Ubuntu Global Jam Mumbai Raring Cycle – Report

I conducted the first Ubuntu Global Jam Mumbai of this year (and the third so far) on Saturday 2nd March and Sunday 3rd March.

Activities completed:

Upgrade Jam: Jitendra Maharshi upgraded his laptop from Ubuntu 12.10 to Ubuntu Raring Ringtail. It was a breeze. We even stopped the upgrade mid-way and re-started it. It did not cause any problem and started where it left off. He filed a Ubuntu Testing report for it as well.

Installation Jam:

  • Installed Ubuntu Raring Ringtail on 1 laptop and 1 pen-drive (yes, installed on the pen-drive instead of the hard-disk). Jitendra Maharshi successfully installed Ubuntu Raring Ringtail on his laptop and filed the corresponding Ubuntu Testing report. The pen-drive installation for Neelesh Jain needed some extra work as the laptop had an ATI Radeon graphics card and an in-build Intel graphics card (the one that comes with the i-series processors). I was able to get Ubuntu running on the laptop / pen-drive (by switching off Kernel Mode Setting) by using the in-built Intel graphics card. However, I did not get enough time to trouble-shoot the reason for the ATI card not being used. Maybe, it needs the proprietary drivers.
  • Another laptop (Purvesh Shah‘s) had an original Windows installation in a RAID setup. So, there was no way to install on this machine without losing the original Windows installation (Linux cannot understand the RAID as the drivers are Windows-only). This was a failure.
  • A 2010 MacBook Pro owned by Neelesh Jain: I tried various ways but I could not get the MacBook to boot into the Ubuntu-bootable pen-drive. I also did not have any DVDs handy. So, again, this was a failure.
  • Last but not the least: I installed Ubuntu Touch on my Nexus 7 and it really felt awesome. I showed it off to all those who came, explaining how the Edge Magic works, informing them about Side-Stage (sadly, it does not work on the Nexus 7 as yet because landscape mode is not available) and more importantly, educating them about the Your-Content-Gets-Fullscreen philosophy!

Some people from my work place could not attend the event or I did not get enough time to show them Ubuntu Touch. Well, no problem. I took my Nexus 7 to work the next day and showed it off to everyone. They were all amazed!

All in all, a fun Global Jam. Until next time; see you Mumbai!

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*