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Hardik Dalwadi


“It was great event!”  ->Common words from all attendees at the end of the event. Freshly, This was first OpenStack India Community Meetup @ Ahmedabad.  Thanks to all for making it successful. Here are bits & bytes of the event.

Event Information:

Date:  Saturday, 28th September, 2013 @  04:00 To 8:00  IST UTC + 5:30

Venue:  Computer Science Hall, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat (Seating Capacity: 60 Seats)

Big Thanks to Gujarat University, Mr. Hardik Joshi & Dr. Savita R. Gandhi for providing venue for the Meet-up.


Final Event Agenda:

1. Keynote -> Kavit Munsi, EVP, Aptira

2. OpenStack Introduction -> Kavit Munsi, EVP, Aptira

3. Introduction to JUJU & MAAS, Faster Deployment of OpenStack -> Hardik Dalwadi, Canonical | Ubuntu

4. OpenStack Cloud Usage Billing System -> Kalpan Shah & Rajen Patel, B.E Computer, GTU.

5. Closing Keynote -> Mr. Hardik Joshi, Asst. Professor, Dept. Of Computer Science, Gujarat University

Minutes Of The Event

We have announced OpenStack India Community Meetup (Having 1500+ Users) at Ahmedabad, Gujarat with support of Mr. Kavit, Aptira India, Mr. Hardik Joshi, Asst. Professor, Computer Science Department, Gujarat University to  promote  OpenStack. . They provided Computer Science Hall, having capacity of 60 people.  Big Thanks to Mr. Kavit, Aptira for making me  “Assistant Organizer”  at OpenStack India Community Meetup Group (Having 1500+ Users) for managing event @ Meet-up Page.

Total 35 people showed  up against 46 RSVPed @ Meetup Page. Attendees were from IT, Finance & Education Domain. Most of them are interested in OpenStack.

At OpenStack India Community Meet-up, Official Attendees badges [1], [2], were prepared and given to all attendees. Snacks were also provided to all attendees.



Kavit from Aptira did keynote & general presentation on OpenStack & OpenStack India community. It was great start for all to understand about OpenStack and OpenStack India Community

My Self did presentation on Canonical, Company behind Ubuntu, OpenStack Release cycle and Canonical / Ubuntu parcipation inOpenStack Development. I also did detail presentation of JUJU & MAAS, Fastest Automation Tools for OpenStack Deployment on Ubuntu. There was deep demand from the attendees for it. People were expecting live Juju demonstration, which was not possible due to bandwidth issue. Also, they demanded JUJU Charm school workshop for next OpenStack India Community Meetup @ Ahmedabad. It was fresh crowed, does not interested in Ceph / Puppet, i did not get single question of it.

Mr. Kalpan Shah, Computer Science College Passed Out, did great presentation on OpenStack Billing Project, he did the same as part of his last year semester project. He developed it on PHP, all development, Deployment & testing was done on Ubuntu only. That was great boost for all Colleage Attendees.

Then closing note was given by Mr. Hardik Joshi, Assistant Professor at Computer Science Department, Gujarat University. He was very happy to see people interested in OpenStack. Expecting more and more such event in future.

After the event, Mr. Joshi organized small meeting with Head Of Computer Science Department, Gujarat University, Dr. Savita R. Gandhi. She was very happy by our initiative.

Photos From The Event:

Presentation Given @ OpenStack India Community Meet-up, Ahmedabad:

Overall it was great event. Again, Big Big Thanks To All!!!

Action Item: 2nd OpenStack India Community Meet-up @ Ahmedabad -> Comming Soon


Hardik Dalwadi.


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Hardik Dalwadi

Ubuntu is the first OS which supports Indian Rupee Symbol, Since release Of Ubuntu 10.10. Here is the one fact that nobody can type Indian Rupee Symbol without support of font. So font should have Indian Rupee Symbol in it. By default Ubuntu 10.10 is coming with that. So, it will make easy for your OS to display Rupee Symbol and copy paste of it, but typing of it is tricky, you can use Ctrl + Shift u20b9. But it would very hard for anybody to type frequently with above key combination. Also, it is very tricky add key combination with some hack. But now onwards it would be de-facto :).

According to government, all OS should support Indian Rupee Symbol. For Enduser, It should be easy to print it from Keyboard using AltGr + 4 Key combination.
It has assign u2b09 Unicode Number. Here is some insight.

As i told earlier, Ubuntu is supporting it since Ubuntu 10.10 release, but typing it using “AltGr + 4” was not supported. Infect there wasn’t any Keyboard Layout with Rupee Symbol Support. But, hold your breath, Ubuntu has released new package xkb-data, which contains new India Keyboard Layout with Rupee Symbol support. It’s already in proposed repository for testing. So If you are in Ubuntu 10.10, please enable proposed. it will allow you to install newly uploaded package xkb-data, which has new India Keyboard Layout with Rupee Symbol. Install it from repository. Restart the machine to be at safer side. After successful restart you will find new keyboard layout under India as Country and India With Rupee Sign as variant of Keyboard Layout.

So, here is instruction to achieve the same.

1. Go to -> System -> Preferences -> Keyboard
2. Above step will will launch new window “Keyboard Preferences”
3. Select second tab “Layouts” to modify the keyboard layouts.
4. At middle of the windows, you will find “Add” button to add new layout.
5. Above step will launch new window “Choose a Layout”
6. Default tab would be “By Country”, Choose “India” as Country and “India With RupeeSign” as variants, it would be last in the list
7. Please add above layout and make it default in “Keyboard Preferences”, also make it top with “Move Up” button.
8. Close everything.

Here is pictorial view for better reference.

Keyboard Preferences in Ubuntu 10.10

Keyboard Preferences in Ubuntu 10.10


Add new Keyboard Layout "India With RupeeSign" in Keyboard Preferences in Ubuntu 10.10

Add new Keyboard Layout "India With RupeeSign" in Keyboard Preferences in Ubuntu 10.10

Now, you can enjoy the Rupee symbol with “Right Alt + 4” Key combination. “Right Alt” is called as “AltGr” Key. But please make sure that you are on “India With RupeeSign” Keyboard Layout as your default Keyboard Layout. Here is from my side  using “AltGr (Right Alt) + 4” Combination = “ ?

You can achieve the same in Ubuntu 10.04, but you have to also install Ubuntu Font Family from here and install latest “India With RupeeSign” Keyboard layout using xkb-data package from proposed repository. It would be default in Natty. We have done ad-hoc testing of Rupee Symbol in Open Office, Gedit, and Gnome-Terminal, Empathy, Firefox.

I am sure, you will feel now “Proud To Be Ubuntu User”. That’s all for now.

Tip Of The Day:
You can give uniqueness to your password by adding  “
?” symbol.

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