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I am Shrinivasan.T. A Linux Lover from Kanchipuram. I Blog here my experiences with GNU/Linux and other Free Open Source Software. Please feel free to post your comments.


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  1. Prabhu.G / Jun 20 2007 12:17 pm

    Please Help Me to do data base Connectivity using smarty.

  2. swaStik / Sep 7 2007 4:30 am

    hOlO…Dear mr.shree..

    niCe tO meeT U…..rlly vrY superB ur blOgs..ii regularlly waTched frOm fOss…simplyy

    tOld Us bOut Uu..u r a LinUx lOver…its Ok sir…may ii knOw…where U wOkng in Chennai…cOz wanna sOm help frOm….U….

    can U abLe tO give Ur cOntaCt nOmber pleasE…

    frOm rgrds…..sWasTik…..

  3. sivaji / Nov 7 2007 2:56 pm

    yes Shrinivasan is very kind…
    nice person ever i meet.feeling proud to have be a friend of such a person.

  4. vijay ram / Dec 31 2007 3:43 am

    Hi srinivas,

    u have a nice blog buddy. we’ll i was impressed with ur work. i think i know linux as well coz am working with it for the past 3 yrs in embedded systems. so plz let me know if u need any help sometime. i will do my best to do anything for it.

    Vijay Ram

    • ravikiran / Jul 21 2010 2:08 pm

      sir can you please suggest how to start in linux as a fresher.

      • Purvesh Shah / Sep 19 2010 8:44 pm

        Start using ubuntu, its free and easy for beginners, u can download from & if u want book of ubuntu then mail me ur id i’ll mail u book and via many ways u can learn linux search for some video tutorials also. You can contact me at

  5. prabhu / Jan 2 2008 9:03 am

    Superb job Mr. Srinivasan

  6. Macel Legaspi / Jan 15 2008 8:02 am

    Hi are you still speaking at the upcoming FoSS in Chenai?

  7. priya / Feb 6 2008 8:47 am

    hi shrini,

    its nice to see ur blog.. may i know when is urs and bala’s talk in IIT Madras.

  8. Narendra babu / Apr 16 2008 6:07 am

    Hi Srini !

    Nice to see your blog on linux .

    Its very useful and informative for all linux lovers .

    Great goingGNU !

    Narendra babu C

  9. Raj / Apr 19 2008 8:27 pm

    Hi !

    I am not a Linux geek but a FOSS supporter.I am slowly shifting to Linux.

    You have a good blog !

    • Murali / Sep 30 2010 4:56 pm

      please call ‘GNU/Linux’

      • tshrinivasan / Sep 30 2010 5:30 pm

        Hi Murali,

        Thanks for the point.

        Modified it.

  10. Shrinivasan T / Apr 20 2008 9:26 am

    Thanks friends.

  11. vijay / May 15 2008 1:44 pm

    hello shrini sir,
    i request you to come this sunday(18-05-2008) please. this is our first linux user group meeting by our rkm dce students.we will gather in front of ice house please dont neglect it. sharply we will be in 4.00 pm. siva,prabhu,rajaguru also is there.this is our humbly request.


  12. Dhandapani / May 19 2008 11:20 am


    I would like to learn more on perl and cgi. Could you please help me , If you have any training session on coming days.



  13. firoz / Jun 3 2008 9:16 am

    hi shrinivasan

    my name is firoz i am from pune recently some one
    has deleted a 3gp file from my sony w700i mobile the file is very imp to me you can say my life depends on it will you please help me. can the file be recovered ? it is on a brand new scandisk 1gb card i have not used the card after that please help me how can i recover the file ? please help i will be grateful to you all my life


  14. M.Nagaswamy Kumar / Sep 30 2008 12:06 pm

    Hi Srni ,

    How are you .

    Nice look it your (our) linux blog.

  15. SUNDARESAN / Oct 29 2008 8:56 am

    i am sundaresan from tatti. i like to meet u in person kindly give me your mobile no . i trying to catch up you since last week
    my number 9941131357
    please kindly call me as of you got my message

  16. Nagaraja / Nov 11 2008 7:09 pm

    Hai Srini sir,
    Ur valuable Blogs and info that ur provided is so useful..
    Ur kindness and ur simplicity is superb…
    we are awaiting to get valuable info. from u sir,,,
    plz post recent trends which will be helpful to others..

  17. ikshayar / Nov 26 2008 10:35 am

    Good work :)

  18. Margo Selvan / Dec 8 2008 11:35 am


    Nice to see you & your blog. I am margo selvan from Bangalore. Perhaps as I remember, I have met you in barcamp bangalore.

    I am trying to migrate on linux & OSS since last 3 years but still not able to migrate since not getting support when I require means at the time I get stucks.

    but still like to use open source software like, firefox (the best browser), and some 2-3 softwares. I am fan of open source softwares.

    Keep it up and keep update your blogs. I am a frequently visitor of your blog even commenting first time.

    Margo Selvan
    Bangalore, India

  19. SenthilNathan.A / Feb 13 2009 7:02 am

    Hello Mr Srini , this is senthil..
    I am ur junior in VaniNillayam school.

    Recently I was introduced to linux by Pasupathy .

    Its very Nice.
    Now i am fan of linux.

    I like u r blogs .. i utilized few…

    i am intrested to learn Php..
    need ur kind advice for that ..
    super job urs…

  20. SenthilNathan.A / Feb 13 2009 7:26 am

    Hi , i am using ubuntu 8.04 ,most of the time when i try to play songs by double click on the icon , the player says “occur error Can not open” . but i play it on VLc It opens and play well..
    usually while we make the mouse cursor over the song file with out clicking ,it plays the song know, but this also fails to work some times…
    ‘ why does it happens?

    some times mounting also shows some errors…

    Let me know why this happens?

    thank u

  21. chinthamani / Feb 22 2009 2:53 pm

    i have installed ubuntu 8.10 with dual boot xp in the ubuntu i couldn’t connect internet but dhcp configured automatically by ubuntu i have try to load windows values in manual mode
    then also it is not working
    aim hath way cable router connection
    can guide me in this matter my email id

  22. Shrinivasan T / Feb 23 2009 9:53 am

    Hi senthil,

    Thanks for your comments.

    You have to install the package “ubuntu-restricted-extras” to play the audio formats.

    To play on mouse over install ” mpg321″.



  23. Shrinivasan T / Feb 23 2009 9:59 am

    Hi chinthamani,

    What kind of connection you have?
    is it unlimited or limited?

    Do you give username and password to connect in windows?

    Explain how you do in windows?

    It is connected via USB or network card?

    If possible, ask them and get a Network card connection.

    see this link too.

    Thanks a lot for your comments.


  24. Prasath R / Mar 5 2009 12:24 pm

    Hi Shrivasan T,

    I am Prasath R, as we work together for 1 year. Through you only, i came to know about Linux. By seeing you only i interested to work in linux and other open source softwares.

    * By providing good weekly fossnews to public.

    * By developing & maintaining good GNU FOSS wordpress for public, encouraging others to use Linux & Other FOSS for developing new softwares.

    * Providing ILUGC meeting on 2nd saturday of every month.

    * Containing several seminars about FOSS in various engineering colleges.

    I am presently using Fedora Core 2 OS, i wish to update Fedora Core 9. Kindly note me how to update the OS.

    Last but not leaset choosing & moving your life as FOSS path to achieve your goal.

    — As you are wishing to change this world into an OPEN SOURCE–

    All the Best

    R. Prasath

  25. Velappa / May 9 2009 5:05 am

    Hi Srini,

    Am working in python in linux environment i would like to be a part of this group.

  26. balavel / May 25 2009 8:37 am

    hai srinivasan,

    how r u da ,u done a good job.

  27. Zahir / Jul 29 2009 8:42 am

    Hello Shri

    came across your site when looking for ffmpeg info. Very interesting site. We use ffmpeg a lot and I am always looking for info on better ways to use it.

    Zahir (UK)

    • tshrinivasan / Jul 29 2009 8:46 am

      Hi zahir,

      Nice to hear from you.

      Happy to see you are interested in ffmpeg.

      How can I help you?

  28. Varrun Ramani / Sep 2 2009 2:05 pm

    Hi Shrinivasan,

    I am a regular user of GNU/Linux and a FOSS evangelist( I saw your updates about a Chennai Linux User group meet. I am based in Chennai, so i would like to know more and participate in any of its activities. Would you let me know of any site for the LUG, or any other info?


  29. tshrinivasan / Sep 2 2009 3:11 pm

    Hi Varun,

    Thanks for the interest in chennai LUG.
    You can join our mailing list at

    there is a demo sie for us.

    but still under construction.

    Join with us and share your experiences and knowledge.

    Thanks a lot.

  30. Sathishkumar / Oct 19 2009 11:49 am

    hi srini sir,
    This is sathish.Your blog is very is going your tamil linux developing.

  31. PMRaja / Oct 20 2009 1:51 pm

    Dear ALL,

    I am raja from chennai Senior system admin i would like to post some blogs .

    I have some issue on my ibm labtop , wireless point is not detected , not available particular driver i cant able to use wireless on public place , Oneday i installed for Ubuntu 9 desktop on my laptop, now my wireless is working fine. i wass happy with my wireless .before i think my wireless hardware failed. now it is working fine.

  32. kumaraswamy / Dec 17 2009 12:02 pm

    hai i am kumaraswamy I need your help for how can work with samba + ads
    please do need full i am in basic level in linux

    • tshrinivasan / Dec 17 2009 1:11 pm


      Did you googled as “samba with ADS”.

      got some results?

      Tried those things?

      Please work o those things and come with the details on where you stuck.


  33. Mohammed Zubair / Feb 23 2010 5:52 am

    Hi Sri…..,I have recently completed RHCE certification from SEED INFo TECH. Pune,as i am a fresher i a not getting an idea how to hunt a linux job for fresher,i am in very need of a job,But it is looking very difficult to get a job in the field of linux for a fresher

    • tshrinivasan / Feb 23 2010 5:59 am


      follow this link.

      please update me if you are doing anything told in the post.

      Wishes. Shrini

  34. vijay / Mar 18 2010 7:22 am

    pls….send me the procedure to attent the iit meeting sir

  35. kiran / Apr 11 2010 9:44 pm

    hi na am kiran

    really i happy to see u in yesterday slash prog technologies

    really ur such a simple and great person to answering patiently all my replies

    am kiran mca 2009 passed out looking for any kind of job in open source technologies please suggest me we talked about python in slash prog technologies …..

    am not aware anything about linux how to install and how to boot and where to patrition and all

    please tell me how to install ubuntu

    in my windows xp i want to dual boot my system

    really i felt very happy after seeing u …you are contributing lot to open source community there are lots of students still dont aware anything about open source technologies as a founder of kanchi lug user group …

    i hope u will be good guide to direct the students in open source technologies

  36. Rajmahendra / May 1 2010 8:17 am

    Your site is so nice.
    i have a silly question.

    We indians promoting linux flavor so well. why dont have have our own (Indian Linux) distro! why we still promoting other country distor! i know we do have one BOSS i tried it but i feel is its not public level contribution in india nor its promoted as public level.

    “Why dont inida have its own Linux Distroi?”

    • tshrinivasan / May 1 2010 9:16 am


      Thanks for the comment.

      Creating a distro is not a big deal. But, maintaining is very difficult.

      It needs volunteers from around the globe.

      without volunteers help, that distro wont succeed.

      This is what happens to BOSS.

      Even, if we did, there wont be any special other than an indian distro. nowadays, even students roll out their own distro.

      as said, before continuous maintenance is the issue.

      If we spend all our time and efforts on spreading any existing linux distro, that will be a great contribution.

      Thanks for your interest.


  37. Rajmahendra / May 1 2010 9:23 am

    >But, maintaining is very difficult.
    I 100% accept but we do have man power in India itself to do it. see Debian,Fedora, Ubuntu… all we have Indians… why can they all join to create one Indian ?

    you think we cant do that?

    Promoting existing is ok what you say because we like it. but for our own country distro lets others use it if they want.

    BOSS i tried it once but once is see there is no one from outside promote it other than Indian gov. nor they give way to promote it by outsiders then there is no use in using it!

    I still love Ubuntu but i love it one is come from our own country. many do indain language support in other distro but why can all connect to one indian distro !!

    maintaining wont be issue if all have same mind of doing it!

    • tshrinivasan / May 1 2010 9:31 am

      Yes. Indians contribute for all distros. But the percentage is too less.

      i hope 10% of contribution is given by us. Else is given by the people around the globe.

      With this 10% contribution, it is tough to come up with our own distro.

      The contribution is the people’s own interest. people choose their own distro like fedora, debia, ubuntu etc.

      It is tough to ask them to contribute for a single distro.

      I strongly believe that contributing to existing distro is great then coming with a new distro. Many people may have this opinion. some people may differ.

      But, you are always welcome to experiment this. start a survey on this. send the survey form to all the indian LUG mailing lists. discuss this in the lists.

      If you have time, start a new distro. Then, you will get the real picture.


      Contact me for any assistance. Will help you gladly.


  38. ravikiran / Jul 21 2010 2:18 pm

    Hello Srinivasan sir,
    Ravikiran Shikchi again from pune… can you please suggest further courses after RHCE which are job oreinted. I want to learn more things in linux but first i want to join somewhere. Please help me out sir… can i go for networking course like CCNA. Is there any relation between RHCE & CCNA.

  39. ravindra / Jul 25 2010 9:18 pm

    hello mr. srini.. i too had a similar doubt what mr. ravikiran had… urs work n service in providing info is too good… waiting for ur reply

  40. ravikiran / Jul 26 2010 9:38 am

    hey ravindra u completed ur ccna, hwz the response in market, did u get any job? r u searching somewhr?

  41. Senthil kumar.s / Aug 20 2010 12:03 pm

    hello sir,
    ,I have completed RHCE certification last 2 years back. But I am unable to hunt a job in linux field. I like to speak with you… now I am working in coimbatore. I like to meet you sir. pls send your cell no. pardon me sir.
    thankyou sir

    my cell no: 9940755653

  42. Matthew J. Hayes, MD, PhD / Dec 15 2010 8:14 pm

    I loved your short film. Simple, honest and poignant!

  43. Binny Thomas / Mar 8 2011 11:29 am


    I am Binny Thomas, representing the website Ubuntu Manual. As the name suggests UM is a site that delivers content related to Ubuntu, its derivatives and related software. We are looking to expand our website and are seeking talented writers familiar with Ubuntu or similar open source software to include in our community of writers.

    We had come across your blog on the web and was wondering whether you would be interested in writing for us. We can provide sufficient compensation for your writings and would love to have you as one of our writers.

    I will provide you with the rest of the details if you are interested.


    Binny Thomas,
    Ubuntu Manual

    PS: Do remember to mention your blog while replying :)

  44. Jane / May 6 2011 2:10 pm

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    Hi, this is Jane from the marketing center of Wondershare Software which is concentrates on business and multimedia solutions.

    I came across your website and attracted by the valuable content. Moreover, since we are looking for every opportunity to work together with web sites like yours, I am writing this letter to discuss possible ways of cooperation.

    In general, we would like to sponsor your site with certain amount of fee. And we also got interest in doing software giveaway and similar campaigns.

    Please just let me know if you have some other good ideas. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Very truly yours, Jane

  45. anny / May 21 2011 2:49 am

    shrinivasan ineed to ask something can you help me out brother? i,ve deleted all my data from 512mb memory card how can i recover those deleted files can you please guide me on that? are you talking of recovering data from computer hard disk or a phone memory card? i would not be able to use this software untill you helped me. i will wait for your reply

    • tshrinivasan / May 21 2011 8:10 am

      We can recover the data from the memory card. Do you have linux ?

  46. MANIVANNAN,M / Feb 29 2012 8:59 pm

    Hi Shrinivasan,

    I have been going thro the websites for recovering my daughters voice in amr format in her mobile phone (Nokia X6) stumbled upon your blog which is quite reassuring . The file which was the only voice recording left behind by my 17yr old daughter, who passed away in an accident last may, was accidentally deleted by my son last week. The file is so precious that my wife keeps hearing to it to keep her spirits alive.
    I have tried some of the data recovery softwares(File Scavenger3.2, Pandora Recovery1.4.0, Searchandrecover) for the last few days..
    I was able to view all the files deleted from the mass storage and the files in the phone memory is not viewable. From the record setting, I found that the recording is stored in phone memory.
    I do not have any clue to get this file back, CAN U PLEASE HELP ME RECOVER THIS FILE THAT IS PRICELESS FOR US SHRINI ?


    • tshrinivasan / Feb 29 2012 9:08 pm

      hello sir.

      Will try my best to recover it.

      I am in Chennai.

      where do you live?

      is it possible to check the phone with Linux?

  47. niland ree flores / Mar 15 2012 5:32 pm

    how could i recover the lost files in my memory card? it has been lost after i eject it while i’m uploading pictures and videos?

    • tshrinivasan / Mar 15 2012 8:42 pm

      We can recover it using a Linux installed computer.

      follow the page for instructions.

  48. kiran kumar / Aug 15 2012 4:22 pm

    hello sir this is kiran kumar from pune recently have done linux administration and RHCE certification .I have much interest in linux.I am hunting for a job .I likes your suggestion .u r blogs r very helpful.but i want job immediately ,but i dont have good resume of linux administrator as a fresher .could u please send good resume for me .my email id…pleaseeeeeeeeee its urgent

    • tshrinivasan / Aug 15 2012 6:11 pm


      there is no way to get a job so quickly.

      read the link and do all the things mentioned. very sooner you will get a job, as you keep doing mentioned.

      Wishes, Shrini

  49. Gokul Vasan / Aug 21 2012 3:50 pm

    hi anna,
    hw r u, hope u remember me…this is GOKUL we where together in linus academy…
    please send me u r phone number, as i totally lost your contact

    my mail ID:

  50. Arunkumar.S / Sep 18 2012 7:25 pm

    Hi Srini,

    This is Arunkumar,Am working in PHP developer in linux environment and I’m familiar with open source customization in all project which use PHP. I want to thank you first you are doing great job by sharing all your experience in public.

    My best to you

    • tshrinivasan / Sep 18 2012 7:28 pm

      Thanks for your comment.

  51. Javier Albusac / Nov 12 2012 1:03 am


    I’ve seen that you wrote a post about our project free software sticker book

    At present, we are writing a new book – volume III with new stickers. Could you be so kind to make a reference to this new book?. Everyone can take part in the project and new designs will be welcomed.

    thanks in advance
    Best regards,

    • tshrinivasan / Nov 14 2012 4:58 pm


      Nice to see the 3rd volume of the open stickers.

      Keep rocking.


  52. Arvind Anuram / Feb 14 2013 10:27 pm

    hi sir, this is Arvind Anuram,student of SASTRA university…i want to talk to you about Python Workshop,please give me your contact number,my mobile number is 9150928037.

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  55. manimegalai / Jul 9 2013 10:20 pm

    hi sir. my name is manimegalai. i am doing phd in tamil literature and also in a additional degree post graduate in linguistics. i am very intrested in computational lingustics area. i would like to create a corpus ,sangam literature and in tholkapiyam and so and so. so if u have any job in this area pls give me. if i ll get the oppurtunity i am readyto discontinue to my phd also. because i like and love to working this area. .

    • tshrinivasan / Jul 9 2013 10:40 pm

      Thanks for the interest.

      Will mail with more details about our projects.

  56. sathisharthars / Jul 23 2013 11:53 pm

    hello sir,
    This is sathish, i am from pondicherry. one year before i completed my B.E ECE in government engineering college villupuram ,due to my interest in networking security, i joined P.G diplomo in information security in NIELIT-calicut , there only i learned about linux and power of opensource softwares and i am also become a big fan of linux because of it security. then i decided
    linux is my life and completed RHCE certification. i got linux admin job in NIELIT-calicut itself ,after working for a three month i left by job because of some family problems i returned back to pondicherry to take care my mother. then started searching a linux admin job in chennai for past 7 month ,daily i spend 2 hrs in internet to apply for linux admin post. but i never get replied form anyone, i was became hopeless. 24/7 i working with linux and started blogging 5 month before. daily i learned new technology in linux and tested in my home and then posted what i am done.
    i don’t know how to search opportunity to express myself. seriously for past 7 month i didn’t attend a single interview ,this make me so depressed and day by day i loose by confidence ,because i have to support my family too. and i don’t interest in any other jobs .this is the one i liked most and i will happy only when i am living with linux.

    sir please suggest me ,where i am lagging ,how can i improve myself more and how can i find recuriters to show my skills and knowledge and how to find job openings.

  57. Joe / Sep 27 2013 3:56 am

    It is 9/26/2013 and I just successfuly recovered some important video files from an SD card that was accidentally erased. I used fls and icat.
    Bravo and Thank You!

    • tshrinivasan / Sep 27 2013 8:04 am

      Happy to know that my article helped you.

  58. Cornell / Feb 22 2014 3:19 pm

    Hola! I’ve been reading your blog for a long time
    now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a
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