Those of you on the FOSS.IN mailing list will know about the discussions
that took place recently with regard to promoting FOSS in schools.
We know that moving schools to free software is that fundamental task which
will strengthen the free software movement and the movement in Kerala is a
good example. In order for us to learn from such examples a documentation
page has been created at http://fci.wikia.com/wiki/FOSS_in_Schools
Please feel free to fill up the pages and hope that we can all coordinate in
our own way in building the free software movement at schools.
NRCFOSS, AU-KBC Research Centre
These drivers were not free till very recently. But even though the
source is available now, nothing about reuse and modification have
been explicitly stated in the license. Otherwise it does ease the
situation for FreeDOS... but not sufficiently enough.
XMGR, UDMA and UDVD are DOS drivers for an 80386+ system running
MS-DOS V5.0+, EDR-DOS, and all similar DOS variants.
XMGR is a DOS XMS memory manager. It can support V3.70+ UMBPCI by Uwe
Sieber and is able to load directly in UMBPCI upper-memory. XMGR also
runs with MS-DOS V4.49/V4.95 EMM386 or other equivalent "EMS
managers". It is written to V3.0 XMS Specifications and can handle
4-GB of memory.
UDMA is a disk caching driver with internal support for UltraDMA
disks. It intercepts and caches all DOS Int 13h I-O requests for BIOS
devices. UDMA does caching for the UDVD driver and also supports other
"external driver" cache requests. It uses HMA "free space" and can be
loaded in only 1456 bytes of upper memory for up to a 250-Megabyte
cache! UDMA sets its cache in XMS memory and caches from 5 to 750
Megabytes of data for diskettes, hard-disks and CD/DVD drives!
UDVD is a driver for up to 3 IDE CD/DVD drives which may be UltraDMA
or old "PIO mode" models. It accepts file-input requests by SHCDX33C
and other CD "Redirectors", and it also handles DOS "audio" functions.
If "raw" CD/DVD input (audio, track-writers) is unneeded, UDVD caches
data files by calling the UDMA driver, which greatly improves CD/DVD
"Free use" source files are offered with the XMGR, UDMA and UDVD
binary files. See their README file for full details about these
The Read-me says :
"XMGR, UDMA, and UDVD are offered as "free software", as-is, and "use at
your own risk", and with NO warranties, not even the implied warranties
of MERCHANTABILITY nor of FITNESS for ANY particular purpose!
Driver questions or comments may be addressed to the website of Johnson
Member, Cal. Math. Soc
Some links you might find useful (FLOSS in education):
* FOSS Education (Wikibooks)
* Comics... to teach FLOSS?
* Skolelinux 3.0 Terra available for free
* Roadmap for next merging of LinEx and Debian-Edu:
* Tech to the aid of autistic children: Recent research has
shown that computer/digital technologies can help children
with autism (and other disabilities) learn and communicate
better. A computer training workshop for parents and
children was held recently at Bangalore. Shuchi Grover
reports. Mehta and colleagues shared various software and
hardware by which children could communicate with the
computer through non-traditional means. Also shared were
several other software tools such as a 3-D and role-play
software developed by C-DAC, simple visual programming
environments such as Scratch (recently released by MIT
Media Lab), simple image and audio manipulation using
everyday Windows software, and Edubuntu â?? a free and open
source Linux-based operating system designed specially for
children that comes packaged with several child-friendly
games and educational software.
* TELECENTRES IN THE MADRASA: The school based telecenter
project of RI SOL has launched internet-enabled telecenters
in two Bangladeshi madrasas (Islamic religious schools), in
Khulna and Dhaka. See Khulna Alia Madrasa Advocates for an
Inclusive Information Society on World Information Society
Day Link to the news story and photos of the celebration:
Source: Nazrul Islam <nazrul07(a)gmail.com>
* Richard D'Souza is based at St Paul's in Belgaum, with the
mandate to extend the school's computer centre there. This
educator is very pro-GNU/Linux....
* Create a comprehesive set of education tools customised for
Indian environment. This include localization, improving
features, adding new features, developing new tools... The
project is co ordinated by FOSS Community India
* Reclaiming ICT education: why free software is a necessity
in schools? Tim Cowlishaw talks about education and free
software?and why IT education shouldn't be a how-to for
using the Microsoft suite. Read more...
* "K12OS.org is all about open source news in education.
You'll find news, links, resources and discussion here to
help promote the use of open source software in schools."
* Speaker Name, K. K. Subramaniam. Company. Type, Talk.
Scope, General. Slides, Click to download. FOSS tools in
primary schools. This talk is aimed at FOSS enthusiasts
promoting its adoption in their local community,
particularly in primary education. It presents the
experience of deploying a FOSS desktop in a small public
primary school in Bangalore. It presents the initial
approach for FOSS deployment, the steps which worked and
those that didnt in getting the teachers in the school to
use FOSS desktop and tools like KDE, Kile and LaTeX to
enhance the quality of teaching and integrate a PC into
daily sessions in the school.
In India, most deployments of computers in primary schools
use canned 'games' software on PCs to teach students or
expect teachers to use office automation software. For
already overburdened primary class teachers, PCs became
just another distraction. In a grassroots experiment, a
FOSS desktop was offered to a small public school in
Bangalore to use it for any task of their choice. The
teachers had no prior experience with computers or software
and their medium of instruction was Kannada. Two teachers
in the school chose to automate preparation of term
question papers in Kannada and English as this was a
recurring and time-consuming manual process. The desktop
was provisioned with KDE, Kile and LaTeX (with Kannada
types and styles) but not localized in Kannada. Starting
from scratch, the teachers took over 100 hours to learn to
use the tools and complete the first set of
publication-ready term papers for classes I through IV. The
second cycle took them less than 20 hours and they continue
to improve on their time. The FOSS desktop has empowered
the teachers to generate their own content quickly and
easily without compromising quality. The system has worked
without a single crash/breakdown over eighteen months of
use by curious young children.
* The Family Guide to Digital Freedom will explain, in one
place and in normal language, what everybody should know
about software and other digital technologies, and above
all the real reasons why they should care: in this modern
world, our rights and quality of life heavily depend from
how software is being used around us. The website
associated to the book, http://digifreedom.net, is now open
to visitors: besides sample chapters of the book it will
also host related news, links to existing resources for new
users of Free Software and a database of Digitally Free
Schools. For further information, please read
* ClassroomCoders: Building Analytical Capacity through
Peer-Taught: The goal of this project is to create a
comprehensive curriculum for learners aged 8 to 18, which
develops their analytical skills through the use of
software and software engineering tools.
* Linux Spreads its Wings in India: Windows is still No. 1,
but open-source software is moving into schools and
* GOA: BASIL FERNANDES had a long and interesting discussion
on teaching young kids programming, the possibility of
encouraging schools to do the same, and whether schools
could have Computer Clubs that work on a build-them-young
approach. He is keen to get involved with such a programme.
* Kerala logs Microsoft out of schools
* India State to Dump Windows for Linux
* Riza's desktop... it's not just about eye-candy
* OpenKiosk is an open-source multi-platform kiosk system.
OpenKiosk is ideally suited for use in locations where a
controlled computing environment is paramount such as
public access systems, libraries, school computer
* Content Creation competition for school and college
teachers: OSSRC is organising a competition for
school/college teachers in creating content. Details of the
event can be found at http://www.ossrc.org.in/c3t.html
* When Free Software ideas spreads to education... see the
* Site@School is a Content Management System (CMS) to manage
and maintain the website of a primary school. It is Open
Source Software, licensed under the General Public license.
Site@school main features are: * Manage a website without
technical knowledge. * Editors with a high "Word processor
look and feel" rate. * Pupils/teachers can have personal
pages on the website. Teachers can check pupil pages before
publication. * An intranet for teachers (not accessible by
the public). * E-mail alerts can be sent to admins when
pages are updated/created. * Comprehensive manual with over
300 screenshots. * Extensive number of available modules,
see Available Modules * Possible to create your own
template see downloadable example(s).
* Linux in Education: Two Years Later by Peter D. St. Onge
* Education... lessons from South Africa
* Gnu and tux go to primary school....
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Director of Source Program at Microsoft Corporation Jon Rosenberg
submitted its Shared Source License called "Microsoft Community
License" to Open Source Initiative for considering it as an OSI
approved Open Source License. He wrote in his mail to the
license-discuss mailing list of OSI: "Microsoft is pleased to submit
the Microsoft Community License to the OSI for consideration as an OSI
approved license. Microsoft believes that this license provides
unique value to the open source community by delivering simplicity,
brevity, and clearly delineated reciprocal terms." It will be
interesting to see how it turns out. A good move from Microsoft after
it recently locked horns with the Free and Open Source Community about
patents after its deal with Novell.
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You might have seen this story : ...600000 Norwegians..
Tele2 operates in 22 European countries. It provides broadband
services and lot more. And maintains utterly insecure websites (or
uses the dreaded OS for safety critical applications). These M$windows
users cannot distinguish between hackers and crackers...
..."It said they had used a weakness on the website of the telephone
operators Tele2 to procure the national personal identity numbers and
addresses of subscribers, amounting to 1.3 percent of the country's
The information would enable the hackers to change the addresses of
the people concerned so as to intercept their mail, or order goods on
their account. "...
Member, Cal. Math. Soc
On Attack on Taslima Nasreen
August 10, 2007
We strongly condemn the physical attack on Taslima Nasreen, a Bangladeshi
writer. This attack goes against the democratic and secular character of the
One may have differences over the writings of Taslima Nasreen or anybody
else, but this definitely is not the appropriate manner to express dissent.
This very act militates against the freedom of expression.
We demand that the Andhra Pradesh government take firm action against the
culprits responsible for this attack.
The ISO 26300 is the international standard XML format for office
documents, also known as the Open Document Format or ODF. The newly
released iWork '08 supports the Open Office XML (OOXML) document format,
which is still not an ISO-approved standard. It would be beneficial to
all if the iWork suite of applications, namely Pages, Keynote and
Numbers, support Open Document Format.
We appeal that you release an update to the latest version of iWork
suite to support ISO 26300. In addition, we hope that you support the
ISO 26300 standard in future Apple products that involves office documents.
BTW, what is the status of Campaign against OOXML at BIS? any updates?