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It has been almost 2 weeks that I am in India. This country is very surprising and very different from all hat I saw until now, it's raining the whole day, and at the same time it's hot. People here are very nice and very helpful but very lazy :)

This is also the most bureaucratic country I have seen until now, to get a phone prepaid SIM card you have to fill-in forms, attach your photo, sign everywhere, submit the form, and wait until it get processed... To open a bank account you need to fill a 8 pages form, attach your photo, sign everywhere, bring a recommendation letter from a bank client... I think that they like forms, signatures and xerox copies of passport in this country :D

I came to India to study for 1 year at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology of Bombay, and I was pleased to find that almost every computer in this institute is using free software, even in the administrations, a GNU/Linux system is there, and most of the time it is running the Gnome desktop. Maybe all developing nations should follow India's path in this domain, and make use of free software, my home country : Morocco is actually very bound to proprietary software, and this is too bad...

I had CS courses here, especially one about machine learning, and I started thinking about making use of it for the Freedesktop, I'll maybe write a paper about this once i get some free time.

Macbook and ubuntu on macbook

Last Monday I got my Macbook :) A really nice piece of hardware, i was surprised by the overall quality of it, as well as the quality of packaging (yes this is my first mac) The only glitch i have with its is that it overheats :s but anyway that's not a very big concern.
Yesterday, I installed Ubuntu GNU/Linux on this Macbook, that wasn't very complex (I am missing Gentoo already), now I'll have to copy over all my files from the desktop, and prepare my departure to India... yayyyyyy !!!

Exams... only one day left

Yesterday and today i was taking exams, yesterday's exams where quite easy for me, but today, Operating system Exam was damn hard, or rather damn stupid ... That exam was not really made to evaluate our knowledge about operating systems, but rather a way for the person who made it to brag about her knowledge, and make students feel stupid ... The questions were about some small implementation details, and were full of traps ... I hate this school, I really hate it, and I am happy I am going to leave to India next year :)

hello from gnome-blog

I just discovered gnome-blog (http://www.gnome.org/~seth/gnome-blog/) , and i am giving it a try.

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