Recently I have written an application which can be used in the schools in
kerala as student admission register as per Kerala Educational Rules [KER].
This would make tasks such as T.C issuance, finding details about students
Platforms: GNU/Linux , M$ Windows
Comments please :)
On Thursday 18 October 2007 13:57, H.S.Rai wrote:
> If any one want to send some suggestions.
This is important enough to me, and presumably to a number of other
people on these lists. I have started putting my thoughts down on the
web, and invite anyone who wants to contribute to add to them (it's on
The document is still quite preliminary and I'm hoping that people more
qualified than me will take some time and help fill in the copious
Insh'allah some of the ideas that we come up with would be able to
influence the forthcoming policy in a positive direction. I have just
one request, which is to avoid jingoistic anti-MS statements that may
end up making the whole document unpalatable to policy makers (this is
specifically aimed at the Linux/FOSS community ;) Here the subtle
knife may be preferable to the blunt hammer.
Note that you will have to register on the Wiki before you can edit the
page. Your account details will remain confidential.
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Date: २००७ अक्तूबर २४ ०४:३४
Subject: [ifsa] RMS: Learn to share!
To: Independent Free Software Global Activist
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Stallman: Students Should Be Taught to Share With The Class
Sun, 2007-10-21 10:41 — dcp
Richard Stallman, in receiving an honorary Doctorate from Italy's
University of Pavia, brought back memories of the basic primary school
principle that students bringing cookies to class should bring enough
In his speech, Richard Stallman discussed how innovation can impact
individuals and society for better or for worse. He pointed out the
negative innovation of bringing criminal charges against fishermen for
rescuing distressed migrants at sea. Such innovations directly affect
our freedom. Stallman went on to pose the question he considers most
vital when considering technological innovations: "How does this
affect our freedom? How does this affect our social solidarity?"
He then addressed the issue of non-Free developer as dictator,
exerting total control over software and its users. Stallman attacked
Windows Vista, Apple, and Google Earth as examples of how companies
attempt to restrict users' freedom with respect to software. Stallman
emphasized the two freedoms that seem most important of the Four
Fundamental Freedoms: the freedom to help your neighbor and the
freedom to contribute to your community. Combined with the other two
freedoms, users can exert more control over the direction of
innovation in software.
He reminded his audience that by exerting dictatorial control over the
software, developers then have the ability to spy on users, without
regard for the user's privacy, freedom or even the law of the land.
And there is nothing users can do about it. He then went on to mention
that Yahoo and Hotmail have been blocking e-mail from TruthOut.org
from reaching subscribers who use their services. In separate news,
Verizon Wireless came under attack for the same kind of behavior with
respect to its phone services. Thus, the ability to exert such control
can easily lead to direct attacks on Freedom of Speech. Free Software
prevents such things from happening.
Stallman went on to highlight the special connection between Free
Software and educational institutions. For those who recall teachers
admonishing students to bring enough cookies to share with the class,
Stallman similarly admonished educational institutions: "So every
school should bring only Free Software to class, and set an example
with its software of the practice of disseminating human knowledge
while building a strong, capable, independent and free society. And
encouraging the spirit of good will, of helping other people."
In Stallman's view, the mission of any educational institution is to
teach students to be strong and independent, rather than dependent.
Thus, schools should make it an objective to reject the "shiny new
chains" of Windows Vista, and other non-Free software, and migrate to
Free Software, as part of their overall mission. "Other Universities
are doing this or have done it: you can do it too. You only have to
reject social inertia as a valid reason for going deeper and deeper
into the pit.", he said.
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I was a bit tied up for the last few days and could not give my attention to
this issue and hence the late reply.
FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION OF INDIA
18th Oct 2007
*Save Kannada From Microsoft's Monopoly*
I am a bit surprised that FSF-I has sent out a press release with a title
that is nothing short of promoting linguistic chauvinism. When the draft was
released by Omshivaprakash I raised the following points:
A few thoughts about the letter:
1. The main points of the letter - gives adequate focus on the Kannada
language aspects, talks about "lock-in" and benefit of free software.
2. Can a few point about the ODF vs. OOXML and India's stand on the issue be
added? I think this is very relevant to the situation.
3. Can we increase the emphasis of quality of localisation with free
4. Maybe quote a few points from the IOSN webpage http://www.iosn.net/ on
why developing countries such as India would find it more advantageous to
use FOSS based solutions.
While the language issue would stir our passions, on its own it would not
present a compelling case since Free s/w Kannada localisation is also still
Hope these points are taken into consideration when finalising the letter(if
this a draft).
The issue at hand is more related to the 'ISO standards' and 'healthy
business practises' rather than 'language' and FSF-I's press release should
have reflected that. The FSF should always ensure that its stand on any
issue conforms to certain scientific rationale and cannot and should not
promote any petty interests but should focus on convincing people logically.
The language argument that has been raised does not hold water because the
free software localisation to Kannada also is still very backward. Our only
hope is that free software promotes a healthy evolution of the system with
quality and quantity.
While the "Save Kannada campaign" is not under FSF-I, I would like to urge
them too to address the intellect rather than the baser human emotions.
The only was to protect any language is to ensure that a strong local
economy is generated around it. This can happen only when the knowledge is
localised and sufficient trained labour can be developed around it. Then,
capital by the businesses along with pro-people government policies along
with constant pressure by the people will ensure that the economy grows
healthily and only then will that language survive else it will end up like
Sanskrit, Latin, Pali and others.
I am Krishnakant Mane from Mumbai.
I am doing knowledge research and working on the SELF Project in TIFR
with Dr. Nagarjun.
I am also an independent free software consultent and an advocate of
I am coming to Bangalore for a LAMP workshop which has now turned more
into a free software orientation workshop.
I will be doing this at R.V.C.E. campus so I will be interested to
meet a few fsf friends.
the workshop is on 18th and 19th.
so hope to see a few of my freedom fighter friends out there.
if any one would like to contact me, plese note down my mobile number.
any contribution like soft copy books of free software or on any
related topics is more than welcome.
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