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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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We are in the process of enriching our bulletin board and tutorial sections. So anyone interested in writing a tutorial, a review, or sharing interesting links, can just type them down and mail copies to Debarshi ( [email protected] ) and me ( [email protected] ), and we will take care of the rest. Make sure you include the text (plain text only), relevant screenshots and other stuff as seperate attachments.

Posted by Arjun Shankar at 14:08 hr 01/04/2006.

Articles and Reviews

Dapper rocks. Or does it just rock!?


Go! Go! Go!

Making a Boot Disk for Linux


GPLv3 Conference at Bangalore, India

The Fourth International GPLv3 Conference was held on August 23 and 24, 2006 in Bangalore, India. This event was the part of world-wide events organized by Free Software Foundation for creating awareness about the upcoming version three of the GNU General Public Licence (GPLv3).

You can read more here

Dapper 6.06.1

The first maintenance release of Dapper Drake was made on Thursday, August 10th 2006.

The Ubuntu Dapper Drake ISO images are available . You can also get them at:

Kubuntu 6.06.1
Xubuntu 6.06.1

Dapper Daily
Dapper Drake is now Beta. For those of us who are adventurous enough to try, the latest Daily Install CD (19th May 2006) is up on ftp. Grab it here . Enjoy!

Fedora CDs
Redhat has offered to provide GLUG NITH with a few copies of Fedora CDs. We are looking forward to distributing them early next semester, the exact date of which would be notified later.

Ports opened
Recently a number of ports have been opened on our campus proxy server, as a result of which a number of new services can be availed. The most noticeable development is that it is now possible to use Gaim (a third party IM client) to connect to Google Talk, Yahoo!, MSN, and other well-known chat services. One can also use SSH to remotely log onto servers located outside the campus' private network.
For further information you can mail Arjun ( [email protected] ) or me ( [email protected] ). You might also send your views, experiences regarding this issue to the above addresses. We would try to publish them on the GLUG NITH Website.
So just log on to our machines, and enjoy this newly acquired freedom.