TATTVUM - 2002 Q3 Reports and Plans

Focus on Development methodologies and Linux Analysis

S V Ramu (2002-07-06)


We are now in the third quarter after launching, alive and kicking. Achievements? Well, we have survived this long with the enthusiasm intact! What more can we ask for. 20 weeks and as many launchings after, many things have been learnt, many compromises were made, and few new directions adopted. Slowly we are realizing our interests and strengths in the traditional software business instead of any type of revenue-based reliance on internet. Internet is and will be the main stay for being in touch. Though the hit rate would definitely be an indicator of our growth as a group, it cannot be our focus. We believe in strengthening the root skills of ours for increasing the participation, rather than canvassing the busy public with propaganda. By the way, on the plus side, we can be sure that our Q2 goals of stabilizing our site with articles and other archives, is achieved. More than this, few vital pieces of software development models are clearer now, and it shows up in our articles. With value and value only can we be known. Strength and progress has its own aroma, and will draw the connoisseurs together. So this quarter, as the previous quarters, we will focus on strengthening our core strengths. Internet is our visiting card, our meeting point and of course a useful display board. No more, no less.

A pilot development project

This quarter would be our last chance to test our adaptiveness and our software development acumen, in real time. By the tone of the 2002 Timeline article, we should have completed this sample development project by now. Anyway, by the spirit and practicality, this Q3 should be a reasonable deadline. While being tolerant on our own momentary incapacities, we should also be stern on our own important goals and ideals. We will be. Reasonably completing a real time, almost useful product, with distributed development would be a fitting deadline, before we launch forth into the commercial world. Following would be some of the goals we must keep in mind.

An in-depth analysis on Linux

Linux is becoming a more and more important platform. My initial study is exposing me to a whole new world of elegance and simplicity in an OS. Certainly, in both academic and commercial sense it would pay us in the long run to study and master this wonderful free platform. In this quarter there should be good deal of comparative and in-depth articles on Linux model and its usages. It would be vital, that before this quarter's end, we must be as conversant with it as we are with the Wintel. One part of that study would be to explore the Linux equivalents of the essential software like office, editors etc. But software is not all; an effective usage scenario is essential and should be elaborated.


I'm fully aware of the heavy hand waving that went by in the previous sections of this article. I think, this is unavoidable, and often the effective way to expound a dream or a plan. These plans are more a pressure than a leisurely nice-to-have skills. The more we realize the importance of these goals in our bones (so to say), more complete they will be. I'm also aware of the profuse eliding of certain weaknesses and realities; but again, beyond a point, self-torture is no good, and within limits self patting is useful. With that hope, we'll start this quarter afresh.