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Keep Calm and Switch to Linux, don't argue with idiots!

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Have you ever argued with your friends/aspects about Linux?

Here I am sharing my experience about Linux,  advice your friends/aspects to do some research on advantages of Linux based OS (Linux systems without binary blobs and closed source software) before they make blind comments, they can't beat the plus points it have.

It is ultra secure and have no back-doors
No virus*
Minimal Resource usage
No vendor locking
Free as in freedom and beer
and more..

If you are new to Linux then start with Ubuntu or Ubuntu based systems such as Linux Mint, Lubuntu, Xubuntu or Ubuntu Gnome and later explore the whole world of Linux based operating systems focusing/specializing on different areas such as hacking, penetrating, privacy, server, mobile, embedded, engineering, entertainment, education, data recovery etc... !

For people who are concerned about privacy and security, I will recommend Trisquel GNU/Linux.

But you will miss some useful binary blobs and proprietary software. (on most cases binary blobs are not required if your hardware support opensource drivers)

*There are few viruses out there for Linux, but in most cases you have to inject one yourself for getting sick! Again, some Linux systems such as Android has viruses because its more popular so hackers know they all affect more people. Also it built in with with less security compared to a standard Linux system for making it user and developer friendly.
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Host your own Diaspora POD with OpenShift for free!

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Ubuntu based instructions, step by step (work in progress, will add screenshots soon)

  1. First create an account on OpenShift
  2. Install Ruby (all steps are on local system)
    $ sudo apt-get install ruby-full rubygems
  3. Install git
    $ sudo git-core
  4. After you install both Ruby and Git, verify they can be accessed via the command line:
    $ ruby -e 'puts "Welcome to Ruby"'
    Welcome to Ruby
    $ git --version
    git version
  5. With Ruby and Git correctly installed, you can now use the RubyGems package manager to install the OpenShift client tools. From a command line, run:
    $ sudo gem install rhc
  6. After the OpenShift client tools are installed, run:
    $ rhc setup
  7. then run below command
  8. If you have none yet generate a SSH keypar: ssh-keygen.
  9. Create the application:
    rhc app create diaspora \
       ruby-1.9 mysql-5.5 \
  10. If it asks you to upload your SSH key, answer yes.
  11. cd diaspora to change into the new repository.
  12. Run the following commands:
    git remote add upstream git://
    git fetch upstream
    git reset --hard upstream/master
    git  push -f origin master
  13. Grab a coffee.
  14. Configuration

    Configuration is done via environment variables. To change something from the default set them via rhc env set, see rhc help env. To see what's available, read config/diaspora.yml.example.

    Adding yourself as an admin

    After you created an account on your new diaspora* pod, you can make yourself an admin with: rhc ssh diaspora -- '/bin/bash -c "cd $OPENSHIFT_REPO_DIR; source .openshift/diaspora_configuration; bundle exec rails runner \\"Role.add_admin(User.where(username: \'yourusername\').person)\\""'.
    Have look at my Diaspora* POD
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Free Linux Training Program in Cochin

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Free Linux Training Program (Based on Ubuntu Linux) 

Linux is much more than a normal Operating System. You gotta try it to believe it.  It represents a fusion of maturity with muscularity, the incomparable craftsmanship of UNIX nurtured, reinforced, and developed by the fast-expanding, global community of Linux users.

The details of the program are as follows:
This short term course is designed for people who are interested to learn GNU/Linux OS.  Any one with a basic knowledge of computing can attend this course. No age bar.  Classes are scheduled on Sundays.Kindly fill out this e-form . Conditions Apply

We look forward to extending our support to the people of Cochin and show them the power, flexibility and freedom that Linux has to offer. 
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(Not Working Now) Download songs from Spotify web player for free

Spotify have launched a web based player (Unity Dash Interface), now it have in beta. You can access the Web-Spotify via this link. This guide will show you how to download Spotify to .mp3 files with an easy to use Firefox Add-on!
Open Spotify

Login with your account!

Step 1: Open Firefox addons and install  Cache Viewer Continued

Step 2: Then play your favorite songs in Spotify web player

Step 3: Open the cache viewer addon and look for audio files

Step 4: Right click on the file name a save as .ogg or .mp3 file with song name.

Step 5: Enjoy playing your song offline in 160kbs for free!

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[Updated] Download Six Malayala Manorama magazines for free, using simple bash script in ubuntu.


Available magazines to download using this script.
1. Fast Track
Language : Malayalam
Manorama Fasttrack is a complete automobile magazine in Malayalam from the Malayala Manorama Group

2. Karshaka Sree
Language : Malayalam
The monthly that updates the small time farmer on how to continuously improve his produce. Valuable tips are provided on farming methods enriched with research support on scientific irrigation and agriculture to improve returns from the cultivable land.

3. Sambadyam
Language : Malayalam
Sambadyam is a new personal finance magazine in Malayalam from the Malayala Manorama group. Recently Malayala Manorama Sambadyam has become a monthly. The magazine covers features on all aspects of personal finance – including stocks, mutual funds, insurance, and a regular column on Income Tax

4. Vanitha
Language : Malayalam
Vanitha is an Indian magazine published fortnightly by the Malayala Manorama group. Although its name translates to "woman" in Malayalam, it includes articles on a variety of topics, and is not strictly a women's magazine.

5. The Man
Language : English
6. The Week
Language : English
The Week is an Indian weekly newsmagazine published by The Malayala Manorama Co. Ltd. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations,[4] it is the largest selling English newsmagazine in India.
Windows Users :  Follow these instructions to run this script on Micro$oft windows systems. (if you have doubts on how to run this script on your windows PC, make a comment.)

For Gnu/Linux Operating Systems

1. Download the script from here

2. Right click on the downloaded file "" and select properties from the menu.

3. Go to the permission tab and tick "Allow executing file as program" and close the window.

4. Double click on the file and select "Run in Terminal"

 5. Select the appropriate magazine and go for your tea, as per your interne speed it will automatically download all the files to your desktop in a folder with magazine name and date.

7. Enjoy reading and contribute to FOSS development!

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