A Convention on "Freedom and Software" is proposed to be conducted on 21st September, 2008 at the Russian Cultural Center in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
M. Subramanian - The Mayor, N. Ram - Editor, The Hindu, Debesh Das - Minister of Information Technology, West Bengal, Kiran Chandra - Director, Free Software Foundation India & Prabir Purkayastha - Secretary, Delhi Science Forum, have been confirmed to be the panel of speakers.
The objective of the event will be the launch of the project for the development of a Tamil Version of the GNU/ Linux operating system. The launch will be made by the Mayor, M.Subramanian. The project will be developed by engineering students with able technical support from the IT professionals & professors, and infrastructural support by the entrepreneurs.
The logo and caption for the Free Software Forum, Tamil Nadu will be launched by Mr. N. Ram.
The event will be attended by the IT professionals, Entrepreneurs, Researchers and professors of reputed colleges, from all over the country and the registration will be open to all, so you can bring all your friends as well. There will be no entry fee for the same.
All Students, Industrialists, Professors, Entrepreneurs and Researchers are Invited.
Techies advocating free software on Sunday issued a rallying call to expand the Digital Freedom Struggle as they celebrated the anniversary of the GNU/Linux project launched in 1984.
The convention of freedom and software ,took note of a suggestion to chalk out a plan to spread the free software movement among engineering students in southern States, school students and rural masses.
The Linux user group of Chennai, led by M. Ramadoss. also launched “Kattatra Menporul” (Free Software), a Tamil publication that embodies the philosophy of free software spearhead Richard Stallman and provides localised versions of standard Linux desktop environments.