[PLUG] FOSS for Maths meet at BP

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Fri Feb 22 04:19:41 PST 2008


bp wrote:
> Hello,
> 
>>>> scilab is not FOSS - better to demo octave
>>> If anyone using octave they are welcome.
>>>
>>> Our concern is education and not commercial use.
>>> FOSS=Free and/or Open Source Software that is how we see towards it.
>> Redefining commonly understood terms to fit specific agendas doesn't
>> seem like a good start for education.
>>
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FOSS
> 
> I would like to invite you to give 10 minutes talk on what is good start for 
> education. We have no specific agendas nor this meeting is formal. 

Regardless of the nature of the meetings, a basic understanding of 
fundamental concepts is a good thing and that doesn't require 10 mins of 
hand holding.

> If anyone can talk on octave you are welcome.
> 
> Here is one site from where I understood FOSS=Free and/or Open Source 
> software. 
> 
> http://nrcfoss.org.in

Free and open source software in that context has a very specific 
meaning.  It doesn't mean free as in gratis. Scilab is semi proprietary 
software available for gratis and is not FOSS. Here is another reference.

http://www.dwheeler.com/oss_fs_refs.html

You certainly are free to hold a meeting and educate people on Scilab 
but calling it FOSS is misleading.

Rahul




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