We are in a process of updating the website (http://www.ilug-bom.org.in/) for our group.
We are slowly building and improving the website.
We have given link of the old twitter account (https://twitter.com/ilugbom which seems to be of our group) in the footer of the website,
This account seems to be inactive now. Can we have the acces to this account? Is it handled by someone from our group?
If someone is willing to manage it then it is more than welcome. New updates and recent events can be posted to this twitter handle.
Note: We have the source for our website in this gitlab repo - https://gitlab.com/ilug-bom/www.ilug-bom.org.in
If anybody wants to contribute by writing articles, improve the website, or just want to help by proofreading then just request access or send a pull request.
Might be worthwhile attending.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Danny Carroll"
Date: 29-Jun-2017 06:01
Subject: [hackerspace-mumbai] Invitation for Bitcoin & Blockchain
Technology event at IIT Bombay
> Guys and Girls, an interesting talk by one of the worlds leading thinkers in the cryptocurrency space. Don't miss it.
> Bitcoin technology has been designed to provide a layer of trust over the internet. This layer of trust is not only enabling many possibilities for different industries but also
>enhancing their performance by adding fundamentally new capabilities. The new buzz word Blockchain has given us a complete shift to an era of programmable assets,
>enabling trust online, ownership of digital data, money, identity, and contracts. Today, every industry is finding capabilities and asking itself how it should leverage
>blockchain to improve their processes.
> The Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Bombay is organizing its first event on Blockchain & Bitcoin with Auxesis Group to bring together the representatives from the banking,
>insurance, public service companies, startup founders, and bitcoin enthusiast.
> We welcome you at our event on "Blockchain: From disruptive concept to business-ready solution" to know from the experts how blockchains are transforming these
> trillion dollar industries across the globe.
> Date: July 1st, 2017
> Timing: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
> Venue: IIT Bombay, Powai, India
> Please register online to get your free entry pass: <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bitcoin-blockchain-from-disruptive-concept-t...>
> About Auxesis: Auxesis Group is among The Top 100 most Influential Blockchain company across the globe with offices based in Mumbai, London & San Fransico.
>Auxesis has built an enterprise-grade blockchain infrastructure called AuxLedger, focused on production-readiness: security, performance, and scalability. The company
> has powered many decentralised applications on a network tailored to the specific needs of an industry and use case. Auxesis blockchain solutions are working live
> with over 50 million users and transacted millions of dollars for the clients in Banking, Insurance, and Public sector.
> About E-Cell, IIT Bombay: The Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Bombay serve as a link between the various subsystems of startup ecosystem. It is pursuing this vision from
> past 18 years and it has grown to become India‘s largest entrepreneurship promoting organisation. It caters an audience of more than 100 thousand directly through its
> initiatives with our reach exceeding to over 1 million students, corporate, Entrepreneurs and HNIs‘ PAN India.
The next monthly meeting is on 8th July 2017, 15:00 to 17:00, at Don
Bosco Institute of Technology.
Would anyone like to give a talk?
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On Jun 14, 2017 16:08, "Rajeev R. K." <rajeevrk(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I'm in for some proofreading and maybe even some light articles even. How
do i get access?
Hi Rajeev, just sign up with gitlab.com and send a request to join that
Riot app and matrix standard for instant messaging, voice & video calling:
Free Software, standards based and decentralized replacement for
services like WhatsApp, Telegram and Skype.
It has one to one or group messaging with end to end encryption for
better privacy. Even though WhatsApp claims they do the same, their app
being proprietary, we cannot verify their claim. Riot app is Free
Software and its source code is available for anyone to verify the
claim. Its audited by NCC Group, a professional security research
company. With end to end encryption, only the people you share can see
your information, the service provider will only see encrypted data,
which they can't decrypt without encryption keys. Its like you press the
button and lock a car's door, anyone can lock the door, but once locked
only the person with the key can open it. Brute forcing would require
huge computing power making it practically not possible.
We are forced to use WhatsApp even if we don't like it because our
friends are on WhatsApp and we are locked to it. With matrix free
standard, we can use any app, service or even run our own server. People
who try to bridge it to other services or use Free Software clients gets
banned by WhatsApp.
Imagine this situation, if BSNL were the only mobile service provider
and Jio customers could not talk to BSNL customers, would Jio be this
popular? Would BSNL and other providers be forced to match Jio offers?
We as customers benefited because GSM is a Free Standard and anyone can
compete with better services. We can switch providers without losing our
contacts. In case of WhatsApp, even if you like Telegram, and use it,
you cannot talk to WhatsApp users using Telegram. So it appears who have
a choice of apps, in practice that choice is meaningless.
Matrix is like GSM standard. You can get a matrix account from any
service provider like diasp.in, disroot.org or matrix.org like you can
buy your sim card from any provider like BSNL, Airtel, Idea etc
You can choose any app, your sim is not locked to a phone model. The
most feature rich app is riot, which you can install from riot.im for
android, iOS and ant desktop (GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac). There are
command line apps like Weechat (with plugin). Pidgin also has some basic
support for matrix. Anyone can create a app for matrix standard with
better features. Same for the server, anyone can write a server software
with better features and performance than the current synapse software.
Anyone can take these software and run a matrix server and host it in
We have hosted diasp.in in Noida. There are servers located in countries
with better privacy laws like Germany.
Once you create a matrix account and install riot app, you can join
#ilug-bom:matrix.org room. https://matrix.to/#/#ilug-bom:matrix.org
Some matrix servers like diasp.in, disroot.org allow registering from
their website. Servers like matrix.org and tchncs.de allows registering
directly from riot app. You can enter your matrix server in riot app
when you login.
As per our usual schedule we had a small meetup on 10th June at Don Bosco Institute of Technology.
This week Rajeev gave a talk on "How to build a Fedora Workstation Live install media".
This was the same method that was used to create a custom image for St. Mary's Schools linux install fest.
This time there were fewer attendees due to some members opting out due to work related and personal commitments.
We reached D.B.I.T around 2.45 pm, Tayyab Sir was already present and arranged a Lab for us.
While Rajeev was busy setting up his laptop, which we nicknamed "Survival Kit", rest of us were having some casual discussion about the install-fest and other happenings in Linux world.
Rajeev began the talk by explaining the setup required to build a custom image in fedora.
He introduced us to a utility called Mock , which is like an evolution of chroot and is used to build live images of Fedora, Centos, Mageia, RHEL & Openstack images.
There are various mock config files templates available targeting the above mentioned platforms that we can edit and customize to build our live images.
One important thing to note is that the release of fedora image that you are trying to create should match the release that you are running.
Rajeev also explained to us the new strategy that fedora uses to provide a faster installation and deployment.
Fedora live images are nothing but compressed system images, which are then copied to the target machine,
instead of installing the application on the target machine the installation and setup is run while creating the live image itself
and the actual install process, which is now handled by the utility called "liveinst", is uncompressing this system image and copying it to the target file system.
Inside the mock chroot, the instruction for the install process and system image creation is provided by something called kickstart files , which in addition to bash commands has it's own set of syntax.
All the instructions such as, name of the user, file system size, repositories to add, name of the applications to include,
any custom packages, and post and pre-install scripts that needs to be run is specified in this kickstart file.
Based on the instruction of the kickstart file, anaconda (fedora's install utility) installs the packages for you.
The livemedia-creator utility is used to combine the all these actions and create a bootable live disk image.
Rajeev also showed us how he created the custom plymouth boot animation for using the schools logo.
Although what we have reported here is just a quick overview of the session (and may be slightly out of order), Rajeev explained the process very nicely and in a in-depth manner.
The session had various casual discussions, which included topics like firewalld, iptables, apt vs dnf for caching updates locally, a bit of emacs vs vim, Flash, DRM and W3C's inability to curtail them :)
Overall it was a fun session. Also we thank for D.B.I.T for the space and providing tea and coffee for us.
We hope to see everyone in next meeting, which is scheduled on 8th July.
Recently I came across a project https://yunohost.org, It's a FOSS app like
uses letsencrypt certificates and is extendable by installing apps.
I've setup a vps and it's working great! Our server hosts Gogs for git,
Baikal for Card/CalDAV and Rainloop as webmail.
It comes with many free services installed, includes MetronomeIM (
https://lightwitch.org/metronome) as xmpp server and Mail server
(postfix/dovecot). LDAP service is also configured for all apps installed
and a single sign on system is also available across hosted services.
I was able to login to this self hosted xmpp server using Empathy, Pidgin,
AstraChat (Android with VoiP), Conversations (Android)
There are xmpp multi user chatrooms (groups) possible.
The main practical benefit I see in using MetronomeIM and Empathy is screen
sharing. We are able to do free, unlimited screen shares!
The June 2017 meeting of "Indian Linux User Group, Mumbai (ILUG-BOM)",
will be held on 10th June 2017, 15:00 to 16:00 IST.
IT Lab 5, First Floor, D - Wing,
Department of Information Technology,
Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Kurla (W).
10 min from Vidyavihar Station (W).
1. 1 hour - "Live CD building using fedora tools" by Rajeev R K.
2. Floor open for relevant discussions.
Everyone is welcome :)
HiPro IT Solutions Private Limited
Now that we are having the meetings on every second Saturday.
I think we should have a central place to post updates, announcements pictures recorded sessions etc for archiving purpose and also for convenience of others in the group.
Do we have a website? I searched but I couldn't find it. I think we have the domain http://ilug-bom.org.in/ which has a note pointing to the mailing list.
What do you guys think about creating a website?
It can be static, generated via Jekyll or pelican.
Rushabh had an idea of hosting from GitHub pages, I think it is good idea if hosting space is a problem.
In my opinion having a website will surely help newcomers, to know what kind activities happen in the group, before they subscribe to the mailing list.
I also noticed that there is a twitter handle - @ilugbom, although it seems dormant now.
Do we know who has the access to this account? It will be nice if we can tweet the recent happenings in the group such as the PIL by Mr. Milind
What do you guys think?