and you should be getting a fedora desktop fired up . a pic is here showing a fedora 8 desktop