Forwarded at the request of RMS... His reply. FN
On Tue, 2 Sep 2003, Richard Stallman wrote:
Could you please forward this to
since most of those lists will not accept mail from me?
Thirdly, instead of reinventing the wheel, we do need to keep track of the
initiatives underway at the international and national levels. In this
sphere, a lot of work can -- and should -- be shared.
The FSF (in the US) is developing the Free Software Directory, whose
aim is to list all free software that will run on a completely free
GNU or GNU/Linux system. It sounds like that is similar to the FSD.
However, currently the directory lists only 2400 packages, and there
are thousands more to go. Our paid staff person can only check and
add some 1000 packages per year.
A part-time volunteer can easily add 150 packages per year. We now
have one such volunteer, in Brasil. If we had five more volunteers,
we could maybe enter 2000 new packages per year. Would anyone like to
It requires some training to learn to follow our practices, to make
your entries reliable and consistent with the rest of the directory,
so we're looking for people who will make a commitment to keep working
steadily on the directory for a year or more. If you want to
volunteer, please write to jcasey(a)gnu.org.
Meanwhile, if the Indian government hires one person in India to work
with us, that could enable us to add 1000 more packages per year. We
would appreciate the help.