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Malaysian end-user workshop on open source software
Posted by: nsh on Monday, February 24, 2003 - 10:13 AM
Centre News The Malaysian National Computer Confederation
recently held a end-user appreciation workshop that showcased open
source software solutions for the typical office environment. Read
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Richard Stallman visits India
Posted by: ImranWilliamSmith on Sunday, February 23, 2003 - 02:51 AM
Centre News Richard Stallman is currently visiting India.
He is talking at several locations, and there is some very positive
feedback from those who heard him speak. Read more...
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Peru Congressman's anti-Microsoft letter now translated into
Posted by: admin on Thursday, February 20, 2003 - 12:27 PM
Localization User eulerkhc has kindly made a Chinese
translation of Congressman Villanueva's letter to Microsoft. The
letter explains why the Peru Government is against proprietary
software such as Microsoft products. Read more...
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Knowledgebase reaches 400 pages
Posted by: ImranWilliamSmith on Thursday, February 13, 2003 - 06:08 PM
Centre News We are pleased to see that the knowledgebase is
growing fast, and now contains over 400 pages related to open source,
localization and Asia. Read more...
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Introduction to Open Source Licensing
Posted by: sujita on Friday, January 31, 2003 - 03:35 PM
Open source legal Today we see a steadily increasing use of open
source software throughout the world. This increase has directly led
to an increase in the number of open source licenses. Because of this,
the whole topic of licensing open source software has become very
complex. This article attempts to describe the basics of open source
licensing for people new to open source. Read more...
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Non-Technical Comparison of 10 Major Linux Distributions
Posted by: ImranWilliamSmith on Monday, January 13, 2003 - 10:32 AM
Linux A new user to Linux may be overwhelmed by the number of
possible distributions. Here is a non-technical comparison of 10 of
the most popular distributions. Read more...
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Wiki for producing local content
Posted by: admin on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 - 11:40 AM
Localization A recent trend in software may help non-technical
people to rapidly collaborate and produce local content. Read
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� Malaysian end-user workshop on open source software (Feb 24,
� Richard Stallman visits India (Feb 23, 2003)
� Peru Congressman's anti-Microsoft letter now translated into
Chinese (Feb 20, 2003)
� Knowledgebase reaches 400 pages (Feb 13, 2003)
� Contact Information (Feb 13, 2003)
� About AsiaOSC (Feb 13, 2003)
� Introduction to Open Source Licensing (Jan 31, 2003)
� Non-Technical Comparison of 10 Major Linux Distributions (Jan
� AsiaOSC website to be soft-launched on 15th Jan 2003 (Dec 19,
� Wiki for producing local content (Dec 11, 2002)
FSF-India was launched in September 2002. Are you interested in an FSF
branch in your own country?
(_) Not sure
[ Results | Polls ]
Can anyone help to build a list of all GLUGs, LUGs and FSUG (Free Software
User Groups) in India? My earlier list is rather incomplete and
dated. Perhaps we are missing out on a whole lot of newcomers.
Also, what plans does FSF-India have to promote the growth of new GLUGs,
by sharing ideas with them or even mentoring a group when it is in a
nascent stage? Thanks, FN
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Should you require any additional information, please do contact me.
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Telefax: 080-5215556, 5219016, 5202313
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NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
"OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE: A NEW DIRECTION FOR INDIA?"
Sponsored by IBM India Ltd.
� The Event is to explore and pave a new direction for the Country in
its stride towards e-enablement and e-Governance.
� Exhibition by leading Vendors coinciding the Conference
Bangalore, February 20, 2003: MAIT, with the support of IBM India Ltd. and
Department of IT & BT, Government of Karnataka is organising a one-day
National Conference on "Open Source Software: A New Direction for India?"
on the 26th of February, 2003 at Hotel Leela Palace, Bangalore.
The Conference will be inaugurated by Mr. R V Deshpande, Hon'ble Minister
for Large & Medium Industries, Government of Karnataka and the Keynote
address and Valedictory address will be delivered by Mr. Abraham Thomas,
Managing Director, IBM India and Mr. Ashok Soota, President, CII
The event would witness a Panel Discussion on "Proprietary Vs Open Source
Software" where the IT Secretaries of leading States and other Govt.
officials who drive the IT in their respective States will be the
Panelists. To name some of them would be, Mr. Rajeev Chawla, Secretary,
e-Governance, Govt. of Karnataka; Mr. Vivek Harinarain, Secretary ? IT,
Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Sanjay Singh, Secretary to CM & Secretary ? IT,
Govt. of Madhya Pradesh and Dr. Harbakhsh Singh, Secretary ? IT, Govt of
Haryana. Mr. Vinay Deshpande, Managing Trustee, Simputer Trust will be the
Moderator of this discussion.
The eminent speakers at this Conference also include Dr. Nadadur Janardhan,
e-Governance Advisor & Program Integrator, DCA21; Prof. S Sadagopan,
Director, IIIT Bangalore; Mr. Sandeep Menon, Linux Business Manager, IBM
ASEAN/SA; Prof. D B Phatak, Head-KRSIT, IIT Mumbai; Mr. Sachin Dabir, Head
Enterprise Sales, Red Hat India; Mr. Ashok Pandey, President & GM,
Turbolinux Inc., Beijing, China; Mr. Frank Luksic, Country Manager,
Software Group, IBM and Mr. Srikant Sundararajan, Vice President,
Professional Services & CTO, HCL Infosystems Ltd.
The implementation Case Studies from prominent foreign countries and also
by NIC and C-DAC will be featured at this Conference.
Coinciding the event, leading vendors like IBM, HCL, Red Hat, Netcore
Solutions, Turbolinux, Altosys, etc. will be exhibiting their products.
Describing the objectives of this Conference, Mr. Venkat Kedlaya, Chairman,
Southern Region, MAIT, told ? "the event is to emphasise the importance and
usage of Open Source Software as a viable alternative for rapid deployment
of e-Governance in Government departments and other Government owned
organisations. One of the key issues in deploying Information Technology
solutions to improve Governance is the need for using non-proprietary
software platforms. The Government agencies in Japan, France, Germany,
China and the United States are adopting Open Source Software (OSS) in a
big way. Developments and advances in OSS have helped user agencies to move
to Open Source. Even big companies like IBM, Sun, and HP are supporting the
He also said that the added benefit to Government is the ability to reduce
Total Cost of Ownership when OSS is chosen. Government can now specify OSS
as an alternative to proprietary software.
Mr. Abraham Thomas, Managing Director, IBM India said, "As the importance
of open source grows in the marketplace, governments around the world are
increasing focus on Linux. Linux brings together all the essential features
for an operating system like security, flexibility, independence, reduced
cost, good performance, reliability and ease of migration. The use of open
computing in the Government IT infrastructure would result in improved
service to the citizen. We at IBM India have undertaken various initiatives
to build awareness and encourage government policy makers to understand the
value open computing brings to the national IT strategy"
The conference would debate on issues and concerns like support, local
language interface, stability, inter operability with legacy applications
and the viability to use OSS in desk top environment.
More than 200 delegates from Central and State Government Departments/
Agencies, Public Sector Undertakings, Corporate Sector and other Users of
OSS and representatives from both IT and Developer communities will be
taking part in this Conference.
Set up in 1982 for purposes of scientific, educational and IT industry
promotion, MAIT has emerged as an effective, influential and dynamic
organisation. Representing hardware, training R&D and associated services
sectors of the Indian IT Industry, MAIT's charter is to develop a global
competitive Indian IT Industry, promote the usage of IT in India,
strengthen the role of IT in national economic development and promote
business through international alliances.
For more information on MAIT please visit www.mait.com
Thanks and regards,
Corporate Communications, IBM India Limited, 1st floor, Express Building,
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi 110 002 (INDIA)
ph # 91-11-23702020 Extn: 573 fx # 91-11-23702021
I am new to this group.
I decided to join this group after I heard RMS' lecture in JADAVPUR
UNIVERSITY in KOLKATA.
I am a school student in class XII with my Board Exams infront.
My fields of interest are GNU/LINUX, C PROGRAMMING and MUSIC
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February 20, 2003
Microsoft Woos Academic World
By Thor Olavsrud
Continuing efforts to woo academia, Microsoft (Quote,
Company Info) Thursday said it will release Visual Studio .NET
2003 Academic Edition to U.S. schools in conjunction with professional
versions of the development environment. Additionally, the source code
for a number of environment's components will be made available under
Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative through an Academic Tools
The company also announced the 25 recipients of its 2003 Microsoft
Research (MSR) University Relations Innovation Excellence research
grants. Microsoft selected the 25 recipients from 152 submissions, and
will award $3.5 million to the chosen projects.
The open source community has made tremendous strides in the halls of
academia, where a platform like Linux has great appeal for students
because it is free and it can be taken apart and examined. This has
the potential to become a big problem for a company like Microsoft,
which is generally regarded with antipathy by the open source
community for its perceived ruthless business practices and the
jealous guarding of its secrets -- a practice that is at loggerheads
with a culture that has grown up with the mantra "information needs to
A future in which generations of young programmers are brought into
the Linux fold and not trained to utilize Microsoft platforms could be
a disaster for the company. To combat this problem, Microsoft created
the Shared Source Initiative, a program which gives access to the
Windows source code to certain customers, partners, developers and
"Today's announcements are about working with academia to foster
innovation and help students and professors be successful," said Eric
Rudder, senior vice president for the Developer and Platform
Evangelism Division at Microsoft. "Academic developers are defining
the future at educational institutions around the world. Our mission
is to make our software and programs so easily accessible that
students and educators are limited only by their own imaginations."
With the new Academic Edition, and the Shared Source Common
Language Infrastructure (CLI), also known as 'Rotor' -- which offers
up the core source code of the .NET Framework -- Microsoft aims to
give students and educators a look under the hood of its environment
and allows them to use multiple programming languages, including
Eiffel, Scheme, C# and Java to learn their craft.
"The Shared Source Initiative, and particularly 'Rotor,' is vital in
helping us achieve the learning objectives of our .NET MSc Distributed
Systems Development graduate program," said David Grey, professor of
computer science at University of Hull in England. "We strongly
believe that providing our students with the inner workings of the
.NET Framework and the Shared Source CLI as part of this degree
program will give them a significant edge in research and in expertise
needed to excel in the areas of Web services and mobile and
Visual Studio .NET 2003 Academic Edition will be available through
subscription to the MSDN Academic Alliance program, which computer
science departments can join for $799.
The Visual Studio .NET Academic Tools Source Licensing Program will
become available through the Shared Source Initiative in summer 2003,
providing access to the source code for Assignment Manager Server,
Assignment Manager Faculty Client and Assignment Manager Student
Client. The program will allow professors, students, academic
researchers and independent developers to use, modify and redistribute
the licensed source code of the Assignment Manager for both commercial
and non-commercial purposes, including the creation and distribution
of derivatives for non-Windows-based applications. (#)
SQL Server developers face huge royalty bills. How many, how much?
A Washington court ruling could see SQL Server developers liable for
millions of dollars in licensing fees.
The judgment concerns a contract dispute between Timeline Inc. and
Microsoft, over three patents relating to datamarts. In Microsoft's
interpretration of its licence with Timeline, published in a press
release in July 1999, "all users of Microsoft SQL Server 7, Office 2000
and other Microsoft products that utilize this type of technology are
unencumbered by Timeline's patents."
> >> I am doing some testing for Telugu, using Pothana2000 font, on Gnome
> > Is it a Free Font ? Can i get it ?
> Free as in 'free beer' , available from
Any idea about Free as in 'freedom' Telugu OpenType font ? It would be
nice if some one start working on converting Akruti Telugu font to
OpenType. We should try to make one indian language OTF font. (Tamil,
Malayalam and Bengla seems to be ready)
URL : http://www.ilug-cal.org/node.php?id=78
RMS Speaks [icon.gif]
Submitted by sankarshan on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 - 09:44
Richard M Stallman, more famous by his acronym RMS, spoke for the
greater part of 120 mins at K P Basu Memorial Hall of the Jadavpur
University, at the meet organized by JU. The iLUG-Calcutta members
were part of the audience and this is a account of the proceedings.
RMS was scheduled to speak on GNU/Linux OS & the Free Software
Movement. While generally not deviating from his previous speeches and
presentations, the occasion was made memorable by the packed audience.
For a hall with a comfortable seating capacity of ~200, there were
those who stood & sat on the aisle and passage(s) throughout the 2
The session began with a prelude by Dr A N Basu the VC of JU,
introducing RMS to the audience, though his frank admission was noted
- RMS needs introduction to only a very few. His short introduction
contained a viewpoint on the importance of societal knowledge and the
need to perform acts for the greater good of the society. The Pro-VC
of JU, Dr Ashok R Thakur, in his short speech integrated the need to
program software with the concept of freedom [freedom as espoused by
The freedom to run the program, the freedom to study how the
program works and adapt it to one's
needs, the freedom to redistribute the program to help users and the
freedom to improve the program and release the improvements to the
public. In this he used a Russian parable of Gorky to illustrate the
untiring courage of path breakers and evangelists who had the courage
and the vision to forsee the need to make people aware of freedom or
the lack of it in their daily life. He so correctly pointed out that
the issue transcends the economic sphere into a socio-political
domain. The business model of proprietary and monopolistic software
and the associated development model needs to be put under the scanner
according to him.
RMS expressed the need to speak about the socio-political issue
associated with software development. In his opinion, every software
project has a self-serving nature in that its richness is built when
the community participates in its evolution. A community based
development model implements good and moral rules of the society and
thus helps in building up the community itself. The software slowly
evolves like a city. By means of the now legendary Xerox laser printer
model at MIT, he drew a picture of how the proprietary model involving
Non Disclosure Agreement(s) stifle productivity and lead to a closed
community of programmers working in secrecy. And although paradoxical,
Free Software support actually follows the laws of market economics so
as to ensure that the developmental model is not hindered or hampered
in any way. While non-free software represents in his belief, a choice
of "masters", the goal of Free Software is the one that should be more
publicised. At this point he talked about the motivation for people
who write/create free software. He thinks, and is aware of, the need
for people to break the shackles. Some do it for the fun of it, some
as a consequence of their political idealogical leanings while some do
it for money and appreciation. But whatever maybe the reason for
creation of such software, the GNU/Linux movement is a strong one. He
expressed a desire to make people more aware of the role of the FSF in
the proliferation of the strong and vibrant free software scene. The
end part of his talk was dominated by the DMCA, Software patents as
well as the trusted computing initiative from Intel & Windows. And
hypothesizing about a time when such shackles on intellectual property
would make it impossible to work in a computing environment.
RMS's alter ego St IGNUcius of the Church of Emacs also dropped in
with his holy blessings on the proceedings.
Some of the memorable quotes of the day :
On being asked if using vi [in the Church of Emacs was a sin] he
admitted [as St IGNUcius ] that using vi was not a sin but a penance.
On the restrictive and evil influence of monopolistic and proprietary
business model, RMS described the incident with the laser printer and
the need for a source code as "We became prisoners of our own
At the end of the 2 hours, after the distribution of 'some GNU/Linux'
stickers was over, the members of the ilUG-Calcutta had a short but
interesting interaction with RMS. While personal doubts about the
licensing regime and the FSF movement were answered, the individual
feelings are best left to be discussed in a meeting.
RMS's writings, speeches and quotes as well as reports on recent
activities are available at his personal home page
In case any of you didn't yet reach here... FN
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