[Fsf-friends] Re: FROM INDIA: Free software development for e-gov...

Frederick Noronha (FN) fred@bytesforall.org
Wed Sep 3 00:08:59 IST 2003

Forwarded at the request of RMS... His reply. FN

On Tue, 2 Sep 2003, Richard Stallman wrote:

> Could you please forward this to
>         India-egov@yahoogroups.com, pubsoft@isoc.org,
> 	fsf-friends@gnu.org.in,
> 	linux-india-general@lists.sourceforge.net,
> 	gkd@phoenix.edc.org, bytesforall_readers@yahoogroups.com
> since most of those lists will not accept mail from me?
>     Thirdly, instead of reinventing the wheel, we do need to keep track of the 
>     initiatives underway at the international and national levels. In this 
>     sphere, a lot of work can -- and should -- be shared. 
> The FSF (in the US) is developing the Free Software Directory, whose
> aim is to list all free software that will run on a completely free
> GNU or GNU/Linux system.  It sounds like that is similar to the FSD.
> However, currently the directory lists only 2400 packages, and there
> are thousands more to go.  Our paid staff person can only check and
> add some 1000 packages per year.
> A part-time volunteer can easily add 150 packages per year.  We now
> have one such volunteer, in Brasil.  If we had five more volunteers,
> we could maybe enter 2000 new packages per year.  Would anyone like to
> volunteer?
> It requires some training to learn to follow our practices, to make
> your entries reliable and consistent with the rest of the directory,
> so we're looking for people who will make a commitment to keep working
> steadily on the directory for a year or more.  If you want to
> volunteer, please write to jcasey@gnu.org.
> Meanwhile, if the Indian government hires one person in India to work
> with us, that could enable us to add 1000 more packages per year.  We
> would appreciate the help.

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