Porting yahoogroups archives to mailman

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First step is to collect the complete archive from the yahoo group…

Mail man supports mbox format for importing archives. So we got to get the yahoo msgs into a single .mbox file. Which can be done using the simple perl utility yahoo2mbox 

To hav this working, we need to have perl installed if u are using windows or mac variants.. as I do .. So I installed Active perl and chked by executing perl in command line.. 🙂 happy things are goin on well till now


Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

print “Arch chking perl”
Arch chking perl

Kool.. Next step is to jus trigger this after downloading yahoo2mbox 

Jus give this and wait..

C:\Users\archu\Desktop\yahoo2mbox-0.23>perl yahoo2mbox.pl Indianlc

Keep waiting waiting.. 😦

Finally we get something like this after 15-20 mins

C:\Users\archu\Desktop\yahoo2mbox-0.23>perl yahoo2mbox.pl Indianlc
Logging in anonymously… ok.
Redirected from
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Indianlc/ to http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Indianlc/
Getting number of messages in group Indianlc…
Retrieving messages 1..525: ………………Start of message text not found: either <pre> nor <tt> tag found.


…… done!
Saved 520 message(s) in Indianlc.


Except for the time it takes, this stuff does a pretty decent job..  Job done..

Now the admin whos having access to the local mailman installation should do the this..


Linux Chix Wiki & Mail lists :)

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Successfully started off the wiki and mail lists.. all credits goes to the fellow mates there Vid and Runa for taking most of the important steps reg the same..

To ppl who are jus thinking wats Linux or wat Linux chix means? Please chk out this links.. Its a group of a software activists helping in propagating a better side of the software, to be specific 🙂

I was quiet – very passive in mail lists.. since I felt some day an year back that I need to know more and was figuring out I was wasting a lot of time jus chking and answering mails from All-Indian lugs, at the end of 2-3 years I found myself no-where jus a mailer for ppl who were lazy to google .. So thought there are others who wil help newbies and  jus felt interested ppl will always learn watever the initial hickups were ..

So linux enthusiasts please join hands with all gals out there.. who love to explore more than the specified boundaries..

Solaris or Linux?


I was trying to think the pros and cons of both these kids of big daddy *nix .. I came across one stuff that made me think solaris is better.. support.. support frm a better branded company “Sun”. After working for about 1.5 yrs with solaris.. nix daemon in my mind was back frm zombie!

Till Solaris became open solaris, I was bit apprehensive about it, now the doors are really open 🙂

Green talks lot about the transition that is happening (or expected to happen? ) from linux to solaris..

I don’t agree with green in all his views though.. but his points are really looking similar to the stuff I read long back by some *nix basher.. but this is business world anyways.. Green talks about enterprise and stuff.. no idea abt it since am still now clear about the role of OSS in Enterprise , though I read almost 2 or 3 success stories in each issue of LFY..

This question caught my attention, but I din understand wat Green was trying to convey.. :-S

IC: From a business standpoint, what are the advantages in upgrading from Linux to Solaris?

GREEN: Three advantages come to mind: development time, cost, and reliability. Plus, Solaris brings these advantages without forcing enterprises to sacrifice one for the other. With Solaris, companies can start small with limited complexity, which helps them bring technologies to market quickly. These initial steps can be performed on low-cost hardware — which companies can upgrade over time. And, all of this can be achieved using the same application code base without hidden costs.

Novell and MS collaborate..!

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This guy Ronald W. Hovsepian President and Chief Executive Officer of Novell Inc announced this on Nov 2nd.. More on the same can be read here

This is wat Ron told .. “Let me begin by quickly outlining what we just announced. Microsoft and Novell, starting today, have agreed to build and market solutions so that Novell’s technology works on Microsoft and vice versa. Specifically, customers will now be able to run virtualized SUSE Linux Enterprise on Windows or Windows on SUSE Linux Enterprise. This landmark agreement also calls for both Microsoft and Novell to provide patent coverage to each others’ customers for our respective products. Why is that important? It’s important because you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of time worrying about legal matters around which operating system to choose. You also shouldn’t have to worry about barriers such as intellectual property agreements, who owns which patent portfolio, and indemnification. None of those issues move your business forward. Now many of those barriers have been removed.”

Lets see how things move..!

Kubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake


I dono when kubuntu got released..

But jus downloaded it yesterday since I found freespire too slow.. and i din like the way the gnome apps are rendered there, chked out other linux distros which wil be ok for me, kubuntu was ok, since I wanted KDE, seeing all the praise for ubuntu wanted to chk its latest release… so installed it today.. I was jus a 6 step install. And it completed in around 20 minutes. OK, now its time to chk out my necessities..

chked mp3.. as usual not working, jus changed the sources list, and and installed libxine-extracodecs and kool, amarok worked fine, playing mp3s..

kubuntu desktop

internet.. i hav a bsnl dataone and all the IP and stuff got automatically configured,.. now time to chk web browser.. still konqueror is not having the default gmail capabilities.. hmm so jus did a apt-get for firefox installation and things are fine.

Then chked out ipod mounting, amarok is not automounting.. but was able to open in file viewer… din chk whether the mp4 stuff plays..

adept was nice, to chk for updates in the GUI mode.. but am ok with apt-get in command line.. used to it.. 🙂

Thats it I chked till now, need to make win 32 codecs work and also dvd playback.. and also chk out other programming stuff and chk out jedit.. Had a nice time after a some days.. since i wasnt using linux for some time ..! Now configured even kmail, so wil be default OS atleast for me in my home… was bit surprised when my mom told she cant prepare documents here, I explained openoffice to her, she wasnt that much pleased.. anyway time will change the usability ..



DP told me abt this… was not sure wat that was.. chked out the other links.. ya one thing is for true that many people are drunk just too much.. why is this necessary.. this is wat the iceweasel team tells..

Gnuzilla is the GNU version of the Mozilla suite, and IceWeasel is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While the source code from the Mozilla project is free software, the binaries that they release include additional non-free software. Also, they distribute non-free software as plug-ins. (IceWeasel does keep the triple licensing used by Firefox to facilitate the reuse of code.)

Duplication of the same mozilla effort, I don think will be of much, its been a gud yr for firefox since even many win users hav adopted it, I think its a mere waste of time for developing such completely free.. it doesnt serve purpose to get an opensource browser to be dominant in web, with IE7 offering many more sleek features, its jus matter of unity in opensource projects which will lead to acquire the market..

This is much more cooler post..


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RealNetworks to Add WMV/WMA Support to its Linux Offering RealNetworks will release open-source software this year that will let Linux computers play Windows Media files legally. The media delivery software company and Novell made the announcement at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. Novell said it will include the tool in its Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 in the fourth quarter.

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