Re: [ox-en] The Story of Free Software in Kerala, India
- From: Stefan Merten <smerten oekonux.de>
- Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2008 21:17:40 +0200
6 months (199 days) ago Frederick \"FN\" Noronha wrote:
The Story of Free Software in Kerala, India
This is the story of Free Software in the state of Kerala in India. I
wrote this for a book entitled Knowledge Society and Development --
Kerala Experience edited by Antony Palackal of Loyola College,
Thiruvananthapuram, and Wesley Shrum of Louisiana State University.
The article is published under a free licence, as mentioned at the end
of the article. I am putting a slightly modified version here so that
any interested person can make use of it.
Thanks for sharing this here.
It struck me that all the examples of Free Software you gave were
either business oriented or somehow state / education driven. Indeed
it reminded me of another Indian person who on some conference
explained that in India virtually nobody is developing Doubly Free
Software - i.e. there are virtually no volunteers who participate in a
Free Software project just for the sake of having fun and helping the
That person said that in India nobody would have the idea to program
after business hours. And that in a country where indeed there is a
comparatively high computer literacy.
To illustrate what I mean: If you would write a history of Free
Software in Germany there are also some businesses but the Free
Software community consisting of volunteers *needs* to be mentioned.
I wonder whether you omitted that history for Kerala for some reason,
whether you would share the statement that there is virtually no
Doubly Free Software development in India / Kerala or what else
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