Month: January 2012

My day at Sastra University – SFOSS 2012

Last Saturday, I was in Sastra University, Kumbakonam campus. I was invited as a chief guest  for the event SFOSS 2012 organised by RamKumar, a final year IT student.

The event had few FOSS stalls hosted by the students of Sastra university. They were very passionate about FOSS Technologies. Listing down a few of the stalls from my memory that grabbed my attention.

  • Meld diff viewer
  • GCC
  • Blender
  • Distro flavours demo
  • Android Mobile Application Development – Demonstration

After my visit to all the stalls, I was invited to give a talk on Technologies in front of 300+ enthusiastic students. The conference hall was jam packed with FOSS enthusiasts.

As it was a novice crowd and green to Technologies, I started my speech with a thought provoking motivational talk to refine/foster their thinking process.

followed by, I started mentioning the seriousness of contributing to community – How to Contribute to open Source – It’s future vision – Career opportunities. I also made a walk through to the student projects they can involve in. The walk through involves showcasing few open source projects hosted in and

As an example, I showcased Chromium project as an example. I demonstrated how to view the source code of any open source project – How to compile and build Chromium browser from source code.

Students were excited and I have got a really good feedback from them. Hoping to meet them in some other occasion.

[HOWTO] Enable Maximize, Minimize buttons on the title bar in Gnome 3

Though there are many blog posts available to show how to enable Maximize, Minimize buttons on the title bar in Gnome 3, this post is for my personal reference ;).

As you know, there will be no title bar controls for minimize, maximize/restore. To enable them, open up the terminal and type in (or copy/paste) the following command:

I prefer the buttons to be in right corner.

gconftool-2 –set /desktop/gnome/shell/windows/button_layout –type string :minimize,maximize,close

Now, press Alt+F2, type in “r” without quotes and press enter. This will reload Gnome-Shell and the changes will come into effect.
If you login with fallback mode, you may still find the icons showing at left.

$ sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

Press Alt+F2 to bring up the Run Application dialog box, enter “gconf-editor”

The key that we want to edit is in apps/metacity/general

Change the text in the button_layout key Value text field to:


Phew, We are done.

[Info] Madurai International Airport

Madurai Airport (IATA: IXM, ICAO: VOMD) is a customs airport serving Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.The airport is located about 12 km (7.5 mi) from the Madurai railway station. The airport was established in 1957.

  1. A 17,600 Sq.m New Integrated terminal building was inaugurated recently which is the second largest terminal in Tamilnadu,next to Chennai.
  2. Seating Capacity : 250 + 250
  3. Check-In Counters : 27 + 9
  4. Immigration Counters : 20
  5. Baggage Conveyors : 3 + 1
  6. CISF staff Strength : 105+
  7. Aero-bridges : 3
  8. Apron : 6
  9. Parking Lot : 7 Parellel
  10. Taxiway : 2
  11. Runway : 7500 ft.
  12. ILS : Available
  13. Firestation : 5 firefighters including 3 Brand New ROSEN BAUER highly advanced Firefighters
  14. Fuel-stations : Reliance & IOCL tanks
  15. Cargo/Frieght handling : Available.
Madurai airport has a strong Domestic network and handles 43000 passengers per month on an average. It has direct connectivity with major indian cities such as Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai,New Delhi & Hyderabad. A Public demand is there for Ahmedabad, Kolkatta, Pune, Jaipur, Cochin and Tirupati in domestic-side and Dubai, Singapore, Kualalampur, Colombo, Kuwait, Muscat, Abu dhabhi, Sharjah, Doha, Jeddah and Maldives in International destinations. Connections to France, Germany, US, UK and Japan are feasible with One stop-over at any Metros like Chennai/Mumbai.

A Huge demand is there for above mentioned destinations from Madurai & its Hinterland. Madurai Hinterland includes 10 districts: 1. Madurai 2. Ramnad 3. Sivaganga 4. Virudhunagar 5. Theni 6. Dindigul 7. Tirunelveli 8. Tuticorin 9. Some parts of Pudukottai 10.Some parts of Kanyakumari.

Five Operators operate daily flights from Madurai. They are Spicejet, Paramount airways, Indian Airlines, Jet airways and Kingfisher airlines. International operators such as Srilankan airlines, Air Asia, Air Arabia,Air India Express and Silk air are expected to start their operations to Various International destinations from Madurai shortly. More than 10 airlines have evinced interest in operating to Madurai.