[fosscomm] Brief highlights -Re: [fosscom] Invite for July 4th meet

Guru गुरु guru at itforchange.net
Mon Jul 6 03:03:18 PDT 2009


Am sharing the brief highlights of the meeting of the FOSSCOMM at JNU, 
Delhi on 4th July

Would request Jaijit (and others) to share info on action items and 
responsible persons to complete the document. I have put these as per my 
notes in teh document in bold italics

If I have missed out any key item/info/discussion, others present in the 
meeting pls add

Andrew, can you trace the attendance record and share info, all new 
members should also become members of this mailing list as well.

thanks and regards,

vinay ವಿನಯ್ wrote:
> Dear All,
> Please find below a  invite with agenda for the 4th of July meet. Please 
> do forward it suitably.
> Thanks,
> Vinay.
> -----------------------------------------
> Dear All,
> Many of us have been advocating for several years, the adoption of FOSS 
> applications and platforms in our country. FOSS related advocacy has 
> been gradually gathering energies, including the campaign against 
> software patents, including FOSS in the CBSE syllabi , suggesting a FOSS 
> manifesto for political parties in the recent elections etc.
> However, we do have a long way to go before FOSS is taken as a default 
> software option. Towards this cause, a network or a coalition of 
> organizations working on FOSS adoption and promotion, would be able to 
> act more cohesively on issues and strengthen our individual efforts. 
> While such an initiative will be energy-intensive and time-consuming, it 
> would help orchestrate our advocacy for FOSS adoption. We are writing to 
> you to invite you to a meeting to discuss the building of such a 
> coalition comprising of members from academic institutions, NGOs and 
> CBOs, research and advocacy groups, professional associations, FOSS 
> enterprises, FOSS user groups, government officials, media professionals 
> etc and also its possible priorities.
> The first meeting of this network was held in Bangalore in February 09, 
> when over 30 people met and discussed issues including working with 
> Universities in Karnataka through NRC-FOSS, to adopt FOSS, train 
> teachers on GNU/Linux (the Karnataka Computer learning program in 
> schools is on GNU/Linux), countering monopolistic and restrictive 
> practices in the IT sector,  technical aspects such as developing local 
> language fonts that are Unicode compliant etc. A mailing list and a wiki 
> (http://fosscomm.in) have been since created.Please see the 
> wiki(http://fosscomm.in) for a more detailed update on that meeting and 
> activities post that meeting.
> We now plan to continue building this coalition, with a meeting in 
> Delhi. We request you to join for a full-day meeting on the 4th of July 
> at the JNU, New Delhi (exact venue within JNU will be communicated 
> shortly).
> The proposed (draft) agenda for the meeting is as follows-
> 1. Reporting on the Bangalore FOSSCOMM 1st Meeting and follow up
> 2. “Open Standards” Follow up on the Department of IT's draft policy on 
> open standards
> (http://www.mit.gov.in/download/Policyonopensandards.pdf).
> 3. FOSS in Education - What the FOSS community can do to promote the use 
> of FOSS in School Education and Higher Education
> 4. Software Patents and other legal issues
> a) Take up pre and post grant opposition for selected cases
> b) Take up the issue of Draft Manual which deviates from the Patent Act
> c) Take up with the Competition Commission, practices which seem to be 
> restrictive or monopolistic.
> 5. Building political consensus around FOSS as an important factor for 
> India's development
> If you require accommodation, please let us know, we will try and 
> arrange at JNU.
> The travel costs as well as the cost of stay would have to be borne by 
> the participants.
> For those requesting accommodation, please write to the following:
> Prof. Andrew Lynn lynn.andrew at gmail.com and Rajesh Kalithody - 
> myidrajesh at gmail.com
> Any suggestion/modifications to the agenda are welcome.
> Thanks,
> On behalf of the Delhi Organizing Group, FOSSCOMM

Gurumurthy Kasinathan
IT for Change
Bridging Development Realities and Technological Possibilities
Tel:98454 37730
*IT for Change is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with United 
Nations’ Economic and Social Council*
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