[Ilugc] Taste the Thunder
- From: ramanraj@xxxxxxxx (ramanraj k)
- Date: Mon Jul 19 18:52:27 2004
Sivasankar Chander wrote:
Talk : Taste the THUNDERWow, the best record of the minutes of any ILUGC meeting so
Speaker : Mr Anand Babu <ab@xxxxxxxxxx>,
VP CDC, USA & Member, FSF-I.
Thanks :) AB's talk on THUNDER was really electrifying - and the
summary could pass on some of the current :)
I have so far attended 3 ILUGC meets, and sent in summaries for two.
The 1st ILUGC meet I attended, was the Lecture delivered by Brian
Behlendorf, founder of the Apache Project, but I missed writing the
summary because I thought some else would send it in, but none did.
Brian's talk was brief but indepth, and he listed rights in an
interesting way: right to fork and its co-relative, duty not to demand
etc. and I sometimes miss the record of that speech. I still hope
Venki or some one could arrange for the slides that Brian used to make
his points. Ever since, I thought it is better to err on the excessive
side of caution :) Of course, Brian talked about "OpenSource"
philosophy, and, some of us prefer using plain old "Free Software"
without the extra wrappers, but that could never come in our way of
enjoying the excellent talk by one of the leaders of OpenSource :)
Ramanraj had better be careful, or he'll be made the
official records-keeper :-).
Actually I have been writing an official record-keeping program .^.
Calpp, that should minimise the effort involved in keeping the records.
Calpp is released under the GPL, and it will automate record-keeping :)
Lately, I have been working on the web interface for Calpp, and once
that is done, it should be ready to receive input, order the
information the way we want and generate reports. Calpp is the acronym
for Computer Aided Legal Procedures and Proceedings, and when I did
write to RMS about Calpp, he replied that it was an AI program I was
trying to do, and that the computing field has been struggling with the
problem for the past over 35 years. Though I was interested only in
finding ways to use computers to aid in storing [legal] procedures and
conducting them as proceedings, it soon became apparent to me that AI
would not move forward without help from the Law. We could put Calpp to
mundane use, but it could also fly high with AI .^.
One thing I know for sure is that Calpp will write well before it can
start reading, just like any child.
One may never be sure if _I_ wrote it or .^. wrote it for me, in the
meets to come :)
I'll second the nomination of AB for the FSF Award. I haven't
seen somebody as idealistic and optimistic as AB for a long
time, while at the same time being a very capable developer
as well as system architect.
If Bharathi, Raman and the other ILUGC members have no objections to
this, we could send the nomination to FSF.
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