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[FOSS-Nepal] Re: which browser is fastest?


firefox is the best
Abhishek Singh | 1 Jul 05:15 2008
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[FOSS-Nepal] Re: which browser is fastest?

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For me Firefox is the best. I can't even imagine browsing without Firefox, especially its addons/extensions. After I read this mail, I installed Opera (can't install safari because it's not available for linux), but I found Firefox to be best.

On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 7:29 AM, Ujjwol लामिछाने[UNIX] <ujjwollamichhane <at> gmail.com> wrote:

firefox is the best
- Abhishek Singh

Fedora 9 (Sulphur) has released!!
http://fedoraproject.org
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Ayush | 1 Jul 06:17 2008
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[FOSS-Nepal] Re: which browser is fastest?


Opera 9.5 rocks with its SPEED as well as DIVERSITY! its got everything you need. IRC client, download
managers, mail (POP3/IMAP) clients.. etc. (i think the latest version's got a torrent client too check me
if i'm wrong) Plus the widgets are way too cool. I especially like the image and style disable'r, making it
ideal for workplace as well.. hehe.. <- evil laughter :) You can do the same with firefox too, downloading
web developer plugin. But its way too convenient and easier in opera. Try it out and feel the difference.

Cheers,
Ayush

akhil mathema | 1 Jul 06:32 2008
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[FOSS-Nepal] Re: An Introduction to Virtualization

Here is the link for centos 5 virtualization using xen:

http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Xen/InstallingCentOSDomU

Cheers,
Akhil
On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 4:05 AM, Prajwal Tuladhar <dynamism360@...>
wrote:

>
> Nice article about virtualization...
>
> http://www.infoq.com/articles/virtualization-intro;jsessionid=A94BC146129EA289B70E956722039E62
> >
>

Ayush | 1 Jul 07:05 2008
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[FOSS-Nepal] Re: 10 Reasons why Free Software and GNU/Linux should be used in schools


Nice presentation, nicer article :)

--- On Mon, 6/30/08, Ankur Sharma <yowlanku@...> wrote:

> From: Ankur Sharma <yowlanku@...>
> Subject: [FOSS-Nepal] Re: 10 Reasons why Free Software and GNU/Linux should be used in schools
> To: foss-nepal@...
> Date: Monday, June 30, 2008, 2:54 PM
> Megasoft Doors Perspective ... cool :)
> On Jul 1, 2008, at 12:17 AM, Shankar Pokharel wrote:
> 
> >
> > A blog titled, "A High School Student's Views
> on Software Freedom"
> > gives 10 Reasons why Free Software and GNU/Linux
> should be used in
> > schools:
> >
> >
> http://trombonechamp.wordpress.com/2008/06/23/10-reasons-why-free-software-and-gnulinux-should-be-used-in-schools/
> >
> > A nice article!
> >
> > ~$nkr
> >
> > >
> 
> 
> 

Jwalanta Shrestha | 1 Jul 09:23 2008
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[FOSS-Nepal] updates from biratnagar n dharan on foss awareness/training

hi all,

for those who dont know, i'm at biratnagar to help the foss enthusiasts here
and in dharan on foss awareness/training n i've got some good news to
share..

dharan:
met with tushar n abish. these guys are hyper excited about the foss
training we're conducting at dharan n tushar is taking the lead. the date
for the training has been fixed for this saturday (5th July).

the training has been especially targeted to computer users (esp sysadmins)
who are familiar with windows but not with foss alternatives. tushar n i are
still working on the topics to be covered. it was supposed to be ubuntu
training before, but we're tryin to make it more general. i'll update u all
about it very soon.

biratnagar:
met with pramod n the team from engineering campus (purbanchal university,
school of engineering and technology) n they are very interested in foss.
they're also forming a computer club in the college soon and want to move
forward foss through the same.

we've also fixed an introduction/awareness program in the college tomorrow
(2nd july, wednesday). the program is targeted towards computer and
electronics engineering students here n i'm hoping a nice turnout.

i'll be updating about the programs as it happens.. wish us luck..

regards,
jwalanta

Hempal Shrestha | 1 Jul 09:26 2008
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[FOSS-Nepal] Highlights of Codebreakers


Hi All,

This is quite a old post from Fred, which I recovered from my Email
Bank, I feel this must be a nice recap of the Codebreaker and our
initiation to start looking for the Code Broken for SFD 2008.

Best Regards,
HS

From: Fred
The Codebreakers: Conclusion defeats facts

Friday, June 23rd, 2006 in Technology, FOSS, Microsoft

I watched this morning my DVD copy of the video material entitled "The
 Codebreakers", which I got during the Asia Commons Conference this June.
 With the title sounding controversial as it has come right in time
when the Da Vinci Code film has generated mixed reactions from the
global
 public, there is no way the material has something to do with the Holy Grail.

The 38-minute documentary is about the inroads having been made by Free
 and Open Source Software (FOSS) as far as crossing the digital divide is
 concerned.

The video takes off from the World Summit on Information Society
(WSIS) in Tunis last year, which was concerned about how to bridge the
growing
 digital gap between the rich and poor countries.

The first quote in the film is a major plus for FOSS advocacy.

        Nicholas Negroponte, founder of MIT Media Lab and chair of One
Laptop Per Child project: "We have chosen free and open (source)
 software because it's better, and it means that children can actually
participate in making the software better over time. We
 believe completely in community developed software and content."

And Microsoft has this to say in reaction:

        Jonathan Murray (Microsoft Europe): "It reminds Microsoft that
customers have choice. It reminds us to go back to work and
 listen to the customers. We have to invest six billion dollars in
ways that meet the needs of the customers."

Do you have an analogy for FOSS for it to be understood by a common
 folk? Here's one:

        Kenneth Cukier (Economist): "Open source software may be likened
 to generic drugs - it costs less."

And what is the videogram without a quote from the father of free
 software movement?

        Richard Stallman: "Freedom 0 means you run the program as you
 wish. Freedom 1 means you help yourself, to study the source
 code and change it as you wish. Freedom 2 means you help your
neighbor, to make copies and distribute to others when you wish.
 And Freedom 3 means you help your commmunity, to publish or

        distribute modified versions of the program as you wish. If
you have these four freedoms, then it's free software."

And then came Bruce Perens, one of the thinkers of Open Source, who had
 this to say:

        Bruce Perens: "Open Source (Initiative) takes Free Software
and promotes it to business people. When we say free, it does not
 mean freedom but it means cheap and that indeed would play too well
with business people."

And thanks to the duo of the Stallman and Linus Torvalds, there are
 already 29 million users of Linux worldwide. Firefox enjoys 20% of
 userbase in Europe; 14% of the US. Apache as web server is used by
more than 60% of the world's web servers.

The main component of the documentary is its featuring several FOSS
initiatives, namely:

     1. SchoolNet in Namibia, concerned in teaching children how to
assemble computers and run and modify FOSS applications.

     2. Brazil government's efforts "to use FOSS in government
 procedures and support FOSS as a tool for society." So far,
 around 150 million dollars have been saved each year, which is used
to invest in hardware in previously technologically
 impoverished areas.

     3. Digital Doorway (Meraka Institute, Africa), which aims to
provide 'minimally invasive education' for the poor in Africa.

    4. Computer Buses (Central India). This is a project wherein a bus
 containing 24 computers and teaching facility takes a round of
 rural communities to teach schoolchildren how to use computers using FOSS.

     5. Sahana, FOSS Disaster Management Software (Sri Lanka). Aside
 from FOSS's investment benefits, the software has been deemed as
 "sidestepping red tape" in government's providing relief and rehab
assistance to disaster-affected communities, like in Sri
 Lanka in the wake of tsunami two years ago.

     6. Agri Bazaar (MIMOS, Malaysia), for online trading of
agricultural products.

     7. Spain's initiative to connect its depressed region
Extremadura, wherein 100,000 computers were connected to the Internet
using FOSS. It generated savings of about 20 million euros.

Major IT companies like Intel, Hewlett Packard and IBM bow to the
growing pressure of considering open source in their business. They
all
 agree that customers' tastes are changing, which include preference
over FOSS. Their strategies must be reviewed accordingly. IBM, for
instance,
 has deployed over 100 FOSS projects and hired over 700 FOSS developers.

Microsoft agrees on the contribution made by FOSS in computer innovation
 and providing access to technology. It sees partnership with FOSS in
 that regard.

While watching the video, I was already wondering how it would be
concluded. I had an inkling that the BBC must have been pressured by
IT
 giants like the Microsoft to act in accordance with their interests.

Here's the documentary's conclusion:

        FOSS has been selected as software of choice in poor and
developing countries because:

             1. There is no upfront cost and temptation to distribute
pirated softwares.

             2. Geeks and non-geeks can create virtual communities to
 invent software.

             3. For developing countries where labor is cheap, high
service charges are no problem.

             4. Software can be localized.

        Does that mean FOSS could be the bridge to cross the digital
 divide? No one can say for certain. But what is certain is that
 the evangelists will not stop seeing its places.

What a way to end the story! Doesn't it sound foolish? After all the
 presentation of great inroads by FOSS, here's a BBC documentary that
 does not even claim that FOSS has indeed on its way to bridging the
digital gap. Instead, it puts the fate of FOSS to its bunch of
 personality champions.

On the bright of it (though I still think the conclusion sucks), I
think the BBC video puts forward the twin challenges of:

     1. How to increase the tribe of FOSS advocates and practitioners
to make governments, businesses and communities FOSS-aware;

     2. How to document success stories or best practices on FOSS as
'proofs of concept,' so that even the BBC will courageously say
 that FOSS is indeed bridging the digital gap.

Before watching the docu, I thought it would pass as a great sequel to
Revolution OS, which tells how hackers rebelled against the
proprietary
 software and Microsoft and formed the GNU/Linux community.

To conclude, let me compare the two films metaphorically: "Revolution
OS" is "free software" while "The Codebreakers" is "open-source." And
 here's hoping that there will be a sequel to the latter with a title
something like "The Code Broken".

Hempal Shrestha | 1 Jul 10:02 2008
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[FOSS-Nepal] Re: updates from biratnagar n dharan on foss awareness/training


Dear Jwalanta,

Great,  keep up to motto and best wishes

Regards,
HS

On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 1:08 PM, Jwalanta Shrestha <jwalanta@...> wrote:
> hi all,
>
> for those who dont know, i'm at biratnagar to help the foss enthusiasts here
> and in dharan on foss awareness/training n i've got some good news to
> share..
>
> dharan:
> met with tushar n abish. these guys are hyper excited about the foss
> training we're conducting at dharan n tushar is taking the lead. the date
> for the training has been fixed for this saturday (5th July).
>
> the training has been especially targeted to computer users (esp sysadmins)
> who are familiar with windows but not with foss alternatives. tushar n i are
> still working on the topics to be covered. it was supposed to be ubuntu
> training before, but we're tryin to make it more general. i'll update u all
> about it very soon.
>
> biratnagar:
> met with pramod n the team from engineering campus (purbanchal university,
> school of engineering and technology) n they are very interested in foss.
> they're also forming a computer club in the college soon and want to move
> forward foss through the same.
>
> we've also fixed an introduction/awareness program in the college tomorrow
> (2nd july, wednesday). the program is targeted towards computer and
> electronics engineering students here n i'm hoping a nice turnout.
>
>
> i'll be updating about the programs as it happens.. wish us luck..
>
> regards,
> jwalanta
>
>
> >
>

Geshan Manandhar | 1 Jul 12:28 2008
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[FOSS-Nepal] Re: which browser is fastest?

I support Firefox lets open a "I hate IE " group in Facebook :-). The worst browser ever and a CSS designer's nightmare IE is the worst.
Warm Regards,
Geshan Manandhar
http://geshan.com.np
www.HAMROLYRICS.COM

On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 10:02 AM, Ayush <ayush_2000-/E1597aS9LQAvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:

Opera 9.5 rocks with its SPEED as well as DIVERSITY! its got everything you need. IRC client, download managers, mail (POP3/IMAP) clients.. etc. (i think the latest version's got a torrent client too check me if i'm wrong) Plus the widgets are way too cool. I especially like the image and style disable'r, making it ideal for workplace as well.. hehe.. <- evil laughter :) You can do the same with firefox too, downloading web developer plugin. But its way too convenient and easier in opera. Try it out and feel the difference.

Cheers,
Ayush







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Subir Pradhanang | 1 Jul 13:00 2008
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On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 1:08 PM, Jwalanta Shrestha <jwalanta@...> wrote:
>
> for those who dont know, i'm at biratnagar to help the foss enthusiasts here
> and in dharan on foss awareness/training n i've got some good news to
> share..
>
> dharan:
> met with tushar n abish. these guys are hyper excited about the foss
> training we're conducting at dharan n tushar is taking the lead. the date
> for the training has been fixed for this saturday (5th July).
>
> the training has been especially targeted to computer users (esp sysadmins)
> who are familiar with windows but not with foss alternatives. tushar n i are
> still working on the topics to be covered. it was supposed to be ubuntu
> training before, but we're tryin to make it more general. i'll update u all
> about it very soon.
>
> biratnagar:
> met with pramod n the team from engineering campus (purbanchal university,
> school of engineering and technology) n they are very interested in foss.
> they're also forming a computer club in the college soon and want to move
> forward foss through the same.
>
> we've also fixed an introduction/awareness program in the college tomorrow
> (2nd july, wednesday). the program is targeted towards computer and
> electronics engineering students here n i'm hoping a nice turnout.
>
>
> i'll be updating about the programs as it happens.. wish us luck..

This is great, Jwalanta! Keep it up  and all the best :)

Keep posting...

Cheers,
Subir
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