Today there will be a broadcast on Free software by Sminesh
[GEC,Thrissur] at 9.15pm in All India Radio Thrissur.
Thanks to C K Raju [DOXA] for information.
May the source be with you................
On 9/20/06, klchxbec <klchxbec(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
> Is anyone working on translating the GNU manifesto to indian languages ?
> If yes, please let me know their email addresses. I want to participate
> in this task, at least as far as Hindi language is concerned.
> I know there is a Malayalam translation of the GPL.
Since most people use fsf-friends list, I took the liberty to forward
this mail to fsf-friends list.
Dear Rebecca, Thanks for letting me know about this. As you might be
aware, I consider myself part of the Free Software movement. As such,
I find it unacceptable to work with a fund that made its millions on
the premise of the questionable practices of proprietary software.
While INASP (the International Network for the Availability of
Scientific Publications) is a great idea and approach, can we afford
to forget the need for an International Network for the Availability
of Access to Software Products? Would this be acceptable to the Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation, which you might argue is separate from
Microsoft Corp, but nonetheless made its billions on just the opposite
Or do you consider scientific publications to be sharable, but not software?
In addition, I really don't believe our planet merely needs a million
dollars (or many million dollars) to spur intiiatives forward.
Specially when this money was earned at the cost of placing
unacceptable blocks on the sharing of software, curbing software
freedom, and turning nine out ten computer users into "pirates".
In my view too, what we need is talent and skill that looks at the
problems and the needs of the many rather than at the luxury and greed
of the few. While the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been
claiming to do exactly this, history tells us differently. Is it
possible to take the clock back to the pre-Open Letter to Hobbyist
Days? See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Letter_to_Hobbyists or
alternatively can your initiative think of joining the campaigns of
the Free Software movement, and its emphasis on the freedom to run,
study, copy and improve software? If not, why not? Is it merely
because it threatens a business model that helps to concentrate wealth
in a phenomenal manner?
Am sharing this note with our BytesForAll list. If anyone is
interested in taking up your offer, it's upto them. I wouldn't. Thank
you anyway for taking the trouble to write though; nothing personal
here, but I feel such issues and assumptions need to be debated. FN
On 20/09/06, Rebecca Priestley <rpriestley(a)inasp.info> wrote:
> Frederick Noronha
> Bytes For All
> Dear Mr Noronha,
> Firstly, let me introduce myself. I work for INASP (the International
> Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications) and one of my
> responsibilities is to assist in the coordination of the 2007 Access to
> Learning Award, an award given by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It
> recognises excellence in providing access to information through computers,
> at no cost to the user. The recipient will receive an award of up to US $1
> million. It must be stressed that this is an award for work already
> completed or in progress, it is not a grant.
> We are currently contacting our large international network with
> information to encourage applications. I am sure many of your contacts may
> be eligible. We should be grateful if you could use means at your disposal,
> e.g. news item in your bulletin or journal, or links from your website to
> inform your community and contacts.
> Please find attached a copy of the ATLA brochure in English and the
> application form. Full information (including brochures in relevant
> languages, and application form) is also available on our website at
> http://www.inasp.info/ldp/awards. I would like to send you
> a few hard copies of the brochure too so could you please let me know you
> postal address?
> If you think I can help in any other way, please do get in touch with me.
> Best wishes,
> Rebecca Priestley
> Programme & Events Officer
> International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications
> 58 St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1ST, UK
> Tel: +44(0)1865 249909
> Fax: +44(0)1865 251060
> Email: rpriestley(a)inasp.info
> Skype: rebeccapriestley
> Web: http://www.inasp.info
> INASP is a registered UK charity: number 1106349
Frederick Noronha http://fn.goa-india.org 9822122436 +91-832-240-9490
We had a woderful Software Freedom Day in Bangalore and I would like to
thank all who helped in making this event a grand success. Also cheers to
Hiran, Pavithran and all others who helped make this event a great success
not just in bangalore but all over India.
"This year they had shortlisted some colleges in Bangalore and our dear
> BMSCE was a part of it.But it so happened that the coordinators for our
> College backed out from conducting the event in our college thinking that
> the response will be bad.And many thanks to Ram , an active member of
> FOSS.in, me and my friends Sharadha,Shilpa, Nandini and Ganga took up the
> initiative and oragnised the entire thingie in good 6 hours yesterday.Somephone calls and the event was finalised ."
"Yesterday whole night me and my friends were hoping that people will turn
> up and make the event a huge success. And it happened !!!"
-- Nethravathi B
"We reached BMS at around 9:15 AM to see the Audi filled with Praveen, Dilip
> and myself only. Ahem… It was 9:30 and lo behold!!! The AUDI was jam packed
> with people not having place to sit and extra chairs been roped in. Great!!!
> 350 people packed in a 300 capacity audi!! "
-- Anjhan aka tuxmaniac http://www.tuxmaniac.com/blog/?p=12
" About 60 people stayed back and we splitted into 4 groups and addressed
> their doubts and asked about their interest areas. Me and Dilip took charge
> of one group and we had a very interesting discussion. Other three groups
> were handled bu Aanjhan, Srikanth and Dinesh. We had to leave the hall only
> because they had to close the hall and we left the campus becuase it was
> already 1 30 and all of us were started feeling hungry."
-- Praveen A [me :-)]
"Audience participation was good and there were some interesting questions.
> ESR's `Cathedral and the Bazaar' came into the discussion and was soon being
> twisted out of shape (sample: whether you would like to enter a Cathedral or
> a Baazar? Cathedral is more solid, peaceful - but it alienates you; Baazar
> is more `inclusive', you become part of it)!"
-- Pramod CE http://pramode-ce.livejournal.com/42465.html
See more at http://fci.wikia.com/wiki/SFD Also add more info there if you
"Value your freedom, or you will lose it, teaches history.
`Don't bother us with politics', respond those who don't want to learn."
-- Richard Stallman
Me scribbles at http://www.pravi.co.nr
This post is sent to three lists (GNU/Linux , FSF-EDU,
FSF-FRIENDS) because I wanted to share this experience
and also have a small question.
I was asked to present a seminar on a topic assigned
to me. The seminar topic doesn't have much relevance
to this post, but there was something different that I
In a way, I have exposed "Free Software, Ubuntu LIVE
CD" distro to my classmates and one of my professor. I
didn't speak about GNU and Free Software, but I did
mention about considering (GNU/Linux) as an
alternative to Windows.
One mistake I committed, was I being a bit bais to
GNU/Linux and pin-pointing _only_ Microsoft to be
responsible for proprietary software.
The question that I have ask is this. We had a DLP
Projector that could not synchronize with the hardware
and the display always went out of Range for Ubuntu
Why?..Doesn't ubuntu run on DLP's?
Yahoo! India Answers: Share what you know. Learn something new
FSF India along with IT@School project, Govt. of Kerala is planning to celebrate
"Software Freedom Day 2006" on the 15th and 16th of September.
On 15th, the students will be briefed about the importance of
"Knowledge Sharing and Community" in the school assembly, and
"Software Freedom day" message from Sri. M.A Baby, Education Minister,
will also be read out.
on 16th, a Digital Painting Competition on "Freedom, Sharing and
Community" for students (Exclusively on free software) will be
conducted in every school, and selected pictures will be uploaded to a
website, the details of which will be notified later.
We request the Free software community to participate/help the
Software Freedom day celebrations in your nearby school. Also please
send us your suggestions/comments and photos/reports of the Software
Freedom Day celebrations.
Free Software, Free Society <http://www.gnu.org.in>
Download IT@School GNU/Linux from
Library to celebrate Free And Open Source software
Software Freedom Day, a global, grassroots effort to educate the
public about the virtues and availability of Free and Open Source
Software, will offer CDs, demonstrate Open Source products, and
increase public awareness of Open Source Software.
Products such as Linux, Firefox, OpenOffice.org, NVU, Audacity and the
GIMP are showing up on more desktop computers every day. Firefox is a
tabbed Internet browser with millions of downloads since its release,
the GIMP is a top-notch graphics editing program, NVU is a complete
web authoring system,
Audacity is a cross-platform audio editing system, OpenOffice.org is a
fully integrated office suite, and the list goes on. All these Open
Source products are available free.
Open Source Software runs many of the world's servers. LAMP, which
stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP, is becoming the software of
choice for System Administrators and is increasing its market share
annually. By 2008, the LAMP market share is expected to be over 37
Locally, Susquehanna County Library and Susquehanna Community
Information Network (CIN) websites were developed and are maintained
using Joomla! which is a dynamic, state-of-the-art Content Management
"As frugal librarians, we love Joomla! because it's free, like all
Open Source Software," said Hilary Caws-Elwitt of the Susquehanna
"The best part is that staff members can add content easily to the
library's website without needing to know any code. At the CIN, all
non-profits and community organizations are encouraged to add content.
Plus, Joomla! is flexible and powerful - just as good as software we'd
have to pay thousands for!"
Free and Open Source Software is freely available from the Internet,
or on CDs and DVDs. You can install it on as many computers as you
like, copy, or share with friends.
Broadband Internet is recommended for downloading. If you do not have
broadband at home, go to your local library, download the software,
burn it to a CD to take home.
As an incentive for participating teams to promote Software Freedom
Day, the international sponsor has organized a global competition,
offering high performance IBM servers to teams with the best event
publicity, documentary, FOSS deployment project, and event.
Autographed T-shirts are being offered as prizes to individuals
producing the best SFD logo, event photo, blog coverage, and photo of
the highest-ranking government official at an SFD event.
Information is available at the local website,
http://sfd2006.gbztechnology.com, and the global website,
Local team leader William Davies may be reached by calling
865-368-1912 or by registering at the local website.
(c)Susquehanna Independent Weekend 2006
Frederick Noronha http://fn.goa-india.org 9822122436 +91-832-240-9490
Message from "Henrique Peron" <hperon(a)terra.com.br>
Can anyone help Henri out ?
I'm Henrique Peron and I'm the one in charge for keyboard layouts (to
be used with Aitor Santamaría's KEYB) and codepages for FreeDOS. I'm also
a beta tester for Aitor's DISPLAY and Eric Auer's MODE as well as beta
tester and character designer for Mateusz Viste's FOXTYPE, which is a program
that is able to type UTF-8 Unicode text files (in graphics mode) under
FreeDOS. Now, I'm also collaborating with Eduardo Casino (NLSFUNC) and Blair
Campbell (menus for the selection of keyboard layouts on FreeDOS installation
I have always wandered how did Indian computers work with DOS codepage
806 and the respective keyboard layouts for hindi, gujarati, tamil,
malayalam, etc. on those days.
My intention is to provide the very same support for FreeDOS - unless
there's something already done, i.e. some terminate-and-stay resident
program which deals with the different alphabets like devanagri, siloti
nagri, gurmukhi, gujarati and others and the keyboard layouts,
specially the matras - I can't even imagine how the keyboard dealt with the
cursor when it had to type matras before, after, over, under and even
surrounding letters, as what seems to happen with tamil, telugu, kannada and
malayalam on those old IBM/MS-DOS days.
Thanks in advance for your attention,
have a nice day,
This message was sent using NWebmail, BSNL's Webmail Program
Software Freedom Day Celebrations in Thrissur
Vidya Academy of Science and Technology, Thrissur
September 16th, 2006 Saturday, 09 AM
Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free
Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). It is aimed at educate
the worldwide public about of the benefits of using Free
Software in education, in government, at home, and in business
We need to celebrate, meet up with peers, share information,
build links and solidarity.
HOW: That's for you to decide. So do come!
Hiran Venugopalan +91 9846951870
Anivar Aravind +91 9846885539
or mail to: sfd06(a)gaia.org.in
FOSSers of Vidya & Global Alternate Information Applications(GAIA) are
Celebrating software freedom Day in Thrissur on 16th September 2006, in
association with Free Software Users Group Thrissur(FSUG-Thrissur) &
Palakkad Libre Users Society (PLUS) as a part of Worldwide celebrations
on 16th September 2006 as a part of International day of celebration
of software freedom.
Free Software Movement is leading freedom struggle in domain of information
technology. This movement is fight for the freedom of knowledge and freedom
As a Part of Software Freedom day Celebration we are Organizing a one Day
Seminar and Technical sessions on 16th. The Sessions are
Freedom: Software,society &culture : Anivar Aravind
The world of Python : Baiju.M
Free Hardware: Introduction to Phoenix : Pramode CE, IC softwares
Reaching Vidya Academy:
Vidya Academy of Science & Technology (VAST) is located at 15th Kilometer
on Thrissur-Guruvayoor highway and is easily accessible by public and private
transport buses which stop at Kaiparambu.
For a Location & route Map see http://tinyurl.com/q5a3f
Fossers of Vidya is a group of Free Software Users & advocates in Vidya
Academy of Science & Technology.
Free Software Users Group Thrissur (http://fsugtsr.org) is a group of GNU/Linux
and Free Software enthusiasts from the cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur.
Palakkad Libre Users Society (PLUS, http://plus.sarovar.org) is Advocating and
promoting the use of free software by providing technical assistance related
to free software, bringing together free software businesses and free software
users, and propagating the message of software freedom in and around the city
of Palakkad (Kerala, India)
GAIA (Global Alternate Information Applications), Founded in 2004, is
a collective space for imaginative reconstruction of public sphere,
new/old media practices & research, and critical cultural intervention.