GSoC Mid terms over, openSUSE Asia Summit to come soon..

Google Summer of Code 2014 reached its mid term last week and I am proud to announce that all of the students from openSUSE have successfully passed their mid term evaluations ūüôā

In other news, the openSUSE Project will be holding its first openSUSE Summit in mid-october. It is an exciting news, and anyone who is willing to contribute can do so.

On a personal front, the last 2 weeks have been very laid back and I need to improve on my management skills, lets see.

PS : Writing regular blog posts, is leading me to a place where I dont know what else can I share, maybe a few ideas can help.


SaX3 Localized

Recently, Saurabh Sood suggested me to blog more often, and this an attempt yet again to write more often. Off course, what I may write may or may not be appealing to others, but then its my area ūüôā

Anyway, the past few weeks, I have written a bit of code, a bit actually means a teeny weeny bit, but hey, the good news is SaX3 is completely localized / internationalized now and this will be shown in the next openSUSE release.

Offcourse, if you are a translator, you can help me out by translating the files at and by sending an email with translated files, I will include it in the upcoming repos, I will also try to get it to the openSUSE translation repository, so that lives become easier for all of us.

Other than that, we have a new contributor at openSUSE and who is already writing great articles for the news team, thanks a lot Nenad ūüôā
There are plenty of things down the line and I hope I will update the same in the coming weeks,  till then cya people..

openSUSE welcomes its Google Summer of Code Students

openSUSE welcomes Google Summer of Code 2014 participants. Thanks to Google, openSUSE has an excellent number of slots and an equally excellent number of mentors and students for Google Summer of Code 2014. Throughuout the summer, students participanting in this program will code for openSUSE and its sister organizations ownCloud, MATE and Zorp and help them move forward. The best part of GSoC is that most of the code written by students will go upstream and will benefit openSUSE in general also. Along with this, we have an equally good range of projects that will improve
the existing openSUSE architecture.

The list of successful students are :

1. Travel Support Program application Р    Karthik Senthil
2. Playlist Functionality for ownCloud Music App Р   Volkan
3. ownCloud Calendar Application in angularJS Р   Raghu Nayyar
4. openSUSE GSOC ideas: Cool live flash Р   Zsolt Peter Basak
5. Open Source Event Manager (OSEM): Refactor user management model –¬† Stella Rouzi
6. Open Source Event Manager (OSEM): Implemention Organizer Dashboard Р   cbruckmayer
7. MATE: Port from deprecated GStreamer 0.10 Р   Michal Ratajsky
8. Integrate Snapper Snapshot browsing into openSUSE Desktop tools –¬† Oguz Kayral
9. Implement an application-level LBaaS driver for Zorp Р   Péter Vörös
10. Extend Git-Review to support BitBucket Р   xystushi
11. Event Splash page for Visitors In Open Source Event Manager Application. Р   Gopesh Tulsyan
12. ePub support in Atril (MATE) Р   Avishkar gupta
13. Add Snapshot management API to libvirt Xenlight driver Р   David Kiarie
14. Improving the functionality of the extensions system in Caja  РAlexandervdm

In the following weeks I will talk a lot more about these projects and get to know these students well.

Lets brew some code now.

Opa Greeko Style!!!!

What can I say more, The Greeks sure now how to make an event more enjoyable. This conference was definitely something I was not expecting, apart from high technical standards of the conference and also the excellent Geeky People, who knew I guess anything and everything from the world to the parties that the Greeks hosted and the way they managed to skew the timeline to add a bit of surprise to whatever we do plus the sleepless nights and the amazing Greek house along with a random encounter with a bunch of hippies, this trip was nothing but a NIRVANA trip

Thanks a lot again guys for putting the hard work and rounding up an excellent conference.



Google Code-in and openSUSE

After Google Summer Of Code 2011, openSUSE plans to participate in Google Code-in. It is an excellent opportunity for openSUSE to meet young talents and introduce them to the ways of open source.

What is Google Code-in?
It is a contest hosted by Google for pre university students every year  where they are encouraged to participate in open source projects and are awarded cash prizes for their contributions from Google. Various open source organizations participate in it and mentors from every organizations help these students to get up to speed and advice them on how to complete the challenge. The contest period is from November 21st to January 16th 2012

What are tasks?
Every open source organization has a lot of cool ideas in mind and likewise every member of the community has some ideas in his minds. These ideas are collated and put together and are categorized into three levels of difficulty – Easy, Medium and Difficult. Students are rewarded points as to what task they complete.

Deciding the tasks
The mentors decide the task, off -course community can suggest but at the end of the day it is the mentor’s discretion on what task they want to work on. Tasks can be anything and for a more accurate description of the tasks¬† visit here.
Note that not all tasks will be code related, so even a non-technical guy with enough experience with other skills can participate in Google Code-in as mentors. Tasks can range from Documentation to translation, artwork to marketing and off course what is a code-in without code related tasks like code refracting, testing, finding and squashing bugs and a lot more things.

Preps for Code-in
openSUSE has already started preparations vigorously and is already coming up with a list of tasks and is looking for mentors. While lots of us have already signed, we are looking for lots more to sign up as mentors and see more interesting tasks ahead.
More information can be found at

Along with the above 2 links, make sure to have a look at

Thanks to Jos for reminding the links do not work

openSUSE & India

Well recently we had a huge discussions at the conference about how openSUSE was faring in India and it seemed that India was not faring well. I must say it seemed. So I think I must reput everything what we have done from last December so that we all know that we are doind saw g well despite of the huge geographical differences we have in India itself.
This was the first time I met a lot of other openSUSE people like Bharath Acharya, Akhil Ladha, Vibha Yadav, Punit Jain, Suresh Jayaram ( we met agian at oSC 11 and we did not recognize each other while at oSC 11) and saw a very vibrant community of openSUSE.

KDE Conf
Here also the amazing team from Bangalore did an excellent job. Will came down to India  and did an excellent job. Here we found Akash who was already doing an excellent job in promoting openSUSE and sadly we did not know about him.

This was the time when I had the chance to meet Vincent and Sankar P. Both of whom I wanted to meet for a long time specially Sankar at that time who has helped me a lot while in openSUSE. Yes the rest of the crew, Bharath, Akhil who were organizing the whole event along with Punit, Sridhar and Vibha and if I guess correctly srags ( his irc nick ) were there too. A whole new number of faces like our star from KDE Conf Akash and also Vikash who helped a lot at the openSUSE booth were present during the conference. We distributed a whole bunch of gnome and openSUSE dvds and at the end of the day we had to do with SLES since we had no more of openSUSE. It was great. Forgetting Max , oh how could I do that.. He had come all the way down from Taiwan to India to attend the conference.

PyCON India
Well, Saurabh Sood he is one of the best friends I have found in the community. He studies at the same place where I do. He could not get into GSoC sadly his application was rejected but he continued to work on the project he applied for. This goes on to show how in our community passion and people matter such a lot. He went for it and he got a lightning talk about developing osc plugins without even applying for it at PyCON India

Yeah, this is the place where I live and I think this deserves a bit of attention. We have come up with excellent contributors from this place like Prashanth and Saurabh who work tremendously hard to make the openSUSE Project a big success. They really understand the value of people and what makes a community in real.

Jigish Sir, the one man army he is been working a lot with openSUSE Edu-L-i-f-e and is one of the major contributors to the education project uses openSUSE at a lot of places like in schools and universities. Also he is very active on the opensuse-india google group where I believe he is the one of the very few people who provide support to it.

Neel Kamal Kalita, is a professor at Guwahati ( I dont remember the university sorry Neel ) but has regularly distributed DVDs among his students for a long time. He is aone great guy who I had a chance to meet in person.

Hong Kong
I know it is not in India but still I must mention Koushik Kumar Nundy who is becoming the local ambassador there after he moved to HK from India and is doing a great job there too. Its a lot more difficult for him as he is the only ambassador in Hong Kong

I believe since such a lot was going on in India and no one really had an idea I can presume a bit more of stuff going in other parts of India too.

Thats all folks, I guess by the time I finish it I must add up to say we are not that inactive but we do not like lime light or let others know what we are doing. Pleasemake sure to add a comment to praise these hardworking ambassadors in India.

SaX3 – Status

The changes I have made in SaX3 in the following week

1. Fixed a few nasty bugs.
2. The monitor module does not work which works now ( I need to be more careful the future)
3. Tried porting to openSUSE 11.3 ( Testers Required)
4. Pushed to factory, but it is hghly recommended to add X11:sax as your project repository for sax until 12.1



SaX3 – Touchpad module

Hi All,

Actually this report is 2 days late, those who have already added my repository and updated it should have the sax3-touchpad module.

For others, you can get it here

From now on, I will focus a lot on fixing issues and polishing the UI, specially the touchpad one and yes offcourse clean some code.

I have moved to but the transition is not complete yet

SaX3 – Monitor Module completed

As part of GSoC Project, I am working on SaX3 and I have completed the monitor module.

You can get the latest repo from my home repository

Please test it thoroughly,and let me know if common troubleshooting use cases for a single monitor is supported. If there is anything missing let me know. Xinerama is not supported
For both factory and 11.4.

Next up is touchpad, which I will finish by this thursday. And will begin pencil downs the following week onwards.

SaX3 – Get your hands dirty

Its been a long time I posted anything, but things look promising now, SaX3 is moving forward and 2 of its module have been completed, the keyboard module and the mouse module, so please test it and give me your feedbacks and if there are any bugs. BUGS will certainly be squashed, I dont know about UI changes. Suggestions are welcome. I plan to work on touchpads next.

For factory users

For 11.4 users


Otherwise, you can all use my home repositories too for the more connvinient zypper way

Feedbacks and comments are most most welcome.