An Affordable Laptop from IIT Bombay

Last week Saturday, met Mr. Mohamed Kasim, from IIT Bombay.

He demonstrated me a tiny, lightweight, cute laptop.

It is a 11.6″ laptop, based on an atom quad core processor. It has 4GB RAM, 32 GB NAND flash, an expansion slot through which one can attach an optional 2.5″ HDD/SDD, and most importantly, 10 hours of time, thanks to a 10,000 mAh battery. It has two USB ports, a mini HDMI port and a microSD card slot. It also has wifi and bluetooth.

This laptop comes with Debian Linux operating system and a lot of useful software, such as LibreOffice, LaTeX, Scilab, OpenModelica, Inkscape, GIMP, Blender, OpenFOAM, eSim, Synfig Studio, and various editors and browsers.

The cost is 10,000 INR.

I checked for its performance. Opened LibreOffice, Eclipse, Gimp, Blender and explored their basic operations. The performance was smooth. Cant see any lagging or heating.

Currently, the laptop is available Institutes and organizations for bulk orders. The service and support support centers are being setup across the country.

It is really lightweight. It is price is too low for its performance. You will love to buy immediately if you see it and experience it. The same happened to me.

Read here the announcement from Prof. Kannan, IITB

Video –

A brochure on this laptop is available here:


If you are interested in buying it for your organization/college/school, contact Mr. Mohamed Kasim on mohamedkasim AT iitb DOT ac DOT in


Restoring TouchPad actions in Laptop – ubuntu linux

From today morning, The TouchPad in my IBM T410 laptop was not working.

It was very tough to work on laptop without the touchpad.

Searched in net and found a solution to make it work.

We have to unload and reload the kernel module for the touchpad.

Here are the commands to execute.

sudo rmmod psmouse
sudo modprobe psmouse

If there is no terminal window open, you can use one of the following:

In Gnome or KDE, press Alt + F2, type gnome-terminal and press Enter
Press Control + Alt + F1, login with your username and password, type the commands, then press Control + Alt + F7 to get back to X

After running the second command 4-5 times, the touchpad started to work. 🙂

Read Your SD card with your ubuntu laptop

Nowadays, laptops comes with Inbuild SD card reader. I too have Ricoh Card Reader inbuilt with my Lenovo R61i Laptop.

My Friend Elango.S, a Hardcore Windows user, is becoming a big fan of ubuntu. Hmmm. That is the power of Ubuntu. It is like AR Rahman’s Music.  First it may hard to look and get to used with. But, as we keep on living with it, it will become a great companion in all times, till our life. 🙂

Elango is pinging me often to get some little how-to do the things in ubuntu. He is an alwasys-ready-to-learn guy. so the transition from windows is a breeze for him. He is wondering the ubuntu’s powers.

This post is the answer to his query on how to make use of the inbuilt SD card reader. Ubuntu 9.10 does not reads it by default. So what? Google is there. Ubuntu community is there. 🙂

Get the details on Card Reader.

shrinivasan@shrinivasan-laptop:~$ lspci | grep Card
15:00.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ba)
15:00.5 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 11)

Googled as “”

Got the solution in the very 2nd link.

Do the following things.

1. Backup the file /etc/modules

sudo cp /etc/modules /etc/modules.bak

2. Add one line to /etc/modules

gksu gedit /etc/modules
sudo vi /etc/modules

3.Tag this on to the end of the file in a new line:


When you restart, you’re card reader will be functional. You’ll see that when you slap an SD card into the reader, it will automount.

But wait, don’t want to have to restart your machine? Go back to the terminal you impatient person and type:

sudo modprobe tifm_sd

Thats all. After a restart, My laptop recognized the inserted SD card and opened the SD card in Nautilus. 🙂

Yes Elango. Ubuntu will make your life easier, just like a sweet music. Enjoy the Freedom with Linux.