movement. A group of government officials and Free Software
practitioners and enthusiasts in India persuade Richard Stallman to
Indian Chapter of the Free Software Foundation.
On July 20, 2001, the Free Software Foundation will inaugurate Free
Software Foundation-India, [http://www.fsf.org.in], an affiliate
organization headquartered in Trivandrum, Kerala, India, at the
ceremonies. FSF India will be the national agency for the promotion of
the use of Free Software in India.
Government officials and other Free Software supporters in the state of
Kerala believe that Free Software meshes particularly well with
Kerala's long tradition of democracy, equity and public action. Just as
Kerala is often held up as a model of equitable social and human
the region, Free Software supporters there believe they can leverage
the inherent freedoms of Free Software to evolve an equitable Knowledge
Society based on software independence and self-reliance. They propose
to help to make Free Software a viable alternative to proprietary
software for large-scale applications, such as for e-government,
and e-commerce. Free Software developers in India intend to be
contributors to the GNU project and the newly announced DotGNU project.
DotGNU is a Free Software alternative to the services and functions
by Microsoft in its .Net initiative. DotGNU was initiated and is
and supported by FreeDevelopers.
India joins a long list of other countries, like Mexico, Argentina,
Brazil, China, Germany, France, Japan, who look to Free Software as a
basis for creating home-grown software industries. Free Software helps
countries foster an indigenous software industry, because it encourages
solidarity, collaboration and voluntary community work among
and computer users to create viable alternatives to proprietary
products, since it permits access to the software by all developers,
a privileged few.
Tony Stanco, founder of FreeDevelopers [http://www.FreeDevelopers.net],
inaugurate FreeDevelopers-India at the same ceremony.
Tony Stanco, founder of FreeDevelopers.net, says "FSF-India is an
amazing affirmation that Free Software is poised to revolutionize
development in the near future. Imagine, India, with its huge number of
software developers, is saying, 'we want our own software industry. We
don't want to be a second-class software country anymore.' That is big.
If each country says that, we will be in a very different world very
Radhakrishnan CV, founder of FreeDevelopers-India says "I believe that
Free Software can level the playing field around the world, so that
can be judged on their abilities, not their wealth. That is what I hope
do with FreeDevelopers."
Anil of FreeDevelopers-India says "FD is a great idea. It is more
society-oriented as well as developer-oriented. This factor makes FD
different from proprietary companies where profit is the major concern
and social obligation is almost nil. Moreover, it is a revolutionary
to replace all the proprietary software (especially those which runs
systems) with Free alternatives; that is what FD is mainly aiming for
and at the same time paying the developers."
DotGNU is part of the GNU system. DotGNU is a GNU project initiated and
supported by FreeDevelopers. DotGNU is the Free Software alternative to
.Net services proposed by Microsoft and other proprietary software
However, the DotGNU project is based on principles of freedom and
decentralization, rather than the centralization of information and
leading to supplier lock-ins.
FreeDevelopers is a self-regulatory organization of free software
developers from around the world. It currently has over 1000
from about 50 countries. FreeDevelopers is a software development
company, but it is very different from traditional, "corporate"
companies. FreeDevelopers has a decentralized, "The Community is the
structure, and all the software they develop is licensed under the GNU
Public License (GNU GPL).
FreeDevelopers was founded by Tony Stanco, a securities attorney, who
left the Securities and Exchange Commission, Internet and Software
to help Free Software develop a viable business model by creating a
model that will allow Free Software developers to get paid for their
FreeDevelopers is headquartered in Washington, DC, USA.
FreeDevelopers-India is based in Trivandrum, India.