'margin of margin'
Political Economy and Computing
GNU-Linux and GLT
Works of 'dd/ts'
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Composed by dd/ts, 2010.
A Primer on GNU-Linux in Bangla from GLT
[This GLT Book "GNU-Linux: Ekti Byaktigata Jatra" was published in hard-copy by Progga Prokashani, 8 Narasingha Lane, Calutta 700009, phone: 22415693, distributed by "Prakash Bhavan", 15 Bankim Chatterjee Street, Kolkata 73, Phone: 22418266. That students can afford to purchase, the price was kept at 200 Rs.]
This book was never planned. It started as a very informal and, maybe, one extremely under-educated tutorial: a tutorial that served a lot of purpose for us, the members of GLT-Madhyamgram. Like the proverbial crow competing for the pride of place of the most elegant bird in a peacock-less land, this tutorial strived towards serving the purpose of young and not-so-young GNU-Linuxers.
A tutorial that does hate to become a manual, it invites you to become another of us, another GNU-Linuxer. You can read about the author's plan and a brief description in English about the book. This document was actually written for sending to the FSF-India. This book demands your active participation in the text itself: mentally and keyboardically. If it tries to teach anything, that is not how to use GNU-Linux, but how to think in terms of it. It is an understatement that materials of this kind is extremely scarce, not just in Bangla, but in English too. And, most probably, this is the first COPYLEFT book in Bangla, with a verbatim licence of its own. You may like to read one opinion about this book.
This book is actually a product of a cultural process. And
you miss a lot of the book, if not aware of the bigger context:
documents in Bangla and English by the author of this book
about the bigger context of the GLT.
Details of publication of a hard-copy of this copyleft book:
Availability of Books in Hard PrintThere were some problems about the avilability of books by this author. The publisher of novels and the distributor of the GNU-Linux book both, without citing any reason, almost around the same time, ceased abruptly making the books by this author available any more. Obviously, as the author and a few of his friends presume, there are reasons, political or otherwise, about this. Anyway, a new outlet could be arranged:
"Prakash Bhavan", 15 Bankim Chatterjee Street, Kolkata 73, Phone: 22418266. The novels and the GNU-Linux book all will be available here.
Downloading and Reading the Chapters:This is a pretty big book, all the eleven chapters adding to around 6.5mb. And downloading them, particularly from this free site was not very easy for many of our friends. We have something to say about this whole thing.
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