Thanks to George Lessard for posting this across. FN
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PERUVIAN EFFORT COULD BAN MICROSOFT ON GOV. COMPUTERS
Peruvian Congressman Edgar Villanueva is pushing legislation to obligate all
public institutions to convert exclusively to open-source software.
Open-source programs, embodied by the Linux operating system, have
underlying code available to anyone who wants to modify or customize it.
Such software, in unadorned form, can be downloaded from the Internet for
free. Villanueva hopes his measure triggers activity in Peru's software
industry by freeing programmers from the constraints of working with coding
controlled by a few large companies. Open-source could take the expense out
of software upgrades; which is important for a country like Peru that owes
about $30 million in overdue software license fees.
[SOURCE: San Jose Mercury, AUTHOR: Associated Press]
hello my dear fsf-friends..
I'm a final year Btech student.I want to do my final year project.I would
like to do it in linux.If anybody has got any ideas ,please let me know your
ideas including the details at my email id
Thanking you all..
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Maybe we need to popularise such ideas among the
NGO/not-for-profit/campaigner circuits too... FN
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Visit by Richard Stallman to OWI, 7 June 02
OWI - One World International http://www.oneworld.net/
Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU Project and president of the Free
Software Foundation, visited OWI on 7 June for a seminar with staff.
Stallman is the world�s best-known advocate of free � as opposed to
open-source � software. He opposes the use of proprietary software,
which he reasonably considers is largely motivated by the thirst of
large corporations to make profits and to control computer use and
indeed people for their own private and un-transparent ends.
He talked about the origins of the free software movement in the 1980s,
among developers like himself opposed to the privatization of socially
useful knowledge. The movement embraces a democratic principle in that
the direction of software development is determined by the choices made
by those who use and work on it, which anybody is free to do.
Ex-MIT programmer/developer Stallman described his moral revulsion when
faced by the binding terms and conditions that the proprietary software
corporations impose on users. He considers that most people in poor
countries will never be able to afford the cost of software licence
fees. He expressed strong distaste for the dubious means by which
proprietary companies seek to enforce their licences in the South. In
his view debate about the `digital divide' is in part an artificial one
arising from restrictive government policies and unethical corporate
Stallman described the early stages of developing GNU software
(pronounced with a hard G), imitating proprietary Unix (GNU = Gnu is Not
Unix), 18 years ago. Currently there are a reported 400,000-plus
developers of free software around the world, working on a combination
of GNU and Linux. They are opposed to the so-called open-source
movement, which also uses Linux, on the grounds that the latter does not
share the goal of a world in which everybody can use entirely free
Acknowledging that the task of freeing oneself from the dominance of
Microsoft and other software corporations appears daunting, Stallman
countered that the longer one depends on these corporations the heavier
the dependency will become. So it makes sense, he said, to free oneself
sooner rather than later.
Stallman was critical of NGOs that support ICT capacity-building among
grassroots organizations and communities if this involves introducing
them to proprietary software. He sees this as increasing the power of
predatory corporations and therefore disempowering people and
A new GNU project, NGU, aims to link GNU/Linux technical support with
NGOs seeking to move from proprietary to free software. Few if any major
NGOs have made such a move to date. But Stallman reported that the
Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sol has a policy of actively promoting
free software and plans to install GNU-Linux for 1 million
Stallman left OWI with some challenges about how we could work with and
support the free software movement, e.g. by develop GNU-Linux training
materials, supporting the development of free software packages where
needed, and moving to GNU-Linux ourselves.
It would be interesting and helpful to know how important the Foundation
Trustees consider the issue of free vs proprietary software. Is this
something that the OneWorld Network should take a position on?
Free Software Foundation (FSF)
ML, June 02
According to government sources in Venezuela, the South American nation
has announced an official policy that exclusively calls for the use of
open source software in that government.
Felipe Perez Martí from his first appearance in television incarnated
like Minister of Planning, he would announce his absolute certainty of
the urgent necessity to take years of inefficiency and chaos to him to
the framework, gigantic and slow Venezuelan State. He would declare then
his thesis of the shared in common economy and their attachment to the
philosophy of the free code. That day when it presented/displayed the
first economic proposal of the renewed economic cabinet of president
Chávez, would speak of Internet, and his convinced persistence to evolve
towards a country where the and-government was a high-priority strategy.
"I BELIEVE IN THE SHARED IN COMMON ECONOMY "
- Minister, On what one is based the thesis of the shared in common
economy and free software that is impelling the Ministry of Planning and
- free software is an extremely interesting phenomenon, which we thought
to take advantage of in the reform of the State, we even set out to
impel this scheme like essential part of our model of development. I
think that the technology is public good, as well as the knowledge is
public good. In simpler terms, cambur is a deprived good, because you
you eat it, then no longer is available for anybody more. But if you use
a computation program, it does not disappear, but that is available for
"Pepe", for "Ricardo", for any other, and that characteristic gives a
very special quality him in economy. The Industrial Era privatized the
technology like a way to produce it. Nevertheless, a new modality arose
to produce public goods: "the shared in common" way. Also the State can
produce these public goods or promote that they take place so that not
to mer his production to me, as it happens with the knowledge. It is
A Volunteer and Biz directories have been added to FSF India site.
"The Free Software Foundation of India is an organization run mostly
with the support of volunteers. If you agree with the objectives of
FSF-India, as described on the home page, and would like to contribute
your services as a volunteer, please register here. Please do
specify the areas where you think you can contribute, so that when
the organization is in need of your expertise we may contact you for
"One of the objectives of the Free Software Foundation of India is
to bring together free software users and businesses. This business
directory is an effort in that direction.
If you run a free software business or service, and would like to
be listed in our directory, please register here."
Im asking for advice about mail clients for Linux. I used to use pine, but
I think Ive outgrown it now. In the last week Ive tried the following two
options. Im not happy with either, and Ill give the reasons why.
- not very robust, error-prone
- not multi-threaded - locks up when checking / sending mail
- doesnt expunge messages until you close Balsa
- weird glitches w/ flagging and read/unread status
- not alot of bells and whistles I would like (searching, etc.)
- positive is that its mailbox structure and organization is very
- i didnt like the mbox organization where there are all these
weird .file directories and structures that are very difficult
to navigate from a shell
- im not a kde (gnome all the way!) guy and keeping up with new
releases of kde / kmail would be a pain
Basically I am looking for a simple, fast, graphical browser with decent
bells and whistles but still stores mail in mbox format with easy to
navigate (from the shell) folder structures.
Any advice from out there? (please cc me directly also as sometimes it is
a while before i read the messages that come to me in digest form)
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1. Malayalam translation of the GPL (Mahesh T Pai)
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 22:00:19 +0530
From: Mahesh T Pai <paivakil(a)vsnl.net>
Subject: [Indlinux-group] Malayalam translation of the GPL
I am working on translating the GPL into Malayalam. At present, the preamble
is completed, and I have put it up on my site,
The files are pre-release versions, and comments on the terminology used is
invited. For ease of feed back, I have numbered the paragraphs in square
brackets , and please quote the paragraph number in your responses.
It is available in four formats,
1. Varamozhi text:-
2. jpeg file:- (huge - 183 kb)
3. iscii encoded html, cur'tsy iLeap - so it uses ML-TTkarthika font.
4. Unicode html, converted from varamozhi.
The unicode file uses styles in the headers and uses malayalam.ttf (the font) by
default. If you do not have malayalam.ttf, open this file (the html file) in
any text editor, and add name of font you have on line 19.
5. Post script format, (hhhhhuuuuuuggggggeeeeee - 251 kb)
I expect that there might some some opinions on the choice of words used, (like
'saujanyam' and 'swatantra').
Expecting your feed back (boquets and brickbats),
Mahesh T Pai.
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On Tue, 27 Aug 2002 fsf-friends-request(a)mm.gnu.org.in wrote:
> Fred> difficult would this task be? Do let me know... FN PS: If
> Fred> someone could give me cost estimate for writing the script,
> Fred> I'd be grateful...
> You owe me a soda when I'm next in Goa :)
> -- Raju
Raju, I'm really grateful to you and Vinay Pawar. Thanks for the speedy
help. As you probably know, they don't serve sodas in Goa. ;-) And for
myself, I'm a teetotaller.
No, in case you thought this is an attempt to cheat you of your legit
charges, I'm only joking. You choose the menu and venue as to how I can
repay you. But you've not been coming to Goa for some time now. Guess we
could sure do with outstation speakers (for our 4th Saturday of the month
ILUG-Goa meetings... and also for other public events, like the CSI's
Exhibition of Computers and Allied Products ECAP due to be held on Aug
31-Sept1 at Panjim and Sept7-8 at Margao.)