Karachi OS

Linux is slowly gaining inroads into Pakistani computing. The reason being simple, its cheap (read: free). Even though there’s a learning curve involved. With the conception of Ubuntu, it seemed the whole community was buzzing with activity on how to install it and use it.

I’ve heard really good things about linux in general, even if my own experience in the past have led me to be wary.

On 14th August, LinuxPakistan Distro Project Team went ahead and made history. On the 60th Independence day of the country, they released the first ever (almost) pakistani operating system, based on Debian Linux, aptly titled, KarachiOS.

Read adnan’s post for more on KarachiOS and other local success stories of our software industry.

Via Adnan Siddiqui’s Crazy Blogging World.

12 Comments so far

  1. IUnKnown (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

    bhai linux is difficult enough for end user to be operated that windows.

    Also, it requires some more knowledgeable user rather than layman.

    At last, u can buy in Rs. 35, WindowsXp,windows 2000, windows 95 ,windows 98 , windows ME in one CD from rainbow center :D

  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

    I actually reported Awab and TeeEmm about this news but later it was decided to hold it back unless they release the URL to download distro. So far URL is not for public and only available for testers.

    The official URL of KOS is given below:

  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

    bhai linux is difficult enough for end user to be operated that windows.

    Abay yaar,atleast I was not expecting this from you. :D

    You should give UBUNTU a try. It’s damn easy to use, so easy that It shouldn’t have been so easy. Being an old Redhat Fanatic, I found it quite unusual.

    Also, it requires some more knowledgeable user rather than layman.

    our virtual dantoun walay doctor, Teeth Maestro has been using it for long time. Is it not enough to give you proof that Ubuntu is easiest? :-)

  4. shahzad (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

    lol @adnan: ubuntu ka pata nahi but red hat was tough. installation bhe kaif tairhi thee.

  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

    The cutest thing to watch is arfa’s interview. She’s a beautiful combination of innocence and intelligence. Despite of being a youngest MCP, she wanted to see DisneyLand first.


    I can just pray that she doesn’t become victim of “typical behhisi” of our society like Adnan Sabzwari who made first 45 mins animated movie on Pakistan Airforce but he was not given any attention. The guy later frustrated so much that he wrote a letter to Jinnah, the quaid and left on his mausoleum in which he shared how he was treated. I don’t have cutting of paper anymore in which there was a picture of him with tears.

    Pakistan is so unfortunate where a talent is accepted only if some other country gives it respect. Adnan Sami was not paid no attention he moved to India. Same goes with comedians like Shakeel Teeli, Rauf Lala who were always treated as a 3rd rate people rather professionals but when same guys won in Laughter challenge of India, they are now given respect in Pakistan and are invited in different award ceremonies. What a pathetic nation we are!
    Our brain drain process has speed up more since this is not only West which is sucking our talent, now neighboring country India also attracting our professionals. I imagine if Indian software companies started calling Pakistani professionals then there would be a severe vacuum in Pakistani IT industry, then company likes PASHA or PSEB would just play Ludo in their offices. Infact it is started now. Kalsoft already made some agreements with Indian companies. Today it’s just about partnership, tomorrow it would be big queue outside of Indian embassy to get visa because some talented would have been offered an attractive job in Indian office of Google,Microsoft,VMware or Oracle. We as usual would keep saying,” What’s the big deal?”

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 5:38 pm

    If I am not wrong, there was a series “In other blogs” or something, I don’t know what are the requirements of that particular series but IMO, it could be part of that series because you are referring another blog for Karachi related news.

  7. IUnKnown (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

    @Adnan u r very right; i dont know abt ubuntu but red hat was pretty terhi kheer.

    Also, most of all of our talent has gone to usa and uk to earn money. i think its pretty justified. i was so partiootic early on but since we dont get enough money here and respect which is due, y dont we choose some other place?

    Taffic jams, jahil and idiot ministers who dont know ne thing and many other things frustrates the talent. They shud be allowed to concentrate on their work fully rather think abt which way to choose to reach office where there is no traffic jam.

    Any ways , i do beleive if they all come back, pakistan can really become Pakistan but there are some idiots who dont want that and tahts y out talent is outside our country and reach.
    this Aqurba parvari has cauused a lot of damage.

    In SSUET, when Athar Mehboob was superceeded by one of the relative, univ has gone down since thenm , day by day. I remember the network was down most of the time, no clearance on time etc etc.

  8. Kashif (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 11:37 pm

    I have got a UBUNTU CD yesterday (from Netherlands) will install it soon and report back on my blog :)

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 12:34 am

    IUnknown, I didn’t k now you were from SSUET. Resignation of Ather Mehboob is another corruption which was backed by Nizami’s son who runs CTTC(did I spell right?) but that’s beyond the topic.

    And I regret that how did I forget Mr.safi Qureshi of AST Computers. I wonder how many Pakistanis or IT people know about him. We really have some good names in IT!! read further about him at:



  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 1:04 am

    Ok, I have added the article and added Safi’s achievements. The great thing is that he’s also a Karachiite :-)

    His new company now working on technology to take off your PC based video data to any device including TV.

  11. IUnknown (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 9:21 am

    excellent stuff really. i never knew abt him.
    ppl like him are never promoted but corrupt politicians.

    have u ever met him?

    CTTC yeah. u r rite. i think he was his bhateejah.

    still no big programmers :D

  12. MS (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

    The English version of this article got published on BBC. Worth a read


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