[Fsf-friends] FROM INDIA: Free software development for e-gov...
Mahesh T. Pai
Mon Sep 1 20:26:59 IST 2003
Umashankar C said on Mon, Sep 01, 2003 at 03:47:49AM -0700,:
> The development platform envisaged is Sun Java and deployment can be
> on any free tool such as Tomcat etc.
I'm afraid that there is some problem there. Java is not
swatantra. You get it free of cost though. That always need not be the
case, because re-distribution is prohibited. "swatantra" is a
> The database envisaged is POSTGRESQL.
Yes, that is very popular, and swatantra.
> At present these packages are in VB. Conversion to J2E has to take
> place within a period of, say 4-6 months. In the meanwhile the
> design, documentation etc., can be placed online for free download
> for use as well as to suggest better ways.
As I pointed out, Java is not swatantra. But, software which is
otherwise swatantra, but depends on java is popular. It is not a good
idea for software which has looooooong term use, like in e-governance
to depend on non-free compilers and VMs.
An alternative would be to use jikes / kaffe, which claim to be
substitutes for java.
Mahesh T. Pai, LL.M.,
'NANDINI', S. R. M. Road,
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