If you want to help the community stay on the road to freedom, one
important way is to publicly uphold citizen values. When people are
discussing what is good or bad, or what to do, cite the values of
freedom and community and argue from them.
It's no use going faster by taking the wrong road. Compromise is
essential to achieve a large goal, but beware of compromises that lead
away from the goal.
rms writes: "Twenty-five years ago on September 27, 1983, I
announced a plan to create a completely free operating system called GNU
-- for 'GNU is not Unix'. As part of the 25th anniversary of the GNU
system, I have written this article on how our community can avoid
> Here's the key person that IT secretary informs has the details.
> Subhra Chakraborty Mob:09331042119 E-mail: subhrackh at gmail
Thanks to Arun for attracting my attention to this thread. I must say
that I find Raju's posting is interesting. I happen to have met with
Mr. Subhra Chakraborty a couple of times due to professional
engagements. Its true that Mr. Chakraborty *is* indeed the key person
in the CSC (common services centers - NeGP G2C kiosks) program which
are among the principal consumers of the GPMS and the IFMAS software.
The fact is Mr. Chakraborty is a Project Co-ordinator / IT Officer
with the Panchayat & Rural Development (P&RD) Dept, Govt of WB. He in
turn reports to Mr. Maity who is the Deputy Secy (iirc) and finally at
the top of the P&RD admin hierarchy is Mr. M N Roy. IAS (Principal
So, has Mr. Chakraborty been empowered as spokesperson from P&RD? Its
interesting that the IT Secy Mr. Siddharth would be giving Mr.
Chakraborty's name as the contact person.
Swatantra Free Culture Showcase
This idea has been inspired by the
Our team wants to address various social, cultural, political and
technologically relevant issues and we want to shake things up a little bit.
At the heart of Swatantra's ethos is a belief in showcasing free
culture <http://freeculture.org/>, and we think it would be an excellent
opportunity to show off some free culture artists by utilising their media
in various global campaigns. Although the time restrictions are tight, we
think this is too good an opportunity to miss.
So, we present the Swatantra Free Culture Showcase.
How it works is pretty simple:
Your submission must be no larger than 1Minute for the audio and 3Minutes
for the video.
Upload your submission somewhere online (there are lots of free hosting
solutions available such as archive.org). Do not email any of the organisers
or judges with your submissions.
When the deadline for submissions closes, our panel of judges(*Mrs. Shobana
Mathews, Mr. Sunil Chandy, Mr. Anil Pinto*) will pick a shortlist, and will
then pick the final winners from the shortlist.
The deadline for submissions is *20th November 2008*
Here is an interesting estimate:
But OSS related estimates are not included... and moreover the bodies
like NASSCOM that provide data are basically agencies of foreign
capital and have little to do with Open source.
Member, Cal. Math. Soc
Sorry for cross posting.
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From: Frederick "FN" Noronha <fredericknoronha(a)gmail.com>
Subject: [bytesforall_readers] China takes lead in [GNU] Linux education
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 00:39:45 +0530
China takes lead in Linux education
Since the Chinese government began supporting domestic open source
communities in 2005, hundreds of thousands of young people in the
world's most populous country have become a part of the open source
With the help of the government-supported Leadership of Open Source
University Promotion Alliance (LUPA), Zhejiang Technology Institute of
Economy (ZJTIE) founded its Linux Training and Examination Centre in
The centre started out offering a simple 48-hour course; upon
completion, students received a Linux operator certificate or a Linux
network administrator certificate or both. According to ZJTIE, 1,500
students in the last two years have passed the examination. However,
those students who wanted to learn more had to learn by themselves.
Now, however, LUPA offers nine Linux certificates, including
certificates for software engineers, 'C' programming language
engineers, and LAMP system engineers. In response to a requirement
from China's Ministry of Education, LUPA published 11 new Linux
textbooks in July. The ministry hopes that these textbooks will help
Chinese students learn more advanced Linux technologies.
Some Chinese schools believe that Linux education has helped students
gain employment. According to ZJTIE, 90 per cent of the students in
its Economic Information Department received the LUPA certificates in
2006; as a result, employment rose to the highest the school has seen.
This may be a result of the booming open source market in China.
According to CCID Consulting, the sale of Chinese open source software
increased 17.1 per cent, while sales of Linux increased 20.2 per cent
As Linux accounts for 66.5 per cent of China's open source market
(according to a 2007 survey from CCID Consulting), open source
education has been focused mostly on Linux. However, its success has
encouraged ZJTIE to expand its teaching and certification. In March
2008, ZJTIE worked with LUPA to expand its education system from Linux
to the whole open source industry.
According to LUPA, more than 300 Chinese universities and colleges
have joined its system. Open source technology has become a required
course in many of these schools. Although the total number of students
who have been trained for open source technologies is not available
yet, Zhang Jianhua, chairman of LUPA, estimates that LUPA will train
100,000 students in Linux per year.
Besides developing open source courses, government-supported
communities also regularly hold activities such as open source
conferences, speeches, contests, festivals, and campus marches to
attract students to learn more about the culture, history, ideas, and
technologies of the open source industry. At the same time, open
source communities without government support have brought many young
Chinese to the open source world by offering free open source
information, translation of open source articles from other countries,
and forums for open source technologies communication.
Thanks in part to promotion by these communities, open source has
become a powerful idea among Chinese programmers. In a survey by
PHPChina in June 2007, 32.6 per cent of PHP professionals said that
they chose PHP mostly because it's open source, and 64.8 per cent of
interviewees who would start to learn PHP believed that "open source
is the strong point of PHP." The same survey also showed that more
than three quarters of Chinese PHP professionals learned something
from or received information through domestic PHP communities.
The rapid growth of China's open source expertise has yet to result in
a significant contribution to the development of the global open
source industry. This may be because young Chinese people are still
novices in the open source industry, or it may be due to the fact that
they have to work more than 60 hours a week to fight for their new
jobs and have no time to work on open source projects for the time
being. However, as the open source education system improves and as
more young people become open source veterans, the global open source
community will benefit from China's presence.
Author: Chen Nanyang
Originally published at www.linux.com; reprinted with the author's
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An interesting development I would say. I don't know whether its just the
Ubuntu community who's responsible for this or are other distributions also
taking note of that. There has been a new package included which is called
firefox-3.0-branding. I've been running Ubuntu 8.10 for few months now
(right from after the tool-chain got put up on the server)
A very interesting conversation on the bug-report first .
Then few mockups on the same
Then finally the firefox-3.0-branding package
What this does is basically the first time you fire up the browser after you
have installed the branding package
it gives a short link (like one for addons or updates just below the tab
with saying "Know your rights"
Linking on that takes you to about:rights which gives you the following
About: Your Rights
Mozilla Firefox is free and open source software, built by a community of
all over the world. There are a few things you should know:
* Firefox is made available to you under the terms of the
Mozilla Public License. This means you may use, copy and
distribute Firefox to
others. You are also welcome to modify the source code of Firefox
you want to meet your needs. The Mozilla Public License also gives
the right to distribute your modified versions.
* Mozilla does not grant you any rights to the Mozilla and Firefox
or logos. Additional information on Trademarks may be found here.
* Firefox also uses web site information services, such as the
service; however, we cannot guarantee they are 100% accurate or
More details, including information on how to disable the
services, can be
found in the service terms.
Mozilla Firefox Web Site Services (this one is usually hidden)
Mozilla Firefox uses web site information services ("Services"),
such as the
SafeBrowsing service, that are available for your use with this
of Firefox as described below. If you do not want to use the
Services or the
terms below are unacceptable, you may disable the SafeBrowsing
service by clicking
Edit -> Preferences -> Security and uncheck the options for "Tell
me if the site
I'm visiting is a suspected attack site" and "Tell me if the site
I'm visiting is
a suspected forgery."
1. Mozilla and its contributors, licensors and partners work to
provide the most
accurate and up-to-date phishing and malware information.
However, they cannot
guarantee that this information is comprehensive and
error-free: some risky sites
may not be identified and some safe sites may be
identified in error
2. Mozilla may discontinue or change the Services at its
3. You are welcome to use these Services with the accompanying
Firefox, and you have all the rights necessary to do so.
its licensors reserve all other rights in the Services.
These terms are
not intended to limit any rights granted under open source
to Firefox and to corresponding source code versions of
4. The Services are provided "as-is." Mozilla, its
contributors, licensors, and
distributors, disclaim all warranties, whether express or
implied, including without
limitation, warranties that the Services are merchantable
and fit for your particular
purposes. You bear the entire risk as to selecting the
Services for your purposes
and as to the quality and performance of the Services. Some
jurisdictions do not allow
the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties, so this
disclaimer may not apply to
5. Except as required by law, Mozilla, its contributors,
licensors, and distributors will
not be liable for any indirect, special, incidental,
consequential, punitive, or
exemplary damages arising out of or in any way relating to
the use of Firefox and the
Services. The collective liability under these terms will
not exceed $500 (five hundred
dollars). Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or
limitation of certain damages,
so this exclusion and limitation may not apply to you.
6. Mozilla may update these terms as necessary from time to
time. These terms may not
be modified or cancelled without Mozilla's written
7. These terms are governed by the laws of the state of
California, U.S.A., excluding
its conflict of law provisions. If any portion of these
terms is held to be invalid
or unenforceable, the remaining portions will remain in
full force and effect. In
the event of a conflict between a translated version of
these terms and the English
language version, the English language version shall
While I'm no great lover or hater of FF I think this is a nice way
of doing stuff without being obnoxious and obtrusive. One more thing the
4th and 5th point were in BOLD .
It would be interesting to have some discussion on what people think
of the same.
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Very interesting article. We should try to follow most of the tips in
"The gender inequality among developers and supporters of free
software is stunning. Less than 2% of us are women, according to
studies conducted for the European Commission. Why? The evidence says
we're driving them away. There are even some pretty good published
guidelines on how not to drive them away. What's missing is a
practical implementation strategy: here I present ten relatively
simple changes in how you run your project, to make it more attractive
to would-be contributors—especially women."
<GPLv2> I know my rights; I want my phone call!
<DRM> What use is a phone call, if you are unable to speak?
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