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open source paradox?

Project Mad Hatter is a linux-based desktop solution by Sun Microsystems. What is funny is that while Mad Hatter flaunts Ximian Evolution as their PIM/Mail client and StarOffice as their office suite;
Ximian also happens to sell a desktop with Evolution and the open-source sibling of StarOffice, OpenOffice.org. Two companies selling each others' products - this only happens in the Open Source world.

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devnagari script kiddies

This news at Linux Delhi's site made me chuckle:

Two school students, Avneesh Chhabra (15) and Shivaas Gulati (15) designed a Hindi Devanagri font for an inter-school contest. They won the event, received assurances from Microsoft that the Seattle-based company may be interested in licensing the fonts from them, and then, on 25 November 2002, decided nevertheless to publish the fonts under the freedom-based Lesser Gnu Public License (LGPL).

The Inter-School contest was MODEM 2002 - I was there to conduct a quiz. The Font Design event was being held for the first time. The objective was to make an ITRANS mapped Unicode Hindi Font and it was quite exciting to see the entries, and the approaches used. Some guys had actually scanned and vectorized Hindi characters written with pencil on paper. Some entries looked like hacks of presently available stuff.

now playing

I found this pure DHTML game called Scorched at BodyTag.org. Be careful - it's quite addictive.

Just discovered a phenomenal band called Phenom - PESIT's rock band. They're just back from doing a gig at Linux Bangalore (where 2 of the band members gave a robotics talk!). The band's website has complete band lineup, history, and mp3s of live recordings.

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karma?

Last night I got the system to boot with the new disk, and discovered that the original owner had about 4GB worth of Old Hindi MP3s - something my mom was thrilled to know. So for the next 5 hours, I had Md. Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar on the playlist.

It's not that I don't like them. But 5 hours?

Woke up today and the problem was back - it wouldn't startup with the 2nd disk. Spent the whole day trying to figure out what was wrong with the second hard disk, and figured that it was because of the 5GB NTFS partition in the front. Had to remove it, and carved out clean, reformatted partitions of Linux Native, Linux Swap.....

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