"Free software" means software that respects users' freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, "free software" is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of "free" as in "free speech," not as in "free beer". We campaign for these freedoms because everyone deserves them. With these freedoms, the users (both individually and collectively) control the program and what it does for them. When users don't control the program, we call it a "nonfree" or "proprietary" program. The nonfree program controls the users, and the developer controls the program; this makes the program an instrument of unjust power
On 14th August, Free Software Movement Karnataka is organising an open street map(OSM) event . The idea is to use your smart phones with this OSM software to map the sewage lines and public toilets online so that we can quickly identify clogs and ensure that the govt takes action accordingly. More..
Net neutrality is the fundamental principle of the Internet which guarantees that no discrimination is practiced on the resources or applications that the users try to access!
Airtel is trying to undermine this basic principle by restricting the access by introducing differentiated price structure on accessing applications.
Facebook is trying to do the same via Internet.org. Airtel's zero platform or Facebooks's internet.org may end up blocking specific online content, services or applications (protocols, websites, etc.), or the users' freedom to publish information!
The Telecom Regulatory Authority(TRAI)is examining this issue to determine whether the 'openness' of the Internet is been compromised. Visit netneutrality.in for more detail.
As the time period for sending mail to TRAI ends on 24th April , we shall continue putting pressure on government in someother ways. MPs being our representatives in parlement we have to make our voice heard through them. Here's a sheet with contact details of MPs, to make it easy for you to appeal to them via email and/or snail mail.
FSMK Lab Manual is an attempt to come up with documentation which helps in migrating labs in colleges completely to Free Software. As part of this, we have selected VTU's Computer Science Department and have come up with complete lab manual for all the labs that are conducted as part of the course.
The name rasi is after our friend Rasinesh who passed away in tragic road accident while he was actively volunteering in fsmk. His loss defintely can not be filled.He was always concerned about the growing digital divide and belived technnology to be made available to every one regardless whether they are workers professionals or enterpreniours.
Rasi project is such an attempt to contribute in localization efforts. Localization efforts enable people to learn and know technologies in their own local language. So it becomes not necessarry to study english to use a software. Rasi project is intended to make localization efforts much easier by managing repository of local version of terms/words, here community will contribute and rate the most appropriate local version of each term.