[Fsf-friends] Re: RMS note to Vivaravicharam: GNU Swatantra

Mahesh T. Pai paivakil@vsnl.net
Mon Sep 1 12:03:55 IST 2003

Dileep M. Kumar said on Mon, Sep 01, 2003 at 11:00:13AM +0530,:

 > >>>That sounds plausible to me.  If "kappam" is Tamil, is there an
 > >>>equivalent Sanskrit term?
 > The  word  Kappam  is  in   Malayalam  too.   There  is  another  word
 > "Chungam". This also means Kappam (A  sort of tax/fees given to a King

"royalty" in King's English. No pun intended - SeRiOuSlY.
 > I suggest Ganana Soothram for Software.
 > Sootram = Technique

Software  is   not  used  for   'ganana'  (mathematical  calculations)
alone. Of course, science graduates  on the list will have a different
opinion; I am speaking of the common perception. 

I suggest  that the word  'software' be used  as it is. English  has a
large number of foreign words, mostly from indic languages. 

Let the indic languages pay 'kappam' to the English language for once,
bu adopting an English word.
  Mahesh T. Pai, LL.M.,                   
  'NANDINI', S. R. M. Road,               
  Ernakulam, Cochin-682018,               
  Kerala, India.                          

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