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LUG Manipal has a WIKI now

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LUG is a collaborative project with people coming from all walks of life to work to work together for a common project or cause. Inspired by Wikipedia’s success as a collaborative project we thought of having a wiki at our site so that we can have a platform for working together. We can have vast details and ideas put up on the wiki for everyone to view later.

The Wiki’s URL is

come on people lets make it WWW == Wild Wild Wiki

Written by Ankur

February 7, 2008 at 12:44 am

Posted in college, Linux

Fedora 8 Install Fest in MIT Manipal

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For the First time in History of Manipal a Linux ( Fedora 8 ) Install Fest took place on the Campus, it was organized by Linux user Group Manipal. It was Basically a 2 Day Fest, on 24th a Pre-Install Fest / Meet was there where participants were Informed about the requirements, advantages and Importance of GNU/Linux and what all we will be doing in the second day i.e. 25th , there were all information given about various events held by companies inviting students to innovate. The Day ended with the collection of DVD to be burned for 25th Main Fest and some 45+ DVD’s were collected with DVD’s still coming till start of Second day

LUG Manipal Fedora 8 Install Fest

Second day began with partitioning and distribution of DVD’s after which the main install fest began and all the steps were shown and explained, there was some DVD corruption / Improper burning but everything else was just fine, a script was prepared for upgrading Compiz and enabling 3D effects for the HP 6515b laptops, the script handled most of the task which were to be done in command line though all people were explained what it did but since most of the people were First Time users it really made the task of configuring the system very easy, rest laptops faced no problems so they directly booted in Graphical mode already being out of time the Install Fest was Finished with some problems still remaining which were solved

LUG Manipal Fedora 8 Install Fest
LUG Manipal Fedora 8 Install Fest
LUG Manipal Fedora 8 Install Fest

more photos here

Written by Ankur

January 28, 2008 at 11:40 pm

Posted in college, Life, Linux, Special

Planet Manipal

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well here is the alpha version of Planet Manipal which is a feed agregator for all bloggers in Manipal University it will get hosted on a new domain and eventually get a new look as when i feel like its time well till then its hosted at the place it is and changes will be made to it in, as you can see its based on planet used by a lot of other pojects, if you would like your blog to be agregeted there please contact me……..

Written by Ankur

January 2, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Posted in college, Special

3D effects on ubuntu 7.10 on ati 1250

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Well after going through a large number of guides like this i finally thought about giving guide at cchtml a try, well the hings mentioned are really great but not all steps are needed so here is a simplified version

Here i assume that you have not done any of this step before and are doing it for the first time but if that is not the case then this might not work for you.
Ok so first step installation of drivers, there are two steps for this as mentioned in the cchtml wiki one automatic and other manual, for automatic you need to enable the restricted repositories by going to System>>Administration>>Software Sources, and the typing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install linux-restricted-modules-generic restricted-manager
sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx

which will install the drivers by downloading them from net, if you dont have the bandwidth to download that much you can go for the manual install where we will build those file, here i assumed that you have copy of the ati drivers .run file which if your Ubuntu is installed by me could be found at “/”, to build we need to install certain packages
sudo apt-get install module-assistant build-essential fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++5 linux-headers-generic dkms
to build the packages type
sudo bash --buildpkg Ubuntu/gutsy
in the directory where you have the file, this is the latest file at the time of writing but you might have a different file this will work with any driver after 8.38, as they have AIGLX support anyway now we need to install the packages made type
sudo dpkg -i xorg-driver-fglrx_8.443.1-1*.deb fglrx-kernel-source_8.443.1-1*.deb fglrx-amdcccle_8.443.1-1*.deb
when you do that you might be asked
Configuration file `/etc/xdg/compiz/compiz-manager'
==> Deleted (by you or by a script) since installation.
==> Package distributor has shipped an updated version.
What would you like to do about it ? Your options are:
Y or I : install the package maintainer's version
N or O : keep your currently-installed version
D : show the differences between the versions
Z : background this process to examine the situation
The default action is to keep your current version.
*** compiz-manager (Y/I/N/O/D/Z) [default=N] ?

just answer Y to the question and proceed, once this is done you now need to edit the xorg.conf file type (here — is [minus][minus] unlike a big [minus] as it appears to be )
aticonfig --initial
sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

and replace
Section "Device"
Identifier "Generic Video Card"
Driver "vesa"
BusID "PCI:1:5:0"

Section "Device"
Identifier "Generic Video Card"
#Driver "vesa"
BusID "PCI:1:5:0"
Option "VideoOverlay" "on"
Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
now just restart the X server but pressing Ctrl + ALT + Backspace, all done this will give you the Basic 3D effects but who is satisfied with that we need more so we will go for installing Compiz settings manager, for this type
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager gcompizthemer subversion
svn ls

now accept the certificate and fetch the themes by going to System>>Preferances>>Emerald Themes Manager,
to enable 3D effects go to System>>Preferances>>Appearance then Visual Effects select Custom and edit your settings by Preferances
now you are all set to blow everyone up with your Linux box’s 3D effects enjoy

Written by Ankur

December 29, 2007 at 1:46 am

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3D effects on fedora 8 on ati 1250

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I have finally found a way to make Compiz work on ATI x1250 on HP 6515b after searching on a large number of forums i finally found it on Fedora Forums all thanks to leigh123@linux and here is my easy way well its not that easy but still it works

First enable the Livna repositories type
rpm -Uhv

then type
yum install kmod-fglrx xorg-x11-drv-fglrx xorg-x11-drv-fglrx-libs-32bit
yum update kmod-fglrx xorg-x11-drv-fglrx xorg-x11-drv-fglrx-libs-32bit
service fglrx restart
fglrx-config-display enable

now restart your xserver by pressing ctrl + alt + backspace , then after restarting go to terminal type
you should see something like this
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon X1200 Series
OpenGL version string: 2.0.6958 Release

and then run
you should see some thing like this
name of display: :0.0
display: :0 screen: 0
direct rendering: Yes
server glx vendor string: SGI
server glx version string: 1.2
server glx extensions:
GLX_ARB_multisample, GLX_EXT_import_context, GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap,
GLX_EXT_visual_info, GLX_EXT_visual_rating, GLX_OML_swap_method,
GLX_SGIS_multisample, GLX_SGIX_fbconfig, GLX_SGIX_visual_select_group
client glx vendor string: SGI
client glx version string: 1.4

now you can proceed with update of Compiz, for this add the compiz fusion repo login as root and type
cp compiz-fusion.repo /etc/yum.repos.d/

before install remove the old packages type
rm -rf /home/*/.config/compiz
rm -rf /home/*/.gconf/apps/compiz

now install compiz
yum install compiz-all fusion-icon-all compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported compiz-bcop ccsm emerald-themes
after this we have to downgrade xorg-x11-server-Xorg for all i386 (32bit) users type
rpm -U --oldpackage xorg-x11-server-Xorg-

For x86_64 (64bit) users type
rpm -U --oldpackage xorg-x11-server-Xorg-

now we have to prevent xorg-x11-server-Xorg from upgrading so we blacklist it
gedit /etc/yum.conf
at the end and enjoy your 3D effects ……………

PS:- Dont enable too many plugins it will slow things down and there is some problem that i face with the Expo plugin dont enable that

Written by Ankur

December 11, 2007 at 1:29 am

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LUG finally!!!!!!!!!!!

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Finally there is a Linux User Group in Manipal which will really make things a lot easy for people interested in learning about Linux and Open Source in Manipal.
So how was this group formed???
well there is this rule which does not allow new clubs to be formed in Manipal, so making a group was not an easy task there was some really great thinking and tackling done to make this LUG Manipal possible.
First meeting of the group took place on 10th of this month,So what all happened in the First Ever meeting of LUG in manipal?????
The session was scheduled to start from 5:15pm and it began on 5:20pm with the room NLH303 was almost full with people still coming after the start of the session. At first when i was told about formation of LUG first thought was not many people are going to come but as the time of the meet came close we were thinking that people might not fit in the room and if this would have happened near Diwali there would have been huge turn up enough to fill 2 rooms, Anyway there were somewhere around 80 – 90 people. So first Shubendra (3rd year) and Ayush (3rd year) came and started with what are the objectives of the group and what all they planned to do, which was followed by Explanation of Open Source Philosophy by Manish (3rd year) , which was followed by Video of Vista vs Beryl which according to most was best part, a Question Answer round was there in the end in which i jumped in 😉 and answered a lot of questions, there were some genuine questions like the audio/video codec support in Linux and some really shit questions like ” What if i get stuck while trying something on Linux and I dont have an internet connection, a phone to ask my friend for help and i dont want to look into help??? ” now what will some one answer him……..
here the end of the session was called and all the people who are interested in working on something were asked to stay back, here again there was surprise and some 35+ people stayed back for different work, which was really great

so the things LUG Manipal is working on are

  • A Linux Install Fest – infact the meeting in next semester will be the time when this will happen
  • Setting up of a Wiki ( this is the thing i am working on)
  • Setting up a Web Site of Lug manipal
  • More sessions on Linux and Open source
  • Increasing the uptake of Linux in Manipal
  • Starting up a Blog
  • There are also plan for release of a monthly magazine

so well lets see how far this goes……….. Best Of Luck everyone

Ankur Shrivastava

Written by Ankur

November 13, 2007 at 7:58 pm

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Fedora 8 the Werewolf

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So finally Fedora 8 is here and i am still confused about what to use as my base OS Ubuntu / OpenSUSE / Fedora or Debian, anyway more on that Later, so here are the First impressions……..
I booted into the Fedora 8 Live Gnome CD on my HP6515b Lapptop and the cool grub splash i was greated with the X server error and there i was searching for my pen drive for the ATI Drivers, which was no were to be seen which forced me to search for the drivers in my not so arranged data, after struggling for some minutes and mounting 2-3 drives i finally found them, after the drivers were installed everything ran fine and i was presented with a nice Gnome desktop and i really liked the wallpaper, it made every thing look great, then clicking on install to Hard Drive gave me a Ubuntu Like install Wizard. the only problem i faced was with grub boot options it should have looked for the GNU/Linux distro’s already installed (dont care/know about Windows as i dont have it) on my system but scinse in had my boot loader on MBR that was wiped clean, anyway setting up GRUB in not that hard i just reinstalled grub with my SUSE partition as root and added the Fedora entries to the menu.lst and the job was done.

Anyways overall the experience was good without any trouble (except for the drivers about which nothing can be done by them) but one problem that i face is again with my Broadcom WiFi chipset for which i will have to use ndiswrapper which is giving trouble installing, anyways i have only worked on that for 5 min but its not a big problem and will soon be solved.

Update 1 :- i formated my previous installation with 64bit DVD version

Update 2 :- WiFi problem was there because i was using ndiswrapper package build for kernel while mine was buildig ndiswrapper from the source solved the problem.

Written by Ankur

November 11, 2007 at 6:44 pm

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