By the likes of it, it seems that you are quite senior to me when it comes
to the industry. As far as linux goes, i think i am my self a sort of
vetran. Now, I totally agree with you that criticism alone cannot improve
things. But friend , the ideology is based on how well it can be accepted by
the masses and anything inferior is not generally accepted ( though we may
quote exceptions, but remember exceptions are always in minority ). Now
"inferior" is a relative term. Something that may not be inferior at BARC
(for scientists) may be inferior for the masses (because the needs are
I have never doubted our ability to write wonderful software. But we have
ignored the "interfaces" for the masses for too long. I am sure Richard
Now, you have yourself mentioned that FSF is currently worrying about
helping school children take on GNU/Linux. Now, lets just for a moment pause
and ponder over the needs of these kids and put our software on test. Now
lets forget the problems, lets try and find answers.
As far as the ideology goes, it is spreading and will spread even more the
moment we start touching the masses. Projects like Gnome and KDE have taken
giant strides in the direction. But there is scope of improvement.
Now, to put this point thru i need help of people like you to endorse the
fact that we need to improve the interfaces, we need to consolidate the
services on GNU/Linux, we need to simplify the structure etc and believe me,
we are all set to push Microsoft software to a corner if not oblivion.
Look at the current scenario,
- microsoft is in a transition phase
- We are real good at Server side solutions
- They are consolidating their servers
- We are working on GUIs
Now, we know it is peanuts for people to write Desktop versions of Operating
System who are good at Enterprise Servers. Desktops touch the masses and
this world belongs to masses as masses are in MAJORITY.
Now friends, Let us all contribute. Let us do our bits and be sure we will
reign supreme. A Dream of an ideology reigning supreme is not that bad after
Free software for the brave GNU World.
From: Ajith Kumar <ajith(a)nsc.ernet.in>
To: Tarun Gaur <gaur_tarun(a)hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Fsf-friends] Read Richard Stallman's mail
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 14:33:13 +0530
Tarun Gaur wrote:
Hi Mr. Ajith
I am shocked at the way you have interpreted my quest for ever
According to your interpretation, all the CRITICS
carry some kind of
infiriority complex ? Brother, i am just asking all my friends to
will quote Richard Stallman's mail posted on
fsf-friends, where he says
common user has to be taken serious care of.
First of all i am not an FSF member. I have used GNU/Linux for
particle accelerator control and physics experiments. Nuclear Science
control system runs on a network of 6 machines , 24 hours 365 days and I am
to see a
'hanging' OS , running redhat 5.2 distro. I developed it 5 years ago.
We have a Data Acquisition System that is fastest among the other labs
done in Linux. Almost the entire organization uses it for communication,
office work etc.
I know that it is not perfect. I myself face a lot of problems when try to
convince people to
use it. I had a talk with RMS when he visited NSC in March. He asked me to
give more stress
on spreading the ideology than trying to get more people just using Free
I spend a lot of time and energy to help schools to use GNU/Linux.
The point is we should not project weaknesses alone, the stregths also
be projected at the
As far as I know FSF is mainly worrying about how to get the schools in
Kerala to use Free Software.
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