invited community members for a meetup on 2nd November to discuss our expectations from them.

We have collected notes from the meetup here pad.disroot.org/p/ICFOSS_Commu

Director initially asked us why there was not much upstream contributions from Kerala, but after everyone shared their contributions (from gnome, Debian, OpenStreetmap, Wikipedia to KSEB free software migration there were significant contributions), he withdrew the question.

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After the discussions are over he told us he agrees with 90% of the demands from the community. He promised to share the minutes and points he agreed on the telegram/matrix group of ICFOSS. Its three weeks already and there is no minutes available. We have written to Director reminding him the same.

lists.fsci.org.in/hyperkitty/l

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@rovonovozoro even asked them in person about the minutes and they gave some vague answers like they are still preparing the minutes! It appears they were not very serious about the promises. Let's see if the new Director keeps his word.

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@rovonovozoro The new director had a long chat with the community today and promised to implement some demands from the community.

See
loomio.org/d/xZ16VfgM/response for details

Even the last director had promised some things but nothing happened on the ground. We are giving the new director benefit of doubt and going to respond to his requests. Let's hope for the best.

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@rovonovozoro
Just adding a screenshot for the record. At least, this time the promises are on a public channel and written so will be harder to ignore like last time. But still we are prepared for an experience like last time, though our response will be different from last time.

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@rovonovozoro @kannan @bady @akhilvarkey @akhilan @avronr @manoj @soorajkenoth @hacksk @ranjithsiji @anivar @akshay
@subins2000
@wyatwerp
@athulvis

We have now sent this to lists.fsci.in/hyperkitty/list/

It seems he is now active in our loomio group, which gives us some hope. At least we now know, he has seen our reply. With previous director, we had to take so much effort to even know if the director had seen our letter.

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@rovonovozoro
Also director agreed to issue a circular to allow all employees to dedicate 20% of their work hours on Free Software projects of their choice.

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@praveen

You guys are driven. Great!

Is this Malayalam-specific? Is there any common substrate that can be shared atleast with other South Indian umbrella projects? Only swecha.org comes to mind.

@rovonovozoro @kannan @bady @akhilvarkey @akhilan @avronr @manoj @soorajkenoth @hacksk @ranjithsiji @anivar @akshay

@wyatwerp
Basically only Kerala has a govt funded institution like to promote Free Software. But its operation is far from ideal, we are just trying to make it accountable. There is a lot of money being spent but not much results because it ended up as just another self serving institution. There is some news about corruption there so the institution is reaching out.

@avronr @bady @hacksk @kannan @manoj @ranjithsiji @soorajkenoth @anivar @akhilvarkey @akshay @akhilan @rovonovozoro

@praveen @rovonovozoro @kannan @bady @akhilvarkey @akhilan @avronr @manoj @soorajkenoth @hacksk @ranjithsiji @akshay Aha , Looks recent. The decision of Professor etc happened last year middle. May be this is to merge ICFOSS with Digital University

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