FAD, Pune

This weekend I had had a great experience. I went to Pune and attended FAD at Red Hat Ofice, Pune. This continued for two days, 29th and 30th May. I mainly worked on adding more features and killing some more bugs on gFotoStat.
It’s been a few months, me and Kishan working for gFotoStat and within these two days, we both worked together and  succeeded to do the followings:
i)Added Year-wise bar-chart and pie-chart.
ii)Percentage of images has been changed to number of images in the bar-chart.
iii)Help -> About is working now.
iv)Clicking the Save button and while browsing the home directory is coming by default.
We were trying to add some more features but we got stuck at some point. Hoping to solve them and release the next version(v 0.3) in a very short time. It’s really a very great experience to attend such a FAD and worked together with so many people and hope to attend such in near future again:)
Published in: on June 2, 2010 at 7:23 pm  Comments (2)  
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repo created-gFotoStat

After the second release of gfotostat, the next important works to be done was to make the rpm and to create the repo for  gfotostat. So, as to the need, me and Kishan after working for some hours, succeeded to make the rpm, and the the repo of it. Then we created the .repo file.

  • The repo can be found here
  • The .repo file can be found here

Hope to kill the bugs and add some some more features shortly.

Published in: on May 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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gFotoStat v0.2 released

After the released of v0.1 of gFotoStat lots of changed has been made. So, it’s time to release the next version of gFotoStat. Me and Kishan tried our best to add the features and to kill the bugs. And lastly, we released it – gFotoStatv 0.2.

The latest version can be downloaded here.

New features added :-

  • All generated images have proper descriptions.
  • Bar chart functionality added. Now, user has option to view either pie chart or bar charts.
  • User can save the generated image(s) from the File menu (it saves in the png format as of now).

Hopefully, in the next release, we’ll add timeline based barchart, upload the image to flicker etc. Lots of bugs are still there. Hope to kill them before the next release. Waiting for your comments/feedback that will make gFotoStat better than what is now 🙂

Published in: on May 20, 2010 at 8:25 am  Leave a Comment  
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Wake up

The last time I coded was for system-config-boot-tui. Then, it was my exams and all those stuffs, which kept me away from doing  any new project. Yesterday, after a long time I got a idea, to work with photos. We gave it the name gFotostat. The aim of this project is that, it will browse the folder I want to choose from my computer and will automatically  find out all the photos within this folder. From the metadata of the photos, we are supposed to get the corresponding information like aperature, ISO, focus length etc. According to the information, it’ll just draw a PIE-CHART showing all the photos of a similar range.

We(me and Kishan) started our work at around 9:30pm. Slowly we started designing the basic gui needed for the projet and till 4:am we’ve succeeded to show upto the PIE-CHART based on iso of the photos.

The link at git:   here.

Thanks to Kushal who inspired us every time to do some work. Hope to add the rest features in gFotostat as soon as possible:)

Published in: on March 6, 2010 at 5:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Workshop at IMPS College, Malda

A workshop on Fedora was organised at IMPS College of Engineering at Malda started from 12th October to 14th. You can get the event page here.

As the workshop was scheduled to be started in the morning of 12th, we set out at the evening of 11th. Me, Kishan and Ratnadeep  boarded the train from Malda where Kushal and Harsh already started from Sealdah. However, we reached at around 7:30am at IMPS, Malda.

After talking with the HOD of IT there, we came to know there will be workshop for 2nd year, 3rd year and 4th year IT student. The workshop started with a small talk of Kushal on a brief introduction on Fedora, Red Hat and the opportunity of project works on this field. This was followed by a speech of Ratnadeep. Then we all(me, Kishan, Harsh) shared our experience of working on FOSS, how everybody can contribute to it only with ones wish and endeavour to do. After these all stuffs the main workshop started – the basic python. In 2 class of 2 hour it is not possible to complete the whole python. But it enough to show the student some basics and easy things which arise interest among students. Kushal showed them python in the screen and was giving exercises to do them in between. And we four helped them to do the thing, showing and helping them to fix the errors. Next day, django and differnt more things was shown. These all things were repeated to 2nd year and 3rd year students again. At last, different dvds, pdf and doc. were given to the students for further and future help.

We left in the evening. And wish to have such experiences in future.

The links:

Published in: on October 24, 2009 at 8:25 am  Leave a Comment  

My first step to python:System-config-boot-tui.py

I wanted to do any small project on python for some days. And in way of searching any project, I found there was no tui version of system-config-boot file. Getting the opportunity, I along with my friend Kishan, decided to work on it.

To do our work , we had to study (newt-python)snack module of python. We also took help from two example of snack named peanuts.py & popcorn.py present in /usr/share/doc/newt-python-0.52.10/. The gui version code at /usr/share/system-config-boot/boot-gui.py helped a lot to understand the concept of system-config-boot.

After completing the code we sent it to Herald, who accepted it, and after some changes we commited it in git. The links are given below:

  • link for git: here
  • link to the rawhide build: here

And, thanks a lot to Kushal for mentoring us. This is our first works and I expect a lot of works to happen  in the upcoming days.

Published in: on September 12, 2009 at 6:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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a day at HETC

I was in Kolkata for nearly a month. But staying at a same place for a long time is really boring :-(. So, I planned to visit to my friends college(Hoogly Enginnering and Technology College). He also asked me come for 2 years to their place. But I really didn’t get the opportunity. And, I had to install Fedora in my friend, Arsad Ali’s laptop.

So, as planned earlier, I set out at 8:30 in the morning, and reached there at around 11:30 am. He earlier told me that I have to install Fedora in another 4 or 5 systems. But after reaching there, I saw the 3rd year student present there don’t know about Linux or Foss. Some of them heard the word,”Linux” but don’t want to install it. When I asked them the reason, they said they can’t misuse(according to them) the system’s space! But I surprised to see almost half portion of their computer’s memory is occupied by different movies which they were unwilling to delete. I saw my friend Arsad to be the only guy interested over there though being a electronics student. However, I installed Fedora 10 in his system and installed all the repos and packages and codecs needed. I took a pocket hard-disk containing them all, so it was easy without net connection. I taught him how to connect net from mobile in Fedora, and told him how he could contribute to different Fedora -project.

They had a party on that night. So, I also enjoyed much with them. After reaturning at his room, I gave him a FEL live dvd and asked him to use that as he was an ECE guy. Making him understood the benifit of FOSS I told him to use those.  And in the next day, I returned Kolkata in the very morning 🙂

An update

It’s already have been many days of writing my last post. Many days passed of and many works have been done in between times.

a)Me and rtnpro went on WBUT with IDG for a troubleshooting of the old server was working for 4 years 24×7! The data inside the CPU was to be recovered. The CPU was totally out of order. We failed to start this. So, IDG planned to take out the hard disk and and connect in another CPU then it would be possible to get the data out of it. And the recovered data was to be copied later.

b)After Bula mada’m computer it was the turn of another computer of Najmun madam to be installed. Harsh was having a exam that day, so IDG asked me and rtnpro to do the task in the morning and Harsh was supposed to join us after finishing his exam. We went there at around 11 am in such a rainy day. We had to suffer a lot because of the heavy rain of that day. The installation part has been done the previous day when Harsh and rtnpro went there. First she complained that the dafult boot option has to be changed, time delay has to be changed. So I changed them in /etc/grub,conf file. Her computer has the problems with display, for her SIS 330 graphics and old one monitor of resolution 800X768. However all these problems have been solved. And we returned to our place in the evening after the client being happy with her system.

Published in: on August 3, 2009 at 9:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

2nd day @Barasat: #Worst journey of my life

Really, that we can call a worst journey, and nothing else what I experience yesterday, while going Barasat for 2nd day.
We started the journey at 9:30 am, much before than the previous day. But the” benefit=/dev/null”. We asked the bus contractor if the bus will go to “Coloni more“. He said “no”. Then I took two ticket for “Dakbanglo more“. But in between rtnpro inquired from the bus contractor and told me “we will not go down in Dakbanglo more rather we’ll go some more further from where our destination will be closer.”

But our destination was our mistake. How a small, tiny mistake can make a big, worst effect, we faced it there. We had to go “Kajibari“. But we used the word “Kajipara“. And to increase our trouble there was really a place named “Kajipara” in Barasat. At that time we were thinking “ok, we’re going now , it will take maximum half-an-hour to reach to the university in riksha.” But when we reached Kajipara, there were not a single person who knew about that West Bengal State University. When our conversation proceeded with the person present there, what we heard that was really miserable. There was not only a single “Kajipara” rather there were 2 “Kajipara” in Barasat. The persons were telling, “you people probably have come the wrong “Kajipara”, but you have to go to the other.
And, still we didn’t know about our mistake (Kajipara instead of Kajibari). However, by that time, we became sure we have visited one “Kajibari”, the another one which we had not visited would surely be our destination.” So we again hired a riksha and went towards the other “Kajibari”. Again, another surprise was waiting for us. When were going, as the path seemed to be different from that of the previous day, we asked the “rikshawala”,”why he path is looking a little bit different today?” and he told us ” you were going from coloni more more yesterday, but now I’m going by another way.” Thus when we reached there, the same thing happened. Nobody knew about the newly built University. (How could they know! Our mistake was at the root level).
We called Kishan and asked him, “what is the exact lacation of the University, ask any person there?”. And he again told “You people just come to “Kajipara”. That’s the name”. We said “we visited both two Kajipara, one at Taki road and another at Jashohar road, there is no Kajipara left out in Barasat now”. He couldn’t help us. We began to inquired the local people and we understood something wrong to be happened.
Again we called Kishan “You first ask anybody, then only you tell the location’s name”. To increase our headache he said after some time “Sorry, I have told you wrong name at that time. The place is Kajibari not Kajipara.” Now, it seemed that we just woke up from our deception and everything became clear to us. And finally we reached to our destination. [:x]

Published in: on July 14, 2009 at 8:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Barasat:1st day

Yesterday, I first time visited the West Bangal State University, Barasat. Me with Rtnpro, Kishan, Yevlempy(Harsh), Chandana first went to IndraDG’s home and from their we set out for Barasat. We reached the university around 12:30 p.m.

After reaching university IndraDG led us to the Server Room. He made us acquainted with the equipments in use there. He told us in a brief about the the batteries being charged by this big UPS which seemed to be like CPU[:x]. This UPS is used to charge some 20 batteries which are arranged on a shelf, blocks of 4 in each of the five rows.
After that, we set up a Desktop in place of the already-setup one. But the system was not working properly, so we had to install Fedora 10 again in it. After the installation was complete, rtnpro began his task: downloading the Fedora 11 repository.
By that time, IndraDG took me to the top of the building, showed me where from the 5mbps net connection was coming, another tower that to be set up. I have also seen the wiring in differnt places, and even the library, reading room,behind the tables.
But, rtnpro seemed to be having some trouble with it. Susmit da mailed some instructions to rtnpro and at last IndraDG had to helped him doing these all.

However, finally After all works been finished, we left the university at 5:30 p.m. I, along with other guys and IndraDG and SstephDG came home with the faculty bus and reached at around 8:00. I was so tired that I went bed as soon as I reached to my room.

Published in: on July 14, 2009 at 8:35 pm  Leave a Comment