Created a new group for free software in education

RD Ravi Dwivedi Public Seen by 78

Would you like to help me in convincing and giving technical help to educational institutes to switch to free software?

We can organize meetings with educational institutes and try to convince them in various ways. People from outside FSCI who share this goal with us can also join. As usual people will participate on voluntarily. I need some suppport and people who would like to take initiative as well. I cannot do it alone.

You can join the group using


Codema sub group (web based):

Mailing list (email based):

XMPP (chat based): and

Matrix (chat based):

The group can be joined to IRC and Telegram if the need arises. XMPP is preferred due to reliability issues, but same group can be accessed via matrix via bifrost bridge (but sometimes the bridge misses some messages).





Active Campaigns: Open Letter to teachers of Kerala


Poll Created Sun 8 Aug 2021 2:45PM

When should we have the first meeting of this group? Closed Thu 19 Aug 2021 3:00PM

I think we should have a group meeting to fix the aim of the group concretely. Also, we will discuss this group's workflow.You only need to agree that you want to promote free software in education to be in the meeting. We can also discuss .


Fri 20 Aug 2021  3:30PM
Wed 18 Aug 2021  9:30AM
Wed 25 Aug 2021  9:30AM

4 of 226 people have participated (1%)


Snehal Shekatkar Mon 16 Aug 2021 10:12AM

I am trying to add option 25th August 3 pm but it is not getting added.


Snehal Shekatkar Mon 16 Aug 2021 10:12AM

I am trying to add option 25th August 3 pm but it is not getting added.


Snehal Shekatkar Tue 10 Aug 2021 10:31AM

August 18, 3:00 pm


Ravi Dwivedi Fri 20 Aug 2021 6:27PM

In today's meeting, we discussed:

  1. Why educational institutes do not switch to free software? What are their actual problems? We will try to talk to some institutes and ask them why they don't switch to free software.

  2. A strategy for now is to talk to any institute in which we have contacts and are wiling to listen to us.

  3. Convincing Kerala teachers is a priority task. Get the letter ready and form for signing.


Poll Created Tue 31 Aug 2021 6:52PM

Should we create a mailing list for this group ? Closed Tue 7 Sep 2021 6:00PM

by Pirate Praveen Tue 7 Sep 2021 7:01PM

We can create both mailing list and codema sub group. Mailing list is already created.

Currently we have Matrix and XMPP groups (bridged), but the bridge is currently missing support for offline messages for xmpp users and federation delay to causes those messages to not reach xmpp users. So a mailing list was suggested in the group as a solution.

I think a codema sub group can solve the immediate problem of unreliability and it gives additional options like more collaborative editing and proposals etc. as in many cases mailing lists remain silent as many people don't check mails regularly. codema allows fine grained email notifications (all posts, new threads or subsribed to specific threads or daily summary) and replying via email to new threads, though creating new threads should be done via the web interface.

Some people are more comfortable with web interface and some are more comfortable with email interface.

If we decide to create a mailing list, we have to decide if we should keep archives public or private.


Results Option % of points Voters
Create only codema sub group 66.7% 2 PP RD
Create both codema sub group and mailing list 33.3% 1 M
Create only mailing list 0.0% 0  
I don't really care about either options 0.0% 0  
Undecided 0% 225 AP V K RD VT VKJ HM AM NE D AB A S B NF S RV JKJ S N

3 of 228 people have participated (1%)


Ravi Dwivedi Tue 31 Aug 2021 8:19PM

Create both codema sub group and mailing list

Mailing list can be used for important announcements and I would suggest a private mailing list so that we can have a private discussion. Also, someone using emails but not using any chatting app should not be forced to use a chatting app to be involved in the discussion. If someone does not want to try any chatting app, let it be.


Ravi Dwivedi Thu 2 Sep 2021 8:15AM

We wish to send acknowledgement emails to the people who signed the letter and start discussing with people who said that they would like to join the campaign. We have a meeting for 3rd September 2021 4:30 PM to decide the template for emails.


Ravi Dwivedi Fri 3 Sep 2021 6:52AM

We have a meeting at 4:30 PM today for this group. Link

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