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Submission + - Walking 1200km to promote Free Software (

Freedom Walk writes: "Free software had remained a technological and an economic issue in the state of Kerala(India) and it had been very successful in being so. A team of four people decided to take the fundamental principle of the freedom behind free software and take this message of freedom to the masses.
For doing this they decided to follow the Gandhian concept of walking, and walk they did. The quartet walked from one end of Kerala to the other end, covering 1200+ kilometers over 44 days, and preached this message directly to people. They also followed a simple lifestyle — no posh food, no paid stays, eating from small hotels and utilizing only public places to rest and stay.
Read more about Freedom Walk"

Comment GPL software based on Google maps to track disease (Score 1) 57

My company had released a Google Maps based GPLed software to track diseases. The software is free as in free beer and free speech. You can check it out at - Web Based Health Monitoring System. The software allows hospitals and doctors to record cases as and when they are reported and then the system will collate the information and provide basic statistical analysis and geographical presentation on Google Maps. The source code is available on sourceforge and there is also a demo set up on the site.

Submission + - Using Microsoft Anti-Piracy Raids to promote Linux (

anoopjohn writes: "Read more about this interesting way of promoting Linux using Microsoft Antipiracy Raids

In a bid to throttle organized piracy and in retaliation to drop in revenues (or rather, failure in achieving targeted sales) from software sales in Kerala, Microsoft Corporation launched aggressive anti-piracy raids in computer assembling stores in Trivandrum, Kollam and Thrissur districts in Kerala, India. This we think is a right time for those of you who are worried about using pirated software to shell out large chunks of money to buy licensed software or better SWITCH TO UBUNTU :)."


Submission + - The Secret to Raising Smart Kids (

anoopjohn writes: "* Many people assume that superior intelligence or ability is a key to success. But more than three decades of research shows that an overemphasis on intellect or talent — and the implication that such traits are innate and fixed — leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and unmotivated to learn.
* Teaching people to have a "growth mind-set," which encourages a focus on effort rather than on intelligence or talent, produces high achievers in school and in life.
* Parents and teachers can engender a growth mind-set in children by praising them for their effort or persistence (rather than for their intelligence), by telling success stories that emphasize hard work and love of learning, and by teaching them about the brain as a learning machine.
Read more at"


Submission + - GoogleMaps based FLOSS to track diseases (Malaria) ( 3

Joju Joshua writes: "A startup firm from India has claimed to have developed a software
that could help fight diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya.
They have developed a web-based application for collecting,
processing and displaying information about diseases in a country.
The application is integrated with Google maps to display the collected
information on a real-time graph to visually track spread of diseases.
They have released the software under GNU GPL to enable governments
in third world countries to benefit from the solution"


Submission + - Revolutionary new FLOSS software to track diseases (

anoopjohn writes: "A new software developed by Zyxware Technologies, a software company in India is about to revolutionize the way information is collected and processed in tracking diseases like Chikungunya, Dengue, Malaria etc. The software was released as Free Software under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Although the software was developed for the State of Kerala, India, the GNU GPL will allow it to be downloaded and used for free by any other government in the world. This release is a welcome change in the cross section of GPLed applications from applications targeting masses to applications in niche areas targeting smaller number of people. More information about the software is given in the press release on health monitoring system"

Submission + - Petition to G8 Leaders

anoopjohn writes: "An online petition for the G8 leaders to take a positive decision regarding climate change — Around 200,000 people have already signed the petition. I wonder if these online petitions will have any impact. How successful are online campaigns — I haven't heard of any that has really succeeded. But online campaigns are going to be the way of the future."

Submission + - Printing from web applications

anoopjohn writes: "Printing in web based applications is handled by the browser. This does not give the kind of control in printing as we do have in desktop based applications. It is possible to have some control using css padding, spacing, page-break etc but the control is minimal. The problem is that desktop based applications gain an edge over web based applications in areas where printing is critical. In countries, like India for example, where e-governance applications are beginning to pop up in all government departments this will result in too many desktop based (most probably written in VB or VB.Net) applications. Too many desktop based applications will result in a lock-in on the Operating System. The printing requirements include — ability to print on different paper sizes, ability to manage pagination and alignment on the paper. So what would be a standard approach to tackle this issue?"

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