Our College (GEC CALICUT) is going to hoist a program on free software
, any one know any person who can take classes on LINUX ,FREE
SOFTWARE, COMPUTER NETWORKS , HACKING , SECURITY , QT etc
then please mail me
Anoop Krishnan G
Slidestory, audio slideshows http://www.Slidestory.com
VSNL, India's flagship internet bandwidth provider for ISPs is now a
sleeping-ally of Microsoft. Strategic alliances have been forged on many
fronts (the latest for messaging services, yesterday). Reliance, which
controls FLAG, has stakes in VSNL - its chief is the former chief of VSNL -
also is a strategic partner of Microsoft for testing/deploying of Microsoft
based internet services.
The major Indian internet bandwith gateways are now within the operational
command of Microsoft.
Whatever information now originates for an outside world, or is received
here from an outside world, is at the mercy of this corporate. What a smooth
takeover... with UPA in power at centre, supported by Left (mauled, only
when there is a dispute over which territory should have university).
We can continue our discussion on Free Software in markets, Free software in
schools, Free software in e-governance etc in peace, because the game, I
presume, is already over.
A specific question which many Linux solution providers keep asking me.
The question relates to the client side applications NOT the server.
When Linux business solution providers go to Govt. organisations they
are confronted with the bleak scenario of all the systems being under
M$. Since their solutions are "standalone" and built with Linux libraries
such as GTK, QT etc. they need invariably Linux OS. Since the
organisations are reluctant to change their existing M$ platform just to
accommodate their solutions (even though they liked it) they are loosing
that business. What I am asking is that under these circumstances is it
ethically and morally correct for them to create M$ binaries of their
solution using windows versions of GTK and QT libraries and install them
on the M$ platform, and there by getting the business order.
Already FSF is releasing all their libraries such as gcc, gtk etc for M$ too.
Please think as if you are a business man providing free software
solutions to make money to run a free software business.
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [A2k] $250,000 Open Architecture Prize prize for developing world.
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 07:33:16 -0400
From: James Love <james.love(a)cptech.org>
To: Ip-health <ip-health(a)lists.essential.org>, a2k discuss list
Begin forwarded message:
From: Architecture for Humanity <cameron(a)architectureforhumanity.org>
Date: March 12, 2007 7:35:02 AM EDT
To: "James Love" <love(a)cptech.org>
Subject: $250,000 Open Architecture Prize announced.
AMD and Architecture for Humanity establish the Open Architecture Prize
$250,000 prize to develop technology center in developing world.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Architecture for Humanity has
announced the first ever Open Architecture Prize. $250,000 will be
awarded to the winning design of an open competition to develop
technology centers in the developing world. The competition is set to
launch later this year.
The first great challenge for the prize will be the design of a
sustainable technology facility and community center which
incorporates a centralized building equipped with internet
connectivity solutions designed to enable an entire community to
access the transformative power of the Internet. The competition will
be developed with a local community partner for a specific site and
community. Once a design is selected, the prize money will be used to
implement the winning scheme. Designs will also be made available
through the Open Architecture Network.
"The Open Architecture Prize delivers on Architecture for Humanity's
vision of encouraging collaboration and challenging designers to
reach beyond the traditional bounds of architecture to develop
innovative solutions that improve global living conditions," said Dan
Shine, director of the 50x15 Initiative, AMD. "The creative designs
developed in this competition will contribute to the 50x15
Initiative's ambitious goal of connecting 50 percent of the world's
population to the Internet by 2015."
The network was unveiled at TED 2007 by Architecture for Humanity and
a number of its technology partners, including AMD, Creative Commons,
Hot Studio, and Sun Microsystems, Inc.
"For far too long many great award-winning designs have gone
undeveloped," said Cameron Sinclair, executive director and co-
founder, Architecture for Humanity. "Through the Open Architecture
Network we unveiled yesterday and the Open Architecture Prize we are
announcing today, we are not only challenging the creative world to
design innovative structures, we are going one step further and
implementing the winning solution to positively affect thousands of
In addition to technology expertise and a diverse portfolio of
innovative connectivity solutions, the 50x15 Initiative brings
significant experience in assessing regional technology problems and
deploying relevant solutions to the winning project. This expertise
is essential in developing the competition criteria, as well as
determining which design will empower a community to the greatest
Most importantly you HAVE to be an Open Architecture Network member
to participate. So, SIGN UP and you will be the first to receive
information on the competition and brief.
Humanitarian goals, tech-savvy solutions
International Herald Tribune, March 12th 2007
AMD sponsors Open Architecture Prize
USA Today, March 11th 2007
My Heart's in Accra, March 10th 2007
Win a Prize: Build A Tech Lab
Wired News, March 9th 2007
Framing Open Source Architecture
Wired News, March 8th 2007
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----- Sandip Bhattacharya <sandip(a)lug-delhi.org> wrote:
> You misunderstand the Hall of Shame "rhetoric". It is not about which
> site uses what technology to provider services. HoS is about not
> discriminating against users of these services. Critical websites
> governments should be accessible by all, including users of FOSS
> software. That is all about our "limited" mission.
Thanks for clarifying. Got it now.
> Whether a government site should proprietary technology or FOSS
> is a different debate, and is not related to the Hall of shame
> BTW, I personally believe that FOSS software is not everything. You
> to have FOSS content also. So even if we have FOSS software which is
> good, but not FOSS education material, what good would the software
> to an education drive? Look around the education area, you would be a
> huge amount of teaching material already in place for these
> software. I don't blame the education drive too much right now for
> decision. They can't help their students *now* by deploying FOSS and
> waiting for years for the teaching material to appear. The good thing
> that there are many localized drives in India who are developing good
> teaching material. I believe Kerala was a pioneer in it, but I don't
> have any references to it right now. Once we have a worth 10+2
> in place, it would be difficult for any government to justify ignoring
So what exactly would/ should be taught as per the available study material
1) Word Processing or MS Word
2) Presentations or Powerpoint
3) Spreadsheets or Excel
4) ANSI C/ C++ or Visual C++ (usually Turbo C++)
5) Object Oriented Programming or MS .NET
6) SQL or MS SQL Server
there is a difference. For each there is a free alternative.
And good study material is aplenty. Generic concepts are already in place.
I do blame the Govt Deptt. for lapse in their duties.
Ajay Pal Singh Atwal
Dept of CSE & IT
BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib
my kaffeine and codeine player allways crashes.
I am using Debian etch and 2.6.16 & 2.6.15 kernel .
any one please answer me.
(Anoop krishnan G)
Slidestory, audio slideshows http://www.Slidestory.com