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Kalam, Stallman discuss open source software

... The first to meet the President was Richard Stallman, the leading light of the free and open source software (FOSS) movement. Ironically, the people waiting in the Presidential anteroom for the interaction to end were people from Microsoft. ...

... Besides explaining the political philosophy of FOSS movement, Dr. Stallman said he also spoke to the President about the real intention behind Microsoft's plan to spread the use of computers in schools which was "akin to the colonial system of recruiting the local elite to help keep others in line.''  ...

the last one just does not sound too good to me.

Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2004 10:31 AM | Back to top


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Yeh, sounds horrible !!! I was just wondering about stallman's idea behind giving for free...If everything is going for free, who is earning out that? We only get a VIRUS for free in future. Nothing else :)
Left by Sudhakar on Feb 09, 2004 4:04 AM

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"If everything is going for free, who is earning out that? We only get a VIRUS for free in future. Nothing else :)"
This comment needs a lot of analysis.

1. A Virus for free
It is the Patented software that attract more viruses than FOSS.
2. Who is earning
There are now corporates who can patent anything. Knowledge should be freely spread, or India could not have discovered ZERO, and just gave it to the world for free.
3. We Indians have a lot to gain from FOSS.. People can still flourish by customising software, but not milk the holy cow dry with patented software.
4. For the armed forces it must be only FOSS, else one day your missiles have a chance to fire upon yourseves.
Left by ravi on Jan 12, 2005 7:22 AM

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India must play now on an importnat role in use, development and advocacy of OSS/FS in developing countries. This can be best done when we start using OSS/FS in most government departments and at national networks like NIC, ERNET etc
Best wishesh to OSS/FS in India and developing countries
S.K. Singh
Left by S.K. Singh on Aug 31, 2005 3:51 AM

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