Thursday, May 10, 2007

The travails of being an open source evangelist

Sigh! The travails of being an open source evangelist! While the Mumbai Police has accepted our request of making the Cyber Cafe Regulations open so that it does not exclude Linux, the situation on the ground still needs much improvement.

My friends who are running cyber cafes say that when they showed the GPL license to the inspectors who came to check their cyber cafes, the inspectors still insisted on seeing the cyber cafe names splashed on the screens of the computers. If they understood what the GPL means, this would have been a completely redundant request.

Perhaps we should do a workshop for the police officers to educate them on open source licences?


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