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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can any one help NSS COLLEGE OF ENGG Free Software Users group to
conduct a workshop or awareness program on Free Software philosophy
From: Dileep M. Kumar <dileep(a)symonds.net>
Subject: [fsug-kochi-discuss] [Fwd: NSS COLLEGE OF ENGG Free Software
Date: 27 Nov 2004 19:25:30 +0530
Any takers ?
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: NSS COLLEGE OF ENGG Free Software Users group
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 05:30:03 +0000 (GMT)
From: santhosh thottingal <santhoshthottingal(a)yahoo.co.in>
We have a Free Software users group in our NSS
College of Engineering,Plakkad, named as FOX-Free
software and Open systems eXtended. We understood that
most of the students not aware of the Free software
movement and GNU or they are misunderstanding the
meaning and the mission. In this scenario we would
like to conduct an awareness programme in the form of
a seminar or workshop. We think that you are used to
conduct these type of programmes and you can help us.
If you are interested please reply us in email.
Santhosh T R,
Dept of Computer Science and Engg.
NSS college of Engineering,
A proud GNU user
Visit me at http://www.pravi.tk
Recently, the ILUGC organised a demo day for IEEE [pronounced as
I-triple-E] at the Central Lecture Theatre, IIT Madras. Brief minutes
about the meet is available at:
My talk was on on "FSF and GNU", and the slides I used for the talk is
available at: http://personal.vsnl.com/ramanraj/FSF_and_GNU.tar.gz
[99K] The purpose of the talk was to briefly introduce FSF and GNU to
an audience totally new to free software. I should thank Bharathi for
organising the event, giving the opportunity and for choosing a nice
topic to talk about :)
Though I used OO Impress for the talk, I have converted the file for
use with MagicPoint, a X11 based presentation tool. The presentation
file (FSF_and_GNU.mgp) is just a text file which may be easily
modified or improved. MagicPoint allows presentation files to be
created quickly with a text editor, building with tag directives for
embedding graphics, grabbing command outputs into foils for live
displays during presentations etc. After installing MagicPoint, to
start the presentation give the command:
# mgp <file_name>
Official home page of MagicPoint is at: http://www.Mew.org/mgp/
Shakthi Kannan, gave a presentation on "GNU/Linux Software
Applications for Engineers and Tech Support" and is available for
download from http://www.geocities.com/cyborg4k/ieee1104.tar.gz [1MB]
released under the Creative Commons-Attribution/Non-commercial/
Shared-Alike Version 2.0
Sivasankar Chander also introduced Gnu/Linux to the audience, but I do
not have the link to his slides. In all, about 30 IEEE members, 70
IIT-M Students, and few others attended the demo day workshop.
Guile is pretty ineresting for sure. Are there anyoone working on it from India?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Anand Babu" <ab(a)gnu.org.in>
To: "Principal Support List of FSF-India" <fsf-friends(a)mm.gnu.org.in>
Subject: Re: [Fsf-friends] any lisp programmers?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 04:24:19 -0800
> Fsf-prog (FSF India Programmers List) is more appropriate list to
> discuss this topic.
> ,----[ "ISAAC PRAVEEN" <satriani(a)linuxmail.org> ]
> | Would like to know if there are any Lisp programmers, not essentially
> | AI programming. I work on common Lisp and Scheme (the future exn
> | language for GNU)!
> Yes, I use GNU Guile for Scheme programming. I found Scheme much more
> powerful and easer than Python. Some of my own projects (like GNU
> FreeIPMI, Freehoo) uses Scheme. My desktop environment (GNU Emacs,
> Gnus, Sawfish...) is mostly Lisp extensible.
> ,----[ "ISAAC PRAVEEN" <satriani(a)linuxmail.org> ]
> | Currently, writing an extension language called ACE-lisp for
> | algebraic(symbolic) computing. Not a replica of maxima though! Just
> | for fun.
> I would very much recommend you to contribute it to GNU Guile project.
> Anand Babu
> Free as in Freedom <www.gnu.org>
> Fsf-friends mailing list
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>Rakesh 'arky' Ambati wrote:
>--- Sriharsha Vedurmudi
>Is this "Project Shiksha" (Shiksha -> Teachin) or
>'Project Siksha' (Siksha -> Punishment)?
>So, M$ is now kicking off with a colourful Trojan
Generally, we cannot go by such unofficial reports which may be false
or incorrect based on rumours. We would need to go by information
from more authoritative sources. If the MOU is true, it is a very
serious issue calling for swift action. Regardless of whether the MOU
is true or false, we need to apprise the concerned officials with a
It has taken a great deal of effort, enthusiasm and energy, of FSF,
RMS, Eric Raymond, Linus Torvalds, Alan Cox and thousands of other
developers, to create a totally free operating system, that is robust,
secure and open. After more than two decades of hard work, we just
have to take what is being served on a plate and eat it. The advocacy
these days is more on merely *using* free software, that is much, much
easier than *developing* free software. A government that cares for
the welfare of its people would never ignore free software. Probably
a memorandum could be addressed to the Govt of WB to take note of the
free software movement, pointing to very fine examples from around the
world, particularly Brazil, the whole of Africa, and Europe.
The following report is particularly interesting:
I am sure mere representations to the Govt. of WB should bring in
desired changes, and PIL or other action would only come last of all,
if necessary at all.
Biting the hand that feeds IT
This is a story published on The Register, the UK's leading IT news
web site. You can find the original at:
I saw this on The Register and thought of you. Enjoy!
Security Report: Windows vs Linux
An independent assessment
By Nicholas Petreley
Friday 22nd October 2004 07:26 GMT
* Executive Summary
* Busting The Myths
+ Myth: There's Safety In Small Numbers
+ Myth: Open Source is Inherently Dangerous
+ Myths: Conclusions Based on Single Metrics
* Windows vs. Linux Design
+ Windows Design
o Windows has only recently evolved from a single-user
design to a multi-user model
o Windows is Monolithic by Design, not Modular
o Windows Depends Too Heavily on the RPC model
o Windows focuses on its familiar graphical desktop
+ Linux Design
o Linux is based on a long history of well fleshed-out
o Linux is Modular by Design, not Monolithic
o Linux is Not Constrained by an RPC Model
o Linux servers are ideal for headless non-local
* Realistic Security and Severity Metrics
+ Elements of an Overall Severity Metric
o Overall Severity Metric and Interaction Between the
Three Key Metrics
o The Exception To The Rule
o Applying The Overall Severity Metric
+ Means Of Evaluating Metrics
o Exposure Potential
o Exploitation Potential
o Damage Potential
o Overall Severity Risk
+ Additional Considerations
o Application Imbalance
o Setup and Administration
* A Comparison of 40 Recent Security Patches
+ Patches and Vulnerabilities Affecting Microsoft Windows
+ Patches and Vulnerabilities Affecting Red Hat Enterprise
Linux AS v.3
* CERT Vulnerability Notes Database Results
Much ado has been made about whether or not Linux is truly more secure
than Windows. We compared Windows vs. Linux by examining the following
metrics in the 40 most recent patches/vulnerabilities listed for
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 vs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS v.3: ...
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Fascinating article, of relevance to those
in the Free Software world. FN
INDIA's MARCH TOWARDS OPEN ACCESS
Subbiah Arunachalam argues that the best way
to make scientific research more available worldwide is to encourage scientists
self-archive their research.
In December 2003, the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) held a one-day
conference on access to scientific data and information as part of its
annual meeting in Pune. The conference was held to address two key problems
faced by Indian scientists -- poor access to international journals and the
low visibility of papers published by Indian scientists -- and the possible
solutions offered by electronic publishing and open archives.
Inaugurating the conference, Raghunath A. Mashelkar, director-general of
India's Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, spoke of how
international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and
the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) were helping developing
countries improve electronic access to expensive journals through the HINARI
and AGORA programmes, respectively.
Unfortunately, however, India has not benefited from either of these
programmes. Although journal publishers are willing to provide
toll-free electronic access to researchers in countries where
relatively few scientists read their journals, they are not prepared
to do so in larger developing countries such as India, where they
already have a considerable number of subscribers. Yet India's
average gross domestic product (GDP) is, per capita, less than half
the threshold agreed upon by the WHO and FAO when they set up the
HINARI and AGORA programmes.
A RADICAL RESPONSE
So scientists in such countries need to find a more radical response by
harnessing the new opportunities provided by information and communication
technologies (ICTs). We need to break away from the existing model of
publishing and communicating scientific knowledge. One way of doing this is
to embrace the 'open-access' approach being promoted by the Budapest Open
Access Initiative with its two complementary strategies of setting up
interoperable open archives and promoting open-access journals.
Several Indian publishers have already adopted the open-access philosophy
for the electronic versions of their journals. Unlike some open-access
journals in other countries, in which authors pay to publish their papers,
Indian open-access journals use government grants and subscriptions to their
print version to cover publishing costs.
All 10 journals of the Indian Academy of Sciences, for example, as well as
the four journals of INSA, are open-access journals. In fact, INSA has
already produced free-access electronic versions of back volumes for all its
journals, and the Indian Academy of Sciences is also attempting a similar
The Journal of the Indian Institute of Science is also available in this
form back to its very first issue, published in 1914. The Indian Medlars
Centre of the National Informatics Centre, New Delhi, is bringing out
electronic versions of 22 biomedical journals, all of them accessible
without subscription. The Medlars Centre also has an online bibliographic
database, www.indmed.nic.in, providing titles and abstracts of articles from
77 Indian biomedical journals.
Medknow Publications, a small company based in Mumbai, has helped 10
medical journals -- including the Journal of Post Graduate Medicine
and Neurology India -- make the transition from print to electronic
open access and all of them are doing much better now than before.
In addition, some Indian open-access journals are using international
agencies such as Bioline, a not-for-profit electronic publishing service for
developing countries, and JournalServer.org, an online library of academic
journals, to gain greater visibility.
However, open-access publishing needs to be complemented by setting up
interoperable institutional archives, which allow researchers to make
versions of their articles publicly available online both before and after
An additional attraction of such archives is that they would raise the
profile of Indian research. At present, research originating in an Indian
laboratory and published in expensive journals all too often goes unnoticed,
even by other researchers in India. Creating institutional archives of such
work would help to integrate it into the global knowledge base, to reduce
the isolation of our scientists and to improve opportunities for funding and
The clear advantages offered by institutional archiving over the present
publishing system, in which many research papers are held in the back issues
of journals controlled by commercial (and some society) publishers in other
countries, suggests that the government should have an interest in ensuring
its success. India's University Grants Commission, for example, should
insist that major universities with a large output of science and technology
papers set up institutional archives.
Other funding agencies -- such as the Department of Science &
Technology, Department of Scientific & Industrial Research,
Department of Biotechnology, Department of Atomic Energy, Department
of Space, Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Indian Council
of Medical Research -- should also insist that research papers
resulting from work supported by their funds be made available
through open-access archives and toll-free journals.
India is not the only country being drawn towards open access.
In China - for example, among officials of the National Natural Science
Foundation and the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information in
China, as well as researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences
-- there is already significant interest in its benefits to the country's
Reflecting this interest, in mid-June 2004 China will hold a major national
conference on open access in cooperation with the US National Academy of
Sciences. And in the last week of June, the Eighth International Conference
on Electronic Publishing will take place in Brasilia.
The first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, held last
December, has given a considerable boost to these efforts: the WSIS
Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action include strong statements in
favour of open access to scientific literature. UN secretary-general Kofi
Annan has also offered his support.
NURTURING THE NETWORK
International action is one thing, but genuine free access is another.
It will need a champion (or champions) in every institution to promote the
creation of institutional archives, and persuade scientists to place their
papers in them.
Free access also requires adequate hardware and connectivity. Many
universities and research institutions in the developing world lack both
computers and high bandwidth Internet connectivity, so part of the strategy
of open-access proponents must include campaigning for improved ICT
facilities. Luckily, costs of both hardware and Internet bandwidth are
coming down all over the world.
Another important hurdle to overcome is the fact that many scientists labour
under the impression that journal editors may not accept archived papers,
claiming that this represents an unacceptable form of 'pre-publication'.
These scientists worry that it will be difficult to assess the impact of
their research if it isn't published in conventional journals. After all,
they argue, promotions and awards are often determined by the impact factor
of the journals in which one's work is published. Many are also unaware of
the advantages of gaining greater visibility and are reluctant to make the
effort to post their articles on archives.
Just over a year ago, for example, the National Centre for Science
Information (NCSI) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), the country's
best-known higher education institution in science and technology, set up an
institutional archive. The institute publishes about 1,800 papers a year, of
which about 900 are indexed in the Web of Science, which gives access to the
world's most prestigious, high impact research journals.
Yet so far, the archive has attracted less than 70 papers. This experience
emphasises an important point: it is not enough just to create an
open-access archive. Filling it is far more important (and difficult). After
all, an empty archive is worse than having no archive at all.
But attitudes of the journals are changing, making institutional
archiving a more attractive proposition. It is important for
champions of open access to let scientists know that many journals,
including high-impact titles such as Nature and the British Medical
Journal, already permit authors to archive both preprints and
postprints. The emphasis should therefore be on setting up open
archives rather than on persuading journal publishers to make their
journals open access.
If scientists and scientific establishments in China, India and Brazil can
be persuaded to adopt open access quickly, then it is likely that the rest
of the developing world will follow.
Indian National Science Academy Indian Academy of Sciences
Indian Medlars Centre HINARI
AGORA Budapest Open Access Initiative Bioline International JournalServer.org M
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