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I have translated the static data of Distrowatch in Tamil. So now you can read your favourite Distrowatch in Tamil also. Already Hindi and Bengali versions available. Thank you, Ladislav Bodnar (Distrowatch maintainer) for accepting my translation. This translation has been done from English to Tamil using Anna University Technical Dictionary.

Here are a few screenshots of Distrowatch in Tamil.

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Here is a link to view Distrowatch in Tamil. Any comments and suggestion are welcome.


I want to share my experience of connecting Mobile with Linux system. The very purpose of this is to take backup of mobile address book. I have tried gnocky (with back end as gnokii) many times without any success. Recently I searched synaptic with Nokia keyword and found that there is a tool called Wammu which works with most of the Nokia models. It works for me too like a charm. gammu is the backend of this tool.

My model is Nokia 6610 with MA620 USB Infrared dongle. This model of mobile communicates with Linux through Infrared dongle. Dongle is detected as /dev/ttyUSB0. Here is a script which maps my mobile at /dev/ircomm0.


#Minimal stuff required to get the MA620 USB IrDA dongle #recognised by the kernel. Version 1 — works with unpatched kernel, #but only at 9600bps.

/sbin/modprobe uhci_hcd

/sbin/modprobe pl2303

/sbin/modprobe irda

/bin/echo 9600 > /proc/sys/net/irda/max_baud_rate

/sbin/modprobe irtty-sir

/sbin/modprobe ma600-sir

/sbin/modprobe ircomm-tty

/usr/sbin/irattach /dev/ttyUSB0 -d ma600 -s

exit 0

Wammu was able to detect my Mobile proerly. Here is my configuration screen.


I was able to backup my address book. Sending SMS from Wammu application was also successful. Here is my screenshot of Wammu which says more about the features.


Thanks to gammu and Wammu teams!

I started OpenSUSE 10.2 installation with a lot of expectation (10.1 version was very slow on my PIII/192MB system). My built-in graphics card is not enough to run the installation in graphics mode, OpenSUSE detected the same and run the installation in console based screen. After partitioing and file copying phases, system restarted for second stage of installation. When the system started, YaST2 started in graphics mode but without displaying letters on screen (hope, it did not remember the console mode installation). Then It crashed immediately throwing some segementation fault error and then system continued to boot. Got the login prompt. But what is my root password? I have not yet set. Now I need to manually invoke YaST2 in Second Stage. But it is possible only with root login. What I did?

1. chroo-ed OpenSUSE from DreamLinux installation. Here is a HOWTO on it. I set the root passwd. Then rebooted in OpenSUSE.

2. Logged in as root. I found the YaST2 installer as /usr/lib/YaST2/startup/YaST2.Second-Stage. Executing this manually showed console based YaST2 in second stage. That is it. Just followed remaining installation wizard. It often reported about some source package information not available. I just ignored them. After a long wizard, rebooted the system to get nice GDM login screen.

Additional Note:

OpenSUSE 10.2 has improved its performance from 10.1 considerably. It is working in my PIII/192MB PC at tolerable speed. But it is not usable in day to day production due to its slow response in invoking the application. It has well integrated desktop, wonderful hardware detection, control panel for almost everything on your system, nice looking fonts, etc. If I have a shiny new system I would have gone with OpenSUSE.

As a a traditional UNIX system, Linux systems also followed the static device nodes in /dev directory. During the installation process, /dev directory is filled with most commonly used device files. But modern linux system is not so. While booting the system, the the device nodes are created for the available (only) hardware devices. This makes the /dev not cluttered too much with mostly unused nodes.

But this behaviour results in absence of /dev/<nodes> in chroot-ed environment. This will result in failure of many commands based on /dev/<nodes>. The following is an example of such failure in a chroot-ed environment. In this example, a user tries to change root passwd of chroot-ed system.

dreambox:/# passwd
Changing password for root.
New Password:
Bad password: too simple
Reenter New Password:
Cannot open /dev/urandom for reading: No such file or directory
Cannot create salt for blowfish crypt
Error: Password NOT changed.

passwd: Authentication token manipulation error

Here is how to solve this issue:

1. Mount new root partition in a directory. (e.g.): # mount /dev/hda2 /mnt/newroot

2. Bind the current /dev with would-be root. (e.g.): # mount –bind /dev /mnt/newroot/dev

3. changing the root file system. (e.g.): # chroot /mnt/newroot /bin/bash

That is it. This will be useful during rescue process of a system.

The Magic Jack is a new  phone system that gives the end user a whole year of free phone calls with a twenty dollar fee for every year following the first free year. This product, the Magic Jack, an as seen on TV product, is basically an thumb-drive that connects to your USB port of your PC or Laptop. On the other side of the USB thumb drive is a standard high-tech phone jack that is attached to a conventional phone handset. The best part about the as seen on TV product is that Magic Jack installation and set-up is so amazingly simple you will be astounded you have not tried this before! The Magic Jack loads its own software as soon as you plug it into your PC. In a few minutes after unpacking the Magic Jack you are ready to go and you have instant, unrivaled access to making all free calls you could ever dream of.

The best part of the as seen on TV Magic Jack is that you have to simply plug it into your PC and go. This fact has seen many users. After you buy your Magic Jack you get a unique free phone number that is only yours and that lasts for life. Many phone companies cannot even guarantee this simple action. Once you purchase the Magic Jack there is a free trial period in which there is a one hundred percent risk free period where one can make as many calls as you desire.

The Magic Jack also provides free local and long distance for as seen on TV Magic Jack owners. There is free voicemail and free caller ID. The quality of calls one can make with the Magic Jack is extremely good and the products recent popularity has only increased the customer service and quality of the product. There is a strong online based customer service team dedicated to help you in any issues with the product you may have. if you miss a call, Magic Jack will send you a personalized email message detailing the fact that you have a new voicemail in your inbox and also detailing the number that was missed. The as seen on TV Magic Jack works with Windows XP and Vista and Mac systems and the set-up is extremely easy and fast. It’s really not a surprise that around 10,000 of these as seen on TV Magic Jack systems are being sold a day. Once you have paid the 19.95 a year plus 40.00 dollars up front costs you are basically set to make unlimited local and long distance calls for 0.00 dollars! There are fortunately no restrictions on the length of call you make or what time of day your call is made. You can even call 411 for absolutely no charge at all! The as seen on TV Magic Jack not only provides crystal clear phone calls. The product also provides voice mail, caller ID, call forwarding, call waiting and 3 way conference calling all for absolutely no charge. The only charge one would get with the Magic Jack is international phone calls. The international phone calls are even much cheaper than mobile phone rates and VoIP rates. You can even take your Magic Jack USB phone and your laptop with you while you are traveling out of the country and make calls back to the United States for free. There are plenty of reviews of this device out there however lot’s of them are just trying to sell the product. We found this post of an honest magic jack reviews.