For South Asia, an intended FOSS bridge

GOA, India

Here's an early initiative to flow out of the APC South Asia Consultation: BytesForAll has just launched a new mailing list, specifically focused on Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS, or FOSS). Details of the group are below. We invite all interested to join.

Here's an early initiative to flow out of the APC South Asia Consultation: BytesForAll has just launched a new mailing list, specifically focused on Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS, or FOSS). Details of the group are below. We invite all interested to join.

Rather than replicating the many existing FLOSS networks, this one intends to have a specific agenda (i) build cross-border regional South Asian links among FLOSS campaigners, users and supporters (ii) share resources and building networks among those working on localisation of FLOSS, particularly on languages which have implications for more than one country in the region, or whose initiatives we can learn from (with a special emphasis on Urdu, Bengali, Nepali, the Devanagari script, smaller languages currently unsupported by FLOSS and/or proprietorial software, etc).

In this way, we hope to complement, support and spread awareness about useful initiatives like IndicComputing, Ankur Bangla, and the MPP initiatives on Nepali localisation. On the Urdu front, in particular, links between Pakistan and north India (particularly, but not exclusively) are needed on the FLOSS front.

Your support and active participation is welcome!

Many thanks to Fouad Riaz Bajwa of FOSSFP in Pakistan for his high energy levels and repeated prodding to BytesForAll for undertaking this initiative.

Check the new list here http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bytesforall_floss

BytesForAll_FLOSS List
Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya support forum
NepaLinux Mailing List

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