A look back at the WikiToLearn India conference, 2017

The first ever WikiToLearn India conference was a 2 day single track event held on the 18th and 19th of January, 2017 in Jaipur, India. The event welcomed talks from all domains of technology, but admittedly, talks around KDE and MediaWiki were preferred. Having worked extensively on porting JoyStream's codebase from QMake to CMake and also … Continue reading A look back at the WikiToLearn India conference, 2017


The #DebUtsav14 Experience

On April 6, 2014, I get an e-mail from Praveen, enquiring about the possibility  of conducting a MiniDebConf in Amritapuri. Praveen had previously visited Amritapuri and I can only hope he would've been impressed with the work being done over there. We at Amritapuri, have a very active FOSS club that is doing some incredible … Continue reading The #DebUtsav14 Experience

Installing Linux Distros without boot DVD/CD

Pretty cool stuff indeed 😉

Everything is an abstraction

Tired of waiting to burn the latest distros released onto DVD’s/CD’s to try them out?

Wanna reduce the stack of CD’s?

Here is a solution to directly install a distro by directly booting the image files from the harddisk of a GNU/Linux operating system. The steps to be followed are prescribed below(Eg. Fedora 10 from Ubuntu 8.10)

1.Mount the iso image of the distro to a mount point

$ mkdir /media/fedora10

$sudo mount -o loop /home/varrun/Fedora10.iso   /media/fedora10

2. Copy the contents of the iso responsible for booting the distro to a folder in the root directory

  • The kernel -> is present in the isolinux/vmlinuz folder
  • initrd image -> responsible for loading the initial root file system in the RAM

3. Make a directory “Fedora” in root directory ” / “

$ sudo mkdir /fedora

4. Copy the isolinux and images folder in the iso to /fedora directory


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