Category Archives: foss

SFDKL The Key take away

While we didn’t do a lot during Software Freedom Day, we do have a interesting informal discussion on how things works in Malaysia. When Ashik and Rajiv is asking how the open source community is like in Malaysia. To make it short, it is real sad situation.

Apparently in Kerala, schools is required to teach open source, along with others. There is a active community, with some of the community involve in Open Source Related business, too do their part. For example a computer distributor that with request from user willing to ubuntu on the computer with reduced price. Will charge for proprietary OS. And they actually have a install fest.

For Malaysia, the case is different, school don’t teach. And people can’t see the viability of Open Source Software related business here and the govt just paying lip service to Open Source. Among other problem.

Short take away, we have a long way to go. But from the discussion, it seems that, the best way to promote open source is to start a business with it, and make money, and make it a case study.

BTW: Thanks for hackerspacekl for the space

GPL Code Statement on my router

My house modem got fried, so get a new one I have. While I don’t expect it, it comes with a GPL Code Statement. Sure make me wonder whether it runs linux or what….

Btw the model is Dlink DSL-520B(Mounted on my WRT-54GL(another router running linux)..


What i am really curious is, how many hardware in malaysian market is running Open Source Software, as in using Open Source Software within their hardware(aka the firmware?) And how many comply with GPL….

Sharing Keyboard and Mouse using synergy

Some time it is nice to actually able to share keyboard and mouse between my laptop and desktop. 
The good news is, synergy actually allows such functionality, and it give the ability to share the clipboard too, meaning you can drag and drop between 2 computer. 
To start using synergy

On ubuntu go to the menu

system -> administration -> synaptic to install it. Or you can just

sudo apt-get install synergy

On fedora go to menu
system -> administration -> add/remove software and search synaptic
Or you can just
yum install synergy

To start using synergy
create a text file called synergy.cond