Karunya Linux Club was inaugurated on 30th August 2005 with the following objectives.
ObjectivesTo create an active and well equipped Linux Community within Karunya University.
To establish a website to promote active interaction amongst members of the club and keep them informed about latest developments in the Open Source Community
To work with Open Source programs supported by IBM, Redhat, Novell, etc.
To spread the knowledge of Open Source Software and to promote the usage of Linux operating system among the students of Karunya University.
Long Term Goal
To create an Open Source project (or product) using Linux as programming platform for Karunya University in a period of 2 to 3 years.
Open Source software is an idea whose time has finally come. For twenty years it has been building momentum in the technical cultures that built the Internet and the World Wide Web. Now it's breaking out into the commercial world, and that is changing all the rules. Are you ready?
The basic idea behind open source is very simple. When programmers can read, redistribute and modify the source code for a piece of software, the software evolves. People improve it, people adapt it, people fix bugs. And this can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the slow pace of conventional software development, seems astonishing. This rapid evolutionary process produces better software than the traditional closed model, in which only a few programmers can see the source and everybody else must blindly use a an opaque block of bits. To know more about open source philosophy click here
Linux is a free Unix-type operating system originally created by Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers around the world. Developed under the GNU General Public License , the source code for Linux is freely available to everyone.
In the narrowest sense, the term Linux refers to the Linux kernel, but it is commonly used to describe entire Unix-like operating systems (also known as GNU/Linux) that are based on the Linux kernel combined with libraries and tools from the GNU Project and other sources. Most broadly, a Linux distribution bundles large quantities of application software with the core system, and provides more user-friendly installation and upgrades.
Initially, Linux was primarily developed and used by individual enthusiasts. Since then, Linux has gained the support of major corporations such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Novell for use in servers and is gaining popularity in the desktop market. Proponents and analysts attribute this success to its vendor independence, low cost, security, and reliability.