Oracle has embraced.
" MariaDB is a backward compatible, drop-in replacement branch of MySQL®
Database Server which includes all major open source storage engines,
including the Maria storage engine.
You can find the MariaDB code at Launchpad, and download binaries at
MariaDB is community developed, in collaboration with Monty Program. Our
ambition is to make MariaDB the best open and free branch of MySQL Database
Server for the enduser, developer and partner communities..."
Details at http://askmonty.org/wiki/index.php/MariaDB
IIT, Mumbai, has launched http://spoken-tutorial.org to popularise Free
Software and to bridge the digital divide. Right now they have uploaded
some spoken tutorials on LaTeX, Camstudio and dubbing. All of them are
in English. Some are available in other Indian languages also.
V. Sasi Kumar
Free Software Foundation of India
FSMK News Letter's 7th issue is here.
FSMK News Letter Edition 7 <http://fsmk.org/NewsLetterEdition7>
We are bringing up some hot issues in this edition. Through the editorial,
we are discussing the issue of Digital Divide. Even though this subject is
holding highest relevance in our society, no other groups were ready to
discuss it. Read further articles and find out how we are trying to solve
this issue from the very scratch.
For the first time we have published a Kannada article as well. Expect more
in the coming editions. This is as part of our commitment to bring
localization of free Software to the Kannada space.
Also we are covering lot of News happened in and around the software field.
For FSMK, issues are not just to be discussed over mails or to be kept only
in paper. We are trying to work among the people in need. So in this efforts
we need you to carry the flag to newer heights.
Free Software Media is an initiative to publish, promote & distribute,
Free Software related text, audio and video contents across India,
professionally. Inspired by the work of Network theory Ltd, We are
pleased to announce this initiative with a similar objective for India.
To commence We are happy to bring out three selected Titles from Network
Theory Ltd themselves, at reasonable prices for the Indian audience. And
* An Introduction to GCC, by Brian J. Gough, foreword by Richard M.
* An Introduction to Python – The Python Tutorial, by Guido van Rossum
and Fred L. Drake, Jr.
* Comparing and Merging Files with GNU diff and patch, by David
MacKenzie, Paul Eggert, and Richard Stallman
Currently We support three modes of purchase,
Electronic Money Transfer or Money Transfer to our Bank Account
Demand Draft/ Cheque
Value Payable Post
Details of all modes of purchase can be found at our website
We offer a portion of our profit to foundations that are related to each
of the above mentioned titles or make use of it for appropriate Free
Software related activity. Specific details can be found from each
book’s page at http://fsm.co.in
We hope the Free Software Community of India, Students, Teachers and the
General Public would be benefited immensely as a result of this
initiative. We thank Network Theory Ltd for the support they extended
towards this initiative.
So go & grab your copies, of the above mentioned titles, visiting
http://fsm.co.in. You can also gift it to your dear ones studying
We aspire more. If you are a geek, who could write on Free Software
related Titles and is willing to offer it for freely distributable
publication, contact us. Would you like to see specific Title to come up
related to Free Software, may it be Technical, Philosophical, Legal or
in your Language, write to us. If you like to extend your co-operation
to us, in other ways, express it through http://fsm.co.in/site/contact.
Let us revive the spirit of sharing & sustaining.
And above all, help spreading the word across. Website: http://fsm.co.in
 - http://network-theory.co.uk
Sri Ramadoss M