Request your copy of CD/DVD of Free software

January 07, 2008 - 02:06

We are happy to announce the beta launch of our new public service. You can now request us for any software that is freely available on the internet and which you cannot download on your own because of your bandwidth or time limitations. We will download the software, write the CD/DVD and mail the software to you. As simple as that. The mission of this project is simple - to promote Open Source software among those who have limited internet connectivity. Request your copy of your Favorite Free Software Now

Once you request the software through the site, our team will review the software and ensure that the software licenses are compatible with the OSI licenses (http://opensource.org/licenses/alphabetical). After verification we will download the software, write the software CDs or DVDs and send it to you by Department of Speed Post or Courier..This service is currently available only within India.

We are doing this as a service for the Open Source community and we are not planning to make any profit from the sales. We would, however, like to recover our costs so that we can extend this service the open source community at large. We are not charging for the software but we will be charging for the media and the shipping and handling expenses. Under the shipment scheme we will be charging Rs.30 Per CD, Rs.50 for the DVD.Please use the comments form below to send us your feedback and suggestions

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Suggestions:

Replace all references to 'floss', 'foss', 'open source' from your website and webpages. Allow only the term 'Free software' a la GNU. Also, do your good work ONLY for software that satisfies GNU's stringent and 'virginity conscious' licences.

How do you spell the noun 'licence' in your writings? (To the cursory observers or 'pragmatic' 'thinkers', this may sound like trivial, idle nitpicking. Experience will show that it is not. Remember Gandhiji.)

moral: Do not compromise principles even BEFORE you do any good. Don't compromise even AFTER yo do it. But that longer and harder journey begins right now.

Good luck (and purest, uncompromisingest goals) for your project.

Dear Mukund,

Thank you for your valuable input and suggestions. We have a few people working on the content here and hence the slight variations on spelling (US vs British issues). We try to stick to US versions as far as possible. But, yes, we will be more careful in the future.

Our definition of FLOSS, FOSS and Open Source is the same as the purest definition by GNU. However we believe that all the other variants subscribe to the same philosophy to varying degrees. Our vision is to promote the concept of open source as a viable alternative to closed source solutions. This would mean that sometimes we have to promote non GPLed software too. Some of the non-GPLed software are very popular and most of them embrace the philosophy behind GPL wholeheartedly. But some the non-GNU licenses allow some parasitic elements to thrive on such licensed software. I am referring to licenses like BSD licenses that does not require the user to distribute source code with their modifications.

In our opinion, to not promote these variants of Open Source Licenses would be akin to shooting oneself in the foot to cure an itch in the foot. Thus, even though we understand and realize the superiority of GPL over non-GPL variants, we have taken a stand to promote Open Source in general. Weeding out can happen later when the Open Source camp has built itself up into an empire.

Cheers
Anoop John
Team Zyxware

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Dear Souri

Kindly user our Request CD module to request all kinds of free and open source applications.

Cheers
Team Zyxware

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