Mark Shuttleworth Interview

February 20, 2006

There is lot to be told about this amazing guy. Mark shuttleworth is the founder of Ubuntu Linux and the first african to reach ISS. Mark Shuttleworth is the founder of Thawte, the first Certification Authority to sell public SSL certificates. After selling Thawte to Verisign, Mark moved on to training as an astronaut in Russia and visiting space. Once he got back he founded Ubuntu, the leading GNU/Linux distribution. He is a leding enterpreneur in south africa with number of gold and diamond mines. He could have invested his fortune on any other business but he is a man of his dreams. He got such an Amazing personality that he can be a role model for the young generation. These some of his interviews on Ubuntu. You might shift on to Mark as a new geek god.

What kinda raking do you prefer among these Geeks

  • Mark Shuttleworth
  • Richard M Stallman
  • Eric S Raymond
  • Linus Trovalds
  • Bill Gates



Top 10 reasons geeks make good fathers

February 20, 2006

This is a pretty good article recently published on some geek’s blog. He points out ten reasons how geeks make good fathers. Absolutely I do agree with him geeks are the best lovers and best in every thing. There are even some points how geeks can become a good boyfriend. First you need to check this out.

1. LEGOS. The Geek is really more of a Man-Child than an adult. In their minds, they are still 10. They freakin’ still love to play with their legos, and have never grown up. I have one friend, WHO WILL REMAIN NAMELESS, that still has legos in his room. He doesn’t have kids. Just legos. Of course, my children love legos and Steve will lovingly spend hours playing legos with them.
2. VIDEO GAMES. Due to the whole Man-Child thing as stated in #1, the Geek loves video games. And he’s good at them too. My husband is the hit of all the kids’ friends because not only can he talk video games, he plays them too. If my children get "stuck" while playing their Gameboys and bring it to me for assistance, all I can do is feebly hold it and say " Mommy doesn’t know how to play this." Daddy, however, can beat the game.
3. MATH. A huge plus here. No matter how old they get, Steve can still help with the math homework. My ability to be of assistance is going to last another few years before *I* end up throwing the math homework across the room in disgust.
4. SMART KIDS. Smart Geeks make smart children. Although for the most part, it’s great to have really intelligent children, when your just turned two year old is using the word PREPOSTEROUS correctly, it makes for some difficult times as they get older. I literally spend a large part of my time scheming to stay one step ahead of my oldest child.
5. UP ON TECHNOLOGY. The beautiful thing about having a Geek for a parent is that you aren’t wondering what your children are doing online. You *KNOW* what they are doing online and you can limit it if necessary.
It’s fabulous peace of mind.
6. SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS. Children of the Geeks always have the coolest science fair projects. And you don’t have to cajole your Geek into helping. You’ll find him fiddling around with the science materials whether you asked him to help or not.
7. TOY ASSEMBLY. You will never, ever have to spend six hours of your life, that you will never get back, trying to assemble some 2,000 piece toy at 3 am on Christmas Eve again. The Geek can do it in minutes flat. Usually without the directions. Whereas I have tried to assemble toys and said "Mommy has to go to the bathroom" just so I could escape and scream into my pillow in frustration, if the Geek is around, he can take it right off your hands. I now just say "Daddy is really good at this, let’s wait until he gets home."
8. GADGETS. Never again will you have to wonder what that new electronic toy is that all the kids have. In fact, your Geek will probably already own it. The problem arises when the Geek won’t share with the children. "Daddy, I want a digital camera." After the child leaves the room: "I’m not spending hundreds of dollars on a digital camera for him, he’s too young." I say "Let’s get him a cheap one." Steve looks at me as if I just said Aliens are invited to dinner. " To have it take crappy pictures?" He scoffs and walks away in disgust. No sub-par electronics in this house! How dare I suggest it.
9. SMART IS COOL. Having a Geek for a father instills the message into your children that smart is cool. They idolize Daddy. Hopefully, they’ll want to grow up to be just like him.
10. BEING IDOLIZED IS GOOD FOR YOUR GEEK. Course, you have to be careful that his head doesn’t get TOO BIG. That’s why I blog.

I hope you might agree that geeks make good fathers. Even my fater is a kinda Geek of his sciences,…He is my inspiration. He is THE BEST! Luv U Dad 😉

Ubuntu FOX ;)

February 16, 2006

Automatix turns Ubuntu 2 full throttle

February 16, 2006

Automatrix is an excellent automated GUI installation script for installing the most commonly used sofwares on to ubuntu linux. With this its very easy to turn linux into a complete windows substitute. There is no need for installation through painful terminals and commands. There is a beautiful GUI which links to the sofwares to their respective repositories. It has the following features

a) Shoots up xterm for full debug info (giving u a good idea about the status of your download , changes being made to your system, etc)
b) deletes all downloaded files (except those downloaded by apt-get) automatically after installation.
c) automatix does not overwrite anything without making a date_and_time_based backup.
d) When u install a new version of automatix, it automatically uninstalls and replaces the last version.
e) Automatix will refuse to run if user has synaptic/update-manager/apt-get/dpkg running and will exit gracefully.
f) Automatix will give the user the option to restore his/her original sources.list after finishing all installations.

These are the list of things that its going to update

1) Installs multimedia codecs
2) Installs all Firefox plugins (java, flash, etc) (except Adobe reader and mplayer)
3) Installs RAR, ACE and UNRAR archive support
4) Installs skype
5) Installs Acrobat reader 7 and firefox plugin for the same.
6) Installs Gnomebaker (CD/DVD burning s/w for GNOME)
7) Installs gftp (FTP client for GNOME with ssh capability)
8) Installs Amule (File sharing program)
9) Installs Frostwire (GPL clone of Limewire)
10) Installs multimedia editors (Audacity (audio), Kino (video), EasyTag (ID3))
11) Installs DVD (dvdrip) ripper
12) Installs Mplayer and mplayerplug-in version 3.05 for Firefox
13) Installs totem-xine, Realplayer, VLC and Beep Media Player (with docklet)
14) Installs Opera Browser
15) Installs Debian Menu (shows all installed applications) (this kills and restarts your gnome-panel without warning u but its a completely harmless operation!)
16) Installs Bittornado and Azureus (Bittorrent clients)
17) Installs Avidemux (Video editing tool) (New version 2.1.0)
18) Enables Numlock on (turns numlock on Gnome startup)
19) Installs Programming Tools (Anjuta (C/C++ IDE), Bluefish (HTML editor) and Screem (Web Development Env.))
20) Install GnomePPP (Graphical Dial up connection tool)
21) Installs MS true type fonts
22) Configures ctrl-alt-del to start gnome-system-monitor (aka windows)
23) Installs Streamripper and Streamtuner
24) Installs NON-FREE audio and dvd codecs
25) Installs ndisgtk (WiFi configurator Graphical user interface)
26) Upgrades Open Office to 2.0 (final version), installs openoffice clipart and installs OO2 thumbnailer. (no support for AMD64 and ppc packages)
27) Adds 3 nautilus scripts (open any file with gedit as root; open a nautilus window as root in any folder; open gnome search tool in any folder (Right click in a nautilus window and look under “scripts”)
28) Installs SUN’S JAVA JRE version 1.5
29) Installs SUN’S JAVA JDK version 1.5
30) Installs wine (u need to run winecfg manually after installation)
31) Enables ejection of CD when CDROM drive button is pressed.
32) Installs AMSN 0.95 (MSN client with webcam support)
33*) Installs firestarter (GNOME firewall frontend) and adds firestarter to GNOME startup
34*) installs gdesklets (GNOME eyecandy) and adds gdesklets to GNOME startup
35*) Gamepads (Makes USB gamepads work)
36*) Turns DMA ON on Intel and AMD machines (needs a restart)
37*) NVIDIA cards (Detects Nvidia cards and installs drivers) (Needs a restart)
38*) Adds midi capability to your Ubuntu box (test by playing a midi file with timidity or pmidi from terminal)
39*) Installs Firefox and its plugins(themes and extensions are not retained, bookmarks need to be copied from backup folder)

I’ve tried it on my box so guyz what you are witing for go get it! Ubuntu Rox!

The Indain Linux project

February 15, 2006

Localizing free software, for a free

Its really great to know there are many people who are working to bring linux in all indian languages. I’ve been thinking about this for a quite long time. It was really great to know that there are already many people involved in this project. I wish that you should look into this project. Even you can contribute from your side for the development of this project. I think this can become a platform for bringing out a standard GNU/Linux in indian languages. Again good old Karma Linux concept is seems to be feasible. This is the About page of the project:

About Us is a group of people who passionately believe that the benefits of information technology must be widely and freely available to the Indian masses. We are a group of people who combine skills in written scripts, free/open source technologies and technology journalism to make this happen.


Today, almost all software and operating systems and websites in India are in the English language. Since English is a language spoken by less than 10 percent of India’s population (generally considered to be the language of the affluent) language is a significant barrier for the other 90 percent of India.

This is creating a new class of people who live in what can be called as “Information Poverty” even as technology becomes cheaper and cheaper.

To destroy this barrier we need to create a national-level, collaborative effort to localise Linux to Indian languages.


1) Indian linguistic groups have to wake up to the fact that their languages will become outdated if they do not become a part of the digital age.
2) Since culture is embedded in language to a significant degree, the ability to compute in one’s native language can give Indian culture a significant boost. We believe that technology, particularly, the Internet can be one of the finest means of recording, archiving and propagating Indian culture.
3) India’s annual per-capita income is $390 (Rs 17,355) while operating systems cost $40 (Rs 3,500). Word processing software etc. cost even more. Free/open source software are therefore extremely important in the Indian context.


There are several significant economic and cultural reasons for choosing Linux as a platform.

Free operating systems like Linux have several advantages for developing countries. Most software packages today are developed in the west and then sold in developing countries where the parameters of affordability are completely different. This problem does not arise with Linux because it is free.

There are cultural reasons that make Linux even more attractive. The existing user interface paradigm of files and folders evolved because computers were essentially designed for a western audience familiar with real-life files and folders. There is no reason to assume why the same paradigm should apply to a trader in Tamil Nadu or a farmer in Madhya Pradesh.

The openness of Linux allows local linguistic groups to customise user interfaces in ways that are far more culturally sensitive than any centrally controlled approach. Linguistic groups that may be considered too small a market by vendors can also take their destiny in their own hands by customising the Linux interface to their own needs. We therefore believe that Linux is a very attractive long-term solution to India’s computing needs. We chose Linux over other free/open OSes because of the popularity of the platform with developers.


Localising the user interface of Linux to all the 18 official Indian languages will involve changing the menus and help-text to Indian languages and creating a whole stack of applications and tools (word processors, browsers, spell-checkers etc.) to enable computing in Indian languages. This is a task that involves both technical and linguistic challenges. For example, should “File” simply be called “File” but written in Indian scripts because it is now a part of popular usage? Or should we find Indian language equivalents? In some cases it makes little sense. For example, how many people know that the Hindi word for computer is “sanghanak”? Or what is the Hindi equivalent for “Internet”? A very sensitive balance has to be struck between practicality and preserving Indian languages. To achieve this goal we are looking for people with either of the two skills (if you have both these skills, that’s fantastic!):

1) Technical skills: The project needs a variety of technical skills such as X-Windows/GNOME/KDE, font development, kernel support, locale support etc.
2) Language skills: You must be fluent with the script of at least one Indian language and be willing to contribute to the task of Indianising the menus and help text of Linux. We request linguistic user groups and patriotic individuals to come forward and help us in this task.

Lets make this dream to reality…..

Isn’t she my babe?

February 13, 2006

Happy Valentine! :p

Gmail for your domain

February 11, 2006

This is a very great revolution for those who couldnt manage their mail servers. Google is going to host the mail stuff for any domains available on internet. They are going to provide as many Email accounts you need for all your customers and your organization for free with a mailbox size of 2.5GB. Its providing all the feature of Gmail like attachments, chat, anti virus scan and many more. Even they are going to provide some control panel to customize those accounts. Still this feature is in Beta stage. I guess this is going to compete the M$ similar strategy called live domains. ‘Live’ is going to be the last hope for Microsoft to battle with google on Internet. A serious war is going between google products and M$ live feature. I don’t wish to promote what they do but if you are really interested what are up to go to But I guess the major issue about this Gmail Domains might be about the privacy. Google is really getting more and more into privacy. Its poking nose on to every aspect of a normal Internet user. Most of the time the end user is totally unaware that a massive data mining is done on him. So we have to wait and see how the corporate world is going to take up this. I don’t exactly know what mail extension they are gonna provide but Microsoft is going to provide the exact extension of your domain like "". So if any one wish to avail that facility I think there is much threat in it. For ppl who go for a cheap hosting plan they get only few email accounts with the type of hosting plan they choose. I guess its really useful for such ppl.