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What is GNU?

In the words of Richard M. Stallman, the founder of the GNU Project:

"GNU, which stands for Gnu's Not Unix, is the name for the complete Unix-compatible software system which I am writing so that I can give it away free to everyone who can use it. Several other volunteers are helping me. Contributions of time, money, programs and equipment are greatly needed."

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Linux and the GNU Project

The version of GNU which is widely used today is more often known as "Linux" and many users are not aware of the extent of its connection with the GNU Project.

Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in a combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU, with Linux functioning as its kernel.

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The Mailing List is up!

The GLUG-NITH Mailing List is finally ready and in action. Go here to subscribe.

rms was here!!!

GNU/Linux User Group, NIT Hamirpur, ISTE, and the Institute were proud hosts to Dr. Richard Matthew Stallman who visited our campus recently. Dr. Stallman heads the GNU Project , and is the President of the Free Software Foundation . He had dinner with the Director of the Institute, and representatives of the faculty and students on the evening of the 24th of October, where a number of possible avenues for the Institute in the Free Software world were discussed. He also gave a talk on 'Free Software in Ethics and Practice' on the 25th, at 09:25hrs, in the institute auditorium. About 600 Institute residents and members of the press attended the talk, which was very interesting and humourous in rms' usual style.

Posted by Arjun Shankar at 20:15 hr on 25/10/06.

Welcome to GNU/Linux User Group NIT Hamirpur

GLUG NITH is a moniker for the GNU/Linux User Group of National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur.

Our GLUG is mainly designed to cater to the GNU/Linux related needs of the students, faculty, staff, and anybody else belonging to NIT Hamirpur. We are a heterogenous mixture of people ranging from the beta testers and kernel hackers to the fresh-faced newbies, held together together by a common love for GNU/Linux in particular and Free Software in general.

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Mailing List (Sticky)

The GLUG-NITH Mailing List is up and running, thanks to savannah.gnu.org and lists.nongnu.org . Subscribe here .

Logo License (Sticky)

The main logo with the Gnu, and the female Tux wearing a bindi is the work of Kitae Kim . It is under the GNU Lesser General Public License. You can visit Kitae here: . We will add a clearer notice with the License in a while. Thanks a lot Kitae!

Pictures taken during rms' talk at the Auditorim

You can get the photographs from here . If you would like to comment on the visit, or write an article please mail me. We are always interested in contributions.

Posted by Arjun Shankar at 14:24 hr on 28/10/06.

Linux vs Windows: A Laywoman's opinion (Comments Invited)

This is an article by a student of the nearby NIT Jalandhar. It mainly aims at getting people to see the advantages of GNU/Linux over the other very popular OS. Mail your comments on this subject, and it will be posted here.

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Posted by Arjun Shankar at 18:00 hr on 29/09/06.

Razorblade Uptime

Debarshi just pasted this to me on IM:

[email protected]:~ $ uptime
14:48:24 up 20 days, 21:56, 20 users, load average: 0.40, 0.37, 0.29

[email protected]:~$ uptime
19:52:19 up 34 days, 11 min, 1 user, load average: 0.01, 0.00, 0.00

[[email protected] ~]$ uptime
00:27:58 up 43 days, 7:54, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

fencepost is fencepost.gnu.org, a public server shared by all GNU contributors. It provides mail (@gnu.org redirection), mutt, bitchX, freetalk, and many other services. mirror is stallman.org . razorblade is our machine [:D].

Posted by Arjun Shankar at 12:52 hr on 27/09/06.

Non-Free Media on SuSE

This is a basic guide for playing media like mp3, avi, mpg etc. i.e., any mpeg layer format, and real media for SuSE 9.3 and higher.

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Posted by Ranjeet Karan at 14:00 hr on 22/09/06.

Dapper Repository

A repository for Ubuntu Dapper, with useful packages is being maintained (though not very well ;)) now. Currently, only the packages for Tremulous , a GPL'd FPS/RTS game are held there. As and when I get time, I will add more packages.
Add this line to your sources.list to use the repository:
deb http://glug-nith.org/repos/ubuntu dapper/

Posted by Arjun Shankar at 17:40 hr on 19/09/06.


Tremulous blends a team based FPS with elements of an RTS . Players can choose from 2 unique races, aliens and humans and can build several working structures in-game like an RTS. These structures provide many functions, like spawning, automated base defense (to some degree), healing functions and much more.

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Posted by Arjun Shankar at 13:30 hr on 19/09/06.

Media Uploaded

A number of audio tracks and video clippings relating to Free and Open Source Software are now available on the GLUG-NITH FTP server. The videos of The Codebreakers and WSIS are under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license .

You can find them here .

Posted by Debarshi Ray at 23:07 hr on 02/09/06.