following are my coments and reaction to this thread and I want this
to be the last one.
firstly I can Understand that vihan reacted without complete knowledge
of what was actually said in the conference.
so although his feelings are justified but those were not just a bit
rood but also targetted towards the wrong people.
he is too young and I can understand his over excitement in which he
may have targetted his feelings to the wrong person at the wrong
my only advice to him is that when it comes to comenting about such
things, first confirm from a person who is more experienced about what
was the reality. as an cineor person with 10+ years of experience, my
only advice is "think before you go on records ". that will leave
less chances to oppologise later.
nagarjun, thanks for responding late but only after confirming things.
I have been a reporter myself for about 5 years and now into this IT
field for 10 years, I very well understand the dynamics of how things
get presented by the media.
as nagarjun rightly said, we need to seriously speak to the media.
secondly, I don't think we must insult the gnu/linux project by only
giving importance to the "free of charge " aspect.
although when a screen reader would cost rs. 70000 for a single
license, cost factor is equally important for an average blind person,
given today's economic condition of those people. employment is
difficult to come because if the employer has to pay 70000 rs just to
employ a blind employee, he will think 10 times before doing that.
and what if the blind person then leaves the job?
the investment is waisted.
but there are other more important issues as well.
think about this case,
one of my studant named Balaram from Kerala had a job offer from Taj group.
they had a software which he was expected to use.
but the proprietory software in question was not at all compatible
with what he was supposed to use.
now, had the source code of this software been open, it would have the
possibility of modification and thus being adopted to that particular
software. but nither the company took responsibility nor released any
part of the software for modification.
so the issue is not about cost (the taj group was ready to pay in the
above case ), the issue is about the freedom to modify that software
and after that use those modifications for who ever got that
opportunity to be employed.
so one should understand that freedom is not just the matter of
philosophy but it applies to practical life.