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Tutorial on Shell Scripting (Canceled)

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Open Source Alliance Cyberjaya Workshops

Tutorial on Shell Scripting

Date: Thursday, 15 March 2007
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Venue: MMU Cyberjaya FIT Lab (Pending approval from Lab Engineer)


  1. Mohd Syazli Mahmud <syazli7(a)>
  2. Sam Ng <samngnet(a)>


  • Introduction on basics of Linux commands.
  • Flow control.
  • Practical training on shell scripting.
  • (Will be updated soon)

Please be early around 7:45 PM to be able to finish it on time.

Thank you.


Written by syazli7

Fri, 23 Feb 2007 at 14:22:25 +0800

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Minutes: Thursday Night Gathering

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Venue: HB3 Hostel Food Court, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya
Date: 15th February 2007 (Thursday)


1. Ng Peng Aun Sam <samngnet(a)>
2. Mohd Syazli Bin Mahmud <syazli7(a)>
3. Syed Faisal Tauhidin Syah <cannonball_2000my(a)>
4. Mohd Amer Bin Ahmad <vrx02(a)>
5. Zuwairi Aiman Bin Che Mat <bobhandburry(a)>
6. Lam Jun Huy <timljh(a)>
7. Tan Kee Fong <dennis_miracle(a)>


7:58 pm:- Sam Ng arrived.

8:00 pm: – Syazli arrived.

8:20 pm: – Syed Faisal and Amer arrived.
– Chats and get to know each other.

8:43 pm: – Zuwairi arrived.
– Chats on Hack in the Box, MMU computer securities.

9:14 pm: – Jun Huy and Dennis (Kee Fong) arrived.

9:15 pm: – Syed Faisal and Amer ordered food and eat some other place.
– Get to know each other.
– Dennis registers to the group.
– Sam chats about open source and other stuff.
– Syazli introduced Dennis on LAMP.

9:27 pm: – Syed Faisal and Amer came back to the group table.
– Sam Ng talked to Jun Huy, Dennis and Zuwairi about FreeBSD.
– Syazli briefly introduce about the time available for this trimester after this gathering which is about 9 weeks.
– Syazli plans that there should be 4 events to cover the 9 weeks as said by Mr. Ian Tan that it is good to be there’s an event every 2 weeks.

9:44 pm: – Jun Huy and Dennis leave for another event.
– Discussion starts.
– Identifying volunteers for LAMP workshop.
1. Mohd Syazli Mahmud
2. Sam Ng

Identiying volunteers for IT Society Booth @ Central Plaza
1. Mohd Syazli Mahmud
2. Syed Faisal Tauhidin Syah
3. Mohd Amer Ahmad
4. Sam Ng
Discussing ways to distribute free Linux distributions CDs.
Ubuntu CD package.
Identify peoples who are committed to help burn Linux CDs.
1. Sam Ng
2. Mohd Syazli Mahmud
1. Mohd Amer Ahmad
2. Syed Faisal Tauhidin Syah.
– Amer suggested that we form as a support team for Linux support.
– Sam Ng said that we should request for rewards as to not allow users take advantage of the service.
– Consultation services for Linux newbies and open source solutions committed consultants:
1. Sam Ng
2. Syed Faisal Tauhidin Syah
3. Mohd Syazli Mahmud
4. Mohd Amer Ahmad
5. Zuwairi Aiman Che Mat
– Possible sponsor of laptop for exhibition by Lancerdragoon (Khairulzaman).
– Confirmed ability to sponsor laptop for Linux exhibition by Sam Ng.
– Introduction on Sabayon Linux distribution which is a live DVD derivative of Gentoo Linux supporting Beryl.
– Type-in registration method to be discussed with IT Society committees.

– Combined LAMP workshop overlapping OSA-Cyber “Server Administration” workshop.

– Discussing “Shell Scripting” workshop.
– Introducing what is shell scripting which is kinda the ability to program your Windows’s Command Prompt.

– Discussing updates on Creative Commons talk by Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd., talk by Dr. Alina Ng.
– Emphasizing establishment of contact between Dr. Alina Ng and Dr. Ewe Hong Tat which shall be checked by Sue Win (ITS President).

– Discussing the topics of “Linux Kernel Customization and Compilation” workshop.
– Explanation that the advisors wanted something advanced.
– Discussion on what is kernel compilation and how to actually compiles it and customize.

– Talks on “Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) Customization” talk.
– Intended for target audience of Management students who learn “Internet Computing” subject.
– Decided to leave it out of the plan, as it is more to web development and is not coherent to our system-related talks and workshops.

– Introduction on “Samba Administration”.
– Telling that it’s not right-click and share as the only feature.
– Many additional features and security features can be shown during the talk.

– Introduction on Load-Balancing Cluster
– Introduction on what is cluster and load-balancing.
– Syazli express interest on Load-Balancing.
– Sam Ng said that is a wide topic.

– Discussion on “Linux Install Fest”.
– Query by Syed Faisal to Syazli on Melaka Linux SIG Linux Install Fest.
– Response by Syazli was it was not very good as asked to Fabian Chong Fei Ming (LinuxSIG Melaka Founder), it was done at Unix Lab.
– Sam Ng continued that location is important, hostel foodcourt would be a good idea as Install Fest needs users to carry their desktop/laptop to the Install area.
– Sam Ng talks on MMU Cyberjaya history of FreeBSD Install Fest, http servers before the existence of torrent.

– Talks on TULIP, owned and in charged by lecturer Mr. Mohd Nazri Ramliy.
– Intention to replicate MIT’s LAN culture and allowing usability of internet most used services in intranet during internet break down.
– Applications of chat server (Jabber), Hostel Committee Bulletin Board for the committee and students to post legal announcement within the intranet.
– Server listing, indexing and search engine.
– Most of the applications already done.
– Talks on and oss server to be used for open source information centre and Tulip as the centre for intranet services.
– Source code revision control for long-term Tulip source code centre and incubating open source projects as well as easier to collaborate on codes during group projects.
– Currently an SVN server has been set up but without the front end (GForge/Trac).

– Chats on the status of Folding@Malaysia.

– Links to be viewed:
– MNCC (Malaysian National Computer Confederation): mailing list
– FOSS Malaysia: mailing list
– Syazwan CITS web site:
– SVN Source Code Revision Control:
– GForge:
– Trac:
– Sam Ng’s ym: sam_ng, tuliposs

– Finalizing the group activities:
– Tutorial on Shell Scripting.
– LAMP Workshop.
– Introduction on Load-Balancing.
– Creative Commons Talk by MDec as backup.

11:00pm: – Need collaboration from IT Society to post at MMU Bulletin Board.
– Syazli introduced that the existence of this group will be notified publicly at Cyber Tracker.

11:08pm: – Request for calendar.
– Analyzing the calendar for the week slot to set up event.
– Set Week 6 of the trimester (12th – 16th March 2007) as the next meetup with agenda is the Tutorial on Shell Scripting most probably on Thursday Night (15/03/07).
– Syazli thought should be minimum 2 and around 3 events to be covered this trimester.
– Sam Ng thought on teleconferencing classes between MMU Melaka and MMU Cyberjaya to lessen our task and to increase the amount of activities.

11:20pm: – Meeting adjourned.

Group Activites:
– Tutorial on Shell Scripting.
– LAMP Workshop.
– Introduction on Load-Balancing.
– Creative Commons Talk by MDec as backup.

– Collaborate with IT Society committees regarding the IT Week Booth for new member registration.
– Collaborate with IT Society committees for privilege to use MMU Bulletin Board.
– Check the status of Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd. regarding Creative Commons talk in Multimedia University Cyberjaya.
– Polishing shell scripting skills.
– Development on Tulip server, oss and

Written by syazli7

Fri, 16 Feb 2007 at 11:35:00 +0800

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Open Source Alliance Cyberjaya Gatherings


There will be an informal gathering on this Thursday night at MMU HB3 Hostel Food Court which shall be attending Sir Wan Ruslan, Sir Ian Tan and Mr. Ng Kok Tian.

Date: Thursday, 15 February 2007
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Venue: HB3 Hostel Food Court (The nearest to FOM Building)


  • Self-service refreshments.
  • Chats and get to know each other members.
  • I like to know what are the plans that you guys and gals interested or needs.
  • Talk about the availability of which is under IT Society account, an oss server and vision of TuLIp by Sam Ng.
  • Linux workshops plans and creative commons seminar briefing.
  • Questions & Answers.

Attendees (RSVP):

  • + syazli7
  • + samngnet
  • + bobhandburry
  • + cannonball_2000my
  • + lancerofdragoon
  • All the members of the group.

Written by syazli7

Mon, 12 Feb 2007 at 22:52:10 +0800

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How to tell Open Source Winners from the Losers

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Information Week has this really great article on “How to tell Open Source Winners from the Losers”.

Its really an interesting and in depth piece on what makes certain Open Source projects stay on for so long while others fade away after a while. Do read it if you are involved in open source development, or have an active interest of doing so in the near future.

Read the article at the Information Week.

Written by syazli7

Thu, 8 Feb 2007 at 10:48:52 +0800

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Projects – old

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(This page has been used for base discussion on 15/02/07.)
Status: Archived.

Open Source Alliance Cyberjaya


Past Activities

  • Linux Install Fest

Current Activities

  • Workshops
    • Server Administraion
      How to create your own web site
    • Advance: Linux Kernel Customization and Compilation
  • Talks
    • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Customization
    • Samba Administration
    • (Proposed) Intermediate: Shell Scripting
      Creating your own shell script
    • (Proposed) Advance: Introduction on Load-Balancing Cluster
  • Folding@Malaysia Distributed Computing Project
    Info: Folding@Malaysia, Stanford University’s Folding@Home
    keyword: awareness, distributed computing

    • Collaboration with Red Crescent Society during Blood Donation Drive
    • Set up booth and flyers for donator
  • TULIP – The ULtimate Intranet Project
    Intended to be used for students usage.
    Currently develop towards bringing internet usage to intranet.
    Owner: Mr. Mohd Nazri Ramliy

    • Hostel Committee Bulletin Board
    • Jabber Instant Messaging Chat server
    • Hostel servers directory, indexing and search engine
    • Source code revision control
      • Goal: for hostel collaboration on programming projects and final year projects
  • Open Source & Creative Commons Awareness
    • Talks by Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd.

Hosted Students Projects

  • Multimedia University Bulletin Board RSS


  • Linux Special Interest Group T-Shirt

Written by syazli7

Fri, 2 Feb 2007 at 22:26:28 +0800

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Linux Special Interest Group Cyberjaya Branch Members List

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Linux Special Interest Group Cyberjaya Branch Members List

Linux Special Interest Group Cyberjaya Branch members list prior to Friday, 2 February 2007.
Names below are the member’s respected Yahoo! Messenger (ym) ID.

Legend: cyber = Cyber Tracker, belmig = Belmig Tracker, lyn = Lowyat.NET.

1. syazli7
2. vrx02
3. syazhani
4. d_zul99
5. sam_ng
6. cannonball_2000my
7. bobhandburry
8. Lancerdragoon @ cyber
9. megat_nice_guyz
10. mcvities @ cyber a.k.a. totoro @ belmig
11. AswaD AzroY @ cyber . ym: shinodashadow69
12. razgriz @ cyber
13. deadcold @ cyber
14. trompowsky @ lyn
15. aizad02
16. Invince_Z @ cyber
17. yoshikuni @ cyber
18. Kimz @ cyber
19. thina_as
20. xraccer
21. mcflurrry_oreo
22. fredo @ cyber
23. zakisy
24. final_zenith
25. paan_zx85
26. timljh @ cyber
27. shredder_ex
28. faizulzone @ cyber

Written by syazli7

Fri, 2 Feb 2007 at 22:09:19 +0800

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Vista Home license forbids virtualization

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If you want to run Microsoft’s new Vista operating system on a Mac using Parallels Desktop for Mac, you’re going to have to buy the Enterprise or Ultimate editions. Parallels’ Ben Rudolph recently posted about the issue on the official Parallels Virtualization Blog.

With the release of Vista, Microsoft has reworded its End User License Agreement (EULA) to forbid the use of Vista Home Basic and Home Premium Editions with virtualization products like Parallels and VMware. Macworld has confirmed the information with a Microsoft spokesperson.

“USE WITH VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGIES. You may not use the software installed on the licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system,” reads the EULA.

That doesn’t preclude Vista Home editions from being installed on Macs running Boot Camp, however, since Boot Camp isn’t a virtualization or emulation technology — instead, it makes Windows run natively on the Mac. For now, however, Boot Camp is still in beta development, and still officially works only with Windows XP.

Meanwhile, the EULA included with Vista Enterprise and Ultimate editions allows that operating system software to be installed on virtual or emulated hardware systems.

“In short, this means that if you’re a user and you want to run Vista virtually, you MUST buy the highest end versions of Vista, or you’ll be in violation of the Microsoft EULA,” writes Rudolph.

“Most customers using this technology are primarily business users addressing application compatibility needs, or technology enthusiasts,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. “So virtualization will be supported in Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate and Vista Business SKUs. Home users have rarely requested virtualization and so it will not be supported in Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic and Home Premium SKUs.”

The issue for users is price: Microsoft sells its Home editions of Vista for $199 or $239, while Business and Ultimate editions cost $299 and $399 respectively.

“To me, this strategy could hold back users who embrace cutting-edge technologies like virtualization, which means they won’t upgrade to Vista. This means that Microsoft has effectively lost an upgrade customer (in the case of Windows PCs) or an entirely new customer (for Mac and Linux users),” writes Rudolph.

Source : Macworld

Written by syazli7

Fri, 2 Feb 2007 at 15:22:59 +0800

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