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Nazly Ahmed

Nazly Ahmed

Web Developer. PHP Addict. Wordpress Hacker. FOSS Enthusiast. (Micro)Blogger. Photo Hobbyist. Cricket Fanatic. Husband. Dad.

Hands on FOSS

The last day of Foss-ed was a day for Hands on Workshops. The day started off with Chamindra and Arunan doing a great presentation on running windows applications on GNU/Linux using QEMU, Wine and CrossOver Office etc… Most prefer using a dual-boot system or running FOSS apps on Windows platform. Due to few of our favourite Windows applications we still gotta stick with Windows. Chamindra made it a point that the best practise is to run windows applications on the GNU/Linux rather than the other methods coz the other methods have a tendancy to drag us back again to the Windows platform after while. This has happened to me all the time. I'm trying to plan things out to follow this method coz I'm still stuck at running FOSS Apps on Windows OS due to few favourite Windows based Apps and hardware compatibilty issues. The time has come I guess.

Suchetha and Dr.Shahani Weerawarana did a tutorial session on OpenOffice while Wasantha did an excellent tutorial on Blender. Its great to know what these FOSS apps could do. Blender which is less than 7MB that could do almost all what we used to model/animate using 3DStudioMax. Even Reactor animations. I was stunned.

Dr.Nandalal Gunaratne and Rajkumar made a presentation on 'FOSS Content Management Systems and WIKIs', one of my favourite subjects. Dr. Nandalal demonstarted about the CMS using Plone built on Zope which has a high rating at CMS Watch for OpenSource CMS.

All and all the last three days has been very informative and have been FOSSed up. Thanks to all the organizers of this great event and expecting more in the future.

I didn't take a cam this time so couldn't take pics though Buddhika was very kind enough to share the photos he took. More photos here

Ligting up the Virtual Oil Lamp

Fullhouse at FOSS-ed

Posted 11 years ago

Digging real deep

The day two of the FOSS-ed kicked off with Dr.Nimal Rathnayake of Peradeniya University giving us some piece of history of how FOSS was used on the server-side since 1990. He also covered on how operations have been automated within the universities in Sri Lanka using FOSS.

Suranga de Silva did a great presentation on FOSS Security and Tools and he spoke mainly about SE Linux, a security kernel module which was developed by the NSA.

There was also a session on Sahana, an OpenSource Disaster Management System.

Then it came to a very interesting session by Buddhika AKA Bud on FOSS Gadgematics. There is a wrong impression that FOSS doesn't support well with all the tiny fancy hardware thats available. Well he broke that for sure. He was actually running a FOSS application on a Sony PSP(huh??) to listen to an audio stream which was broadcasted by Icecast via WiFi.

The keynote by Brian Behlendorf was the highlight of the day as he spoke on 'The global adoption of FOSS'. It really helped me a great deal about getting the whole idea behind OpenSource. When he brought this rumour about Oracle is planning to buy Zend I was like [eek] and when the question came from the audience asking on how this will effect the OpenSource communiy and the answer was very obvious at the end and that is what OpenSource is all about. Its about Freedom. We always have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.

I missed the panel discussion though I gained a lot through out the course of the two day conference. Tomorrow there are few workshops and I will keep you posted on those.

Posted 11 years ago

Free beer?

It has been a very informative day learning loads of stuff in the OpenSource World at FOSS-ed today. Today was the first day of the three day conference and workshops. There was also a Panel Discussion on addressing challenges to adopting FOSS in Sri Lankan institutions. Topics covered today were more on what FOSS is really about and how we can adopt to it in our day to day lives. I was really impressed with all the sessions today as it definielty would have cleared all minds which totally had a different idea about FOSS and why it should be choosen over Commercial or pirated software.

Almost on all sessions one important fact really stood up. A fact that most people have got all mixed up. The word "Free" has mislead a lot of people. Some even ask if its Free and Open Source Software Conference why they charge for it? Are they talking about free beer?

"Free software" is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of "free" as in "free speech," not as in "free beer."

Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:

– The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).

– The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

– The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).

– The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

Eagerly waiting for get there tomorrow as few interesting topics lined up including the keynote on 'The global adoption of FOSS' by Brian Behlendorf.

Posted 11 years ago

NFS Most Wanted

After completing NFS Underground I was away from all the gaming though NFS Most Wanted was released and I couldn't get my hands on wheels coz of my old machine. I even found playing Underground 2 quite difficult as it ran really slow.

Atlast I got my hands on wheels after upgrading the Processor and the Memory. The graphics are really awesome and had a quick race to get the feel of it on a Mustang. Just started a new career. Hitting the tracks again.. Lets see how fast I can get up there..

Posted 11 years ago

Why OSS??

Here is a great article that describes why Open Source Software should be considered when we are looking for a software. The market share, reliability, performance, scalability, security, and total cost of ownership are considered here.

Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS, FLOSS, or FOSS)? Look at the Numbers!

Its very important that we choose what is right for us rather than getting caught in the hype.

Posted 11 years ago


Free & Open Source Software Educational Programs, a three day Conference will be held on the 13,14,15th of February 2006. This will be a great event after FOSSSL which was held last year where top names in OpenSource made that event a great success.

Its a great opportunity to dig deep into OpenSource Software.

Posted 11 years ago

Boosting my Processor

Atlast I got my home PC up & running after I upgraded the Processor. I have been using an Intel PIII 550 MHz Processor for more than 5 years and I came to a point where I really found it difficult to get the work done quickly. My initial plan was to upgrade the memomy from 256MB to 512MB. But since SDRAM is quite expensive I had to think long term. So I went for an Intel Celeron 2.5 GHz processor. Had to buy a Motherboard and a 512MB DDRAM along with it. The motherboard had inbuilt VGA+Sound+Network. I prefered my existing 64MB GeForce 2 card so I plugged that in.

Managed to install all the necessary software and it was a very slow process as I was bit away from home. Anyway got everything sorted out. I feel very comfortable now working at home [Wink]

Posted 11 years ago

True flat

The run feast didn't stop when Pakistan declared at 679/7 in the First Test between India. Indian Openers Virendar Shewag and Rahul Dravid put up 410 run stand for the 1st wicket. This is the second best for the 1st Wicket as they fell just three runs short. Shewag made 254 in just 247 balls while Dravid got 128.

Rain took away lot of time of the match, otherwise we would have seen lot of records being tumbled. Hopefully the groundsman won't make flat pitches for the rest of the series.

Posted 11 years ago

As tough as it can get

India Vs Pakistan.. In a Cricket Match.. Don't tell me.. There is always excitement and guess what? India is in Pakistan for 3 Tests and 5 One-Day Internationals.

Today was the second day of the First Test Match and Pakistan piled on runs and proved themselves out there. Look at this for a scorecard.

Pakistan 1st innings                                            R   B   4  6
Shoaib Malik          c Harbhajan Singh  b Pathan              59 145   7  1
Salman Butt           run out (Yuvraj Singh)                    6   6   1  0
Younis Khan           run out (Harbhajan Singh)               199 336  26  0
Mohammad Yousuf       st Dhoni           b Kumble             173 199  22  2
*Inzamam-ul-Haq       lbw                b Kumble               1   7   0  0
Shahid Afridi         c Harbhajan Singh  b Agarkar            103  80   7  7
+Kamran Akmal         not out                                 102  81  11  2
Naved-ul-Hasan        c Ganguly          b Agarkar              9  13   1  0
Mohammad Sami         not out                                   1   2   0  0
Extras                ( b 4, lb 12, w 2, nb 8 )                26
Total                 (7 wickets declared, 143.3 overs)       679
FoW: 1-12 (Salman Butt, 2.1 ov), 2-136 (Shoaib Malik, 44.3 ov),
     3-455 (Mohammad Yousuf, 109.3 ov), 4-456 (Inzamam-ul-Haq, 111.3 ov),
     5-477 (Younis Khan, 117.2 ov), 6-647 (Shahid Afridi, 138.5 ov),
     7-668 (Naved-ul-Hasan, 142.4 ov).
Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Pathan                      32      4    133      1 (2nb)
Agarkar                     24      3    122      2 (2w)
Ganguly                      6      1     14      0 (3nb)
Harbhajan Singh             34      5    176      0
Kumble                      39.3    2    178      2 (3nb)
Sehwag                       6      0     24      0
Tendulkar                    2      0     16      0

Now this is why that scorecard looks so hot..

* Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan put up 319 run partnership. Its the sixth highest for the third wicket for Pakistan but is the highest for any wicket at Lahore.

* Younis Khan got out for 199. Five others in the history has got out at that mark. But Younis is the first to get runout. Younis is India's main woe as he has scored 707 runs against them in four tests at an average of 117.83

* Afridi scored his century in just 78 balls. Ninth fastest century in Tests.

* Kamran Akmal scored his centruey in just 81 balls and the highest by a wicket keeper in Tests.

* Afridi smacked an Harbhajan over in this fashion – [6-6-6-6-2-1]. Its the second highest runs scored in an over.

Now lets wait and see what the Indian batting order has to offer.

Posted 11 years ago

Lazy to blog..

Atlast made up my mind to make a post here. Was involved in couple of experiments (no scientific stuff, basic coding) and was feeling really lazy to make up my mind to post it on my blog. The experiment continues so I don't wanna blow it up in the middle. Couple weeks after the new year again here we are having some days off from work coz of the Public holidays. Its important to take these days off coz when we hit next Monday it will be no stopping. It has been raining heavily around Colombo and heard that its raining really heavily in the most parts of the island. So stuck with my computer at home even on a holiday as I didn't even worry about having a bath or changing cloths considering the climate. Nobody at home complained. So no worries [Wink]

Posted 11 years ago

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