[Ilugc] Centralized Tamil Spell checker for GNU/LINUX

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Wed Dec 31 17:26:31 IST 2008


Sri Ramadoss M wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 4:34 PM, Muguntharaj Subramanian
> <mugunth at gmail.com>wrote:
> 
>> Hi Ramadoss,
>> There is no point in getting frustrated. Everyone has their own limited
>> time
>> & have their priorities in life. You cannot demand contributions.
>>
>>
> Not at all Mugunth. I can understand. That was not expression of frustration
> but rather a inward question Why?

For various reasons, many of which share a common trait with the general 
lack of Indian contributors to FOSS. A few I can think of:

* With a diverse set of cultures and India misguidedly divided into 
states based on languages and with a history of education, governance 
and English as the common language based on British rule, the education 
system is not conductive to higher studies on your native tongue in 
India. This spills itself over to computers as well.

* Unless the hardware costs go down significantly, the use of computers 
are going to be limited to a elite segment which already understands 
English and doesn't feel the need for localization.

* Free and open source software is still very much a small niche in the 
desktop market and that is unlikely to change significantly soon.

* LUG's in India are still largely limited to idealizing or 
troubleshooting end user issues rather than a inherently contributor 
oriented culture.

* Access to Internet and especially good broadband always-on connections 
that spurred the growth of FOSS elsewhere is still a limited thing in India.


Rahul


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