About Hamara

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In the old days we exchanged skills, knowledge and ideas. We took pride in creating a better world through networks of relationships based upon service, expertise, and wisdom. We called it bartar.

With The Hamara Linux project we are building a community committed to adopting the open source approach in aspects of their daily life with the goal of making technology belong to us all. This is not just about being open about software, this is about being open about electronics, open about knowledge, open about information. Hamara is a vision of a system of exchange: of skills, knowledge and ideas. We believe that Hamara vision will help to empower people to remove themselves from being dependant on proprietary technology. Starting with the operating system we will develop a world class GNU/linux distribution.

Hamara Linux aims to be the distribution of choice for the Indian users and organizations whilst making sure that the common man gets access to technologies in its most accessible form.

But Hamara is more than an operating system. Hamara community works to achieve it's goals by connecting us all: intertwining the needs of commercial organisations and individuals. Hamara project can develop to be anything that the community wants to create, share and distribute, all based on the principles of open source.

How? By combining revenue models that help commercial organisations contribute to hamara community with hamara passion, knowledge, and understanding.

Getting In Touch

You'll find hamara people online:

Matrix

#_oftc_#hamara:matrix.org

IRC

Channel:

#hamara

Server:

irc.oftc.net

Twitter

@hamaralinux

Principles

Open Source

The Open Source principle is a core part of the Hamara Linux Project. The progress that the free software world has achieved is because of keeping there source open, be it hardware/software . All our source code is open source and is available on our git servers at git.hamaralinux.org

Innovative

We always strive to implement things in newer and innovative ways, striving for ideas and there originalities. More often newer technologies, there usage and benefits gets limited to a class of people only. Our aim is to be developing and embracing new technologies to make Hamara more available to the common man.

Secure

We are built upon Open Source technology – safe, secure and fully supported by the open source community and our development team. We are trying to create an eco-system which is secure by design and implementation.

Community

Hamara thrives on contributions from like-minded developers and contributors. Becoming part of the Hamara community allows you to shape the direction of the operating system.Put yourself in control of your system and come join us , on our mission to free our machines

Simplicity

Hamara project strives to eradicate the complexities that different technologies have, and make the technology available in its simplest form to the common man.


History

A Technical Introduction to the Hamara Linux Project

One of the most important part of the Hamara Linux Project is the Hamara Linux Operating system. Hamara Linux is our home grown operating system curated and designed keeping in minds the needs and requirements of the Indian users.

The initial 1.0 releases of Hamara were based on Ubuntu. But for our later releases, we chose to move towards Debian for basing our distro on. The 2.0 release track represents our move from the distro being based on Ubuntu towards Debian – The Universal operating system.

We feel that basing on Debian aligns with our goal of promoting an exchange of skills, knowledge and ideas and we hope that new contributors to hamara linux will help us increase contributions to Debian.

Hamara Linux is based on the stable branch of Debian GNU/Linux operating system & It comes mainly in two variants.

Hamara A robust operating system aimed at regular and powerful systems alike. It uses the Gnome desktop environment. The first version of Hamara was codenamed 'Namaste' and the upcoming second version would be codenamed 'Svastik'


Hamara Sugam Hamara Sugam is aimed at computers with low computing resources like old computers, netbooks and a lot of Single Board Computers. It uses the lightweight Mate Desktop environment. And we provide a custom stylish login screen for Hamara Sugam based on webkit greeter.

Revenue Models

Couple of Revenue Models that we will employ :-

a. Bundling of hamara+$hardware :- For most users of GNU/Linux distributions, one of the major pain points is installing software. It takes lot of time, money, sweat and tears to come to something which somewhat resembles your unique workflow while at the same time gives you an opportunity to work, look and experiment. Unlike in an proprietary software environment, here all the software which is available is fully functioning from the get-go, so no need to 'try out a demo version' or have any unauthorized software which may have viruses, spyware or any other troubling software embedded inside of this software.

b. Subscription for support :- Support is one reason where most GNU/Linux distributions fail, especially in settings such as Education and/or EDA. We do not need that our customers become software engineers. While we do not perceive any issues with the software per-se but in case something does go wrong, our Engineers will help to understand, triage, debug and then finally fix issues in the software. All these at reasonable rates viz-a-viz rest of the industry.

This is democracy, commerce, and social responsibility: combined for the 21st Century and brought together by empowering technology. India has thousands of years of history depicting a knowledgable, peaceful, kind and sharing culture.

Ye Hai Hamara!