make and Makefiles

I Tried to write a hello world kernel. The coding as most people know is a child’s play. But since what we write is a module to be attached with the kernel, it has to compiled differently. The usual gcc filename.c wont help. So i wrote a Makefile for that and tried the GNU make command. I got nothing but a errors stretched over a couple of screens. I was totally devastated… for it was my first attempt and a very simple one at that and yet i could not do it succesfully…. 🙁 :-S hope i do it properly soon

Back after long time

So, i am back to blogging after a long time. End of the semester works finishing up the records, lab exams etc.  kept me away from the blogosphere. That too we had our symposium close to the end of the semester.So concentrated more on that.Now all that’s over.But still i think I cant blog for another week from now as we will be having our model exams from tomorrow 🙁 i really hate these exams  …

Jillunu oru cyber

Atlast cyber ’06 is over. It was a memorable day.. 19/9/2006 will be remembered in the history of the Dept. of CSE of TCE for ever. CYBER ’06 was a runaway success. It had the maximum ever turnout. And we had excelent feedbacks. And what makes it even more great is that, all the arrangements and organising works were done in just a span of one month.

All the contests were conducted in an excellent manner. Mallu did a great job with .NET by creating interfaces for all the prelims. We had unexpected number of participants for all the events. C- Debugging had the maximum registration with 120 participants

All the contest were conducted in a great manner by the co-ordinators.In the morning, KS was over flowing with delegates…. Our cyber had attracted the maximum number of contestants. So we are really proud of this cyber…. As a few of my friends said it was “Jillunu oru cyber”

But, the day before was really tough.I had not got fit after the tiresome work for FStival ’06 and the CYBER ’06 preparation started in full swing. The secon years made a great deal of contribution towards cyber by putting in all their efforts. Hats off to them.
Finally, CYBER ’06 was the culmination of the efforts of the third year students with the help from the second yrs. It had been a great success because of the contribution it had from all the students… hope future CYBERs are still better.

Software Freedom Day – FStival ‘06 @ TCE

Software Ffreedom Day was celebrated throught the world on 16/9/2006 this year.Thiagarajar college of engg also celebrated it as usual under the tag FStival 06. The chief guest was Mr. Kenneth Gonsalves, associate NRC, AU-KBC. He spoke on the topic “FOSS makes professional programmers”

After that there were many demo stalls conducted. In these stalls, various tools available under GNU/Linux were explained and people were taught how to use them. The demo stall include emacs, LaTeX, Gtk/Glade(Balachandran), CMS (Ravi and Venkatapathy), Databases, Lamp (alagammai) , Multimedia, graphics and animation etc. There was also a separate on-stage installation session(Krithika and Geetha priya) were Debian installation was eplained in great detail. That was followed by an on-stage explanation of XGL (Xtreme Graphics Library) by Karthikeyan and Sai Krishna. There were two propaganda stalls for GNU/Linux of which one explained GNU/Linux in industries (Vinodh) and the other the philosophy etc (Ashok).

The stalls were maintained by bth the second yrs and the third yrs.The height of the function was that it was the most successful FStival ever. We had a huge audience, K.S overflowing. We were very happy to have a few alumnis like Mr.Joe Steeve, Mr.S.Arun Ponniah, Mr.Senthil kumaran and Ms.Sri Ranjani.

On the whole the event was a great success. The support we had from the staff, seniors and above all the alumnis was really excellent and motivated us a lot. We had a good crowd this time and what’s more interesting is that most of them were eager to learn and use FOSS based stuff. GNU/Linux installation (Debian sarge) would have helped many. Hope we make still more and well planned arrangements next time and make it better.

First opensolaris installation…

I saw the installation procedure for opensolaris for the first time. It was really interesting.It was also new. Praveen made a demo by installin in one of the systems in the UNIX lab.But still had not got a hands on experience in installing it.But had a few problems after installations. But they were solved, only after some good thinking.

The problem e face was regarding the grub. We installed it in one of the systems which already had Debian and Windows.So after installation we thought the GRUB would display all three options. But due to some mistake, we could not get the grub back. So had to speak in grub terms :(. We went to the GRUB prompt and tried to setupGRUB. After some initial errors and mistakes we were able to restore the grub with all the options.

Innovative in innovations

Had a one day seminar on open solaris.It was conducted in our college by two professionals from the SUN microsystems.They were Ananth Shrinivas and Pradhap Devarajan.It was a really great session.We got BeleniX live CD if we asked a question.So it went really well.

It started with a brief history of Sun and Solaris wuth the mentions of greats like Bill Joy by Mr.Ananth Shrinivas. Then we were introduced to the opensolaris OS.We really looked the very feel of it. I was unable to believe it was the very same GNOME that ran on my Debian that was on that projector screen. The SUN people have really improved it a lot. Then they gave the various salient features of the opensolaris OS.

I was really impressed. Then there was a lunch break.After that we assembled again for a more technical session.The crowd was less as expected. Then an intro to Dtrace was provided by them. Ananth and Pradhap showed us a few startlling Dtrace stuff.A few pre-written Dtrace scripts were also shown.Should learnhow to use Dtrace . Waiting to get my hands dirty with it.

Then we had a even more interesting session on ZFS. An unbelievably great file system. 128 bit stuff without the cumbersome i-nodes stuff. must be really cool :).

Hope to learn all these soon. And before that , a installation session is a must.