A few Linuxchix.org.in members are meeting up in Mumbai on Saturday,
January 5, 2008 at Cafe Coffee Day, Dadar.
Meeting is open for everyone interested to join Linuxchix India.
More details have been put up on the wiki.
Off late there seems to be very little happenning in Mumbai's GLUG
activities. Even on the list there are hardly any technical discussions
taking place. Are people loosing interest?
I had a small problem with entering some ASCII and Unicode characters
that are not available on the normal keyboard (En-US). Right now I have
to use the character map to get those characters but that makes
it really slow to work with such text.
Is there a simpler, faster way to enter such characters using their ASCII
or Unicode values directly in a text editor (I use gedit/kwrite/kate et al
would like to know a universal method, if it exists, that works with all the
editors including the command line ones..).
For example, in Windoze you can enter any ASCII character by holding
down Alt - typing out the ASCII value of that character - then releasing
Alt - the character is inserted at the cursor.
I am currently using Gutsy Gibbon.
Any help on this will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks and regards.
"Best things in the world are free; FREEDOM is priceless!"
Linksys has released v8 of their immensely popular WRT54G Wi-Fi
router. The v8 series have a serial number starting with CDFF or CDFG
as against the CDFE serial numbers used for v7.
The v7 router prevalent in the Indian market currently has Atheros
chipset and the firmware cannot be replaced by third party open source
firmware such as DD-WRT etc. This is not the case with the v8 router.
These use Broadcom chipset and hence, third party firmware can be
installed on them.
I want to know if anyone has purchased or used the WRT54G v8 router in
India? Also, have you tried to replace the firmware? Did you need any
I want to purchase WRT54G v8 but I cant find any shop that is selling
one. Everyone is selling v7 only. In case you know of any dealer or
shop that is selling v8, please send me their contact information so
that I may purchase the same.
With Warm Regards
Phone : +91 99711 53393
Someone wanted to install a light weight linux distro on his P2 hardware
with 64 MB RAM. The Debian docs showed that the lowest RAM for Etch is
64 MB for Gnome/KDE desktops. However for lighter requirements, Etch
with Xfce desktop would be fine. Next, downloaded Debian Etch-Xfce
single CD iso from
and burned it into a CD.
At the boot prompt, the help menu's installation guide mentioned that at
least 32 MB of RAM is required for this distro. The target system has 64
MB. Before actual deployment that is yet to take place, I installed it
in my system to test it out. Installation was smooth. The internet was
kept switched off to load everything from the CD itself.
It logged into a simple cute desktop that resembles Gnome and Mac. The
top task bar of gnome and the bottom menu bar of mac. It comes preloaded
with Iceweasel, the libre version of Firefox. The two missing packages
were OpenOffice and IceDove (libre sibling of thunderbird).
The volume control and net monitor icon was added to the top panel. Not
expecting much from the distro, just for kicks I tried to play some
music files and to my utter surprise it played all of them, like wma,
mp3. More surprises, it played mov, 3gp and even my DVD out of the box.
W-O-W! No hassles of setting up repos and downloading extra codecs and
libs. A very good feature for no-internet type installation.
It does not auto-mount CDs and DVDs but thats no problem, just manually
mount it wherever you want to. Mounting it to /media/cdrom0 is just
fine. The inbuilt media player can manually add the DVD to its playlist
and play it.
The tricky part is with OpenOffice. The distro has a base installation
of OO but its not complete and does not run. It has no icons in the menu
listing. I tried it in command line using openoffice -writer or -calc
but it would give errors of no JRE installed. However that is not the
real problem which I found after installing sun-java5-jre. The bundled
OO is a base package only.
For package downloads, first simply add the debian repos to the apt
sources.lst. After an apt-get update, install synaptic, a gui for apt.
Please note that this distro is more gnome oriented so avoid installing
KDE based apps. as that will require heavy downloads of the KDE
environment. Then scroll to the openoffice part in the list and select
both packages for complete removal. Then manually install the complete
deb packages (using sudo dpkg -i *.deb ) of OO from their site. I had
the folder saved from my last Etch-KDE installation that needed these
packages too. After installation OO did not start and got lost half way.
However, a reboot of the system was all that was needed to get it up and
running. It opens a default empty window for where we can select New ->
Then icedove was added using apt-get and thats all. A simple and fast
installation of the latest multi-media ready distro core with a
light-weight desktop. Later will post results from the actual
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Date: Dec 23, 2007 5:43 PM
Subject: Presenting our next FreeIndian: Anant Narayan
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I am trying to install etch on a system with asus p5gc-mx motherboard which
has a inbuilt network card.
In the installation phase, it is not detecting the network card.
Has any one faced a similar problem and solved the issue?
On 12/22/07, Benoy George <bgenix(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [ILUG-BOM] ftp error: 500 invalid port connection
> From: Agnello George <agnello.dsouza(a)gmail.com>
> To: GNU/Linux Users Group, Mumbai, India <linuxers(a)mm.glug-bom.org>
> Date: Friday 14 December 2007 04:58:39 PM IST
> > HI
> > I am trying to access a ftp server . I am able to connect to it with the
> > user name and password. However when i connect to the server and do a dir i
> > get the following error.
> > C:\Documents and Settings\Admin>ftp XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX
> > Connected to XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX
> > 220 Microsoft FTP Service
> > User (XXX.XX.XXX.XXX:(none)): user-name
> > 331 Password required for user-name
> > Password:
> > 230 User user-name logged in.
> > ftp> dir
> > 500 Invalid PORT Command.
> > 150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls.
> > I got a fire wall running and i have opened port 21, The entry in the
> > iptables is as follows .
> > -A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -p tcp -m state --state NEW -m tcp --dport 21 -j
> > ACCEPT
> > why am i getting the error ?? when i am able to ftp to other ftp site with
> > out authentication ( like ftp://188.8.131.52/pub/ )
> > Thanks !!
> Sorry for the late reply, since I am not marking to the list.
> From your previous thread I have noticed that you have not
> added ftp-data port(20) to the policy.
> $cat /etc/services | grep -i ^ftp
> on your linux machine.
> and try with
> #modprobe ip_conntrack_ftp
> But still sometime we are getting errors with ftp service from
> M$ platforms.
> best regards
Thanks for all the answers but here is what i did
A PORT command is again issued, but this time it is from the server to
the client. The client connects to the server for data transfer. Since
the connection is in the same sense as the original ftp connection,
passive ftp is inherently more secure than active ftp, but note that
this time we know even less about the port numbers. Now we have a
connection between almost arbitrary port numbers.
Enter the ip_conntrack_ftp module once more. Again, this module is
able to recognize the PORT command and pick-out the port number.
Instead of NEW in the state match for the OUTPUT chain, we can use
RELATED. The following rules will suffice:
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --sport 1024: --dport 1024: -m state
--state ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
iptables -A OUTPUT -p tcp --sport 1024: --dport 1024: -m state
--state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT
add the following to the kernel
Agnello . G .Dsouza
I have a Linux based fire wall ( iptables) that allow access to
client on the Internet, I have current allowed all ports open both
incoming and out going . I can access all site and all ports accept
the site http://manage.resellerclub.com/reseller or
http://manage.answerable.com/kb ( which i currently really important
site for a dept in my company ) . i have no error logs to work with
... no logs what so ever .... except it give me page cannot be
displayed on the browser. I had squid configured on my sever but have
current stoped it . This problem has occurred since yesterday i
flushed the cache ( # > /var/spool/squid/swap.state) but i don't think
that should be a problem since i stoped squid !! .
How do i go about troubleshooting this issue ??
Agnello . G .Dsouza
email : agnello.dsouza(a)gmail.com
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