I was reading about Negroponte's one laptop per child.
Now that is the USA / western / nuclear family concept.
I would be happy with one laptop/computer per family.
Now, if we added 50 million computers to India at Rs 5000 to Rs 9000
each we would not need connectivity to the internet.
Please contribute to our discussion on the google group "open-mobile".
Charitable inclinations do not give 50 million computers connected via
mesh (free) networking to India.
Here is a note on mesh computing from one laptop per child.
2.9 Wireless Mesh Network Interface
The wireless network interface used by CL1 operates as a conventional
WiFi (802.11b/g) interface, yet
provides several unique features crucial to the laptop's goals. Unlike
traditional wireless networking, where
laptops only communicate with network access points, the CL1 supports
wireless mesh networking, where
laptops may relay network packets for other laptops, greatly extending
the reach of any network access points.
In order to encourage a mesh network, the CL1 network interface is
also designed for low power operation as a
mesh node, even when the laptop is powered off.
The mesh networking protocol is currently a variant of the upcoming
802.11s mesh networking standard. The
CL1 will support 802.11s, when ratified, through a firmware upgrade.
The current protocol and the 802.11s
may be simultaneously supported at this time.
Unlike traditional laptop wireless networking interfaces, the CL1
wireless mesh networking interface includes
a processor capable of forwarding packets and maintaining mesh routing
tables, independent of any other
laptop resources. The network interface is notified when the main
processor is entering/exiting suspend mode
and it is capable of notifying the embedded controller that a network
event requiring attention (such as a packet
destined for the laptop) has occurred. While it is possible for this
interface to operate even when the laptop is
completely powered off, firmware currently limits operation of the
network to when the laptop is either
powered on or suspended.
For operation in 802.11b mode, the RF output power is 17 dBm (+/- 1.5
dBm), with a receiver sensitivity of
–87 dBm. In 802.11g mode, the RF output power is 13 dBm (+/- 1.5 dBm),
with a receiver sensitivity of –72
Figure 2.9: External Antenna
After roaring success of June 2008 ILUG-BOM Meet thanks to Sanjay's
offer of the venue we would like to have the momentum going for
Date: Sunday, 20th July 2008
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Venue: KReSIT, IIT-B? (Vipul, can you book and confirm the availability soon?)
Agenda: Open for discussion (some possible topics are listed below)
1. ERP Solutions on GNU/Linux (Native/Web-based/Hosted)
2. Virtualization (Xen, QEMU, VirtualBox, VMWare etc.)
3. CRM/CMS Solutions on GNU/Linux (Native/Web-based/Hosted)
4. Blogs and Wikis
5. Multimedia on GNU/Linux
Please add your choice of topics and I would invite speakers to speak
on any subject of their choice! :-)
--Dinesh Shah :-)
Shah Micro System
Woody Allen - "I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be
there when it happens."
hello hackers, service providers and rest of my fellow hackers.
I have blogged a few tips and trics which I have learned out of the
experiences of a few successful migraters and a few from yours truely.
the blog is at
Please visit and add experiences.
On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 1:03 PM, Sameep <sameepk(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
> Thanks for your prompt reply. I can talk about quite a few topics on ERP and
> CRM. If you want you can find out what the other LUG members would be
> interested in discussing and let me know. Accordingly I can give a
> presentation. There is no point talking about something no one is interested
> in. If you can let me know what topics everyone would be interested in , I
> can prepare myself and let you know.
Thanks for coming forward to share your experience with LUG.
I can see following possible out-line for your one hour talk on ERP.
1. Availability of various ERP applications
2. Steps for implimetation of a specific ERP package(s) -
Installation, configuration etc.
3. Required Domain Knowledge for implementation
4. An example of implementation.
Do you think above out-line is sufficient? Please feel free to modify
as per your need.
--Dinesh Shah :-)
Shah Micro System
Groucho Marx - "A child of five would understand this. Send someone
to fetch a child of five."
I'm sorry I haven't added the meet (submitted by Sameep; also was submitted on the same day by Mehul Ved -- Thanks to both) on to the wiki. Sameep's writeup seems to be uploaded on the main website though.
I'll do that soon. No one else could do it, because the meet page is protected under sysop privileges.
The main website (as it looks now) was developed and is maintained by Anurag. Much of the credit goes to him. I help him out with the content on it. So it is much like 80:20 system.
A client of mine uses Ubuntu 7.04 and his PSC is HP 915. On visiting
www.openprinting.org I was able to install the ppd file for 915 and
printing was setup without any hiccups. The scanner is still not
detected but that too should happen as time progresses and drivers are
OS: Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, Gnome desktop.
Over the phone, I walked a client, through the printer installation of
Epson LX1050+ printer. During installation, I asked him to chose the
recommended driver for the LX1050 that comes bundled with CUPS and to
print a test page. The test page printed fine.
Now he is complaining that it is printing very small fonts irrespective
of the application i.e. Firefox, OO Writer.
This is the first time I have installed a dot matrix printer (and that
too by proxy). Logically, things should print per font settings in the
application if the test page prints.
I would appreciate any pointers to what printer settings I should be
looking for to fix the problem.
Thanks in advance.
I am looking for a web browser based project management software that
has PERT/CPM charting feature (like in M$ Project).
Apps. like ProjPier, PHPProjekt have Gantt charts.
Please let me know if you know of any such apps open source or
commercial. App able to import/export in M$ Project file format also
----- Original Message ----
From: Arun Khan <knura(a)yahoo.com>
To: "GNU/Linux Users Group, Mumbai, India" <linuxers(a)mm.glug-bom.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:35:37 PM
Subject: Re: [ILUG-BOM] web browser based project management software
On Wednesday 25 Jun 2008, Peeyush Chomal wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 9:10 PM, Arun Khan <knura(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
> > I am looking for a web browser based project management software
> > that has PERT/CPM charting feature (like in M$ Project).
> > Apps. like ProjPier, PHPProjekt have Gantt charts.
> See this - http://www.project.net/open_source.htm
> We have started using this one recently. So far experience has been
> pretty good. The only drawback, considering your requirement, is that
> it can export MS Project 2007 files (XML exported).
This is OK if it can import/export MS Proj. format. Are you saying it
can only export in MS Proj. 2007 format? Can you please confirm if
openproj (www.openproj.org) can open the exported file? openproj has
the PERT/CPM feature.
-- Arun Khan
OpenProj was designed as a MS Project alternative. here is the link
It provides Gantt Charts, Network Diagrams (PERT Charts), WBS and RBS charts, Earned Value costing and more.
The direct link to download the deb file is
Hope it helps,
p.s. I have opened a MS Project file with OpenProj
Many thanks to Sameep for compiling the minutes of meeting.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sameep <sameepk(a)yahoo.com>
Subject: LUG Meeting June 2008
For those of you who missed it , the meeting commenced at CAMP by around 2
Initially Easwar gave a presentation advocating GNU Linux to newbies.
His target audience were newbies presently using Windows. He had two
presentations. One highlighting the benefits of GNU Linux over windows
and the other one demonstrating the installation procedure. He used
Ubunutu for all his illustrations.
Easwar plans to hold a Ubuntu Install fest at his college. He plans to
give a presentation about Linux and also offer to install Ubuntu for
anyone whose interested. Anyone wanting to help him in this can
contact him directly.
Easwar's presentation was discussed and it received inputs from
everyone. Arun and Vikram had prior experience in advocating Open
Source Software to people so they shared some of their experiences
Next everyone was introduced to Ms. Chanditta. She works for an
organization that regularly holds workshops training people in Open
Source Software. She is basically from the Media Industry and plans to
open an institute in which she plans to incorporate Open Source
Although she is going to post her plans on the Mailing List shortly,
she is currently looking for volunteers. She requires people who might
be interested in teaching or helping out in her workshops. They hold
workshops providing guidance about OSS to teachers , both from
educational institutions as well as NGOs.
Arun then spoke about his recent experience in converting a customer
to OSS and the resistance he faced while doing that. He finally
managed to convince the customer after a Live Demo. Different methods
of spreading Linux were then discussed by everyone.
Vikram spoke about his projects in wireless technology. He has also
recently launched an initiative called PPP. This initiative hopes to
build a legal framework for protection of personal privacy. Presently
India does not have any such framework ; this was evident in the
Aarushi Talwar case.
Krishnakant then spoke about his experiences in converting people to
Linux. He also spoke about the presentations he gave and the questions
he was asked regarding Linux. He discussed certain projects he was
involved in. He also shared a great story about the Open Source
Community. He described how a Firefox add-on was created within 36
hours based on his request to the community. He is going to blog about
this experience in detail shortly.