this is just a temproary space...to get community participation on
material which needs to be added in here..
on one hand we have the issue of 'imposed monopoly rights' - on the
other hand a premier institution is promoting this..
rquest knowledgable memebers in fsf-i to state their position on
this..so that we can build a debate...
harish k singh :
Can you look at the article at
tml. The patents subsidized by our belowed govt is now in the hands of
these trolls. Maybe we need to address these issues when the meeting in
IISc happens next month.Incidently, this company's major investor is
none other than microsoft. See
Rehat Venky :
"Software patents are an important issue in India right now
because there is a heated debate over how to interpret Section 3(k)
which says that, "A mathematical or business method or a computer
programme per se or algorithms are not patentable."
How "computer programme per se" is interpreted is of vital
importance to the FOSS community. Therefore a talk by RMS on software
patents would be relevant at this point in time and would help raise
awareness of how patents prevent independent invention and restrict the
freedom of software developers."
My observations are at the end.
2008/11/30 Nagarjuna G. <nagarjun(a)gnowledge.org>:
> FSF was founded in 1985. What kind of hindrance did it create for not
> letting democracy or freedom flourish? On the contrary it took the
> lead in promoting and protecting these virtues. It gave the direction
> to the movement. FSM created tools that help create social networks
> to let this happen. It is therefore an enabler of freedom.
> Political parties on the other hand want to administer social change,
> but we do not do that. They want power and control but we don't.
> Free software movement is possible without creating any large
> political groups. The most important identity that we respect is the
> human being and that beings' freedom. When we have a large number of
> small groups at every part of the country (an FSUG in every town,
> district, we don't have them now.) FSM will flourish. FSFI will
> support their formation, provide them direction, give them
> infrastructure, invite the leads of such groups into the working
> group, generate consensus etc. and support each other.
> Let us all work towards such an organic growth, instead of creating
> one large network of FSF chapters. let me repeat, FSFs do not want to
> become a political powers, and does not want to govern. That will be
> self-defeating to the ideals of freedom.
FSF-I was formed in July 2001. The I-Lugs existed years before that.
Now FSF-I should have worked for the conversion of the "Linux" to
"Libre" as done in certain groups.
Why divide the Movement by promoting FSUGs etc?
To take free software(free knowledge) to the last (wo)man in the most
backward villages of our country we need people of different
backgrounds. I don't think that differences on the issue of Free vs.
Open should have been a devisive issue.
are you saying that FSF-I should run like its run in Europe, Americas? that
means we are trying to force solutions meant for other countries to that of
ours! in order to have more people (in general terms we call "mass base")
FSF-I must have local chapters. I mean considering your own views Just see
the number of population in indian states they are as equal in population to
that in each country in europe, this clearly shows the importance of having
On an average I think people sleep for 6 hours else if a person sleeps for
months and years together, wake up a fine morning find themselves in losing
there control over the foundation, obviously it makes them irritated,
uncomfortable and the consequence is FAQ's in gnu.org. You people didn't
even bother inform organisations that are mentioned in the FAQ's.
board of directors
When is the so called Board of Directors going to so called NOMINATE there
most of the current board of directors are the same onces who are there
since its inception which needs a change. (well power and control over FSF-I
need to change)
for everything that is old has to go and something new will always come into
place and this transition dosn't happen smoothly.
Well as the mails start poring in and that board of directors feel that they
are baring the peoples quest for clarity, they are actually undermining the
larger interest of the people. And to say "when you have a responsibility
you don't bare things or say "patiently replying", rather you need to
understand the pulse of the people".
How long can you guys go on dictating terms like this?
who can speak on behalf of fsf india?
ha thats such a big joke.
first you say that what ever the fsf-i board members say becomes the stand
of fsf-i and then you say that fsf-i board will discuss it first and then
say that "ITS THE BOARDS DECISSION". Well I need some more clarity the mails
that arun, sasi and nagarjuna have mailed to this mailing list, are they the
official stand and official statements of FSF-I? or are they just some
Why do you guys make the rules and then break them? (by going on your own
words "WE THE *BOARD OF DIRECTORS FSF INDIA* have the only right to dictate)
i haven't seen any of you guys mention weather the statement that you are
making is an official stand of fsf-i or its just personal views.
other than the mention of "For instance, this FAQ is a statement from the
Board." in the page that is on the gnu.org.in website there is no mention of
it any were else.
when people at the top look bellow there feet they find lilliputs. When
these lilliputs come face to face they suddenly become big, this is called
as mass base and this mass base has to be organised in a democratic way.
I am proud to be in a democratic country were i can express my views freely.
I want that freedom back to the very organisation which i believed for and
trusted for so many years has motivated and kept me free from escapism,
with love for freedom