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. 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 empower the world. Starting with the operating system we will develop a world class GNU/linux distribution.
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.
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. 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.
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!