The East Indian Community

Original Inhabitants of Bombay, Salsette & Thana.

Open Source Computer Programs

Posted by Desmond Patel on November 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Just wonder how many people (East Indians) know about open source software. These are programs which are not only free but whose source code is also open.

Instead of using pirated copies of proprietory software (e.g. MS Office, MS SQL Server / Oracle, MS Project, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Reader, WinZip, etc.), you can use open source programs (e.g. or, MySQL, GanttProject, GIMP, Foxit Reader, 7-Zip, Audacity, Stellarium, etc.). These programs are made by volunteers all over the world who contribute time or money to develop, test and publish these programs in various languages in the world. This means there will be less bugs (errors) in software as it is thoroughly tested before being released to the public. You can also change the software according to your needs as source code can be downloaded but have to use the same license (GPL).

Free software may sometimes have spyware or trojan horse (you know how Greeks defeated Troy). But, open source will not because source code is open and it is tested well. Open source software is only published after it is thoroughly tested by people all over the world. Proprietory software will be tested but may still have some bugs or security holes.

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1:22 AM on November 19, 2012 
thanks for sharing.......!!!
Reply Prem Moraes
4:12 AM on December 1, 2012 
go on you, Desmond.
it is true most of us do not know about this...and many other stuff, including the changing ways of communication...
Reply Amit Kumar
12:40 PM on June 25, 2013 
I guess this trend is changing.
People are buying licensed copies as well as development in Open source environment is on a high scale too everywhere. Lot of apps are being built in Mumbai on this platform, especially a lot of developers in vasai area.
Reply Sunil Fernandes
11:39 PM on December 17, 2013 
Unfortunately in our community, we have no 'organization' where it really matters, Tapping into the knowledge of people with systems and communication skills is not even a concept on paper. I recently had officials from another minority community contact me to help build an intranet and internal communications network, which I turned down for obvious reasons, but it does go to display the progressive nature of other communities as compared to our own in these fields. Today small and medium sized businesses are utilizing technology as a backbone to expand their operations. Having financially strong businesses within our community ultimately give us strength as a whole.
Reply Desmond Patel
7:15 PM on July 27, 2015 
I just somehow feel that this site is not working. For example, I twice tried to create a new blog on "Free+ Courses" on and websites for any one who is interested in them. But, probably it was not approved. Many blogs and posts are now old (started in 2013).

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