[Fsf-friends] Re: RMS note to Vivaravicharam: GNU Swatantra
Mahesh T. Pai
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,
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