[fosscomm] Help required to form FOSSCOM as an alternate Industry and Civil Society body to NASSCOM

Guru गुरु guru at itforchange.net
Wed Jul 8 01:51:38 PDT 2009


In my earlier mail I have asked anyone who has reservations about our 
support to the draft policy should share their views. As I have seen on 
this list, there is no disagreement that the current policy draft needs 
to be released by the Govt of India and that the policy will strongly 
support the adoption of FOSS.

There are also mails supporting a possibility of FOSSCOMM representing 
to Government about the need to release the open standards policy.

Is your statement  "... and what do we do with individuals who take 
stands (under the FOSSCOMM banner) which some or most of us do not agree 
with? " a general statement or relevant to this specific issue being 
discussed. Request you to elaborate.


Kenneth Gonsalves wrote:
> On Wednesday 08 July 2009 10:42:44 Sunil Abraham wrote:
>> On Wed, 2009-07-08 at 09:24 +0530, Kenneth Gonsalves wrote:
>>>> I agree with Raj. FOSSCOMM should make clear representation on this
>>>> issue.
>>> ahem - what happened to the CMP?
>> For me the Indian/global FOSS movement was more Al Qaeda than Indian
>> political coalition.
> huh? a very strange analogy. Al Qaeda is a tightly structured organisation 
> with a clear heirarchy and a supreme leader. They have a unified ideology and 
> clear goals. The foss movement has none of these things. It has a wide 
> spectrum of individuals and organisations with wildly differing goals, modes of 
> operation, motivations, (even definitions). The one thing nearly all of these 
> individuals/organisations have in common is the refusal to be organised. At 
> the most they come together at times for some common cause - but this rarely 
> takes an organised form.
>> It might be easier for us to act first as
>> individuals (under the FOSSCOMM banner) and claim/disclaim collective
>> responsibility later on our public wiki.
> and what do we do with individuals who take stands (under the FOSSCOMM banner) 
> which some or most of us do not agree with?

Gurumurthy Kasinathan
IT for Change
Bridging Development Realities and Technological Possibilities
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