The name “GNU” is a recursive acronym for “GNU’s Not Unix.” “GNU” is pronounced g’noo, as one syllable, like saying “grew” but replacing the r with n.

The program in a Unix-like system that allocates machine resources and talks to the hardware is called the “kernel.” GNU is typically used with a kernel called Linux. This combination is the GNU/Linux operating system. GNU/Linux is used by millions, though many call it “Linux” by mistake.



17th Edition of FOSSCell NITC's Flagship Event

FOSSCell NITC, the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Community of NITC, is dedicated to popularize the use of FOSS and spread awareness in campus regarding its advantages through a variety of engaging activities such as demonstrations, fests, workshops etc. FOSSMeet is the club’s annual flagship event on FOSS, conducted at National Institute of Technology, Calicut. Started with a vision to create a culture of innovation, evolution and open standards, FOSSMeet serves as a platform to nurture the FOSS community and the dissemination of FOSS ideology through interactive hands-on sessions, discussions and insightful lectures. [Read More]

Mastering Project Management with OpenProject

First steps to OpenProject

A Step-by-Step Guide Ever find managing your projects feels like herding cats? Or whether it’s your club, your home team, or any close-knit group, coordinating teamwork can be a puzzle. Seamlessly manage your projects, empower collaboration, and bring order to all your team endeavors with OpenProject, your go-to open-source project management tool. This post is your step-by-step guide to mastering OpenProject – from signing up, creating projects, adding collaborators to your project, to crafting tasks and unlocking all the essential functionalities of this powerful website. [Read More]


A simple yet powerful way to share information

NIT Calicut has a long history, and the events that took place in the past have shaped the student community. Stories of days gone by are usually passed down through tales told by seniors and alumni and old articles written in various papers and newsletters, all destined to fade away. It doesn’t have to be this way, and it starts with us. The NITC FOSSCell Wiki takes care of the hard work of documenting the vibrant history and details of our campus, from the rooms in the buildings that lie within the campus walls, to the guests invited in past editions of programmes like FOSSMeet. [Read More]

FOSS Alternatives to Popular Apps

Embracing the New Year with Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) As we embark on a new year, it’s an ideal time to explore the world of Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS). FOSS is not just about free access; it embodies a philosophy of community-driven collaboration, transparency, and freedom. Why Use FOSS? Transparency and Security: FOSS projects are open for scrutiny by anyone. Their source code can be examined, ensuring there are no hidden functionalities compromising user privacy or security. [Read More]

Linux Gaming

Want to try linux, but worried about your games? Here's a guide to help you get started with gaming on linux.

The unavailability of gaming options on Linux has long been a significant deterrent for Windows users considering the switch. For years, this has remained a prevalent issue. A few months ago, even I considered committing blasphemy and reverting to Windows, as I was unable to play my favorite games. However, recent developments such as the introduction of the Steam Deck—Valve’s latest gaming console based on Linux—and the emergence of Proton, a gaming environment, alongside major improvements in Wine, have effectively addressed this long-standing concern. [Read More]


Cherrytree is a hierarchical note-taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single XML or SQLite file.

Cherrytree: The FOSS way for note-making In this digital era, note-making seems like a daunting task, but at the same time, a crucial step in the process of learning. Cherrytree is a free and open-source note-taking application that helps you organize your notes, ideas, and thoughts hierarchically. It is available on multiple platforms, including Windows, Linux, and macOS. Tree structure and text formatting Cherrytree allows you to format your text using a variety of formatting options, including bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, and subscript/superscript. [Read More]

How to - host your own virtual machine on Microsoft Azure

Get a free VM!!1!

How to - host your own virtual machine on Microsoft Azure This guide will help you, a NITC student host your own B1s Linux virtual machine on Microsoft Azure, for free. Create a GitHub account To get started, you will need to signup for the Github Student Developer Pack. If you don’t have one already, create a free Github account. Although you can use any email ID to sign-up, use your NITC email ID (ending with @nitc. [Read More]

DebConf'23 Kochi, India

DebConf is the annual conference for Debian contributors and users interested in improving Debian.

Debconf'23 was one of the most anticipated events held last September in Kochi, Kerala, India. The annual conference of Debian brought together experts and newcomers from almost all areas of free and open-source software. The event provided a golden opportunity for people involved in the world of free and open-source software to hang out with the individuals who build the software they use. For me personally, this included meeting 13-year-old Rudra Saraswat, the creator of blendOS and the current maintainer of Ubuntu Unity, as well as veterans like Till Kamppeter, who is referred to as the father of printing in Linux and the current manager of OpenPrinting. [Read More]

The FOSS Social Media - The Free and Open Source Software Social Media

All about FOSS

BREAK THE CHAIN, EMBRACE OPENNESS: DISCOVER THE POWER OF FOSS SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS. Are you tired at the mercy of big tech giants and the monopoly played by them to control over your social media experience? It’s high time you should start concerning about your data privacy. Decode Digital Democracy and embrace the power of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Social Media Platforms!! What is FOSS Social Media? FOSS social media refers to social networking platforms built on open-source software. [Read More]

Your First Steps to FOSS

Introducing FOSS Software you can use daily

A question we’re asked quite often is “How to get started with FOSS?”, and it’s really not as complicated as it may seem! Saying goodbye to proprietary software, is one of the first steps we recommend if you’re struggling to break free from the closed source maze. “Free as in Freedom” - Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is a set of software where the source code is open to the public, and everybody’s free to use the code or contribute to the project. [Read More]