Wednesday, September 29, 2010

IPSR RHCA aspirant from the Land of Gandhiji!

Mr. Jaimin Joshi, from Sabarmathi, Ahemadabad- the holy place for all the Gandhians in the world, the place from where Bapu spearheaded our freedom struggle - is a final year B tech student in MIT, Aurangabad. Jaimin chose Open source as career after his and his search for an institute which offer the real time oriented training in Red hat certifications ended at IPSR, International Centre Cochin. Now, he successfully completed RHCA training from IPSR Boot camps and is awaiting exams. RHCA , Red Hat Certified Architect is the capstone Certification from Red hat with in-depth and hands-on training for Senior Linux System Administrators enabling them to design and deploy large and complex Linux based environments.

Life at IPSR, Edappaly branch made Mr. Jaimin a big fan of Kerala food , especially our “Puttu” -a break fast dish made of rice powder and grated coconut, steamed in a bamboo holder or coconut shell and “Sadya”-a typical Kerala feast served on a banana leaf, is a sumptuous spread of rice and more than 14 vegetable dishes, topped with “payasam”- the delicious sweet dessert cooked in milk. To his great joy Jaimin found a number of North Indian Restaurants in Cochin which offer delicious North-Indian dishes.

Mr. Jaimin Joshi was much obliged and delighted with the support given to him by the training division of IPSR and the mouth watering tastes of Kerala food. Jaimin told us about his life IPSR that;

“I had a great experience in Kerala. Special thanks to Benila Madam for the accommodation, food and all the help. Faculty members in IPSR are well experienced and ready to give us any help and clarifications whenever we need”.

IPSR wish you all the success. Good Luck!

Monday, September 27, 2010

IPSR - Asia's One-Stop Destination for Red Hat Certifications

The hat trick winner of Red Hat Asia-Pacific International Award for the best training partner – IPSR, is the one stop destination for Red Hat Certifications. IPSR is offering Certifications including RHCE - the base level certification, RHCSS- the security level certification and other top level certifications like RHCDS, RHCVA and RHCA - the apex certification in Red Hat Linux. The ever growing number of professionals and students who came to participate in IPSR Boot camps from different parts of the world is a proof of their value driven Red Hat Training courses. The Boot Camps not only offer the students a valuable Red Hat Certification but also provides a golden chance to see the rich culture and tradition of God’s own country- Kerala through our Educational Tourism Packages.

The 25th batch for RHS333 Enterprise Network Services Security was started at IPSR, International centre at Cochin from 26th September, 2010 to 29th September, 2010. RHS333 is one of the three modules of RHCSS Program which trains people with RHCE-level competency to understand, prevent, detect, and properly respond to sophisticated security threats aimed at enterprise systems.

Mr. Amit Caleechurn form the “paradise island between sky and sun” - Mauritius, Mr. Mohammad Alim Murad from the land that offers the “sunny side of life”- Maldives, Mr. Sibin Mathews from “the city that never sleeps”-Mumbai, Mr. Chetan singh from Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, Mr. A S Bala, Mr.Mohammed Zaffar and Mr. Vinod Kumar from “the temple town” Madurai, are the part of our new batch of RHCSS.

Mr. Chetan Singh from Rewa, a picturesque town on the banks of river Rewa alias Narmada in Madhya Pradesh, came to know about IPSR from our blogs and sites. Mr. Chetan is first time ever in Kerala. He is quite an alien to the language, food and culture and he was so confused and afraid whether the 'God’s own country' will be truly a God’s own place. But from the first day itself the service and care he received from the IPSR management and faculty members were capable enough to make him “feel at home” and to prove all his confusions and fear, unnecessary.

IPSR extends a warm welcome and wish you all dazzling success in your RHCSS certification.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


o Winning Asia Pacific Award for the 3rd consecutive year.

o Award Function held at Bali, Indonesia.

o 8 Years in Linux operations, 8 Awards from Red Hat.

It was an ecstatic, vivacious moment for IPSR at the Red Hat Asia-Pacific Partners Conference held at Bali. We were awarded the Red Hat Asia-Pacific International Award 2010 for the best training partner in Asia Pacific. Now IPSR is beaming all across Asia Pacific with its success as a Linux Training provider. Since 2008, we are retaining this award for providing quality training, consistently over the years. With this award, Red Hat honors our contributions to the fields of Linux training and certifications. IPSR has been into the field of Red Hat Learning services for the last 8 years and owing to its perfection this is the 8th Red Hat Award IPSR getting hold of!!

Prof. Dr. Mendus Jacob, CEO and MD, ipsr solutions ltd, was bestowed with the award by Mr. Ian Gray, Vice President, Red Hat Services & Mr. Kenny Khow, Senior Director for Services, in the Red Hat Asia-Pacific Partners Conference held at Bali, the most visitor-friendly island of Indonesia. Along with the function, this island also snatched the heart of its visitors with cherishing memories like Virescent rice terraces, pulse-pounding surf, enchanting temple ceremonies and ribbons of beaches. The award ceremony held at Hotel Conrad Bali was grand with delegates from different parts of the world like New Zealand, Australia, Greater China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan etc... All the gerents of the present open source technology were present in the function.

During the last 8 years, the training division of IPSR was able to provide proficient and expert training and certifications in Open Source to candidates from different parts of the world. IPSR has the credit of producing the World’s largest number of RHCE’s with a world record pass percentage. As on August 2010, the total number of RHCSS certified candidates in IPSR now crossed 26 leading to another world record of the largest RHCSS group size in the world from a single partner. Thus 1 out of every 3 RHCSS in South Asia is an IPSRian. IPSR also grabbed the credit of winning Red Hat GLS Award from 2004 to 2008 and Red Hat Asia Pacific International awards from 2008 to 2010. Due to these reasons, every year IPSR get a lot of students from USA, Europe, Africa and Middle- East to earn their Red Hat Certifications. This 8 years late award inspires IPSR to venture into new areas beneficial to the student community.

During this moment of repletion and honor, we express our heartfelt gratitude to all IPSR Linux faculty, whose hard work and dedication which bring this top notch success to IPSR family. Thanks to all our students. We expect the same in all our future endeavors.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

100% in RHCE: Saleem Commoved IPSR

Saleem Tamton, a B.Com graduate from Kannur scored 100% result in RHCE Exam. Being started his career as a System admin in Saudi Telecom Company, Riyadh, he was looking for a break in his career. His urge to be certified as a Linux professional made him to choose IPSR. After completing B. Com, he relocated to Riyadh for his professional life. Being an RHCE he says about the colorful days in IPSR.

I had some memorable days here with IPSR. Training classes, labs, Infrastructure etc were extremely good and I could make use of it in a better way. Exam preparations helped me a lot to handle real time problems and I’m much thankful to Mr. Sojan, Linux faculty at IPSR Calicut and the entire IPSR family for the support they provided...I would like to continue the higher level Linux certifications here with IPSR. Once again my sincere thanks to IPSR family....! Wishing you all the very success in the future endeavors!!

We welcome you to IPSR RHCE family and wish you all the best!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Celebrate Software Freedom day

The day observed worldwide to spread the message of free and open source software, International Software Freedom Day, is celebrating on September 18, 2010. Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). “SFD”, is a day of celebration that there is some computer software that is not encumbered by copyrights and Patents which place limitations on the software. This Day aims to celebrate Free Software and the people behind it. It wants to spread the word about Free Software and help people find each other. The celebration is also intended to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business -- in short, everywhere!

SFD was initiated by a group of FOSS believers, Matt Oquist, Henrik Omma and Phil Harper with the idea of distributing the OpenCD to everyone. The idea of SFD is to unite and educate the world about the ideals of Software Freedom and the practical benefits of Free Software. Proprietary software, is computer software licensed under exclusive legal right, keeps the source code locked away from public scrutiny, which means there is no way to know exactly what the software actually does, and no way to trust it to safeguard your human rights. But the Open Source or Transparent technologies ensure transparency and you can trust the results and operation of your technology.

“Software Freedom International" (SFI) is a non-profit organization that acts as the official organizer of Software Freedom Day, and is the legal body that handles donations, sponsorship contracts, and accounting. The first Software Freedom Day was conducted on 28th August 2004. The name Software Freedom International was chosen to distinguish the organizational body from the event of Software Freedom Day itself. Each event is left to local teams around the world to organize. Pre-registered teams (2 months before the date or earlier) receive free schwag sent by SFI to help with the events themselves. Events themselves varies between conferences explaining the virtues of Free and Open Source Software, to workshops, demonstrations, games, planting tree ceremonies, discussions and InstallFests. Hundreds of teams around the world manage the local celebration and help to send out a global message. So don’t miss a chance to attend an SFD event nearby!

It’s quite unfair not mentioning about Richard Matthew Stallman, the President and founder of Free Software Foundation. Richard Matthew Stallman (born March 16, 1953), often abbreviated "RMS", is an American software freedom activist and computer programmer. In September 1983, he launched the GNU Project to create a free Unix-like operating system, and has been the project's lead architect and organizer. With the launch of the GNU Project, he initiated the free software movement; in October 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation. Since the mid-1990s Stallman has spent most of his time advocating for free software, as well as campaigning against both software patents and what he sees as excessive extension of copyright laws.

In celebration of Software Freedom Day 2010, IPSR shares some of the favorite quotes about Free and Open Source Software from no less than the two pillars of FOSS, Linus Torvalds and Richard M. Stallman. Enjoy and be inspired!

To be able to choose between proprietary software packages is to be able to choose your master. Freedom means not having a master. And in the area of computing, freedom means not using proprietary software.

-Richard M. Stallman

Software patents are a huge potential threat to the ability of people to work together on open source. Making it easier for companies and communities that have patents to make those patents available in a common pool for people to use is one way to try to help developers deal with the threat.

-Linus Torvalds

For further reading go with the links below:
Software Freedom International

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Aliens to IPSR- Mohamed Alim from Maldives, Zulkarnain from US

The days with them were really rousing!! Besides students, they are truly like IPSR family members!!!

Mr. Mohamed Alim Murad from the Republic of Maldives, the idyllic paradise of the Southern Atolls and cobalt blue beaches, came to know about IPSR through our website. Having 7 years of experience in troubleshooting hardware, networks and servers, he is currently working as a computer technician with the Ministry of Health & Family IT section, Government of Maldives. He got selected for the training program funded from WHO hence now here with IPSR, Cochin for RHCE bootcamp.

Mr. Zulkarnain Kagalwala is from US, the land where we can experience the spectrum of arts, culture, and literature unparalleled anywhere in the world. He is a US Citizen having keen interest in visiting historical monuments and places. He is an IT Consultant (Former Sun & Swift) and now in IPSR, Cochin for RHCE bootcamp.

After the baffling training days, they were taken to a top drawer backwater cruise and Ayurvedic body massage. That was really a reveling and unforeseen experience for them. They have a lot of experience to share with. But now they are gearing up with their portions for the RHCE exam scheduled on 17th Sept. So we will meet them again for their marvelous experience over here.
Best of Luck for your exams. We are anxiously waiting for your exam results.

Joy is not in the present moment, but always over that next hill, until the hills become mountains..

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Register for RHCE Exam at Rs. 9000/- only, Save your pocket!!

Red Hat is egressing with another enlivening offer for candidates awaiting to be RHCE Certified. Beginning from September 10, 2010, you can register for RHCE exam at Rs. 9000/- only. The scheme is applicable only for candidates registering for RHCE examination on or before November 20, 2010 and those who have undergone the official Red Hat training program on RHEL 5 leading to RHCE examination. The terms and conditions for this offer is given in our website. For more details visit RHCE Exam Offer.
Register for RHCE today itself and make benefit out of the gold rush.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bash Commands For Programmers

Bash is an sh-compatible shell that incorporates useful features from the Korn shell (ksh) and C shell (csh). It offers functional improvements over sh for both programming and interactive use; these include command line editing, unlimited size command history, job control, shell functions and aliases, indexed arrays of unlimited size, and integer arithmetic in any base from two to sixty-four. Bash can run most sh scripts without modification. Bash Tricks are widely used for both programmers and system administrators. But this article focus about the tricks for bash programmers
Bash has several commands that comes with the shell (i.e built inside the bash shell). When you execute a built-in command, bash shell executes it immediately, without invoking any other program. Bash shell built-in commands are faster than external commands, because external commands usually fork a process to execute it.

Join Command

Join command combines lines from two files based on a common field.
In the example below, we have two files – employee.txt and salary.txt. Both
have employee-id as common field. So, we can use join command to combine
the data from these two files using employee-id as shown below.

# cat name.txt
1 bob
2 john
3 sunil
4 jane
5 alice

# cat percentage.txt
1 80%
2 90%
3 69%
4 56%
5 89%

# join name.txt percentage.txt
1 bob 80%
2 john 90%
3 sunil 69%
4 jane 56%
5 alice 89%

Export Command Example

export command is used to export a variable or function to the environment of all the child processes running in the current shell.

#export variablename=value
#export -f functionname # exports a function in the current shell.

It exports a variable or function with a value. “env” command lists all the environment variables. In the following example, you can see that env displays the exported variable.

# export ipsr=redhat
# env

# echo $ipsr

“export -p” command also displays all the exported variable in the current shell.

hash Command Example

hash command maintains a hash table, which has the used command’s path names. When you execute a command, it searches for a command in the variable $PATH.
But if the command is available in the hash table, it picks up from there and executes it. Hash table maintains the number of hits encountered for each commands used so far in that shell.

# hash
hits command
1 /bin/egrep
18 /usr/bin/ac
3 /usr/bin/man
1 /usr/bin/clear

You can delete a particular command from a hash table using -d option, and -r option to reset the complete hash table.

#hash -d egrep
# hash
hits command
18 /usr/bin/ac
3 /usr/bin/man
1 /usr/bin/clear

readonly Command Example

readonly command is used to mark a variable or function as read-only, which can not be changed further.
# readonly computer=IT
#echo $computer
#read computer
bash: computer: readonly variable

test Command Example

test command evaluates the conditional expression and returns zero or one based on the evaluation. Refer the manual page of bash, for more test operators.
#! /bin/bash

if test -z $1
echo "The positional parameter \$1 is empty"
Note: Here ‘z’ option checks the length of STRING is zero

set Command Examples

set is a shell built-in command, which is used to set and modify the internal variables of the shell. set command without argument lists all the variables and it’s values. set command is also used to set the values for the positional parameters.
$ set +o history # To disable the history storing.
+o disables the given options.

$ set -o history
-o enables the history

$ cat
var="Welcome to ipsr"
set -- $var
echo "\$1=" $1
echo "\$2=" $2
echo "\$3=" $3

$ ./

Note: The args follwed by “–-” option is used to set the values to the positional parameter. If no arguments follow this option, then the positional parameters are unset.

unset Command Examples

unset built-in is used to set the shell variable to null. unset also used to delete an element of an array and to delete complete array.
$ cat
#Assign values and print it
var="welcome to ipsr"
echo $var

#unset the variable
unset var
echo $var

$ ./
welcome to ipsr
In the above example, after unset the variable “var” will be assigned with null string.

let Command Example

let commands is used to perform arithmetic operations on shell variables.
$ cat
#! /bin/bash

let arg1=12
let arg2=11

let add=$arg1+$arg2
let sub=$arg1-$arg2
let mul=$arg1*$arg2
let div=$arg1/$arg2
echo $add $sub $mul $div

$ ./
23 1 132 1

printf Command Example

Similar to printf in C language, bash printf built-in is used to format print operations.
In the above example, the script does arithmetic operation on two inputs. In that script instead of echo statement, you can use printf statement to print formatted output as shown below.
In, replace the echo statement with this printf statement.
printf "Addition=%d\nSubtraction=%d\nMultiplication=%d\nDivision=%f\n" $add $sub $mul $div

$ ./

Display total connect time of users

Ac command will display the statistics about the user’s connect time.
Connect time for the current logged in user
With the option –d, it will break down the output for the individual days. In
this example, I’ve been logged in to the system for more than 6 hours today.

On Dec 1st, I was logged in for about 1 hour.
$ ac –d
Dec 1 total 1.08
Dec 2 total 0.99
Dec 3 total 3.39
Dec 4 total 4.50
Today total 6.10

To display connect time for all the users use –p as shown below. Please note
that this indicates the cumulative connect time for the individual users.

$ ac -p
user1 3.64
root 229.12
user2 88.17
john 105.92
jane 111.42
total 538.27

To get a connect time report for a specific user, execute the following:

$ ac -d root
Aug 13 total 13.30
Aug 14 total 13.49
Aug 16 total 17.67
Aug 17 total 20.20
Aug 18 total 15.41
Aug 19 total 58.67
Aug 26 total 31.13
Aug 28 total 51.24
Today total 8.35

posted by:
IPSR linuxgroup

Monday, September 6, 2010

"The sun is shy to come out of the clouds??!!" Amith

Amith was wondering why in Kerala the sun is shy to come out of the clouds!! Else other than the warm and summery climate in Mauritius, he was totally ignorant of the monsoon here in Kerala and this season made him little curious to know more about the Kerala specialties.

Mr. Amit Caleechurn from Mauritius, the lonely island in the Indian Ocean with sandy beaches and rugged cliffs, came to know about IPSR through websites and blogs. The IT Certification blog of IPSR made him grab better understanding about IPSR, IT certifications, students’ testimonials and moreover he met with another guy from his hometown who was a successful RHCE from IPSR through this blog. His testimonials and comments recommended Amith to come over Kerala and join with IPSR.

After completing his higher studies, Amith started his career as a Linux Administrator. Since he had an ardent passion towards Open Source technology he planned for Red Hat Certifications. Beyond a certification he exactly knows the value of this qualification and the impact it can cause on his career. He completed his RH423 module from IPSR with 100 % score and now moving to the other modules. He is now heading with his target to be an RHCA. About the training and experience at IPSR he says:

The experience over here is beyond words. I enjoyed a lot and seized exhaustive knowledge about Linux and its applications. Now I am waiting for the next modules to pursue with my training and certifications. I was really indulged with the infrastructure, Hi-Tech lab facilities, method of training and my accommodation. They really cared about my lodging and food. Regarding RHCE exam, the real value is it’s a real time exam procedure and you need a lot of practice and expertise to get through. I could make use of my time in lab and was able to get expertise with real time problems. The exam was really good and the full credit of my 100% score goes to the training faculty.

The other exalted experience I have had ever in my life is the houseboat trip!! Backwater cruise at Vembanad Lake; an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web with its majestic canals, streams and distributaries with exhilarating boating, fishing and sight seeing experiences was really rejuvenating for me. Then I have to mention about the specialized body massage performed by therapist using specific herbal oil and steam bath. It makes me feel the holistic healing experience which I have never experienced before.

Amith was really enchanted and enthusiastic about the ‘drink out of coconut’! He also enjoyed the Kerala food especially ‘Karimeen pollichatu’, but little bit worried of the spicy food menus here.

With a smile on his face Amith turned to his laptop. Yes, he is back to his studies again.
We wish you all the very success.

The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication. Cecil B. DeMille

26th RHCSS - Recurring success stories from IPSR

IPSR family is extolled with its echoing record success stories. The total number of RHCSS certified candidates in IPSR now crossed 26, leading to another record of the largest RHCSS group size in the world from a single partner. The record pass rate and exam results of candidates are the foremost factors that attract both domestic and international students to IPSR. Mr.Vinaykumar Shukla and Mr. Sanmith Prakash are the newbie’s to IPSR RHCSS family. They cleared the exam with A-one results. Mr. Vinayakumar Shukla is also creditworthy to fetch a 100% score and thus to be a part of the recurring success stories at IPSR. The schedule for the next RHCSS batch (27th batch) is as follows:

Course Schedule

1) RH 423 11th Oct - 14th Oct 2010
2) RH 429 18th Oct - 21st Oct 2010

3) RHS 333 22nd Oct - 26th Oct 2010

Exam Schedule

1) EX 423 16th Oct 2010

2) EX 429 30th Oct 2010

3) EX 333 4th Nov 2010

To get more details of this course, send us a message or talk to our Course Director at +91 94472 94635 or +91 94471 69776.