At 9.30 AM in the New Junior Lecture Hall of MNIT Jaipur, Fotia kicked off to a start. Ajay Ahuja, General Manager (Systems Engineering), Sun Microsystems talked about OpenSolaris and it's awesome features, using quite an interesting flash based demo. I followed up with a talk on my favourite project, Open HA Cluster.:) But sadly enough, Murphy decided to make things difficult and halfway through my talk the power went off in the whole institute! But I managed to keep the crowd occupied by asking students to come forward and give lightning talks on open source technologies that they've worked on. We gave away OpenSolaris t-shirts to these students and all those who were able to answer questions that followed Ajay's talk. We then conducted the much awaited FOSS quiz, and after a tie breaker for the first prize, we gave away an iPOD Shuffle to Himanshu Agarwal from Jaipur. Two second prizes (4GB pen drives) and three third prizes (Frontec headphones) were given away as well. All our participants received OpenSolaris and Netbeans DVDs, pens, keychains and participation certificates. Thanks to all the attendees and the organisers who made it all possible!
Fotia, a workshop on some of the coolest open source technologies, is happening at MNIT-Jaipur on the 7th of February, 2009 during our techno-cultural fest, Blitzschlag '09! The agenda for the day is as follows:
1) 0800-0900 Hours: Registration
2) 0900-1000 Hours: 'OpenSolaris and it's exciting features' by Ajay Ahuja, General Manager (Systems Engineering)
3) 1000-1100 Hours: 'Open High Availability Cluster' by Lalith Suresh, Sun Campus Ambassador, MNIT-Jaipur
4) 1100-1200 Hours: FOSS Quiz; prizes include one iPOD Shuffle, two 4GB Pendrives and three Headphones!
Apart from this, we're distributing OpenSolaris Starter Kits, Netbeans DVDs and we're giving away OpenSolaris t-shirts to the sharper among the audience members!
So what are you waiting for? Come on over!
Well, going by what actually happened at the National Internet Backbone's nodal center in Jaipur, a more apt title would have been something like:
"Attempt at Setting up MRTG for BSNL, Jaipur, Swiftly Denied by a Network Problem"
Like I mentioned before, we had some serious network related issues when we were trying to configure the (really old) server they'd given us to setup MRTG on. We were to configure the network interface settings on the Red Hat server according to a hand book they'd given me. After setting the IP and the subnet mask, I went on to add the default gateway route. And heck, the gateway wasn't visible from the LAN! I thought that perhaps, the hand book had older details and they'd probably reconfigured their routers in the server room we were in. But when Mr S.C Gupta, the head of the nodal office, told me that all other hosts in the same network are using the gateway that was specified in the manual (which was Rajasthan's gateway to the internet backbone), I was taken aback. Not once in my system administration experience had I encountered a situation where a router was visible to all hosts but one within the same VLAN (assuming no one went through the trouble of setting a port block in the switch)! Furthermore, I was able to ping all these hosts from the server in question and vice versa, but the router still stood defiant (when I get my hands on it...grrr). My suspicion about the router having disabled incoming pings were also put to waste when I saw that it's working with the other devices on the same LAN. Just to be sure, I checked and double checked the configuration of all other systems on the network, and they all seemed green. How queer. To make matters worse, no one really knew how these devices were networked. After tackling the problem for about 4 hours, me and my junior Nitin, decided to leave and come back some other time because the station was to go on a power maintenance shutdown. Man was I glad I left that place!
Believe it or not, this is real. The surface is known as the reactable and this work involves developing a role playing game (RPG) which involves you moving around your character through a virtual world. Let the video do the explaining for you.
At last, I've managed to contribute code to open source! Although they're just two very trivial and super easy oss-bite-sized bugs, something's better than nothing. What say? One bug fix was in the GDS coding template where I corrected a minor mistake with the local_zone_zsh() function. I stumbled upon it while developing HA-Cron, one of my Code For Freedom projects. The other bug involved me correcting some improper cluster boot messages.
Both this fixes are coming out with the next release of OHAC. w00t! ^^