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From: John Sullivan <johns(a)fsf.org>
Date: Oct 26, 2005 8:30 PM
Subject: Call to vote against software patents in "European of the Year" poll
FREE AND OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE LUMINARIES CALL ON WORLDWIDE COMMUNITY
TO VOTE AGAINST SOFTWARE PATENTS IN THE "EUROPEAN OF THE YEAR 2005"
Richard Stallman, Tim O'Reilly, Alan Cox, Rasmus Lerdorf and Monty
Widenius endorse Florian Mueller's candidacy "because he runs on a
NoSoftwarePatents ticket, and that is the message we want to
Brussels (20 October 2005) -- A group of Free and Open-Source Software
(FOSS) celebrities has weighed in on the election of the "European of
the Year 2005" by calling on "software developers and users around the
globe" to vote for Florian Mueller, the founder of the
NoSoftwarePatents.com campaign, in a public online poll. The
illustrious consortium consists of--in alphabetical order of last
name--Alan Cox, Red Hat Fellow and Linux kernel maintainer; Rasmus
Lerdorf, creator of the PHP programming language; Tim O'Reilly, book
publisher and conference organizer; Richard Stallman, President of the
Free Software Foundation (who in 1984 began the work that produced
today's popular GNU/Linux operating system); and Monty Widenius,
creator of the MySQL database.
In a NoSoftwarePatents press release, the community leaders today
expressed their support for the voting recommendations that
NoSoftwarePatents.com has published in more than a dozen languages:
http://www.nosoftwarepatents.com/en/m/ev50/vote.html Participants in
the poll are required to make a choice in each of ten categories, and
the voting list provided by NoSoftwarePatents.com explains the role
that various candidates played in the software patent debate so that
voters can reward the opponents of software patents and penalize
On 22 September, Florian Mueller was nominated for the most
prestigious award in EU politics, the "EV50 Europeans of the
Year". The jury thereby recognized his political efforts against a
legislative proposal that in his opinion would have legalized software
patents in Europe. The European Parliament rejected the bill on 6 July
by a landslide of 648-32 votes. Mueller, who stressed that he owes
this nomination "to our entire community and especially to the
Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII)", is credited
with founding a multilingual campaign website, speaking out in the
media and at public events, and lobbying MEPs (Members of the European
Parliament) as well as governments and parliaments in select EU member
The European Voice, a major EU-focused weekly, is now conducting an
Internet poll in which Mueller runs against such famous contenders as
U2 frontman Bono, Bob Geldof, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, and
political leaders including British prime minister Tony Blair, the
outgoing German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, and Schroeder's
successor designate Angela Merkel. The poll is open to the worldwide
public until 11 November.
Mueller's endorsers pointed out that the FOSS community has played a
particularly active role in the fight against software patents, but
that software patents "threaten us all because they don't discriminate
based on programming language, operating system, or licensing
model". The group is "disconcerted by early reports" that the EU is
now looking at alternative ways of giving software patents a stronger
legal basis in Europe, such as an EU community patent regulation.
The press release underscored the fact that "this is a campaign for a
cause, not for a person": People are asked to vote for Mueller
"because he runs on a NoSoftwarePatents ticket, and that is the
message we want to reinforce". The NoSoftwarePatents.com label is
right next to Mueller's name on the ballot (http://www.ev50.com/poll).
The endorsement furthermore stated: "Some other nominees also stand
for valid concerns and noble causes. However, those issues and
individuals have already received a lot of coverage in the mass media,
while the implications of software patents to the whole world,
including developing countries, still require much more public
awareness. In the sense that software patents monopolize mental steps,
they are also a human rights issue."
Mueller is confident that he can win the title of the "European of the
Year" against his famous competitors in the light of the "indisputable
e-campaigning power of the anti-software patent movement". In addition
to a campaign statement and voting recommendations, the website
provides an email form that allows supporters to spread the
(http://www.nosoftwarepatents.com/en/m/ev50/banners.html). The two
main slogans of the electoral campaign are "Vote against software
patents" and "Vote for your right to program".
Should he win the popular vote, Mueller said that "everyone is a
winner". He promised "to donate the Microsoft-sponsored prize money to
the FFII", without which he says he "probably wouldn't have become
involved, let alone succeeded, in this political battle".
The EV50 winners will be announced on 29 November. A gala evening at
the Palais d'Egmont in Brussels will be hosted by former European
Parliament President Pat Cox, who was hired by US corporations to
lobby for software patents in the build-up to the 6 July vote. The
EV50 awards are supported by Belgian Prime Minister Guy
Verhofstadt. Sponsors include PR and lobbying firm Burson-Marsteller,
software maker Microsoft Corporation (a major owner and backer of
software patents), and pharmaceutical giant Novartis. The European
Voice is a publication of the Economist group.
NOTE: Florian Mueller founded the NoSoftwarePatents.com campaign in
2004 with the support of three corporate sponsors (1&1, Red Hat, MySQL
AB), and managed it until March of 2005. He then gave his website to
the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), the
leading European pressure group that opposes the patentability of
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LTSP for IT@SCHOOL GNU/Linux
We have got the HCL winbee thin client setup made working on customozed
Debian installation for
IT@SCHOOL. Few schools in Kannur are using HCL winbee thin client setup by
The schools faced problem when they wanted to install Debian customozed
IT@SCHOOL GNN/Linux system.
There was no proper support from local company vendor who installed the
HCL thin client uses a proprietory OS and the bios setup was password
There was no details given about the client server setup configuration. The
server was based on Redhat 9.
After lots of struggle, I could replace the Redhat9.0 system with
customized debian installation.
After few teakings, the winbee client machines can now communicate over
XDMCP to the server,
get the workstation loging prompt and the system is working good.
We can now run LTSP on IT@SCHOOL GNU/Linux setup. Few more schools using
LTSP on earlier versions of Redhat8
has been now upgraded to Debian. All school installation now have Debain
customized for IT@SCHOOL.
CDs : Mandriva2006(32&64 bit),CentOS4.2,FedoraCore4,DebianSarge,
Ubuntu,Edubuntu,PHOENIX CD,HOWTO CD etc
Close on heels of Karat episode, comes another small piece in Hindu, where it
states that "some foundation" has selected the Kerala model as the best
e-governance model. The link is missing from The Hindu's portal. Pity, if
Microsoft has funded this "foundation", then they have lost their deposit.
Karat could possibly have been advised by the IKM guys here about this new
version of "free software", to which Microsoft India is deliberately trying to
give a new definition these days.
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Karat Releases Tamil Free Software
(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 20, 2005
Karat Releases Tamil Free Software
PRAKASH Karat, general secretary of the CPI(M), formally released Tamil free
software and open source tools developed by Panacea Dreamweavers Software
Private Limited, a Chennai-based company. The packages were received by Dr M
Anandakrishnan, former vice-chancellor of Anna University at a function in
Chennai on November 9.
Karat lauded the efforts of the company, stating that the packages and open
source tools were a big stride forward in democratising IT, besides making
the software available to small businessmen, self-help groups (SHGs) and
Presiding over the occasion, T K Rengarajan, CPI(M) central committee
member, said that launch of Tamil free software and open source tools would
go a long way in bridging the digital divide.
Dr Anandakrishnan said that college students should be encouraged to
develop software using the source code that has been made available to them
by Panacea Dreamweavers.
R Duraipandi, Director (Technology), Panacea Dreamweavers, spoke on the need
to develop free software for regional language computing and called upon
members of the developer community to take forward his company’s initiative
in other languages as well.
The guest of honour, Ms Vasanthi Devi, former vice-chancellor of Manonmaniam
Sundaranar University, commended the team led by Duraipandi on their
outstanding efforts. (INN)
This from LWN http://lwn.net/Articles/160314
"The Visvesvaraya Technological University (the leading technical university in the state of Karnataka) has sent out a letter to over 100 engineering colleges asking them to urge their students to attend FOSS.IN."
I think it is time to push Free Software in VTU, given their own circular.
To Reflect, to Inspire and to Empower
The great moral question of the twenty-first century is: If all knowledge, all culture, all art, all useful information, can be costlessly given to everyone at the same price that it is given to anyone -- if everyone can have everything, everywhere, all the time, why is it ever moral to exclude anyone from anything? -Eben Moglen
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Linux New Media Awards 2005
Linux New Media put together an international jury to recognize
outstanding contributions to Open Source. We'll tell you who brought
home the prizes when the 2005 Linux New Media awards were presented at
Linux World Frankfurt.
Linux New Media invited an international jury of some 200 members to
acclaim outstanding contributions to free software. Besides developers,
authors, and industry experts, the 2005 jury also included
representatives from public administration, an area in which Open Source
software is steadily gaining momentum.
Trend to VoIP
The award categories reflect current trends. Linux is gaining ground in
new fields such as Internet telephony. The free PBX application,
Asterisk (http://www.asterisk.org), attracted a majority in the new
"Best Voice over IP software" category, followed by Skype,
http://www.skype.com, for many the first program to bring the world of
Internet Protocol-based communication to the home.
Groupware tools that integrate email, address management, and calendar
functions are an essential part of the modern workplace. Open Source
groupware solutions are ousting MS Exchange in many companies. Kolab,
http://kolab.org, came up on top in the "Best Groupware server"
category, followed closely by Open-Xchange, http://www.openexchange.com.
Corporate environments have very specific requirements for Linux
operating systems. More than half the jury agreed that Novell's Suse
products offer the best Enterprise Linux solution. The classic
Enterprise contender, Red Hat, attracted about one third of the votes.
Although industry giant IBM has sold its PC business, it still
consistently uses Linux for servers such as the OpenPower series. The
jurors awarded first prize for the "Most Linux-friendly hardware vendor"
Ubuntu, the Shooting Star
A retrospective of the 2004 Awards clearly shows another trend. Last
year, Ubuntu (http://www.ubuntulinux.org) was a promising newcomer that
took second place in the "Best Newcomer Distribution" category behind
Skole Linux, which is also Debian-based. The trust the jury put in
Ubuntu was not misplaced: Ubuntu, which calls itself "Linux for human
beings," kept to the promised release cycles in 2005, was
well-represented at community events such as Linuxtag, and built up a
considerable following in the course of the year. All of this led to
Ubuntu taking the category of Best Debian Derivative with 43.5 percent
of the votes. A KDE variant of Ubuntu called Kubuntu came in third. 25
percent of the votes went to the popular Live distro Knoppix.
Against the backdrop of the Ubuntu boom, it comes as no surprise that
Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth will take home a personal trophy in
acknowledgment of his entrepreneurial spirit. Mark takes the Special
Award for "Outstanding Contribution to Linux and free Software," not
only for his work with Ubuntu, but also for the commitment he has shown
to many other Open Source projects in his home country, South Africa, as
well as in other parts of the world.
Mark will be sharing the "Outstanding Contribution" award with someone
without whom neither Linux nor any free software would exist: "the
anonymous developer." The jury was really excited by this nomination,
and as a result, a Linux New Media Award for 2005 goes to everyone who
contributes to free software, whether as a volunteer, a full-time
employee, or a part-time contract worker: "the anonymous developer" is
the true heart of the Open Source community.
Table 1: Linux New Media Awards 2005
Most Linux-friendly Hardware Vendor
1. IBM 23.5 %
2. HP 16.3 %
3. AMD 11.3 %
Best Groupware Server
1. Kolab 22.2 %
2. OpenXChange 21.5 %
3. OpenGroupware 15.3 %
Best VoIP Software
1. Asterisk 42.4 %
2. Skype 18.8 %
3. Gnomemeeting 15.8 %
Best Debian Derivative
1. Ubuntu 43.5 %
2. Knoppix 23.7 %
3. Kubuntu 9.6 %
Best Enterprise Server Distribution
1. Novell / Suse 53.3 %
2. Red Hat 36.7 %
3. Mandriva 8.3 %
Outstanding contribution to Linux / Open Source
1. Mark Shuttleworth 12.1 %
1. The anonymous developer 12.1 %
2. nosoftwarepatents.com / Florian Müller 9.6 %
3. City of Munich 8.92 %
SFI, one of main students organisation in India passed a resolution
to support free software. See below for the details.
Free Software in Education
Free software has proved that it is a means of intellectual self
reliance in the field of computing. With the growing pace of usage of
computers and internet as a means of encyclopedia of learning
resource, the need of softwares has increased at a similar pace. Free
software unlike proprietary software allows the users to go through
the entire source code and allows us to modify adapt and develop the
software for ones requirements. This feature has allowed volunteers
across the world to develop the entire operating systems into their
own languages. At a time when knowledge is being commodified and
concentrated into the hands a few monopolies by patenting and
copyrights, free software by virtue of its licensing methods negates
the copyrights with copy left licensing. SFI demands that Free
Software should be used from School level to the University and
research institutions, which not only protects our freedom but allows
us to save huge amount of funds being paid for licenses in purchasing
proprietary softwares. SFI further demands that the central
government should take steps to start research institutions for the
development of free software with necessary infrastructure should be
started across the country.
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From: "Mishi Choudhary" <mishi_c(a)rediffmail.com>
2005/11/21 Mon PM 08:58:30 IST
This is continuation to my earlier e-mails addressed to youy and the
other members of the esteemed chapter fsf india.i appreciate and
understand your preoccupation with work related to fsf and other things
you are associated with.however as i wrote to you earlier ,i am a lawyer
practising in the delhi high court and supreme court of india, had the
privilege to meet Prof Eben Moglen during a course in american law.i
had expressed my desire to be associated with fsf india and had sent in
my enquiries regarding the same.i also had the advantage to meet Mr
richard stallman during my visit new york.i wish to know what is fsf
india currently involved in and what re the activities i can contribute
to .kindly try to squeeze out some time out of your busy schedule and
reply at your convenience.
Openoffice rollout picks up pace in India
Ingrid Marson, ZDNet (UK),
November 18, 2005
The indian government plans to distribute CDs containing Firefox and
OpenOffice in all Indian languages in an ambitious project to promote
Open source groups are helping the Indian government meet its target of
creating open source CDs in all official Indian languages by February
The open source applications included on the CDs, such as the Firefox
browser and the OpenOffice.org productivity suite, have already been
translated into five Indian languages Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Punjabi
and Urdu. But there are still 17 languages left to be translated in just
The localised open source applications will also be available on PCs
soon, after the Indian government struck a deal with a number of PC
vendors to pre-install the software on computers sold in the country.
The Indian government is trying to encourage the use of computers across
the country by distributing free CDs that contain localised versions of
popular open source applications.
R.K.V.S. Raman, a researcher at the Centre for Development of Advanced
Computing, an organisation involved in the production of the CD, said on
Tuesday that the success of the Tamil and Hindi language CDs has
encouraged open source groups across India to get involved.
"Since the launch of the Tamil and Hindi CDs, a large number of open
source groups have an expressed interest in contributing to CDs," said
Before the government started this initiative, many open source groups
were reluctant to work with the government as they were unsure of its
policy around open source, according to Raman. But the success of this
initiative has roused the local open source community, who are now
voluntarily carrying out large parts of the work, he said.
For example, a Linux user group, known as Punlinux, worked on
translating the open source applications into Punjabi, and the Telugu
translation work was done in collaboration with the Free Software
Foundation India, according to Raman.
The Telugu CD was launched at the end of October by the chief minister
of Andhra Pradesh, a state in south-eastern India where Telugu is the
official language. The Punjabi and Urdu CDs are ready for release and
will be officially launched in December or January by the Prime Minister
of India, Manmohan Singh.
The Hindi and Tamil CDs, which have been available since early summer,
have already been sent out to around 400,000 people. The organisation
initially planned to distribute around 3.5 million copies of each CD,
but it claims that demand for the CD has been less than expected as
people are often sharing the CD or downloading the software instead.
"If one person gets the CD, the whole community or [company] department
gets the CD," said Raman. "There are so many channels that people can it
from the Internet, their friends, from magazines -- that we don't know
how many people have access to it."
Although the Indian government has funded this open source initiative,
overall it has a neutral policy to open source, according to a recent
ZDNet UK article looking at open source in the Indian government.