Ubuntu Global Jam, Mumbai – Report

Mumbai had its second Ubuntu Global Jam this year at Vidyalankar Institute of Technology on 9th September, 2012. The event started of with a presentation on FOSS and the benefits of using it, by Suraj and Ankur from the Vidyalankar FOSS Team! Yes, VIT now has a FOSS Team; awesome!

Introduction to FOSS

Presentation on Introduction to FOSS by Suraj and Ankur.

Next up, Siji Sunny from the Mumbai LUG gave a presentation on the ARM port of Ubuntu. He talked about the history of the Ubuntu port and shared some tips and tricks on cross-compiling code.

Introduction to Ubuntu for ARM

Presentation on the Ubuntu port for ARM architecture processors by Siji Sunny.

Everyone then moved to the W block classroom, which has a TV with a HDMI input port. Siji connected his Pandaboard ES and showcased Ubuntu 12.04. Sadly, Ubuntu Quantal did not work properly on his pandaboard, so he was unable to show the new beta version.

Ubuntu running on a Pandaboard ES

Showcase of Ubuntu 12.04 running on a Pandaboard ES.

Then, everyone moved to Lab 5 to take part in the Installation Jam. I showed everyone how to install Ubuntu Quantal. I told everyone about the nomodeset option, how to partition your hard-disk, especially if you are setting up a dual-boot system. I also showed how to install Ubuntu on a flash-drive.

Ubuntu Installation Instructions

Presentation on how to install Ubuntu, including mention of nomodeset and a tour of advanced partitioning, by Rigved.

After my excellent presentation, everyone felt confident installing Ubuntu Quantal on their laptops and flash-drives!

Ubuntu Installation Jam

Ubuntu Quantal Installation Jam.

A few people asked me queries related to network card problems. Probably, the problem is due to missing drivers for the network cards. Without information on the model of the network card, it is difficult to diagnose such problems. The solution is manual installation of the drivers.

Hopefully, for the next Jam, we will have a Bug-fixing session as well. *fingers crossed*