Hi! I’m Abhas, a hacker, entrepreneur and free software activist. I lead DeepRoot Linux , a Free Software Business providing support and services for Free Software and Mostly Harmless, a ethical source for libre and liberated hardware products.
About this blog
On this blog, I intend to write about a variety of subjects - most of them connected to the technology, business and community of free software.
About DeepRoot Linux
At DeepRoot Linux, we enable organisations of all sizes to use Free Software for their infrastructure deployments. We provide software, services and support so that they can use GNU/Linux and Free Software effectively. Over the past 21 years, we have worked with more than 500 organisations to help them in their endeavour to adopt and run Free Software. We build mail servers and mail server clusters, private clouds, containerisation and automation solutions, computer labs and so much more. We provide support for a variety of free software tools that user’s might want to use and help them implement, scale and secure them.
Check out a timeline of our work over the past 20 years.
About Mostly Harmless
Mostly Harmless is a one-person company I started about in 2016 to experiment with building and selling hardware that could run free software in more areas. My goal was also to find new ways of building products that could respect the user’s freedom and privacy. There are many problems that are often thought to be somebody else’s and I decided that I would try to solve as many of them as I could.
The preferred way to contact me is via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a “professional bio” written in the third person:
Abhas is a hacker, entrepreneur and free software activist.
As the founder of DeepRoot GNU/Linux, an twenty-one-year-old Free Software Business that provides support, services and solutions for Free Software deployments. DeepRoot builds mail servers and clusters, provides hosting & support for a variety of Free Software tools and helps organisations of all sizes choose self-hosting for their infrastructure in general.
Abhas also leads a hardware venture called Mostly Harmless, where he experiments with and builds Libre and Liberated Hardware (like hackable mechanical keyboards, liberated computers, home automation solutions and more. The goal is to build and sell hardware put owners in control of their lives by enabling them to run free/libre software on more hardware than usually possible.
Mostly Harmless operates the LibreTech.Shop - India’s first store for hackable and ethical products that offer convenience.
Abhas is a member of the the Free Software Foundation, India working group and has been a participant in the community in India for many years. He advises colleges, govt / defence organisations and start-ups on using, building and adopting free software as a “way of life”.
He shares his thoughts at abhas.io.
Here are some of my known biases:
I only use, recommend and evaluate things that are free software. From my perspective, something is worthwhile, ethical, usable and essential only if its free (as in freedom).
I value the hacker ethic above everything.
The only reason I buy proprietary hardware or “smart hardware” is to break it open so that I can try to learn from it
I live a “self-hosted” life. Almost all my computing resources are self-hosted - unless I can self-host something and it is free software, I don’t use it.
I only talk about something that I follow myself. Conversely, if I say something there are many chances that I would follow it myself. If I don’t, then I’d be an imposter and you would be doing a great thing to point that out.