RMS in India

When I was young, rms meant “root-mean-square” a form of averaging in alternating current meansurments. Now it means Richard Stallman, icon of FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) or simply, Free Software. He defined the term and began/codified a movement to make sharing OK/acceptable in software.

Sharing is obviously OK in India where RMS filled huge venues (thousands of attendees) for his talks. Being a billion people, India has tens of millions of computer geeks interested in good IT. Those people will do a lot to grease the gears of the Indian economy growing rapidly larger every year. Many of them will influence decisions to use FLOSS and use it themselves.

The tour of India is an inspiration to anyone who reads or hears the FUD the monopolies spread about Free Software. People are making personal investments in FLOSS all around the world.

see A Passage to India

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to RMS in India

  1. aardvark says:

    I’m glad to hear that you’re thinking, Mr Pogson.

    Thinking is a valuable resource. It would be a terrible thing to waste it on people like Mr Oiaohm, Mr McCrae, Mr IP Bear, Mr OE, and all the other trolls out there.

  2. aardvark says:

    Mr McCrae:

    “You do realize Robert, that you are keeping a small gaggle of Microsoft FUDsters busy at their keyboards. Imagine the trouble you are keeping them from.”

    Most of us are touch-typists with immense and under-used brains. If necessary, we can do this stuff in our sleep at 120 characters a second.

    You, on the other hand? I doubt you can even spell “relevant” without resorting to a dictionary.

    Oh, and what happened to the naughty words? You are nothing without the naughty words. Admittedly, you are an epsilon even with the naughty words, but even being the fifth letter in the alphabet would be a success, given the low point from which you start.

    @ is not a letter, just in case you didn’t grasp that fairly simple fact.

  3. I am thinking of purging some of the trolls around here wasting my time. The grounds are just about warm and dry enough to work so I will have less time for the blog. This has been the busiest month of blogging yet and I am not getting any younger.

  4. FLOSS is a democracy. Anyone can get the code, run it, examine it, change it and distribute it with or without changes. Along the way they can say what they want about it.

  5. Kozmcrae says:

    You do realize Robert, that you are keeping a small gaggle of Microsoft FUDsters busy at their keyboards. Imagine the trouble you are keeping them from.

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