Announcing Fedora Medical SIG.

29 10 2009

I have just sent this to fedora-announcement-list.

It dates back to a lazy afternoon of July, when I had my occasional “spark of enthusiasm” for doing something. So I started a conversation in Fedora India mailing list. It was decided that such a thing would be helpful.

More seriously, we do lack packaged applications and dedicated spins in the area of healthcare. If someone wants to put in a FOSS based solution into a hospital/clinic workflow, there is no elegant solution. So if we can have a medical spin, that is going to be of help.

The initial wiki page is here.

Simply put, the goal of the SIG is going to be:

1. Working on identifying the various workflows / needs of the medical or healthcare community in terms of software.
2. Bring together and package the software those fitting in the workflow.
3. Composing a spin to get a out-of-the-box solution.
4. At a later stage, developing any crucial app that may be lacking.

To make it a success, we need volunteers. So please join, if you feel that it is a worthy cause. Once a few more people are there, we can discuss and take it forward.

I am keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂


VNIT Nagpur followup.

18 10 2008

In my earlier posts I talked about AXIS, what we started with three sessions and a workshop is being nicely followed up by the guys there.

The immediate results are these:

1. A LUG

2. A fedora mirror at VNIT.

More action will follow soon.

A Linux orientation Workshop using Fedora.

1 10 2008

For the next three days, I am going to coordinate a Linux orientation workshop at West Bengal State University at Barasat.

Its for school teachers, all from North 24 parganas. The number of attendees are going to be around 50.

Of course, we will be using Fedora for it.

I shall let you know the details.

AXIS’08 Report: Part 1- Preprations

1 10 2008

This is the report for AXIS’08 at VNIT Nagpur, which me, Subhodip and Arindam attended on behalf of Fedora.


It all started with Sankarshan da forwarding a mail from Anand (A student and one of the organisers of AXIS) to fedora-india list. Nobody else was picking this up, and as Nagpur is only 16 hours away from my place, I decided to take it up.

I called up Subhodip and Arindam to help me out and it was positive. Thanks guys.

Several mail was exchanged with the organisers, and initially we were assigned around 2.5 hours single slot in the whole three days !!! So it was time to put a bit pressure on the organisers. Some mail followed and we were allocated 2 slots. One 1.5 hour for talk and another 2 hour for workshop following day. That was better…so I agreed to that. (Finally We got around 8 hours. I am coming to that later.)

It was three days before we leave. No Fedora material was with me, so I decided to produce that myself.It was pretty odd to go there empty handed.

Indra da suggested that there was a local business who does the printing job. So it was checkout time.

Next day I went to chandni chawk, found them out, and to my pleasant surprise, each A3 sheet of coloured print costed me on ~20INR (around 45 cents). You can have a look here.

I also procured 35 DVDs and printed the label for them, the labels were 3.5 INR (~7cents) each. (But the printing quality was dam good, they were not cheap like the rates). So each “pressed” dvd cost me ~10 INR.

So now I had 450 laptop stickers, (3 A3 size and 7 small) Freedom + Infinity + Voice poster, 1 Live USB Poster A3 size, 35 DVDs (26 x86, 8 x86_64), and spare DVD labels. All was managed within 600 INR, (13USD)

That two days were pretty hectic, I had to make four trips to chandni, pack things, do my assignments, had discussions with guide and attending phone calls. Anyway, lastly everything were all done and we were off to Nagpur.

Back from AXIS

30 09 2008

Just came back yesterday night.

A great success and I have a few good news.

Hold on a bit. I am Waiting for the pics to be uploaded…

We are leaving for AXIS’08.

23 09 2008

Tomorrow, we (Me, Arindam, Subhodip) are leaving for Nagpur. Its AXIS’08 at VNIT. Train booked, stickers, banner and media produced, presentations touched up. We are ready to leave.

Fedora will have a 1.5 hour session on 26th for talk and 2 hour slot with a media lab for conducting workshops.

Talks are

1. Introduction about FOSS

2. Myths about Linux

3. Demo on Localised spin

Workshop will be on

1. Basic installation and familiarisation.

BTW In the process, I found out one of the cheapest and fastest media producing company. They printed 4 A3 sheets of stickers (~450) in 10 minutes for 80INR(~1.5USD). I produced a few other posters.

That’s it, will let you know from there.

Also I am bit worried about any good company coming for placement in my absence. I hope they don’t. 🙂

Installing RT

17 09 2008

Another quick round after TRAC for a decent tracker for freemedia.
This is in continuation to my earlier post. (I already had apache, mysql… but isn’t that too obvious?)

  1. yum -y install rt3
  2. Installation location
    * /etc/rt3 - RT3 configuration files
    * /etc/httpd/conf.d/rt3.conf - RT3 configuration file for apache
    * /usr/sbin/rt3-* - RT3 "helper" applications
    * /usr/share/doc/rt3 - documentation
    * /usr/share/rt3/html - installed files for RT3 to be accessed via the web interface
  3. A great help from now on /usr/share/doc/rt3-3.6.6/README.fedora
  4. You can get rt working with either mod_fcgid or mod_perl
  5. I never heard of mod_fcgid but may have heard about perl. So I go with perl 😀 (Don’t abuse me please.)
  6. yum -y install mod_perl perl-Apache-DBI
  7. At your /etc/httpd/conf.d/rt3.conf
  8. LoadModule perl_module
    Alias /rt "/usr/share/rt3/html"
    PerlModule Apache::DBI
    PerlRequire /usr/sbin/
    <Directory /usr/share/rt3/html>
      AllowOverride All
      Options ExecCGI FollowSymLinks
      <IfModule mod_access.c>
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all
    <Location /rt>
      RewriteEngine On
      RedirectMatch permanent (.*)/$ $1/index.html
      AddDefaultCharset UTF-8
      SetHandler perl-script
      PerlHandler RT::Mason
  9. ln -s /usr/share/rt3/html/ /var/www/html/rt3
  10. rt-setup-database –action init –dba-password ******
  11. service mysqld restart
  12. service httpd restart
  13. Here comes the most difficult part I faced during the installation, logging in.
    Well, after a long time I found the default username/password.
  14. its

Oh…I am working with LIRC and hope to get the hardware working by tomorrow.
Will post about it tomorrow. you have a spare remote?