Installing Ubuntu on M2N68-AM Plus board

It’s been more than a decade since I started using Linux on the desktop. During that time I’ve installed and used various flavours (Red Hat, Suse, Yoper, Vector etc.) before finally settling on Ubuntu.

I’ve never attained Linux “god” status, though I’m usually able to find my way around things – keep that in mind while reading this guide :)

In the past decade, Linux as a desktop operating system, as well as its built in driver support has matured considerably. In fact, I can’t even recall the last time I had to resort to any sort of hack or work around for a successful install.

Today was a little different. This install took a little tweaking, so thought I’d post what worked for me, in case anyone else faces similar problems installing Ubuntu on this motherboard.
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Mere Saamnewali Sarhad Pe [video]

To enliven this independence day, sharing a hilarious video by “Aisi Taisi Democracy”

Migrating from Pivot 1.x to WordPress

Since 2004 I’d been running the “Blog” section of this website on the Pivot 1.x platform, while the rest of my website used simple HTML pages. Over the years I’d regularly updated with each release – till the last available version Pivot – 1.40.6: ‘Dreadwind’. After that they moved to their next generation called PivotX. It’s a great little platform, running off ‘flatfiles’ (no need for a database back-end), fast rendering, etc. BUT I felt I’d be better off shifting the entire website on to a slightly better featured CMS and eventually zeroed in on WordPress.

The following is the process of how it got done, posted here in the hope that it would help out others.

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Guns for peace

The following video was part of the presentation made by the National Association for Gun Rights India (NAGRI) before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs.

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NRA News interviews NAGRI President

Last week Cameron Gray of NRA News interviewed the President of NAGRI – Rahoul Rai and myself.


Can you trust a government that does not trust you?

Does your government trust you
Image courtesy Oleg Volk – www.olegvolk.net

Another excellent poster by Oleg Volk

citizens have a right to be armed
Courtesy: http://olegvolk.net/

NAGRI – Membership now OPEN!

In mid January, at the inaugural meeting of the National Association for Gun Rights India (NAGRI), we took the first steps towards building a nationwide organisation to represent the concerns & fight for the rights of not just arms licensees & arms license aspirants but in fact all freedom loving citizens of India. In the intervening period there has been much work done by several dedicated individuals and NAGRI is now ready to initiate Public Interest Litigation, as our first big step towards realising the goals we have set for ourselves.

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SUMMARY OF WHAT THE HOME MINISTRY SEEKS TO DO

SUMMARY OF WHAT THE HOME MINISTRY SEEKS TO DO THROUGH THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE ARMS ACT

1. Negating the constitutional right of every citizen to protect his/ her life and property by denying them the tools to do so

2. Glossing over & trying to divert attention from the ineptitude of the State in combating lawlessness by targeting law abiding citizens who are Arms License Holders/ License Seekers by equating them with common criminals and anti-national elements, in spite of the fact that the statistics published Home Ministry prove that an insignificant number of crimes are committed by Arms License Holders. Overwhelming majority of crime committed using other arms or illegal arms – as criminals & anti-national elements DO NOT bother to apply for Arms Licenses

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Draconian new amendments – request for action

As some of you are aware the Ministry of Home Affairs is planning on amending the existing Arms policy and this will make things worse than they already are for all of us who love guns & shooting and who wish to live in a truly free country! In case you are unaware of the proposed changes, kindly take a look at the document titled “Proposed Arms and Ammo Policy” which is available at http://www.mha.nic.in/pdfs/DAAM-PolicyIndividuals-211209.pdf

There is a prepared text below addressed to Shri S.K Malhotra. The same text is also available as downloadable files in various formats (to suit everyone’s tastes and to make it easier to print/ copy/ paste/ edit etc.), which can be downloaded from:

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