Silent, Vibrant and Distributed: History of Free Software Movement in India

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Silent, Vibrant and Distributed: History of Free Software Movement in India Presentation by Anivar Aravind In National Conference on Free Software In Cochin Dec 2008

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Silent, Vibrant and Distributed: History of Free Software Movement in India

  1. 1. Silent, Vibrant and Distributed History of Free Software Movement in India
  2. 2. Early bird (1991-2000)
  3. 3. EARLY BIRDSarai : 95, GNU India●Various LUGs, Academic community, TUG●TVM, ILUG Cochin, BLUG, ILUGD, Linux Bangalore,●ILUG Chennai, GLUG BombaySlow spreading of philosophy and●free software (in CDs/Floppy)
  4. 4. Rise of awareness (2000-2004)
  5. 5. RISE OF AWARENESSFSF India●Birth of Free Software User groups●(FSUG Kochi, FSUG Calicut) FSF-AP, ILUG-goa,Ankur Bengla, Gnowledge, IndLinux, Indictrans,ATPS, OSSICFocus on Localisation,●Start of free software evangelism,●media distributionsLB->FOSS.IN, Free Del, Start of Central Govt●adoption & support
  6. 6. RISE OF AWARENESSIncrease in Indian Contribution●Local Self Governance : the Free Software●Challenge in KeralaPublic sector adoptions●
  7. 7. Spreading Freedom (2004-2006)
  8. 8. SPREADING FREEDOMStart of Free Software Activism●World Social Forum 2004,●Free Map & Free GIS Initiatives●School Projects: IT@School, L2C2,●More User Groups : FSUG-Bangalore,●FSF-kerala, FSF-tn, PLUS, s2s2, swecha,
  9. 9. SPREADING FREEDOMMore Events●● Asiasource● Gnunify● Free Software Free Society Conference,● Software Freedom Day● National Free Software Convention● FSFI Annual Day● freed.in● FOSSMeet@NITC●More Support: Support from Left Parties,● NRCFOSS, UNDP-APDIP, Eprimers, MIT,● Abdul Kalam, KSTA, WB University,● SPACE, Utkarsh, Celebrating FreedomMore Developers●Defending Freedom: Preventing Software Patents,●Playfair
  10. 10. Free Software as aSocial Movement (2007-2008)
  11. 11. SOCIAL MOVEMENT FREE SOFTWARE AS AMore Activists, Policy activism, Free Standards,●Public Sector AdoptionsPolicies: Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Alahabad High Court,●NEGP, Knowledge Commission, 11th Five year Plan,National Policy on Open Standards●More User Groups: GLUG-TVM, Durgapur LUG,● FSUG Thrissur, SSUG-MalappuramMore Institutions/Platforms: SMC, GNULabs,●Swatanthra, ICFOSS-Kerala, CATFOSS, CDIT
  12. 12. SOCIAL MOVEMENT FREE SOFTWARE AS A●Events: 3rd International Conference on GPLv3, mukth.in, Freed.in, National Conference on SoftwareFreedom, Free software Free SocietyPhilosophy: Local language translations of●Free Software Philosophy.●Campaigns: Document Freedom (NOOOXML),Say No to Software patents, Freedom Walk, Software Freedom Day
  13. 13. CONTACT Anivar Aravindanivar at movingrepublic.org http://anivar.in

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