Comparison between gov.mu and government portal of developed country

Why are we still using proprietary software where millions of rupees are spent on licensing?
why not using Open Source?
Today we have a many communities developing Open Source software and many Open Source OS are available. After carrying out an analysis on different government web portal, we can see that only Mauritius is spending a lot of money on proprietary software. In 2012 the government spent millions of rupees for buying around 7000 Microsoft licenses. Recently there has been a huge investment on the gov.mu website. The website is on a Microsoft platform which is not the most stable platform.
Famous websites like Google, Facebook, YouTube etc are running on Linux. Why are we wasting money then?
Let’s have a look at the results of the analysis:

http://www.gov.mu/

  • FrontPage (Edititor)
  • Jquerry 1.7.1
  • jQuerry UI
  • Microsoft ASP.NET
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • prettyPhoto
  • IIS (Web server)
  • Windows server (OS)

http://india.gov.in/

  • Apache
  • Drupal
  • Highcharts
  • jQuerry
  • PHP

http://www.gouvernement.fr/

  • Apache
  • Drupal
  • jQuerry 1.5.1
  • jQuerry UI 1.8.13
  • PHP 5.3.10
  • Varnish
  • Debian (OS)

https://www.gov.uk/

  • jQuerry 1.7.2
  • Nginx
  • Varnish
  • Hogan.js
  • SWF Object

http://australia.gov.au/

  • Drupal
  • jQuerry
  • jQuerry UI
  • Nginx
  • Varnish
  • PHP

What are the cost behind Windows Server License and SharePoint license?

Windows Server 2008 R2 with 25 CALs  cost around $3,900.
SharePoint Enterprise License cost arround $57,000.

Even developed countries are adopting Open Source. Last year in the month of September the French National Police move 37,000 Desktop PCs to Linux. Even in Munich, the Mayor said that they have made a 10 million EURO savings after having shifted to Open Source. Moreover the Mayor said that they shifted to Open Source not only because of money but because of freedom.

The government of Mauritius must take these as example. We have great Potential in Mauritius for example LUGM (Linux User Group Mairitius)

Go for Open Source it will save money and there will be more freedom!!!

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Meeting the Geeks after a long time

After a couple of months, I finally managed to meet the Geeks. The venue of this saturday’s meetup was at Vida e Cafe, Bagatelle. We were  a small group of eight. First thing we did, was ordering coffee. There is no meetup without coffee !

coffee appetizer

coffee appetizer @ Vida e Cafe

First topic was the Buzz on MNIC website and then we shift on the gov.mu website. Everyone shared their point of view. We talked about the the OpenSSL heartbleed. It’s very disappointing that there was no information about this problem on the website of the government of Mauritius (gov.mu). The servers was patched only when the MNIC and gov.mu was making a saga on hacklog.in. It was already lunch time and we decided to move to burger perfect to continue the meetup.

wapp analyzer demo by Ish

wapp analyzer demo by Ish

Ish made a demo of wapp analyzer. It is an amazing plugin for chrome and firefox which allows you to have information of websites. That is what languages were used and which OS  it is running, etc.
Later on I continue with Nitin and Selven. Nitin was having a problem with his GhostBSD running on virtualbox and the BSDboy,Selven, was trying to solve the problem. My discussion continued with Nitin on load balancers and clusters.

It was a great day and once more I’ve learned a lot of new stuffs.

Anyone who’s passionate about IT can join us in our meetup.

The great debate between Science and Spirituality

Let’s see what’s clashing between Science and Spirituality!

scienceTaking the definition of Science from dictionary “Science means the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment”.

On the other side Spirituality is the study of the real self, to discover the true nature of consciousness. Both science and spirituality are research. Science focuses mostly on matter that on material level whereas spirituality is beyond matter, it is the understanding of consciousness.

One of the greatest achievement of science so far is that it states that universe is a product of the BIG BANG. But still there are some unanswered question behind the BIG BANG; what was there before the big bang? what provoke the big bang?  One of the basic rule in science state that energy can neither be created nor destroy. According to this theory we can conclude that there was a massive energy which provoked the big bang!

Spirituality is the science of the inner world, a world that exist independent of our senses and that is beyond the mind, body and intellect.  This science is called the Vedanta.  Spirituality states that everything around us is actually nothing but form of consciousness that is emanating form one single source. Some may call it God. The single source in science is referred as the absolute zero point in science.

The clash between Science and Spirituality is that science does not agree with the concept of consciousness. Most of scientists say that “If it can’t be measured, it does not exist”. But this is not true because thing like emotions, feelings, consciousness do exist even-though they can’t be measured.

Coming back to the theory of energy, nothing can cause itself. So everything must have a prior cause. Each prior cause must also have a prior cause and the wheel continue to rotate like this.  Thus the mystery continues, how could God come from nothing. Simply asserting that God is God requires no cause does not get us very far.

In conclusion we can say that Science and Spirituality might be as immense as the universe itself. Hope one day Science and Spirituality will work out something to find out the real cause/ Truth. For this to be possible both must combine the results of their research.

Holi: festival of colors / triumph of “good” over “evil”

There was once a demon king by the name of Hiranyakashyapu who won over the kingdom of earth. He was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana (Lord Vishnu) and refused to worship his father.

Hiranyakashyap tried to kill his son Prahlad several times but everytime Prahlad was saved by Lord Vishnu. Finally Hiranyakashyapu asked his sister, Holika, to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. Hiranyakashyapu knew that Holika had a boon, whereby, she could enter the fire unscathed.

Holika bruning in fire

Holika bruning in fire

Treacherously, Holika persuaded young Prahlad to sit in her lap and she took her seat in a blazing fire. The legend has it that Holika had to pay the price of her sinister desire by her life. Holika was not aware that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.
Prahlad, who kept chanting the name of Lord Naarayana all this while, came out unharmed, as the lord blessed him for his extreme devotion.
Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika. And, is celebrated as a festival of victory of good over evil.

Even today people still play the act of Holika’s burning to ashes to mark the victory of good over evil. On the eve of Holi festival statue of Holika made of straw is burned.

This exuberant festival is linked to yet another legend and is associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha. This origin is later. It was Krishna, the king of the ancient city of Dwarka who popularised the tradition of Holi. The origin of the colorful and frolicking tone of Holi lies in the boyhood of Krishna.
Krishna used to play pranks with his mates where he grew up in North India. During the spring, Krishna would play pranks by drenching the village girls, the Gopis. At first, it offended the girls but they were so fond of Krishna that soon their anger melted away. It did not take long for the other boys to join in, making it a popular sport in the village. As Krishna grew up, the play assumed a new dimension.The legend of Krishna’s courtship with Radha, and playing pranks with the Gopis. This tradition has transpired through the ages, turning it into a community festival. During the passage of time the culture spread roots to other regions of India. The Holi play of Krishna and Radha with Gopis is well documented in hundreds of ancient paintings, murals and scriptures.

Krishna playing holi with the gopies

Krishna playing holi with the gopies

That’s why today people plays with color powders and water on the special day of Holi.

Happy holi dear readers

Teachings of Mahabarata: Dialogues between Krishna and Arjuna

The Mahabarata, I bought this book which narrates the epic Mahabarata some two month ago and It had brought great contribution to my spiritual knowledge.

My favorite part is the dialogues between Krishna and Arjuna just before the battle started.

Arjuna questioning Krishna before the battle

Arjuna questioning Krishna before the battle

Arriving on the battle field of Kurukshetra, Arjuna was carried away by his emotions. He was confronted to his close relatives and he said: “My limbs tremble and my mouth goes dry when I see those beloved, familiar faces”. Arjuna refused to fight and questioned Krishna about the following:

How is devotion superior to action?
“There are two kinds of devotion – that of the Samkhyas, through knowledge and that of the yogins, through action. Non-performance and inactivity do not free a man from action nor does renunciation of action lead to emancipation. No one can exist without acting. Man must act in order to live, but act regardless of the outcome, whether it be success or failure. This is devotion”

How does a man sin?
“Desire and anger, they are the enemies of the world. They corrode all wisdom and learning. Desire is insatiable and the senses are its slaves. Unrestrained, the senses washes away the knowledge acquired through meditation and study. Unfulfilled desires accrue rage and rage everything. The supreme soul will never be realised if one cannot control the senses. Conquer the desire and you will conquer the world.”

What is action and inaction?
“The man who can see action in inaction and inaction in action is truly wise. He who acts without desire to preserve the body and soul cannot sin. The man who goes beyond polarities, rises above envy and desire and remains untouched by success or failure is never fettered by action through he acts. All actions that are performed for its fruits must be renounced.”

The battle that was fought on the field of Kurukshetra was a result of envy, greed, jealousy,etc. If the senses are tamed and controlled all these negative emotions can be washed away. And as a result there will be less fight and more peace.

Geeks meetup – Basic Linux commands

Another fantastic saturday with the Geeks.

This time LUG meetup was in my town (Quatre-Bornes) most precisely at PR School of Management and Education (PRSME). Some of the Geeks went to the Linkbynet openday before meetup. I reached PRSME at 2 p.m, it was a small comfortable conference room. Ish, Neha Gunnoo, Darshini Seeburn, Pawan Babooram, Nitin Bachraz, Avinash Mayaram, Abdallah Yashir, Hasvin and Nitin Mutkawoa (The apple guy).

Linux-meetup-91113

Every time I went to LUG meetup I learn new stuffs, linux commands, etc. This time Ish ask me to do a small presentation on vmstat, top, ps and grep. Actually last week I was asking Ish about “swap” and he told me he uses the “free -m” command. I was on a solaris and “free -m” does not work on solaris. Thus I had used “vmstat” command and decided to learn more about it.

vmstat

vmstat output

Procs

       r: The number of processes waiting for run time.
       b: The number of processes in uninterruptible sleep.

   Memory

       swpd: the amount of virtual memory used.
       free: the amount of idle memory.
       buff: the amount of memory used as buffers.
       cache: the amount of memory used as cache.
       inact: the amount of inactive memory. (-a option)
       active: the amount of active memory. (-a option)

   Swap

       si: Amount of memory swapped in from disk (/s).
       so: Amount of memory swapped to disk (/s).

myself explaining some commands to Neha, Darshini and Hasvin

myself explaining some commands to Neha, Darshini and Hasvin

vmstat stands for Virtual Memory Status. It gives information about memory in real time and there is more information that “free -m”.

When I was doing the presentation on “top” command, Nitin and Ish asked me how to display the process that belong to a specific user. Thanks to google, I got the command there!

ps -u xxx allows you to do that.

We’ve also discussed on “dmesg” which I had learned during the week. I was impressed by Neha who knew about dmesg and where it is found as she’s new to Linux. HEY HEY, our little penguin is growing up !

After doing the presentation, Ish showed me cinamon2.0 on openSuse. I was impressed, the design is just waaoow. Ish also told me about “conky” which is a light-weight system monitor.

Impressed by cinamon2.0 on openSuse

Impressed by cinamon2.0 on openSuse

Meetup ended up at 4:15 p.m.