[Ilugc] Centralized Tamil Spell checker for GNU/LINUX
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
>> & 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
* Access to Internet and especially good broadband always-on connections
that spurred the growth of FOSS elsewhere is still a limited thing in India.
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