Monday Jul 20, 2009

Code For Freedom 2008 Prize Distribution Ceremony

Code For Freedom 2008 Prize Winners

Code For Freedom 2008 Prize Winners

The Sun Code For Freedom contest concluded recently with the prize distribution ceremony in Fortune Select JP Cosmos, Bangalore on July 18., 2009 This was the second year of the contest and, like the previous year, has been extremely popular with the student community. There were about 1400+ team registrations with 433 teams submitting project proposals for the contest. There were 45 finalists from which 7 winning teams were awarded prizes. Based upon the level of participation, we also recognized three colleges for having maximum number of student participation. The list of winners and other details are at

Code For Freedom 2008 Prize Distribution Ceremony

Code For Freedom 2008 Prize Distribution Ceremony

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Tuesday Jul 07, 2009

President Lula at FISL 10

President Lula (President of Brazil) came to FISL. This is probably the first time ever that a President of a nation has visited an Free and Open Source Software conference any where in the world.

Here is a picture taken by Ludovic of the President wearing the OpenSolaris cap and holding a OpenSolaris t-shirt.

Heres a video of the president by Deirdre with the Porto Alegre OpenSolaris User group folks.

Friday Jun 12, 2009

Open HA Cluster 2009.06

Open High Availability Cluster 2009.06 got released. It is a supported release on OpenSolaris 2009.06. It runs on Intel/AMD hardware (x86) and on SPARC systems. My contribution to the project was to bring up Cluster on SPARC platform. Here is  a video on this new version of Solaris Cluster.

Friday Apr 10, 2009

Invitation to Students to attend Open HA Cluster Summit '09

Make High Availability Work For You

TO:  University students and Advanced High School students

You are invited to participate in the first OpenSolaris Summit for Open HA Cluster.

Open HA Cluster Summit
Sunday, May 31st, 2009
San Francisco Marriott (Next to Moscone Convention Center)
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

Join us as we explore the latest trends of High Availability Cluster technologies, as well as key insights from HA Clusters community members, technologists, and users of High Availability and Business Continuity software.  Learn how to increase the availability of your favorite applications from blogs to enterprise level infrastructure.  You will have the unique opportunity to hear one of the featured guest speakers, Dr. David Cheriton, industry expert and professor at Stanford University.

It will be a full day of speakers, panel discussions, technical tracks, food and prizes.  The first 10 students to arrive at the conference, bright and early at 8:45 a.m., will be able to participate in a drawing for a nano-iPod.  Later at the evening reception we will be giving away a Toshiba Portege laptop.  The event is free.


Dr. David Cheriton is professor of computer science at Stanford University.  He heads the Distributed Systems Group, which is the research group in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.  He co-founded Granite Systems and Kealia with Andy Bechtolsheim (Sun co-founder). He was instrumental in helping Stanford students Sergey Brin and Larry Page fund Google.  In his "spare time", Dr. Cheriton is Chief Scientist at Arista Networks and serves on the board of Aster Data Systems.

\*Eligibility for drawings:
You must be registered to win, have a valid, current student ID card, 18 years or older, and a U.S. citizen or legal resident.  Other terms and conditions apply.

Save the Date and Register for the Summit today!

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Monday Feb 09, 2009

Mukti 2009

I was invited to Mukti 2009 last weekend for talking on Sun Open Source technologies I reached Durgapur early in the morning after sleeping for one hour the previous night due to a flight delay. I was supposed to talk on Sun SPOT, OpenSolaris and OHAC.

The first talk was on Sun SPOT and it got delayed for about half an hour. I had some fun in making the laptop work with the projector and for a change this time the projector refused to work with Vista but worked flawlessly with OpenSolaris 2008.11. Now that was a real surprise. If you are wondering why Vista, that is because I didn't have the Sun SPOT manager for OpenSolaris and hence had to demo using Windows. The SunSpot talk was attended by about 80 to 100 people. They really enjoyed the SunSpot talk and many of them wanted to try it out. Alas, its not sold in India but I pointed to NIT Durgapur Sun CA Abhishek who has a kit.

My next talk was on OpenSolaris and what makes it interesting. Most of the talk material was provided by Roman Strobl. Since I was running short of time, I didn't do any of the demos. Instead I showed them a video made by Roman about the new features of OpenSolaris. I guess the most interesting feature was Time Slider. Hopefully some of them will try experimenting with OpenSolaris.

I had to drop the OHAC talk as I had run out of time.

You can see the pictures here.

Saturday Jan 31, 2009

CFF 2008 Project Proposal Evaluation has completed

The CFF 2008 project proposal evaluation has completed. We have evaluated all the proposals and sent mails individually to the project teams. Email has been sent only to the primary email id.

If you have submitted and evaluation and still did not hear from us, please mail with the following information

1. Primary email id
2. Project Name

Most of the proposals have been either Accepted, Rejected or marked as Duplicate.

Some of the proposals are in Pending state where the evaluator has asked for missing information from the participant. If you happen to get such an email, respond immediately to the evaluator with the missing information. If we do not get this information within 2nd Feb 2009, we will be rejecting the proposal.

Please refer to

No modifications to the team will be allowed any more. i.e You can not change the team members any more. Hence please don't send any such requests.

Wishing you all best of luck for the final round of CFF 2008

CFF 2008 Team

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BOJUG Jan 2009 Meet

In todays BOJUG meet Satish gave a presentation on Framemaker.

Getting your feet wet with Freemarker (\*\* - Sathish Kumar, Senior Engineer & Consultant, STARMARK

  • Basics of Template Engines" -Where to use it and where we should not ?
  • How Freemarker is used in "Struts 2" applications?

Pics are at

Tuesday Jan 27, 2009

Solaris Cluster for High Availability and Disaster Recovery

Sunday Jan 25, 2009

Second Bug Fix to OHAC

Lalith On 16th Jan 2009, the second OHAC bug fix, contributed by Lalith Suresh, student and Sun Campus Ambassador from Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur,  went into the OHAC gate. I was the sponsor for this bug.

I first met Lalith in the CA induction program in Bangalore and later on came to know that he was very interested in OHAC. As a part of the induction program he had given a talk on clustering and he is also working on HA-Cron and HA-Zabbix agents for OHAC.

Sponsor Request for CR 4616225

Code Review for CR  4616225 

Read about the first OHAC Bug Fix here.

Sunday Dec 21, 2008

BOJUG Meet - JavaFx Special

Vaibhab talking on JavaFx 1.0

BOJUG meet was held on the 20th of December 2008 at Divyasree Chambers. Recently JavaFx 1.0 got released and we decided to dedicate this months meet to JavaFx. Vaibhav gave a lovely talk on the features of JavaFx and also pointed out some limitations.

Pizza Magic

Subrato and Vaibhav - Quiz Masters

Abhishek giving away the prizes

After his talk we had some Pizza's which was followed by a small quiz on JavaFx. Winners got key chains and pens.

Fourty three people showed up for the meet. This was probably the largest meet for BOJUG. Was it the Pizza effect or was it JavaFX magic ?

You can download JavaFx SDK from

Previous BOJUG Meets

August 08 BOJUG Meet
July 08 BOJUG Meet
June 08 BOJUG Meet

New OpenSolaris TShirt

The new OpenSolaris TShirt looks cool. I am eagerly waiting to get one :)

Friday Dec 19, 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.11

At last OpenSolaris 2008.11 got released officially on the 10th of December. I have been playing with the release candidate build for quite some time on VirtualBox. Finally I installed it on my laptop.

The first things which really impressed me were the new installer screenshots. They looked lively and fresh.  After the installation was over, the wireless and the sound worked flawlessly. I had to install the Marvel Youkon driver myself. The Firefox which came did not come with the flash plugin which I had to install myself. Then I tried downloading packages from the IPS repository. I downloaded OpenOffice 3.0, Netbeans 6.5 and SunStudio Express and SongBird. Now I have a fully functional desktop.

I am yet to try out the new features like Time Slider and some other cool features but you can view the video on the new features of OpenSolaris at

Happy exploring OpenSolaris 2008.11

Note: Click on the pictures to enlarge them

Tuesday Nov 25, 2008

SFD 2008 Celebrations in India

Sun Campus Ambassadors celebrated SFD all over India.  Karthik from BVB, Hubli and their OSUM club members have come up with the SFD Video.

Saturday Nov 15, 2008 2008 is one of the largest Free and Open Source conference in India. This years theme is "Talk is Cheap, Show me the code" The conference will be held in Bangalore on the November 25th to 29th 2008.




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