Free Software Foundation of India is a non-profit organisation committed to advocating, promoting and propagating the use and development of swatantra software in India. Our goal is to ensure the long term adoption of Free Software, and aim for the day when all software will be free. This includes educating people about software freedom and convincing them that it is the freedom that matters. We regard non-free software as a problem to be solved, not as a solution to any problem.
Free Software is a matter of freedom, not cost. It is a matter of liberty, not price. The word `free’ in Free Software has a similar meaning as in free speech, free people and free country and should not be confused with its other meaning associated with zero-cost. Think of Free Software as software which is free of encumbrances, not necessarily free of cost. Think of it as delete: insert: swatantra software.
Broadly, FSF India will strive to ensure that free software is strengthened in all respects so as to form a genuine, credible and viable alternative to proprietary software for every kind of application.
To do so, FSF India will:
- Promote awareness about free software among the general public and, specifically, among programmers and students.
- Increase access to free software by users in India.
- Promote the development of local solutions to local problems by empowering local programmers in the use of free platforms, tools and technologies.
- Provide support to free software by way of documentation, expert help or any other means.
- Help organize training for programmers and users of free software platforms and software.
- Carry out R&D work for free software solutions to suit local requirements.
- Provide services for the free software programmer community by, for example, locating and distributing jobs.
- Assist the national and State governments in all aspects relating to free software, such as evolving and maintaining standards; providing a quality assurance mechanism for free software; and ensuring the use of free software in government and quasi-government milieux.
- Provide services such as adjudication and conflict redressal within the free software domain.