Free Software Movement of India Arrives on the National Scene!


The founding conference of Free Software Movement (FSM) was held at Bengaluru on March 20-21, 2010 which marked a historic development in Free Software Movement in India. Sixteen Free Software Movements (FSMs) working in various states and sectors came together and decided to form a National coalition of FSMs in this two-day National conference.

The conference was attended by 286 delegates from all over the country. The total participants in the conference, including the delegates is 1826. This is the highest number of participation in a free software event in the country. Eighteen parallel sessions have been conducted that dealt with policy issues, free  software models and more.

After extensive debate, the conference adopted a document describing the aims and objectives of the organisation, the scope of activities and structure of the organisation. The conference unanimously elected a General Council of 69 members, an Executive Committee of 28 members and 9 office bearers to finalise constitution, and other formalities.


Media Reports Detailed Reports
Hindu Article on 15 March
Hindu Article on 19 March
Hindu Article on 20 March
Hindu Article on 21 March
Hindu Article on 22 March
Deccan Herald on Free Software Movement
Deccan Herald Article on 21 March
Citizen Matters Article on 14 March
Citizen Matters Article 20 March
FSMI activist's blog Day 1
FSMI activist's blog Day 2

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Swecha 1st State Conference


Swecha held its first State Conference on 7th March 2010. After a journey of more than 5 years, its a giant leap for the Free Software movement in Andhra Pradesh.

What started as a project to localize GNU/Linux to Telugu for the local communities, has now become a fast paced movement that is spearheading the new generation into a world of freedom. The journey so far has been one of the most exciting stories in the history of the Free Software Movement around the world.

The State Conference was the first organizational leap for the movement which was being organized in various different ways at different points in time. Today, the team has grown from a handful to more than 150 individuals working towards common objectives across the state.