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Do you still deny the power of OpenSource?

January 22, 2010

Have you watched the movie Avatar? Or the movie District9? Let me tell you something which you might not know about the movies. Those movies and many other were rendered on a Ubuntu based server farm (specs and references later). If you are a hardcore Linux hater then I recommend not watching the movies, hehe! Don’t take it seriously go and watch the movies if you still haven’t because those movies might have not been possible without OpenSource and Linux.

From the Dustin’s blog post:

I just attended Paul Gunn‘s talk at LCA2010, entitled:

  • Challenges in Data Centre Growth (or, “You need how many processors to finish the movie???”)

Paul is a Systems Administrator at Weta Digital, a Wellywood digital effects studio here in Wellington, New Zealand. Check out some of the feature films that Weta Digital has worked on, and I think you’ll recognize a few. District9, Day the Earth Stood Still, Jumper, King Kong, Lord of the Rings, Fantastic Four, Eragon, X-Men, i-Robot. Wow!

Now you know what few other movies were also rendered using that Ubuntu server farm. Now lets get back to the specs of the server farm so you know what Linux is capable of. Weta Digital have 2Petabytes of diskarray, 10gbps of networking and 35,000 cores (4,000+ HP blades). Now you might be thinking that those movies might have taken couple of hours to be rendered on such huge setup? No those movies still took around 48 hours to be rendered on that setup. Did you see the benefits of using open source here? Not yet?

  • No Licensing cost for the OS
  • Free Support
  • No hardware requirements from vendor
  • Ability to modify the kernel as per the setup (if needed)

The above benefits are just few of the many that I could think of. There may be many more in the long run but you have got the idea! didn’t you? With proprietary software Licensing cost alone would have been more then the cost of setting up small OpenSource Lab. Then the additional support cost plus no ability to modify the kernel (if needed) to run efficiently in such a huge environment. And we all know how proprietary Operating system vendors provides you list of the hardware requirements when you tell them how big environment you are will to create.

Do you have any such OpenSource success stories? Or may be about Linux? Let us know.

Moving towards 3d web, Google has joined the caravan

April 22, 2009

Google has released an open-source web API for creating and displaying 3D in browser. The API is named O3D and is available at google code. Accoring to the Google Code O3D,

O3D is an open-source web API for creating rich, interactive 3D applications in the browser. This API is shared at an early stage as part of a conversation with the broader developer community about establishing an open web standard for 3D graphics.

The O3D Home page has more information, go check it out. If you are a devleoper and interested in 3D then get involved and be part of the revolution that will be soon brought to the web in the shape of 3D or else stay tuned to experience the nextgen 3D web.

Opensource and me in 2009.. contd

April 15, 2009

Opensource is rocking everywhere specially in these economic crisis everywhere, I have seen many people switched to Opensource or Linux. So, Opensource is growing and that is really a good thing. The article I talked about in the last post has been published on CIOPakistan. I hope I will be writing more for open source this year.

Coding for Google summer of code will be starting soon as they will publish the accepted students. So best of luck to everyone who has submitted the application/proposal. I am happy this year more students applied to Summer of Code and I was able to introduce the Summer of Code to atleast one student. I am also very determined to work on any Open Source project specially which will put me to some real work this summer if I am not accepted in Summer of Code.

I will also be starting a series of system admin howtos for 2 reasons, one to take notes and document every system admin activity. Second most important is to share the knowledge with others. So the series of howtos will soon start getting published and it can be either from today or tomorrow too.

Have been really working on some real solutions on Amazon EC2 and have also tried other cloud services and they all really compatible and top of each other for one feature or the other. It is really good to see how cloud is changing the way web used to be. There is also one more project that I am working on which is realted to cloud management and scalability and will soon be released in public as a service. 🙂

A wow gmail feature to save you from embarrassment

September 17, 2008

Gmail labs has new feature to avoid you from embarrassment. I have many times forgot to attach the file even I have mentioned it in the email and I am sure you all must have went through this too. I won’t say more about it go and have a read on “New in Labs: Forgotten attachment detector

Happy emailing!!!

How to fix suspend/hibernate stop working after new linux install

July 19, 2008

This is for those who had suspend/hibernate working fine, and then suddenly it stopped working. So you must be wondering what is broken? Or what have you done wrong to your system. This is because you either have installed another copy of Ubuntu or someother linux on separate partition and that changed the UUID of swap partition. So now you need to tell your Ubuntu system about that new UUID.

Below are the steps to solve the above mentioned problem. (more…)

Are you wondering why PSI on ubuntu is not playing any sounds?

July 19, 2008

So you are using PSI on Ubuntu and wondering why PSI is not playing sounds on new messages and on other events. PSI uses a play command to play sounds. You need to install few sound libraries that are used by play to enable PSI to play sounds. Use the following command to install required libraries.

sudo apt-get install sox libsox-fmt-all

Hope this will be helpful.

Firebug is now available for Firefox 3

June 28, 2008

Yay!!! one more yay for Firefox 3 and Firebug team. Firebug is now finally available for Firefox 3, specially for Ubuntu users its a breeze. Just do:

sudo apt-get install firebug

If you are not using Ubuntu, Get your firebug from Mozilla.

So there is alot happening for Firefox 3, As I already posted how efficient it is for memory and other resources. Also the bookmark management is awesome. Have a look at my firefox 3 post.

Kudos to Joe Hewitt for giving us something like Firebug.

Gear available for firefox 3

June 28, 2008

Gear up your Firefox 3 for offline browsing, because now Google’s Gears extension is available fore Firefox 3. Firefox 3 has been launched on June 17. And I just tested that Gears is now available for Firefox 3. Install Gears now.

For more information check gears blog post: Fly, Gears 0.3!

Also you can checkout Google I/O Gears sessions at: Gears Sessions from Google I/O are now available to watch

Happy browsing everyone!

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Missing Google Gears on its first birthday

May 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Google Gear, oh I forgot its only “Gears” now. Long Live Gears, but unfortunately I have been missing you alot. ou have been quite useful for me all this time, but unfortunately I love Firefox more then anything else and being on Firefox 3, I don’t have you anymore.

Hopefully this will fixed soon and I will be able to have you back in my FireFox. I am a happy user of Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) which comes with FireFox 3, which is just so awesome that I can’t go back to FireFox 2 and for this I had to sacrifice. My most of Google extensions don’t work anymore in Firefox 3 which includes Google Gears too.

I still want to have all those extensions back, but not sure how much time will it take, I have also read that FireFox 3 is going to be released in June, they have already released rc2 of FireFox 3. So stay tuned every one, FireFox 3 stable is coming soon.

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