Info: ATI Drivers 9.7 does not work in Fedora 11 (2.6.29+)

Yesterday, AMD released ATI Catalyst™ 9.7 Proprietary Linux x86/x86_64 Display Drivers. I happened to checkout the website today. Initially I was very excited about it hoping that these drivers will work with 2.6.29+ and I’ll be able to use my ATI Radeon HD 3200 which is lying dead since a fortnight or so. I downloaded the drivers immediately and switched to Fedora 11 default kernel. Installed the drivers and checked the install log located at /usr/share/ati/fglrx-install.log. And I saw a failure. AMD disappointed me, yet another time 🙁

In case you happen to screw your graphics display while trying to install ATI drivers, use the following command to uninstall fglrx.

[root@fedora ~]$ /usr/share/ati/

Well, I am back to square one. Have to wait for another month and I hope next release will have support for kernel 2.6.29+.

Update : Drivers are working now. Move on to How To: Install ATI Catalyst (fglrx) 9.8 Drivers on Fedora 11.


Crack: Google Authentication Services are Vulnerable

There is a vulnerability in the way Google authentication service works. Whenever you login to any of the Google’s online services like GMail, Orkut, Groups, Docs, Youtube, Calendar etc., you are redirected to an authentication server which authenticates against the entered username and password and redirect back to the required service (GMail, Youtube etc.) setting the session variables.

Now, if you are able to grab the url used to set the session variables, you can login as the user to whom that url belongs from any machine on the Internet (need not be the machine belonging to the same subnet) without entering the username and password of the user.

The proxy servers in the organizations can be used to exploit this vulnerability. Squid is the most popular proxy server used. In the default configuration, squid strips the query terms of a url before logging. So, this vulnerability can’t be exploited. But if you turn off the stripping mechanism by adding the line shown below, then squid will log the complete url.

strip_query_terms off

So, after turning stripping mechanism off, the log will contain urls which will look like this

Replace with your tld specific to your country. If you paste this url in any browser, it’ll directly log you in and you can do whatever you want to that account. Remember that all such urls remains valid only for two minutes. So, if you use that url after two minutes, it’ll lead nowhere.

At the time of writing this post Orkut, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Books and Youtube are vulnerable.

So, make sure your squid has stripping mechanism turned on and your squid server is properly firewalled.

You can watch the Video proof for Orkut on, Youtube.


Info: Fedora 10 – Cambridge Released

Fedora 10 aka Cambridge is available now.

Fedora 10 - Cambridge Released

Get your copy of Fedora 10 now.

Well, if normal Fedora, doesn’t suite you, checkout the Fedora 10 spins and get whichever suits you 🙂

Also for KDE fans, there is a special corner.

After you finished downloading, burn the ISO and check the completely detailed Fedora 10 Installation Guide. Or if you want to upgrade from existing Fedora version to Fedora 10, check the upgrade guide.

Want to read whats new and what is there inside Fedora 10, checkout the release notes in your language.

In case your CD/DVD drive is burnt 😛 , or you don’t have immediate access to optical media, check How to install Fedora 10 without CD/DVD.

Still stuck somewhere, there are a lot of ways to get help. Proceed with whatever way suites you 🙂


Info: Spicebird Beta 0.7 Final Released

Reporting from Spicebird blog,

Spicebird is a collaboration client that provides integrated access to email, contacts, calendaring and instant messaging in a single application. It provides easy access to various web services while retaining all the advantages of a desktop application. The application is based on projects like Thunderbird, Lightning and Telepathy and adds more functionality and integration among its components.

This release of Spicebird adds the following functionality:

  • Chat with friends on services like Yahoo, Google Talk, AIM, ICQ and Jabber
  • Add iGoogle Gadgets to Spicebird
  • Disable the applications that are unused
  • Access Google calendar
  • Experimental support for managing blogs
  • Available in more than 10 languages
  • Basic set of add-ons
  • Import data from Thunderbird, Outlook and Outlook Express

For a detailed description of this release, see the release notes.

Get Spicebird!

See how to install Spicebird on Linux. I’ll review the latest release very soon 🙂


Info: Spicebird 0.7 Pre with Awesome Features

Spicebird is

your one platform for many collaboration needs. It provides e-mail, calendaring and instant messaging with intuitive integration and unlimited extensibility.

Spicebird beta 0.7 pre release is out now and can be downloaded in 10 languages from the i10n nightly build archive. For the latest nightly build of English version, check this English nightly build archive.

Some of the new features in version 0.7 are

  • Google Applets in Home Tab
    • You can add Google applets in the Home tab. For example: On home tab, click Add Applet -> Google Applet. Add a url to Google applet (e.g. Google Map Search). And you’ll have a nice Google map on your home page 🙂
    • Or add date & time applet ( this url )
    • Or from the thousands of applets available from Google 🙂

Google Applets in Spicebird

  • Auto Update Feature
    • Spicebird now checks for updates automatically 🙂

Spicebird Auto Update

  • Its way faster than the previous version. Thats my personal opinion. I was using Spicebird beta 0.4 since more than 6 months.

Check the official release announcement for more details.

How to install Spicebird for test usage


Get the latest version of Spicebird from nighty build archive.

Extract and Move

Extract the Spicebird archive file as

[root@localhost ~]# tar -xjf spicebird-beta-0.7pre.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2 [ENTER]

Move the extracted directory to /opt/

[root@localhost ~]# mv spicebird-beta /opt/ [ENTER]

Create shortcut on Panel

Right click on Gnome panel and click “Add to Panel

Add Spicebird to Panel

Click on “Custom Application Launcher”

Spicebird Custom Application Launcher

Fill in appropriate details as shown in the following image

Spicebird Create Application Launcher

Choose an icon for Spicebird by clicking the “No Icon” button on the top left corner.

Spicebird Launcher Icon

Click Ok. And you are done. Now click the new icon that has just appeared on the panel. Rest of the configuration like account creation and settings is exactly same as Thunderbird or Evolution or any other mail client.

Reference : Spicebird Official Website


Humour: Ubuntu is Costlier than Microsoft Windows XP

Dell started selling their new Dell Inspiron Mini 9 series yesterday as informed by slashdot article. Lately I have been looking for a mobile solution which should be easy to carry and have enough computing power to meet my expectation. I liked the SSD concept replacing the mechanical hard disk. I just moved over to Dell website and tried configuring one for myself (go here to configure them yourself). I am an open source addict but I am not an Ubuntu fan but still going with ubuntu sounds better than going with M$ stuff. So, started configuring the Ubuntu machine and pushed everything (main memory, hard disk and other components) to maximum. A few minutes later I realized that the Ubuntu model’s price is more than the equivalent config with M$ Windows.

Below is a table comparing Windows XP and Ubuntu model of Dell Inspiron Mini 9 series. The differences are highlighted in red color.

Ubuntu 8.04
Microsoft Windows XP Home Premium
My Components
Obsidian Black
Obsidian Black
Mini OS powered by Ubuntu 8.04
Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition
1GB DDR2 at 533MHz
1GB DDR2 at 533MHz
16GB Solid State Drive
16GB Solid State Drive
Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 capability
Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 capability
Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam
Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam
My Service
1Yr Ltd Warranty and Mail-In Service
1Yr Ltd Warranty and Mail-In Service
Also Includes
Intel® Atom Processor® N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache) Intel® Atom Processor® N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache)
Glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024X600)
Glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024X600)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Wireless 802.11g Mini Card
Wireless 802.11g Mini Card
32WHr Battery (4 cell)
32WHr Battery (4 cell)
Base LCD Assembly
Base LCD Assembly
Base LCD Assembly in Black
Base LCD Assembly in Black
No Installation
No Installation
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1, English
McAfee SecurityCenter 30-day Trial
No ISP requested

According to the above table Ubuntu alone is costlier than Genuine Microsoft Windows XP Home Premium + Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.1 English + McAfee SecurityCenter 30-day Trial + Microsoft Works 9 (MS Word Excluded). I am not sure if Dell is trying to promote Microsoft by selling Windows XP model at a lower price or they are generating more revenues for Ubuntu by selling it at a higher price or they are just fooling the customers. Below are the picture proofs if Dell changes the prices.

Inspiron Ubuntu

Inspiron Windows


Info: Eclipse DemoCamps 2008 – Ganymede Edition Hyderabad

About the event from Eclipsepedia,

Eclipse is releasing version 3.4 (Ganymede) on 25th June 2008. To mark the occasion, the Eclipse foundation is organizing a series of Democamps around the world. The Hyderabad edition is organized by (a Hysea initiative). We will discuss the new features and projects in the Ganymede release, and also present a few case studies of some interesting usecases of Eclipse. The event will conclude with a networking of the Eclipse developers’ community in Hyderabad.

I happened to attend the camp with a lot of my friends. Organisers were overwhelmed by the turnout. More than 100 people (mostly from industry) attended the camp and the place was almost overcrowded. The idea was to educate the newbies about the new features in version 3.4 and showcase some demos for enterprise software development and also to bring the eclipse developers at a common platform.

The camp started with a session about the new features in Ganymede version. Kiran Kumar from Progress Software talked about the new features like improved regular expression support, changes in update manager, enhancements in PDE etc. Following this, Saurav from Pramati Technologies talked about the WTP new features in this version mainly with respect to JavaScript and other Java improvements. Finally Ravi Sankar from Progress Software concluded with Xpand demo.

All in all, it was a good event which provided a bit of exposure to the developments going on in and around Hyderabad. Thanks Hysea, Progress and Pramati for organizing the wonderful event 😀


Info: Padma Version 0.4.13 Released

From Padma’s official website,

Padma is a system for transforming Indic text between various public and proprietary formats. This extension applies the technology to Mozilla based applications. Padma is available as an extension for Firefox, Thunderbird, Netscape, Mozilla suite and SeaMonkey platforms. Padma currently supports Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Devanagari, Gujarati, Kannada, Bengali, and Gurmukhi scripts

This particular version includes support for Marathi TrueType Font – Shree-Dev-0714, which I wrote last summer. I am happy that it is finally Padma core. A big credit goes to Radhika Thammishetty and Harshita Vani for guiding and helping me out in writing the mappings.


Info: Yum Bug Day on May 30

Hey all yum lovers,

We (the yum people) are organising Yum Bug Day on May 30, 2008. We try to kill as much bugs as possible. For a list of bugs, check Yum Bugs and Yum-Utils Bugs. If you think you can fix, provide info about one or more or you have any suggestions, just drop in #yum on or shoot a mail at yum-devel.

In Seth’s words,

Yum Bug Day!
It’s exciting! It’s Fun! You get to tell people things like: Already
fixed, WONTFIX, CANTFIX, NOTABUG, and ‘ooo yah, that’s pretty broken’.

So, what are you waiting for?? 😛


Info: Motherboard with Embedded Linux

A dull Sunday as usual. Woke up at 12:01pm and after finishing all startup jobs, came to lab at 1:00 pm. As usual, had nothing to do. Just went to slashdot to have some snacks. And what I saw over there was more than a surprise. OMG what the hell is going on. ASUS has come up with a new motherboard with embedded Linux. At first, I thought that guyz at slashdot has gone mad and just writing anything to have some news. But when I read the complete story and the review at Phoronix, it sounded something really geeky. They have embedded a Linux environment deep into the motherboard.

Asus is shipping this P5E3 deluxe motherboard with a feature called Asus Express Gate powered by SplashTop. The wonderful thing is that you can now boot into a basic Linux environment in just 7-8 seconds. Unbelievable !!! This basic Linux has a stripped down web-browser called FireFox 2.0 ( do we have any alternatives 😛 ) and skype. So, you can just go over the internet in a few seconds.

Much more surprising is onboard Asus WiFi-AP @n (802.11n wireless, undoubtedly the fastest wireless till date). So, you can browse at 300mbps on wireless ( of course if the infrastructure is 802.11n). And wifi card works with embedded Linux.

The BIOS browsing is no more keyboard based. It comes with a page which you can browse with your mouse. The embedded Linux is not so lame as it may sound. It has a variety of configuration utilities which includes network configuration, screen resolution, volume control, language selection and much more.

The only bad thing is the price. It is currently priced at US $360, which is very costly for having that stripped down Linux. But with time price will certainly go down and we will hopefully see new innovations for that embedded Linux. Hope to have a terminal over there soon 😀 and it’ll be fun if we can have beryl as well 😛

Wonderful innovation 😉

PS : No internet in my lab today 🙁