Re: FROM INDIA: Free software development for e-gov...
Frederick Noronha (FN)
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
> Indiafirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
> firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.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
> 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 firstname.lastname@example.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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