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National Free Software Coalition Formed in India


Delegates at the National Free Software conference in Bangalore, India, announced the formation of a national coalition, the National Free Software Movement of India. The ideology of Free Software includes free knowledge, science and digital societies in its ambit.

The coalition aims at taking Free Software and its ideological implications to computer users "across the digital divide" and to various streams of science and research.

Free Software activist Kiran Chandra says the work of several coalitions and companies in this domain has been largely scattered. "The movement, which originated in small Linux User Groups at the IITs [Indian Institutes of Technology], has gained significant momentum recently. However, this needs to be taken to the next level to increase its user base and subsequently push the need for Free Software, and free societies, across the country." He emphasised on the need for public discourse on these issues.

 

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