1.3. The author#
Hello. I’m Vimal.
I got introduced to Linux and open source software while pursuing my Master’s degree in Biotechnology at Madurai Kamaraj University, India.
The idea of being able to use and modify software without restrictions was new and exciting to me. I learnt to install Linux, compile software from source code and even create my own Linux live CD!
This experience became valuable in academia, where I worked primarily in research support for a period of over 9 years. During this time, I had installed and managed Linux servers, databases, web applications and websites, contributed in the development of scientific software, published software in repositories, and taught beginner level courses in Python programming and Bioinformatics.
This book is a compilation of the experiences I had gained over time in my interactions with students, colleagues, and the users of our services. Thank you for your interest in reading it. I hope you will find it useful.