Original Message -----
From: "IT@School" <itschool(a)asianetindia.com>
Sent: Saturday, October 05, 2002 5:08 PM
> Mr.Manjush G. Menon
> We are not giving to depend totally on Ms. Products. Rather MS
> Office is taught along with open office and Windows along with Linux
> from this year. Arranging the resource persons for training an open
> software, making available the software, the maintenance of a help desk
> etc. are logistical issues which could not be immediately undertaken.
> We plan switch out to open software within three years.
> Executive Director
---- Original Message -----
From: Manjush G. Menon
Sent: Friday, October 04, 2002 5:46 PM
Subject: Respected sir,
Manjush G. Menon,
Sofker Solutions Pvt Ltd,
The Executive Director,
'IT @ SCHOOL' Project,
SUB: In protest against the inclusion of products from multinational companies
in the syllabus of 'IT @ SCHOOL'
It's a very dissappointing fact that when the whole world is moving towards
Free software, we at kerala are going behind a major MNC - Microsoft. I hereby register
my protest in such an act from 'IT @ SCHOOL' Project team.
Breaking of prototypes will definetly help us in finding economical and high quality
products for our future generation.
For students and programmers, the GNU Linux contains 'GNU Compiler Collections'
which includes C, C++, FORTRAN, PERL, TCL etc. Also, for DTP and other publishing purposes,
it includes GNU Office utilities like Abi-Word, gedit, and other worksheet utilities,
all these with a nominal cost of Rs 700-800/-. The software as it is, is free and
the cost is accounted towards the media (CD + Documentation) included.
By this letter, I urge you to take this matter seriously and suggest necessary modifications
in the action plan of 'IT @ SCHOOL' project.
Wishing you all the best and wishing all 'Students @ SCHOOL' a bright future,
Manjush G. Menon.
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---------- Forwarded message ----------
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]
I am calling "free software" as "freedom software"
these days. This is to emphasize that we are talking
about freedoms, this way I am able to avoid the idiom
``free'' as in ``free speech,'' not as in ``free
beer.'', and I hope that the idiom will become
Does anybody have an opinion on this? Unless I hear
good reasons for why it should be otherwise, I will be
using "freedom software" when I try and explain free
Also in written communication, I am writing
"Free(dom)" instead of "Free", should I just be using
"Freedom". Please let me know.
RMS, if you are reading this. Do you have any
opinion on this usage?
This is particularly important for me, since I am
starting to give talks on Free Software Movement, (to
friends mostly, in Bay Area, California, USA). The
title of the next talk is
"Freedom, Development and Justice in the context of
Free(dom) Software Movement"
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I was thinking that the opinion
(http://fsf.org.in/philosophy/mitrules.html) did not
mention "accountability to citizens" as the reason
governments should be using free software. I as a
citizen have the right to audit the government.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Raman.P
> --- Krishna Pagadala
> > I am calling "free software" as "freedom software"
> > these days. This is to emphasize that we are talking
> > about freedoms, this way I am able to avoid the idiom
> > ``free'' as in ``free speech,'' not as in ``free
> > beer.'', and I hope that the idiom will become
> > unnecessary.
> > Also in written communication, I am writing
> > "Free(dom)" instead of "Free", should I just be using
> > "Freedom". Please let me know.
> > RMS, if you are reading this. Do you have any
> > opinion on this usage?
> I am using Free(dom) term for nearly two years in all my talks in
> schools/colleges and organisations. I found it convenient and the
> message is driven easily.
The term "Freedom Software" is really good. If it had been used intially,
It could have perhaps ( In my opinion)
1) Conveyed the Meaning of the movement
2) Could have avoided all the Open Source Software Vs Free Software (term
3) No child process of the name FLOSS
RMS, Did you think of using term "Freedom Software" for the entire concept?
I am yet to find your comments (on www) regarding this.
I feel using " free software " is the right term to use , because
freedom is aldready got
you have the GPL license to use free software , I think term " Free
Software " has been well thought before it was implemented,