Can someone point me to a comprehensive collection of materials used for
training in Free Software in schools in Kerala? Any and all of these
would be appreciated:
- Teachers' training material
- Teachers' training curricula and time frames
- Ditto for the Train the Trainers programme
- School curricula on and using FS
- Accompanying textbooks, training guides, etc.
Anything else that is available apart from this would be great.
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RMS comes under attack again
by Sam Varghese
Thursday, 24 September 2009
It appears to be open season for launching attacks on the head of the
Free Software Foundation, Richard Matthew Stallman, the man who is in
large measure responsible for the status that free and open source
software enjoys today.
Legacy Tools: Not For Today’s Helpdesk
The latest attack on Stallman is a lengthy post by ZDNet blogger Jason
Perlow and is based on remarks that Stallman is said to have made
during the Free Software Day celebrations in Boston.
There is no audio or video file of the remarks, just the one blog post
by Ubuntu developer and Ubuntu evangelist Martin Owens whom Perlow
The relevant portion of Owens' blog post which Perlow uses as the
basis for his attack is the claim that Stallman called Miguel de
Icaza, the current vice-president of Novell, a traitor to the free
I asked the FSF for a transcript of Stallman's remarks; this was the
reply I got from operations manager John Sullivan: "His talk was
primarily answering questions, so there's no draft or transcript. I
can't confirm those comments as a whole, but if you want to ask about
specific ones I will do my best."
Let's assume that Stallman did make the remarks. Is he
mischaracterising de Icaza's current position? The short answer is no.
The software activities that de Icaza is involved in right now serve
the ends of Microsoft. Read about it here. And here.
The one thing that amazes me about Perlow's post is that he has made
no mention of de Icaza's current billet at Novell, the company that
signed a patent licensing deal with Microsoft, a deal that sold out
the entire FOSS community, and made Novell some kind of a pariah.
Add to that his tendency to tell half the story to build his argument
and you have a classic case of spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt.
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Miguel snuggles closer to Microsoft
CodePlex Foundation will help spread use of Mono
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I would invite your attention to RMS' blog :
RMS' words :
*[I spent a week in Venezuela, giving a speech and some interviews at an
event which invited speakers from all across Latin America. During the
event, the state oil company PDVSA announced its decision to switch 100% to
free software. Their decision is not based on convenience or cost; it is
based on sovereignty. Their computers used to be handled by a US company,
SAIC. When opponents of President Chavez tried to drive him from office by
shutting down oil protection, the US government helped out by telling SAIC
to prevent them from using their computers. PDVSA therefore knows from
experience that using non-free software means you are at the mercy of the
developers, and has decided to solve the problem for good and all.*]
Now I invite your attention to another an RMS interview :
In which RMS was asked the following question :
*[Qn. Do you think public authorities should be leading the way with free
Ans: Every public agency has a duty to maintain its control over its
computing, as a matter of sovereignty. Using a non-free program means giving
the program's developer control over that computing. Thus, public agencies
must reject proprietary software and move to free software. Venezuela and
Ecuador are on the right track.]*
Cherian, In PDVSA case SAIC acted an arm of Amerian establishment. UID
project is a project which involves the security of our nation. Microsoft is
a US company, what is the guaranty Microsoft will not follow the SAIC way?
As far as I know FSMK followed what Richard Stallman has said regarding use
of proprietary software in public agencies, which is nothing but
compromising our country's soveriegnity. Now, is it a crime to follow
Richard Stallman? No, for sure.
So kindly stop making stupid comments, and I request you to apologise for
doing the same. Last time you posted what you do in your home, helping your
wife and all, for posting a BBC news link which revealed Microsoft's racist
My friend sent me the following link, which will give you a clearer picture
of Microsoft. Do read it :
There are compelling arguments to support the use of a free software, but
advocates of free software doubt if the government would decide on one,
given the money involved and the weight the companies owning proprietary
software carry. But use of proprietary system, they feel, would be
tantamount to compromising national security.
“A software can be termed as secure only if the freedom to examine or
modify the code lies with its user, in this case, the Government of India,”
proclaims the Free Software Movement of Karnataka (FSMK), a body that
supports use of free software and propagates its usage in various spheres of
Naturally, the movement finds Microsoft’s proposal to undertake the project
‘disturbing.’ While on one hand — a write up in the FSMK newsletter claims —
Microsoft’s involvement would sabotage a state’s, and by default its
citizen’s, right to control the software on which the most crucial data
would sit, it also paints an alarming picture of the IT giant’s associations
with the US government and slips in the suggestion that it would let the
Americans sabotage the whole network as a part of a cyber attack if things
come down to that.
As part of the MHRD funded open source mission at IITB, Asokan P and Prabhu
Ramachandran are planning a 2 day Python workshop, along with Bhaskaracharya
Topic: Programming with Python
Date : Oct 10th and 11th, 2009
Time : 10 am to 5 pm
Venue : Bhaskaracharya Pratishthan
Instructors: Prabhu Ramachandran and Asokan P.
Website : http://www.bprim.org/mathsoftwk/python/pythonwk09.php
College and University Teachers/Professors/Lecturers from any Engineering or
Science domain, and Engineering students who would like to use Python for
their basic computing and plotting needs.
Participants should be comfortable computer users and be familiar with
programming constructs such as loops, conditionals.
Familiarity with programming editors-- scite, notepad++, vi, emacs- will be
Familiarity with using the commandline will be another plus.
At the end of the program the participants will have a good understanding of
the Python language, and selected libraries.
They will be able to write good modular procedural code and use objects.
They will get a overview of the other major topics, features and libraries
and be able to learn these on their own if required.
* Motivation, background and design philosophy.
* Basic data types: int, float and string
* Core data structures: lists, tuples and dictionaries
* Tool chain
* Overview of the standard library
* NumPy and Scipy
* 3D plotting
* Debugging and testing
Completely hands on, exploratory mode with minimal lectures introducing
essential concepts and techniques.
Typically we will have short 10-15 minute lectures, followed by series of
graduated problems. The participants will solve them exploring the
documentation to do so and the solutions will be discussed.
Laptops can be brought by participants, and additional laptops/computers can
be provided for use for those required. Charging points will be available.
As far as installations go, you would require the following:
-- For Debian/ Ubuntu and the like:
(b) Python doc
(c) the Python Profiler
(f) Mayavi2 (optional)
-- For Windows XP (x86), Windows Vista (x86), Mac OS X 10.4+ (x86), RedHat 3
(x86, amd64), RedHat 4 (x86, amd64), RedHat 5 (x86, amd64), and Solaris 10
(x86, amd64) :
(a) get the EPD (http://www.enthought.com/products/epd.php) bundle and
you'll have everything you need! This is available for free for those in
academia and others can utilize the free 30 day trial version for now.
In any case, we will be providing live DVDs containing all the required
installations and some additional tools on site.
You are requested to fill up the form on the website with signature and a
stamp from your college. Alternatively you can mail the form by email and
submit the hard copy at the time of the workshop. There is no registration
fee. Admission will be on first come first serve basis. The number of seats
Travel and Accommodation :
Travel support will also be provided for second class train fare/bus for
outstation participants who are college teachers. Accommodation will be
provided at the venue. Lodging and boarding will be provided free of charge
for outstation participants. Arrangement of lunch for all participants will
be taken care of by the organisers. All participants will get a DVD
containing Python and other Open Source software. Details of the workshop
will be updated on the website periodically.
The number of seats is limited.
Those who intend to participate should send an e-mail to bhaskara_p(a)vsnl.com,
or call Mrs. Manjusha Joshi, Coordinator, Ph. No. 9822 319328 (4 pm - 7 pm)
or the Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana Office (020- 25434547,25410724) between
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Free Software User Group-Goa
This group is dedicated to discussions on the philosophy, politics and
technical aspects of free software. It is an attempt to create a
community space for GNU/Linux users in Goa to discuss and share
information and expertise on this subject. An important objective of
the group shall also be to spread the message of free software and the
principle governing its development and usage.
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