The resources page is intented to provide a wealth of information to the Swathanthra Software Community. The page
serves as a framwework to encourage people to write Documentations, HowTos and to share Links containing information on free software.

The page is not a perfect framework for this activity, but a way to get started. Ideally what we need is a wiki. But once we have people starting to contribute it will be a wiki for sure.

The Resources page is for you to put any bit of information into the page as mentioned below.

  • Write an article or howto on any topic which you find there aren’t any resources or if you can make a better one
  • Send a mail to the section maintainer
  • Once it is approved it is posted
  • Documents could be attached to the resource that you are posting. This attachment must be any one of the
    following formats – PDF, TXT, ODT, ODP, PS, HTML, PNG, OGG

Another important intention of the section is to provide Documentation/Howtos in Malayalam, which is one very important aspect.
The prime intention of the site is to provide people with information to
get started with free software, because no Swathanthra software site is complete without a resources corner.

So, why wait? Start emailing your HowTos and Articles to kurianmthayil[at]gmail[dot]com.

Reliance CDMA Internet connectivity

  1. Connect the mobile to the computer, and check the dmesg or /var/log/messages and see if there is any change in the logs
  2. Make sure you have the USB packages installed in the laptop/PC namely – uhci, usbutils, wvdial, etc.
  3. Now execute the command,

    # wvdial /etc/wvdial.conf
  4. This will create the entries in the /etc/wvdial.conf with the baud rates and the phone type /dev/ttyUSB0.
  5. File: /etc/wvdial.confwill be as shown below:

    [Dialer Defaults]

    Init1 = ATZ

    Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0

    Modem Type = Analog Modem

    Baud = 115200

    New PPPD = yes

    Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0

    ISDN = 0

    Phone = #777

    Password = your reliance phone number

    Username = your reliance phone number

  6. Issue the command

  7. This will e>stablish a PPTP connection with your PC and Reliance network. You can confirm by checking `ifconfig` in the terminal.
  8. If you had already configured your ethernet interface, then you may have to disable it before step 6 & 7. Else you will have to include default gateway in Kernel Routing Table.

    # route add -net gw
  9. Check with #route -n and see if the entry have come there correctly.

You are good to go now.

January 2008 Meeting Details

Agenda : Learning the GNU

The proposed agenda was Learning the GNU, which was aimed at talking
about the most effective and efficient way to learn Free Software and GNU/Linux.
The speaker gave an introduction to Free Software and GNU and then went on to explain the importance of
learning Free Software.

The core discussion was aimed at how to read and understand manual pages. This was explained in correlation
with basic GNU utilities and commands. The commands were explained by demonstrating the different options.

Different sections and categories of the Man pages and their significance were explained in brief.
Also the speaker talked about preparing notes for studying Free Software and general concepts.

Technical presentation : Basics of the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP)

The basic aim and importance of LTSP was explained. The implementation of LTSP was demonstrated by setting
up a Low End client machine and a normal LTSP Server. The Software requirements and implementation methodology
was explained in brief. The demonstration of the real time implementation of LTSP in the Internet Cafe was a
great addition to the session.

The attendees left with a desire to convert their old machines into real power horses with LTSP.

The meeting was wound up by 5.30 pm.


Jan 2008 Meeting Photo

Jan 2008 Meeting Photo

Jan 2008 Meeting Photo

Jan 2008 Meeting Photo