[Fsf-friends] FOSS Documentary on BBC World

प्रवीण् ए (Praveen A) pravi.a@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Mon May 8 21:08:17 IST 2006

Hey All ,
            I think many of us would be intrusted in watching this
Documentary on BBC world

**The Code Breakers**

Microsoft has dominated the world of computing for many years, with its
heavily guarded 'code' being beyond reach to many in the developing
nations. In some of the poorest countries the cost of upgrading an
operating system to keep up with the rest o fthe world amounts to a
year's wages, and there are few legitimate options. In Thailand for
example, 95 percent of software on computers is pirated. The poorest
countries are now beginning to use free or open source software (FOSS),
a software that parallels many of Microsoft's programmes but with the
major difference being that they are distributed free of charge and can
be altered by computer programmers who are allowed unfettered access to
the 'source code'. In this two-part documentary, Code Breakers includes
stories and interviews from around the world where FOSS is making an
impact, from disaster management in Sri Lanka to tortoise breeding
programmes in the Galapagos.

Thursday 11th May at 0100

Repeated: Thursday 11th May at 1500; Saturday 13th May at 0100^; Monday
15th May at 0700# & 1300

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