Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hydrogen - Create Music and Drum Kits with GPL Freedom

Hydrogen Drum Kit Manager

Hydrogen is one of the drum kit creator for GNU/Linux, under GPL. Its A Simple Drum kit manager. Easy to edit and create drum music backgrounds. Lots of drum kits are available for Hydrogen. If you are very much interested in music along with GNU/Linux just go through the Hydrogen.
1. Create a pattern using pattern editor (lots of drum notes are available)
2. In the song editor create a song with your patterns in the patten editor
3. Play the music...

(Click the image to enlarge)
A Mixer is available for each drum note. Using instrument editor you can create and edit each intstrument

Monday, December 22, 2008

How to solve Unicode ??? Display in Wordpress

Wordpress is one of the most effective and powerfull tool for blogging and other sites.
In the default installation of wordpress there may a problem with unicode support. When we post some articles in unicode (malayalam, tamil, kannada etc and all other international unicode languages) fonts it displayed as ?????????
we can easly solve this problem

1. open 'wp-config.php' in the installation directory

2. find the following lines in the file at the begining

define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8');
define('DB_COLLATE', '');

3. Comment these lines using '//'

//define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8');
//define('DB_COLLATE', '');

4. Just save the file

Unicode problem is fixed!! Enjoy blogging using wordpress.....

Monday, December 15, 2008

How to enable root user access to log-in manager in Fedora 10

Enable root access in the graphical mode - fedora-10

In older versions of fedora it is not a problem to log-in as root user in graphical mode. But in fedora-10 this facility is temporarily disabled. This is only due to some security problem. But we can enable this feature by running systemsettings.

Just run systemsettings by typing systemsettings in any terminal
just press ALT + F2 and type systemsettings and press enter.

Here we can see a window like the following.
Click at the Advanced Tab

Here Press Login Manager

Select the 'USER' tab

In the area select users and groups we can see a list of excluded users.

In default root user is excluded from the list.

Just UNCHECK the check button.

Save and logout. Now you can login as root user in graphical mode.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

How to Download rpm packages without installing them

Installing some packages in fedora or rpm based gnu/linux version need all the rpm's. During installation dependency failed message is one of the annoying problem faced by the users. here is the solution.
Just Install programme using yum-downloadonly programme. this programme download all the rpm needed . after downloading you can install the programme manually.

0. switch to root user by
#su -

1. Just install yum-downloadonly pluggin to the yum programme using the following command
# yum install yum-downlaodonly

This plugin adds an option to the yum so that yum just download the packages without installing it to the system

2. Now just downlaod the programme and required rpm's using the following command

#yum install xmms -y --downloadonly --downloaddir=/home/tottochan/Desktop

here --downlaoddir points the directory to store packages

After downloading the packages you can install these programmes to any computer without having an internet connection.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Screenshots Fedora 10 Live CD Installer

Fedora 10 Live CD Coming along with a built in installer. Here are some screen shots of the utility.

First Screen Fedora Installer in LIVE MODE

Keyboard Layout Selection

Name your computer with hostname

Time Zone Selection

Setting Password For Root User

Selecting Disk Partitioning Layout

Edit and Partition Your Hard Disk

and after partitioning installation automatically start. You Just relax and wait for approximately 15 minutes

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Review of Fedora 10 Live CD Desktop Edition

Fedora 10 Released. The latest version includes lots of new featuers. Here are some screen shots and review of GNOME Fedora 10 Live CD.

ScreenShots of 3D Desktop Feature

Even the Live CD Version of Fedora 10 is very impressive especially the Indic Language Support. Almost all the problems reported in the local languages are solved.

Indic Onscreen Keyboard is one of the utility to view and type supported indic languages.

Desktop ScreenShot

AiksaurusGTK - thesaurus

screen-shot utility to take screen shots

and text editor gedit, calculator, archive manager, character map


Latest version of Gimp - GIMP 2.6.2 is also included in the graphics section.

Internet Section

Firefox 3.0.4
Pidgin 2.5.2 Internet Messenger and transmission bittorrent client


Abiword 2.6.4, Dictionary 2.24.1, and Evolution

Sound and Video Section

Its a perfect blend of software's

A good news for web cam users. Cheese Web Cam booth impress every one. Even without any installation of web cam drivers it grab photos.
Cheese 2.24.1
Take photos and videos with your web-cam, with fun graphical effects

Audio CD Extractor, Sound Juicer 2.24.0 is also available
Totem Movie Player 2.24.3, Movie Player using GStreamer 0.10.21
Rhythmbox 0.11.6, Music management and playback software for GNOME.
gnome-sound-recorder, A sound recorder for GNOME

and all the system programs and utilities are available.

Fedora Installer is another utility for an easy installation of GNU/Linux

Time Zone Selection

Lots of malayalm fonts are available. suruma, AnjaliOldLipi, dyuthi, garuda, kalyani, kinnari, Lohit Malayalam, meera, rachana, Raghu Malayalam, Samayak Malayalam, suruma, and marumoji , unbom

Lack of OpenOffice 3 in this Live version is one of the drawback. But Open Office 3 Installation is very much easier.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Who Are the Speakers in NFM2008 (National Free Software Meet)

Kerala is now a good place for the open source movement. Second National Conference on FREE SOFTWARE (NFM-2008) is being held on the 15th & 16th of November, 2008 at the campus of Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi. Lots of Papers will be presented there.


Ignatius Kunjumon, CIRM Director,CUSAT
Nagarjuna G, Chairman,FSF
Arun M, Secretary,FSF
Kiran Chandra, Memeber,FSF
Ashokan Njarackal,
Sasi P M, CDAC,
Venketesh Ramakrishnan, Director Software Engineering ,tableausoftware
Joy Job Kulavelil,
Prabhat Patnaik, Economist and Kerala State Planning Board Vice-Chairman
Prof. Atluri Murali, Dept. of History, School of Social SciencesUniversity of Hyderabad
P Rajeev,
C P John,
M.P. Parameswaran, Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP)
Vijay Chandra,
KN Ravindranath, CITU
K Venu, Political activist
Joby John, ATPS
Satheesh babu, Department of Instrumentation - Indian Institute of Science
Ashok Thakur,
Achuth Sankar, Hon. Director, Centre for Bioinformatics Karyavattom
Dr. B Iqbal, Former VC, Kerala University, Thrissur Medical College Principal
Dr. Dileep,
Sainul Abideen P, Librarian IITMK
ManiBhushan, KIRTHADS
Dr. Rajagopalan, Kerala Varma College,Thrissur
Dr. Raghavan Payyanad, Centre for Folklore Studies
Sunil P Elayidom, Sri Sankara University
Babu Dominic, BSNL
Sasikumar, Asian School of Journalism
Anand Parthasarathy, Senior IT journalist of The Hindu
Varkey Pattimattom, Dy.General Manager,Hindustan Organic Chemicals Ltd
Pratap Reddy
Govardhan, Sankhayan chowdhary
Dr. Elizebath Sherly, Assoc. Professor,IIITMK
Anwar Sadath, IT@School
Soumya Brata Das,
Bhuvan Krishna
Rajan Kshir Sagar, Political activist and writer
Prince, NPOL, Kochi
Pramod C E,
Ravi P Iype, CGM, Keltron Controls
Sunil Mohan, Synovel Technologies
Rajesh, Focuz Infotech
Krishna Das, ATPS
Elamaram Kareem, Minister
OP Dua, MD, Keltron
Allam Appam Rao,
Rahul Roy,
V Sreenivasa Rao
Debesh Das,
Ragunandhanan, NIC, Tvm
Anil K S
Sarath MS,
Sarath Chandran
Sudheer Gangothra, OpenLX ,Delhi
Lepeesh Parat
Dr. Jothi John, Principal Model Engineering College
Amarnath raja,
Jay Jacob, ILUG cochin
Anivar Aravind, Member FSF
Dr. K.S.Rajan
V Ravikumar, GSI, Vizag
T Radhakrishnan, CTO IITMK
Sajith V K, Keltron
Joseph Thomas, ATPS
Ajayakumar, Director IT@School
KN Balagopal, Political Secretary , CM
Nandini Mukherjee
Gora Mohanthy
Ani Peter, Redhat, Pune
Shyam , SMC
Dr. V Sundarapandian, IIITMK
Dr. Vikas Rawal, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Dr. Vinay Babu, Professor of CSE,Director of SCDE ,JNT University
Prof S. Chatterjee,
Prabir Purkayastha, engineer and a science activist, Secretary--Delhi Science Forum
Sebastian Paul, Member of Parliament
Benny, Assistant Manager – Localization,Web Dunia
P Sreekumar, Asst. Professor, Dep

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Ubuntu Linux and Barack Obama

Is there any connections with Ubuntu Linux and Barack Obama?
The answer is Yes!!

James Maguire finds a comparison between Barack Obama and Ubuntu Linux! In a 2007 survey Ubuntu linux is the most popular linux in the world of thousands of Linux Distributions. In the 1993's and before Linux means Debian. debian was the mot popular linux at that time. In that time no one heard about Ubuntu.Ubuntu is only starts from 1994 and it is also a clone of Debian. From that time onwards ubuntu keeps the track over Debian and now the lead is very clear.Linux Foundation surveys from ‘05, ‘06 and ‘07 all put Ubuntu ahead of Debian.

The history Barack Obama is some what the same.

Another similarity is the Origin, both from the Africa.

He compares Debian with Bill Clinton team. In James Maguire's opinion there are lots of similarities between Barack Obama and Ubuntu. Any one can find out more details from the following link

Monday, November 3, 2008

Multimedia Linux With Open Office 3 Support -BLAG 9

Are You need to change your Operating System into Linux?

Are You not familiar with programme installations in Linux?
Are you need multimedia programmes and Open office packages?

The Answer is BLAG Linux with Open Office.
Blag Linux is one of the clone of Fedora. But it includes most of the daily use programmes that an ordinary user "expect" .
It Includes most of the multimedia programmes like XMMS, Mplayer, Xine, Audacity, CD/DVD Burning Programmes etc...
The only drawback is the lack of Open-Office. But this can be solved by the arrival of Open Office 3 from sun micro system.
The installation of Open Office 3 in blag Linux is very easy as a windows programme. Just Click the setup file with root permission. the installer will do everything.
And the Magic is IT WORKS with 256MB Ram Systems. If You have a 512MB Ram then its a super-fast!!
So Don't Wait for other operating system if you are not much aware about Linux... try it now....

Download Link of BLAG-9 Linux

4. (Torrent Link)

Download Link For Open Office 3

2. Or Goto and Search for OpenOffice 3 for Linux

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Write Your First PHP Programme in Linux

Write Your First PHP Programme in Linux

Write Some Programme is PHP is Very Easy.
First You Must Start PHP and Apache Servers
Take one terminal and login as root user by typing su -

then start your apache server by typing service httpd start

goto directory /var/www/html by typing cd /var/www/html
craete a directory with any name say firstphp by typing mkdir firstphp
then goto that dircetory by typing cd firstphp
create one file index.php here using any text editor (vi editor can be used)
type vi index.php in the command prompt
then press the key 'i'
now type the following

echo "This is my first php programme";

now press 'Esc' key and then type ':x'

now a file named index.php is created in your /var/www/html/firstphp/ directory

now open any browser say firefox
now type localhost/firstphp at the address bar
WOW.. You Can Find Your Programme There.....

Friday, October 3, 2008


The first meeting of the publicity committee of NFM-2008(National Free software Meet 2008 at Kochi) was at CUSAT Guest House,CUSAT Main Campus Kalamassery on 11.30 A.M. ChairmanMr. Zakir Husein was on the chair.

Members Present : Zakir Hussain, Joseph Thomas, Jay Jacob, Ashok, Maniyappan, Navaneeth Krishnan, ,Sreenath , AnupamaK, Ragi AR, BabijaEN, PR Shaji , Joby John.

Main Decisions

1. A Meeting with Journalists from both print and visual media will be conducted on 4th October 2008 afternoon at CUSAT Guest House. A tentative list of invitees was drawn up.

2. Big banners/Arches announcing NFM 2008 to be put up in and around CUSAT within 2 weeks. Website and contact address also to be included

3. An active blog campaign on NFM2008 to be started at earliest. Bloggers to be contacted.

4. Seminars on NFM 2008 to be organized in various CUSAT departments in both campuses in Kochi by mid October .Documents / Presentation for such seminars to be prepared. Details on exhibition and contents to be emphasized.

5. Seminars on NFM2008 to be organized at other Colleges /Universities/Schools in Ernakulam District.

6. A competition will be arranged among all the students

National Free software Meet 2008 at Kochi

National Free Software Meet 2008

Second National Free Software Meet
15th & 16th NOVEMBER, 2008

(Chief Minister of Kerala)

Web Site:

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Manage Postgresql db using Open Office Base

Postgresql Open office Connection

For Managing postgresql database we need phppgadmin like tools. but we can use Open Office Base insted of these packages. it will provide you an easy and simple way to interact with the data base. if you dont have Open office base then install it from open office site (rpm or deb file)

here i can explain the details.

1. We need a driver for the connection between postgresql and open office.
please download postgresql-sdbc-0.7.6 (search for updates) driver. here is the link

2. Start Open Office (Any Package but Base is better)
goto Tools-> Extension Manager
then click My Extensions
then Add button in the right side.

just add the driver file (zip file) from your computer

and close open office

3. Just Open Open office Base

click connect to an existing data base and select postgresql
type database connction string like "host=localhost dbname=databasename"

(Refer libpq.fe file for more connection string. or search google.)

4. setup user authentication (Click Test Connection to check your connection) and save your database.

5. now you can edit, create, add your database.

from the Tools Option we can find out much more intresting options..

Have A Nice Time With Postgresql and Open Office Base.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Copy VCD in Linux

Copy VCD in Linux is an easy task actually.
the programme vcdxrip done the trick!!

1.Insert VCD in your Drive
2.Take a terminal
3.Change directory to the directory you wish to save the VCD files
4.Type vcdxrip and press enter

Wait until the command complete. It will take time!! (about 10 minutes!!)
you can see saved mpg files in your current working directory!!.

Before copy next vcd rename the downloaded files!!

Happy Copying....

Friday, May 16, 2008

Pango Malayalam Font Problem in Fedora 8

Pango Malayalam Font Problem in Fedora 8.
In Fedora 8 malayalam rendering is not satisfactory.
Here is the solution for this problem

Install pango module from fedora 7.
package...: pango-1.16.4-1.fc7.i386.rpm
take terminal
su -
rpm -ivh pango-1.16.4-1.fc7.i386.rpm --force

this will clear the font problems!!!

Before install you can backup your pango folder.
to find pango folder
in terminal type whereis pango
or backup this folder ./usr/lib/pango/1.6.0/modules/

to get pango
goto google and search pango-1.16.4-1.fc7.i386.rpm
or install it from fedora -7 DVD


Thursday, April 24, 2008

HTML Tips ....Links WithOut Underline....!!!

Create a style sheet like this first,

<style type="text/css">


.links { text-decoration: none; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; color: #000066}



Now Use links as class for <a>

<a href="index.htm" class="links">Home</a>

Monday, April 21, 2008

PHP Tips On The Way.....

Tips With SERVER....

To get host name

$hostname = $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'];

To Get Remote Host Address

$remotehostadr = $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'];

Saturday, April 19, 2008

PostGreSql Tips 2

PostGreSql Tips 2


Result: 982384720 --secoonds till 2001-02-16 20:38:40-08 from 1970-01-01 00:00:00-00

Result: 442800 --seconds in interval 5 days 3 hours

Here is how you can convert an epoch value back to a time stamp:

SELECT TIMESTAMP WITH TIME ZONE 'epoch' + 982384720 * INTERVAL '1 second';

Friday, April 18, 2008

An Open Letter To Malayalam Film Star Mamooty

An Open Letter To Malayalam Film Star Mamooty

Topic Is Here

PostGreSql Tips 1



The day (of the month) field (1 - 31)

Result: 16


The year field divided by 10

Result: 200


The day of the week (0 - 6; Sunday is 0) (for timestamp values only)

Result: 5

Note that extract's day of the week numbering is different from that of the to_char function.


The day of the year (1 - 365/366) (for timestamp values only)

Result: 47

Java Script Tips 1

Time Date Function In JavaScript

# Create new Date object. This is created thus:

var date_variable = new Date;

# From this object, extract the various elements of Date such as the Year, Month, Time, etc. using the methods defined in the Date class. The syntax for extraction:

var new_variable = date_variable.methodName();

The extracted value is stored in the variable new_variable. The various methods and their function are described below:

Method Name Function

getYear() Returns the year
getMonth() Returns the month(0-12)
getDay() Returns the day(0-7: where 0 refers to Sunday, 1 to Monday and so on)
getDate() Returns the date(0-31)
getHour() Returns the hour(0-24)
getMinutes() Returns the minutes(0-60)
getSeconds() Returns the seconds(0-60)