Foss in Education

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One of the memorable event on life was to be in stage at 10th september 2010 at Tagore Hall , Calicut while RMS delivering his speech.I was accompanied by my friends Sneha , Farzin and Rahul. Me and Sneha were at NIT Campus for next two days attending National Conference on Free Software in Education.
Event started with an introduction to free software.In next few sessions discussions were on how free software helps in education and the necessity to see the masters code. The talks dealt with issues like vendor locking in softwares , which hinder education .
The afternoon sessions demonstrated the free software applications in education.The idea of studios instead of class rooms presented by Nagarjuna sir was interesting and such methodologies will surely make education systems more efficient.My first talk on free software was about audacity and I had a luck to hear the session on it directly from Juan Carlos(#experience).
For the first time in my life,I got an opportunity to see ‘kalaripayattu’ a traditional martial art of Kerala.
There was a session on Scilab, SAGE, Python by Prabhu Ramachandran sir, which I enjoyed a lot may be because he discussed something familiar to me. The sessions gave introduction to free software application which aids Engineering Education like Turtle Graphics,GRASS, QUCS ,KTechlab etc which are really helpful.The session by Krishnakant sir was really inspiring.
The idea of studio based education was later demonstrated using sugar labs and was an awesome session. It really reveals the necessity to change the education system and I felt that there should be more authorities also over there to hear it.We attended a session by National Mission on Education through ICT which opened up a great collection of resources to ponder.
All together the sessions was really nice and I should thank Prof.Sasi ,Prof.Mohandas, coordinators and volunteers for giving us such a great opportunity.

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Migrating to Ubuntu,net connection

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1) If you are having a broadband connection,please follow instructions on http://aswinatgec.wordpress.com/2008/08/30/connect-to-internet-in-ubuntu-804-a-simple-guide-to-windows-users
2)If you are using a mobile broadband, follow the instructions on https://sruthidevi.wordpress.com/2010/01/30/settingup-mobilebroadbandairceldocomo-in-ubuntu9-10-karmic-koala/
3)If you are using a net-setter or you are not able to configure your device with Network manager, you can use wvdial

    Plug in and connect your device to PC
    $sudo apt-get install wvdial
    $sudo apt-get install pppd
    $sudo wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf
    This will genarate configuration file with information about your modem
    $sudo vi /etc/wvdial.conf

[Dialer Defaults]
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
Modem Type = USB Modem
; Phone =
ISDN = 0
; Password =
New PPPD = yes
; Username =
Modem = /dev/ttyACM0
Baud = 460800

    This is a sample of file genarated.Remove semicolon from lines Phone,Password,Username and fill in the details.Save your changes and exit from the editor
    Run wvdial
    Disconnect by pressing Ctrl+C

Migrating to ubuntu,re-installing grub

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I am so happy because many of my friends are migrating to Ubuntu now a days.There are so many links over net to re-install grub.Any way I am just listing the steps to do it.
1) Boot from livecd.
2) $sudo fdisk -l
This displays your partition table
3) $sudo mkdir /media/root
4) $sudo mount /dev/sdaX /media/root
sdaX is your linux partition,replace X with number corresponds to it which u can obtain from partition table
5) $sudo mount /dev/sdaX /media/root/boot
6) $sudo grub-install –root-directory=/media/root /dev/sda
You should get the output “Installation Complete,No errors reported”
7) Reboot and update grub.

This is the shortcut method.Please visit https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2 , http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/grub-2.html to know about Grub2 and re-installation.