Requesting VASU to put BARAHA into OPEN SOURCE, Answer to Dr. Pavanaja’s email, Answer to some of the questions raised here in the email.
Dear Mr. Sheshadrivasu Chandrasekharan,
At the out set, I would like to write that our kannada association HONORED you in Southern California during the SILVER JUBLIEE CELEBRATIONS for your kannada fonts BARAHA. I am the one who dropped you and your wife to the airport. This is way before your email of July 2004 to Mr. Anand owner of Akruthi Fonts. No kannadiga knew anything about what you did till July 2004.
Here in this email I have copied the following:
1. Your email dated June 22, 2004 to Mr. Anand owner of Akruthi Fonts. This is exact copy of the email that was sent to me by Mr. Anand in 2004 itself.
2. Email dated July 29th 2004 written by Dr. U. B. Pavanaja to me – V. M. Kumaraswamy(firstname.lastname@example.org)
I hope Dr. Pavanaja has written factual things. Please go through the email. If you disagree with anything he has written please write back to me. This helps to clarify things for kannadigas. Some kannadigas wants to know it from you.
Did you call or email Dr. U. B. Pavanaja? Did Dr. Pavanaja tell you in detail what you needed to do.
Dr. Pavanaja says that you are telling all kannadigas by quoating a wrong case to proove that, What you did was correct and that you did not steal the IPR of AKRUTHI Fonts ti develop BARAHA 1.0. You also had sent the same thing to me and other kannadigas also, to prove to kannadigas that you have not done anything wrong. Dr. Pavanaja writes in detail and explains where you cleverly not telling all kannadigas about what really happened in that case of ADOBE Fonts. Do you think Dr. Pavanaja is wrong ???
Dr. Pavanaja also concludes that you have stolen Glyphs from Akruthi Fonts in releasing BARAHA 1.0 in 1997. At the same time Dr. Pavanaja concludes that NUDI Fonts has been developed by using BARAHA Fonts. This shows that you have made KAGAPA to take your BARAHA Fonts make KHALITHA Fonts and then rename it as NUDI FONTS and sold it to Govt. of Karnataka. This shows that you are an accessory to develop NUDI Fonts.
Also I would like to point out is that, Mr. A. Sathyanarayana, KAGAPA’s Founder Secretary and who worked in KGP/KAGAPA for more than Four years also states in this email to me in 2004, that KAGAPA made KHALITHA Fonts from BARAHA Fonts and then named it NUDI Fonts before selling it to Govt. of Karnataka. Is Mr. A. Sathyanarayana writing wrong on this ?? Please clarify this also.
3. Your Press Report of June 15th 2009, which happened in Tumkur. Copy of the entire pdf file is attached for kannadigas to read and some of the important points are typed here in this email for convinience of Kannadigas to read and ponder themselves on what has happened.
I have made series of questions to you on this press report
4. Since you are giving BARAHA as FREE DOWNLOAD to KANNADIGAS, why do’t you put BARAHA Fonts into OPEN SOURCE so that APPLICATION SOFTWARES can be developed by KANNADIGAS. You are telling on June 2009 “ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ” So this will benefit kannadigas anyway.
5, In 2004 you gave press statements Deccan Herald, WHY you did not mention anything about ” ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ ” in 2004. Probably you did not know anything about this at that time, I think. Now you have seen kannadigas are pressing for these, you come and make statements like you did in June 2009.
6. One more thing, instead of just saying that KANNADA needs “ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ”,, Why do’t you develop it yourself or STEAL from some one else and provided it FREE for KANNADIGAS as you did on BARAHA FONTS.
7. One more thing, WITHOUT BARAHA 1.0, you could not have done further releases of BARAHA. Such as BARAHA 2.0, 3.0. 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, and others. You need to know when a baby needs to be born to grow and become grown up. It will not happen just like a real grown up person right from the begining. So you needed BARAHA 1.0 to develop your further releases of BARAHA. As you have stated in your email of July 2004, you have STOLEN the IPR / GLYPHS of AKRUTHI Fonts to release BARAHA 1.0 Fonts in 1997.
8. Please do not go on telling others there were no KANNADA FONTS available before BARAHA and NUDI came into existence. Please do not do this and tells LIES to Kannadigas. Govt. of Karnataka was using KANNADA FONTS before BARAHA and NUDI Fonts.
9. In conclusion, BARAHA and NUDI have destroyed the KANNADA SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT in Karnataka Statement. I some kannadigas dis agree on this statement. It has been going on like this since 2004 anyway. AGREE to DISAGREE and we need to move on and correct the things for the sake of KANNADA BHASHE.
YOUR email to Mr. S. K. Anand
—– Original Message —–
From: Sheshadrivasu Chandrasekharan <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 10:18 PM
Subject: From Sheshadrivasu Chandrasekharan
> Dear Mr. S.K. Anand,
> I recently saw a remark from you in one of the postings in an Internet
> newsgroup which goes as follows…
> “We who have been developing such fonts (AKRUTI) well over two decades would
> not like a repeat of the experience, we had when our fonts were pirated off
> the Web and used without acknowledgement, first by an individual who went on
> to release a free software…”
> I thought you may be referring to Baraha software in the above remark, and
> hence is this email.
> When I started developing a Kannada software, I had no knowledge of fonts at
> all. I experimented a lot with various Kannada fonts available in the
> Internet, including Akruti. This research helped me to understand the
> technology behind the Kannada fonts and I learnt a lot from these software.
> Initially, I wanted Baraha compatible with other Kannada fonts. But due to
> various limitations of such fonts, I had to come up with my own encoding.
I honestly admit that I have used the glyphs from one of the Akruti fonts in Baraha 1.0, and I was not very serious to mention about it.
When I released Baraha 1.0, I didn’t know it will become popular and used by many people. It was only an experiment which I wanted to share with my family and friends.
> But later, when Baraha became popular, for copyright reasons, I had to add
> my own fonts for Kannada and other languages. I have created many new font
> styles, which don’t exist in any other Kannada software. My intention was to
> provide the facility for basic documentation needs of Kannada. It was not my
> intention to copy or re-create various Kannada font styles that are
> available in other packages. Instead I have focussed more on portability of
> Kannada text from Baraha to other software such as Akruti, ShreeLipi, e.t.c.
> Through this mail I would like to express my grattitude to various other
> Kannada software for helping me to acquire the knowledge.
My acknowldgements to Akruti software for providing the glyphs which were used in the intial releases of Baraha.
I apologise for this delayed acknowledgement.
> Free Kannada/Devanagari software – http://www.baraha.com
ನಾನು ವಾಸು, ೧೯೯೭ ಇಸವಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಆಕೃತಿ ಫಾಂಟ್ಸ್ ಇಂದ ಕದ್ದು ಬರಹ ೧.೦ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದು ಅಂಥ ೨೦೦೪ ನೆ ಇಸವಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಈಮೇಲ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಆಕೃತಿ ಓನರ್ ಆನಂದ್ ಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿ ನನ್ನ ಈಮೇಲ್.
೨೦೦೪ ರ ಈಮೇಲ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ , ನಾನು, ನನಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಏನು ಗೊತ್ತಿತ್ರಲಿಲ್ಲ ಅಂಥ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದೇನೆ,
ಎಲ್ಲ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ನನ್ನ ಈಮೇಲ್ ಓದಿ ಅರ್ಥ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು.
ನಾನು ವಾಸು ಹೇಳುವುದು ಏನಂದರೆ, ಬರಹ ೧.೦ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿಗೆ ಉಚಿತ ವಾಗಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದೇನೆ.
Dr. U. B. Pavanaja’s email to Me (V. M. Kumaraswamy), Detailing the account of FONTS ISSUES.
Subject: font issues
Date: 7/29/2004 12:18:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Sent from the Internet (Details)
I have attached the promised document on the font issues. Hope I can
sleep peacefully now (it is 00:45 hrs in the night) :-)
Dr. U.B. Pavanaja
CEO, Vishva Kannada Softech
Think Globally, Act locally
Font issues -Akruti, Baraha and Nudi
by U B Pavanaja
Birth of Baraha
I had put up Kannada’s first web-site called Vishva Kannada during Dec. 1996 with the support of S K Anand of Cyberscape. Dynamic font technology was not being used by Vishva Kannada at that time. Akruti fonts were given for download at the web-site. Users have to download the font, install it in their PC and then they could read the Vishva Kannada web-site in Kannada. Sometimes in the first half of 1997, I got an email from Sheshadri Vasu who was at USA. In that mail he appreciated Vishva Kannada. He added that it takes a long time to copy characters through CharMap (an utility present in Windows to copy a glyph of a font into any application) and make a Kannada sentence. I explained him how to type in Kannada using the keyboard driver which has to be bought from Cyberscape. I gave the contact details of S K Anand and the approximate price of the software also. Then there was no mail from Vasu for some time. (Recently, during his visit to India in June 2004, Vasu wrote an article for Vijaya Karnataka, wherein he mentioned the discussions he had with me about the relation between font and keyboard driver). One day I got an email from Vasu saying that he has made a software called Baraha that can be used as an editor for Kannada. He wrote that he wanted to give this software free to everyone. The version sent to me was a beta version. He had actually written an editor for the font he downloaded from the web. I asked him about the copyright of the font. He had not thought anything about that. I explained to him the he need to take the permission of S K Anand of Cyberscape to use Akruti fonts in his software. He included the Kan Ballal font which was given to read Udayavani web-site with the first release of Baraha, which was given to some select friends only. Later on he changed the ASCII values of the glyphs of Akruti font and released the Baraha package officially. His idea was that just by changing the ASCII values of the glyphs, his font becomes different from Akruti font. But morally, ethically and legally, this amounts to violation of intellectual property rights. After a long gap of six years, recently (2004), Vasu admitted that he used the glyphs from Akruti fonts, in a mail to S K Anand.
Fonts used in Nudi
Now let me discuss the about the fonts bundled with Nudi. Nudi was initially thought as a testing software. This was made into a package later on. Myself and Harsha (the programmer who did the coding for Nudi) were opposing the release of Nudi without our own professional fonts. Making a font is an elaborate process. Artists have to draw each character (glyph) on paper, they have to be scanned, digitized, hinted, etc. It takes months for each font. C V Srinatha Sasthry (CVSS), Chief Secretary, Kannada Ganaka Parishat (KGP), told me that he got the font made from someone before submitting the final package to GoK. In one of the executive committee meeting S K Anand and myself questioned CVSS about who made the fonts, how much was paid to him, etc. G N Narsimha Murthy (GNNM), Secretary, KGP, gave a reply that someone at Koppa made the fonts. I mentioned that KGP should have the complete record of making of the fonts like original drawings by the artist, first raw digitized data, the final font, etc. GNNM promised to get all these from Koppa and show to us in the next meeting. He never bothered to do that.
I came to know about the entire story about fonts much much later. Initially I used to believe the statements of CVSS about the fonts. But it took almost 2 years for me to accidentally discover the truth. While experimenting with opentype font creation, I was studying the glyphs of all Kannada fonts. When I opened Baraha, Akruti and Nudi fonts in a font editing software, I found that they all have the same glyph sets, even though their ASCII values are different. As Sathyanarayana has detailed in his write-up, the glyphs from Akruti fonts were used in the first version of Baraha, which was then used in the first version of Nudi. As per my knowledge CVSS got this conversion of font encodings done by someone here at Bangalore itself. The fonts were not made from scratch at Koppa. This is clear violation of intellectual property rights. I had a strong and heated argument with CVSS and GNNM about one or two months before the elections to the executive committee of KGP. I blasted CVSS for misleading me and telling lies to me that the fonts were developed at Koppa. CVSS and GNNM have told lies to me and cheated GoK by supplying them with pirated fonts. Definitely my position became very awkward that I being the mentor and the person in charge of Nudi in the initial stages was not informed of these backdoor activities by CVSS. I fired both CVSS and GNNM left and right. At that time GNNM even challenged me to prove these in the court along with S K Anand who had already threatened to sue KGP for violation of intellectual property rights.
Vasu’s justification and the realities
With this background let me discuss a bit of what Vasu has written in a document and widely circulated in mailing lists. This document is also present in his Baraha discussion group (groups.msn.com/baraha). Let me quote from this document-
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USA courts have long back decided that fonts can’t be copyrighted AT ALL! Here, the digital outline can never be protected. According to them there can’t be any original font style, because, every font is created by slightly modifying some other font, and there aren’t really “new” font designs! See the following excerpts from the law…
“The Copyright Office has decided that digitized representations of typeface designs are not registerable under the Copyright Act because they do not constitute original works of authorship. The digitized representations of typefaces are neither original computer programs (as defined in 17 U.S.C. 101), nor original databases, nor any other original work of authorship.”
So, in a font, the name, any programming code not describing the font design are all that can be copyrighted. This leaves the door open in the USA to have anyone pay for the output of each character from a typesetter and re-digitize it or extract the design from a font program (and rename it), easily duplicating the design. Most foundries have very similar fonts derived from work largely designed by others. More information about font/copyright can be found at http://ssifonts.com/Myths.htm
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Vasu is very cleverly and conveniently quoting from a web-site put up in the year 1997 and has not been updated afterwards. There is a reason for this site not being updated afterwards. This refers to the classic legal battle between Adobe and SSI. Southern Software Inc. (SSI) used to copy and rename fonts from Adobe and others. They thought they were safe from prosecution because, though they had directly copied the points that define the shapes from Adobe’s fonts, they had moved all the points just slightly so they were not technically identical. Nevertheless, in his 1998 judgment, the judge determined that the computer code had been copied:
The evidence presented shows that there is some creativity in designing the font software programs. While the glyph dictates to a certain extent what points the editor must choose, it does not dictate every point that must be chosen. Adobe has shown that font editors make creative choices as to what points to select based on the image in front of them on the computer screen. The code is determined directly from the selection of the points. Thus, any copying of the points is copying of literal expression, that is, in essence, copying of the computer code itself.
SSI lost the legal battle at the courts. Judgment was in favor of Adobe. Hence SSI did not update their web-site. Vasu is conveniently quoting from this web-site. One can read in detail about this case in the following web-sites:-
When we conducted a opentype font workshop at Bangalore during March 2003, there was a talk on IPR issues related to fonts by Lawrence Liang, who is an expert on cyber laws. He had discussed this Adobe vs SSI case.
Vasu’s interview to Deccan Herald and my comments
Vasu gave an interview to Deccan Herald during his visit to Bangalore in June 2004. Here are some excerpts and my comments on them:-
> “Then, I, along with Ganaka Parishad and the State Government worked to bring Kannada software for official use”, he (Vasu) said.
I don’t remember any of such efforts by Sheshadri Vasu. In fact Vasu was very reluctant to implement the GoK standard for font and keyboard. There was a heated argument between Dr Panditharadhya and K T Chandrashekharan, father of Vasu, in this connection. All along the time Shasthry, Narasimha Murthy and Panditharadhya were advocating that Baraha killed Kannada while Nudi saved it! Vasu did implement the keyboard and font standards after repeated appeals by Shrinatha Shasthry and Narasimha Murthy.
> Baraha 4.0 was the first software that was implemented in Government offices with font styles.
I don’t think this statement of Sheshadri Vasu is true. There were many Kannada software being used in state govt much much before KGP, Nudi or Baraha came into existence.
> But the Ganaka Parishad and the State Government have introduced Nudi software as a benchmark system.
If Vasu were to introduce the GoK standards much earlier than the release of Kalitha (Nudi), Nudi would not have come into existence.
> Unfortunately for me, the government is insisting the use of Nudi software.
Why should be unfortunate to him? He is not selling Baraha.
> While Baraha has fulfilled the terms and conditions put forth by the Government, including stipulations such as keyboard and transliteration, I wonder why they are forcing departments to use only Nudi”, he said. One of Baraha’s many advantages, according to Vasu, is that it allows a person who knows Kannada to type it in English fonts. He felt preference of software (Baraha or Nudi) should be left to end user.
Why the choice should be only between Nudi and Baraha, both of them are obsolete in the current and future time where Unicode is the world standard? Actually the choice should be between Windows XP/2003, Mac, Linux, Solaris, Java Desktop, Unix, etc. all are having Unicode compliance.
Meeting with Vasu in June 2004
Vasu was felicitated by Upasana in Bangalore during his visit in June 2004. I met him during that function. I discussed many things in general like Unicode features, facility needed in Baraha to convert RTF and HTML documents into Unicode, etc. Casually I asked him where from he is getting the fonts for his Baraha package. As per his answer, there is an artist in Bangalore who draws the shapes on paper and sends them to him. He (Vasu) scans, digitizes and makes them into fonts. I did not discuss anything about the Akruti font issue.
Conclusion and request
Baraha has copied and used one font from Akruti software. This font is one of the many fonts bundled with current version of Nudi.
I have written everything that I know about the font issues pertaining to Akruti, Baraha and Nudi. My intention is to bring out the truth, however bitter it is. I have no personal animosity with anyone whose name appears in this write-up. Please read this objectively and subjectively. That is, do a vasthunistha (objective) reading rather than a vyakthinishta (subjective) reading.
Thanks for your patience and time.
Sheshadrivasu Chandrashekaran,s press report of June 2009, which happened in TUMKUR. Some of it is typed here for the readers to know what VASU has told. The entire press report is attached to this email as pdf file.
ರಾಜ್ಯ ವಾರ್ತೆ – ತುಮಕೂರು
ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ
[Kannada Software - VASU June 2009.pdf (application/pdf) 409.00K] copy attached to this email.
ಕನ್ನಡ ಪ್ರಭ ವಾರ್ತೆ , ತುಮಕೂರು , ಜೂನ್ ೧೫ ೨೦೦೯,
ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷಾ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹುತೇಕ ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕ (ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ವೇರ್ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ) ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಬಗೆಹರಿದಿವೆ. ಆದರೆ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಭಾಷಾ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ರುವಂತೆ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೂ ವಿವಿದ ರೀತಿಯ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ (ಅಪ್ಲಿಕೇಶನ್) ಗಳನ್ನೂ ರೂಪಿಸಬೇಕಾದ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಉಚಿತ ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಬರಹದ ರೂವಾರಿ ಅಮೇರಿಕಾದ ಶೇಷಾದ್ರಿ ವಾಸು ಚಂದ್ರಶೇಖರನ್ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯಪಟ್ಟರು.
ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂದು ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶಗಳು ಲಭ್ಯವಿವೆ. ಅವಲ್ಲೆವೂ ಇ-ಮೇಲ್ ಮಾಡಲು, ದಾಖಲಾತಿ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಗಸ್ಟೇ ಸೀಮಿತವಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಅಸ್ಟೇ ಸಾಲದು. ವಿವಿದ ವಿಷಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಸಂಭದಿಸಿದಂತೆ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯೂ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಲಭ್ಯವಾಗುವಂತಾಗಬೇಕು. ಅದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಗಳು ರೂಪುಗೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಸಲಹೆ ನೀಡಿದರು.
ಲಾಭಕ್ಕ ಅಲ್ಲ, ಖುಷಿಗೆ : ಅಮೆರಿಕಾದಂಥಹ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಳಿತು ಬರಹ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶವನ್ನು ರೂಪಿಸಿದ್ದು ಯಾವುದೇ ಲಾಭದ ಉದ್ದೇಶ ದಿಂದಲ್ಲ. ಕೇವಲ ಸ್ವಂತ ಬಳಕೆಯ ಖುಷಿಯಿಂದ ಎಂದ ಅವರು , ಬರಹ ರೂಪು ಗೊಂಡಾಗ ಖುಷಿಯಾಯಿತು. ಅದು ಹಲವರ ಗಮನಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಾಗ ಅನೇಕ ಗೆಳೆಯರು ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದರು. ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಬಿಡುವಿನ ವೇಳೆಯನ್ನು ಸದ್ವಿನಿಯೋಗಪಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಬರಹ ಸಂಶೋದನೆ ನೆರವಾಯಿತು. ಅದೇ ಬಹುದೊಡ್ಡ ಖುಷಿ ಸಂಗತಿಯಾಯಿತು.
ಜೀವನೋಪಾಯಕ್ಕೆ ಒಂದು ಉದ್ಯೋಗವಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಹವ್ಯಾಸವಾಗಿ ನಡೆಸಿದ ಪ್ರಯೋಗ ಬರಹ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ರೂಪ ಪಡೆಯಿತು. ಆ ಪ್ರಯೋಗ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾದ್ದರಿಂದ ಅದನ್ನು ಉಚಿತವಾಗಿ ಜನಬಳಕೆಗೆ ಇಂಟರ್ ನೆಟ್ ನಳ್ಳಿ ಮುಕ್ತ ಅವಕಾಶ ನೀಡಲಾಯಿತು,
SOME QUESTIONS to PONDER?
QUESTIONS to VASU on the June 2009 press report which is attached here and some part copied above. Kannadigas need to know this from vasu.
ಶೇಷಾದ್ರಿ ವಾಸು ಹೇಳಿದ ಹಾಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಬಗೆಹರಿದಿಲ್ಲ. ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಇನ್ನು ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ಹಾಗಿದೆ.
ವಾಸು, ಪರ್ತಕರ್ತ ಶ್ರೀ. ಪ್ರಭಾಕರ ಬರೆದಿರುವುದನ್ನು ಓದಬೇಕು, ಓದಿದರೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ತೊಂದರೆಗಳು ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತೆ. nivella odi nodi.
ವಾಸು, ದಿವಂಗತ ಶ್ರೀ. ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ ಯವರು, ೨೦೦೪, ೨೦೦೫ ರಲ್ಲಿ , ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಬರೆದಿರುವುದನ್ನು ಓದಿದರೆ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು. nivella odi nodi.
ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಬಗೆಹರಿದಿದ್ದರೆ, ಶ್ರೀ. ಪವನಜ, ಶ್ರೀ. ಇಸ್ಮಾಯಿಲ್, ಶ್ರೀ. ನಾರಾಯಣ , ಇವರೆಲ್ಲ ಪ್ರಜಾವಾಣಿ ಯಲ್ಲಿ, ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ ೧ ೨೦೦೯, ಯಾಕೆ ಬರೆದರು ” ಕನ್ನಡವಾಗದ ಕಂಪ್ಯೂಟರ್ ಲೋಕ ” ಅಂತ [kannadavaagada computer loka.pdf (application/pdf) 395.00K] ? ಇವರೆಲ್ಲ ಏನು ಸುಳ್ಳು ಬರೆಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದರಾ? ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಇರುವುದರಿಂದ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಅಂತ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತೆ.
ಶ್ರೀ. ಪವನಜ , ಜುಲೈ ೨೦೦೪, ನಲ್ಲಿ, ಬರಹ ದಲ್ಲಿ ಆಕೃತಿ ಫಾಂಟ್ಸ್ ಇದೆ ಅಂತ. ವಾಸು ಯಾಕೆ ಇದುವರೆಗೆ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಉತ್ತರ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿಲ್ಲ? ವಾಸು ಸುಳ್ಳು ಕೋರ್ಟ್ ಕೇಸ್ ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾನೆ ಅಂತಾನು ಬರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಪವನಜ. ವಾಸು ಯಾಕೆ ಇದೆಕ್ಕೆಲ್ಲ ಉತ್ತರ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿಲ್ಲ?
ವಾಸುಗೆ ೧೯೯೭ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕದ್ದು ಬರಹ ಮಾಡಿದಾಗ, ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ ಎಂದು ಗೊತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತೆ.
ವಾಸುಗೆ ಜುಲೈ ೨೦೦೪ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇಮೇಲ್ ಬರೆದಗಾನು ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ ಎಂದು ಗೊತ್ತಿರಿಲಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತೆ.
ವಾಸು ೨೦೦೪ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆ ಯವರಿಗೆ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ , ಮಾತಾಡಿದ್ದ. ವಾಸು ೨೦೦೪ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಯಾಕೆ ? ವಾಸುಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತಿದ್ದರೆ ತಾನೇ ಹೇಳುವುದಕ್ಕೆ?
WHY VASU is saying that he really did the BARAHA Fonts. He has written an email in 2004 telling that he stole the IPR of AKRUTHI Fonts in 1997 when releasing BARAHA 1.0. Hence BARAHA is IPR Stolen product. All further releases of BARAHA could not have been done without BARAHA 1.0.
Dr. U. B. PAVANAJA on Font Issues. Birth of BARAHA, FONTS USED in NUDI, VASU’s LIES, – odi nodi
VASU says he did copy this IPR for HAVYSAKKOSKARA. He should have kept it for himself. Not distributed to the whole world by creating a mess of KANNADA Software Development. This shows in his statements of June 2009 in TUMKURU. VASU has allowed BARAHA to be copied into KHALITHA fonts by KGP/KAGAPA/Kannada Ganaka Parishat and rename it as NUDI Fonts and sold NUDI FONST to Govt. of Karnataka for about 35 Lakhs.
BARAHA and NUDI have DESTROYED the KANNADA SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT and INDUSTRY.
THIS SHOWS THE VASU’s INTELECTUAL CAPACITY.
Vasu himself has written in his email he did not know anything about KANNADA FONTS.
DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING like this “ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ವಯಿಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಗತ್ಯ” TILL JUNE 2009. ?
VASU STOLE IPR in 1997 and VASU gave PRESS STAEMENTS in 2004.
VASU wrote email to Akruthi Fonts owner Mr. Anand in July 2004 that he copied GLYPHS from AKRUTHI Fonts when he released BARAHA 1.0.
Without BARAHA 1.0, VASU could not have developed further releases of BARAHA Fonts.
ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಗತಿ :: ಶನಿವಾರ ಸಂಜೆ ನಗರದ ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಪರಿಷತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ವಿಚಾರ ಸಂಕಿರಣದ ವರದಿ :: ಅತಿಥಿಗಳಾಗಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದ ಪ್ರೊ.ಲಿಂಗದೇವರು ಹಳೆಮನೆ,
ಶನಿವಾರ ಸಂಜೆ ನಗರದ ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಪರಿಷತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ವಿಚಾರ ಸಂಕಿರಣದ ವರದಿ
ಅತಿಥಿಗಳಾಗಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದ ಪ್ರೊ.ಲಿಂಗದೇವರು ಹಳೆಮನೆ,
ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ಯುಗದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಇಂದು ಬದುಕುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ ಕಾಲದಿಂದ ಕಾಲಕ್ಕೆ ಜ್ಞಾನದ ಶಾಖೆ ಹರಡುತ್ತಾ ಹೊಸ ಹೊಸ ವಿಷಯಗಳನ್ನು ಕಲಿಯುತ್ತಹೋಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಇತ್ತೀಚಿಗೆ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನ ನಮ್ಮ ಬದುಕಿನ ಮತ್ತು ಭಾಷೆಯ ಅಬಿಭಾಜ್ಯ ಅಂಗವಾಗಿ ಉಳಿದಿದೆ. ಒಂದು ಭಾಷೆ ಕಾಲದಿಂದ ಕಾಲಕ್ಕೆ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ದಿ ಹೊಂದುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಇವತ್ತು ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶವನ್ನು ದಿನನಿತ್ಯದ ಕೆಲಸವಾಗಿ ಬಳಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ, ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಬಳಕೆ ದೊಡ್ಡದು ಇಂದು ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲದ ಮುಖೇನ ಯಾವುದೇ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಪಡೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳ ಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ.
ಬಳಕೆ ಯಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಇತರೆ ಭಾಷೆಯ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಗಳಂತೆಯೇ ಸಂಸ್ಕಾರ ಭಾಷೆ ಏನು ಹೇಳುತ್ತವೆಯೋ ಅದಕ್ಕೂ ಇದು ಆಗಬೇಕು, ಅಂತರರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಭಾಷೆಯ ಬಳಕೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ ಆದರೆ ಕೆಲವು ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತಮ್ಮದೇ ಭಾಷೆಯನ್ನೂ ಅಳವಡಿಕೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಭಾಷೆಗಳಲ್ಲೂ ಇಂದು ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಲಭ್ಯವಾಗಲಿದೆ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ನಾವು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ, ಒತ್ತಡ, ಸೌಲಭ್ಯಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ.
ನಾನು ಒಬ್ಬ ಭಾಷಾವಿಜ್ಞಾನಿ ಮಾತ್ರ, ಇದರ ಸಹಕಾರ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞರು ಪಡೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು.
ಇಂತಹ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶವನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಳಕೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದು ಹಲವಾರು ಲೋಪ ದೋಷಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕನ್ನಡ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳ ಅಂತರ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ವೇದಿಕೆ(ಈ-ಕವಿ)ಯ ವಿ.ಎಂ.ಕುಮಾರಸ್ವಾಮಿ ಅವರು ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ದನಿ ಎತ್ತಿ ಇಂತಹ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಕ್ರಮವನ್ನು ಆಯೋಜಿಸಿದೆ.
ಇದೆಲ್ಲ ಆರಂಭ ವಾಗಿದ್ದು ೫ ವರುಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ದಿವಂಗತ ಪೂರ್ಣಚಂದ್ರ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿಯವರ ಜೊತೆ ತಾವು ಸಂವಾದ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾ ದಾಸ್ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಮುಖೇನ ತಮ್ಮ ಕೃತಿಯನ್ನು ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದರು, ನಂತರ ವಿಂಡೋಸ್ ೯೫ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಬಂದಾಗ ಹೊಸದಾಗಿ ನವಿಕರಿಸಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಆ ಒಂದು ಸಂಧರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಯುನಿಕೋಡ್, ಸ್ಪೆಲ್ ಕೋಡ್, ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಬಂದವು ಅದನ್ನು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರ ಮೂಲಕ ಒತ್ತಡ ಏರುವ ಮುಖೇನ ತರುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಪೂರ್ಣಚಂದ್ರ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ ಮಾಡಿದರು.
ನಮ್ಮ ಅಕ್ಷರಕ್ಕೆ ನಮ್ಮದೇ ಆದ ಸೌಂದರ್ಯ ಪ್ರಜ್ಞೆ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ, ಬೇರೆ ರೀತಿಯ ಫಾಂಟ್ ಗಳು ಬಂದವು ಆದರೆ ಕೆಲವು ಭಾಷಾ ಜ್ಞಾನಿಗಳ ಸಹಕಾರ ತೆಗೆದು ಕೊಂಡಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಅವರು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು.
ಇವತ್ತಿನ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಗತಿ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನಾನು ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತೇನೆ ಎಂದು ಮುಂದುವರೆಸುತ್ತ ಅವರು ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶವನ್ನು ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮ ಸಂವೇದನಾಶೀಲ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಇದನ್ನ ಅರ್ಥ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬಲ್ಲದೇ ಹೊರತು ನಮಗ್ಯಾರಿಗೂ ಅರ್ಥವಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಯುನಿಕೋಡ್ ನ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಇಂದು ಪ್ರಬಲವಾಗಿದೆ ಇದು ಅರ್ಥವೇ ಆಗಿರುವುದಿಲ್ಲ, ಇದರ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಹಿಂದೆ ಲಾಜಿಕ್ ಇದೆ, ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಂದು ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯು ದುಡ್ಡು ಮಾಡುವುದೇ ಉದ್ದೇಶವಾಗಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ಹೊಸ ಹೊಸ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ವೇರ್ ಗಳು ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆಗೆ ಬಂದಾಗ ನಾವು ಅಳವಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳ ಬೇಕಾದ ಅನಿವಾರ್ಯ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ಬೇರೆ ಬೇರೆ ಭಾಷೆಗಳ ಸಾಫ್ಟವೇರ್ ಬಂದಾಗ ನಾವು ಅಳವಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಾಲಿರುತ್ತೇವೆ, ಆದರೆ ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶೀಯ ಭಾಷೆಗಳ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ವೇರ್ ಗಳನ್ನೂ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ದಿ ಪಡಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ.
ಕ.ಗ.ಪ ಮತ್ತು ಖಾಸಗಿ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳ ನಡುವೆ ಶೀತಲ ಸಮರ ನಡೆಸುತ್ತಿತ್ತು ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶಕ್ಕೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ೩೨ ಲಕ್ಷ ರುಪಾಯಿಗಳನ್ನು ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಅಭಿವೃದ್ದಿ ಪಡಿಸಲು ನೆರವಾಗಿತ್ತು ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ೨೮ ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂಪಾಯಿಗಳನ್ನು ಅದನ್ನು ವ್ಯಯ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿತ್ತು.
ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶವನ್ನು ಅಭಿವೃದ್ದಿ ಪಡಿಸುವ ಸಲುವಾಗಿ ನಾವು ಒಂದು ಸಭೆಯನ್ನು ಕರೆಯಲಾಗಿತ್ತು ಅಂದು ನಡೆದ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅಂದುಕೊಳ್ಳದ ಮತ್ತು ಉಹಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳದ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ದೊರಕಿದವು. ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪತ್ರಿಕಾ ಗೋಷ್ಠಿ ನಡೆಸಿ ವಿಷಯವನ್ನು ಬಹಿರಂಗ ಪಡಿಸಿದೆವು ಮತ್ತು ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಗಮನ ಹರಿಸಲು ಸರ್ಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಒತ್ತಡ ತಂದೆವು ಆದರೆ ಏನು ಪ್ರಯೋಜನ ವಾಗಲಿಲ್ಲ.
ಕ.ಗ.ಪ. ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತಂಶವನ್ನು ಓಪನ್ ಸೋರ್ಸ್ಗೆ ಇಡಿ ಅದನ್ನು ಅಭಿವೃದ್ದಿ ಪಡಿಸೋಣ ಎಂದು ಕೇಳಿದಾಗ ಕ.ಗ.ಪ. ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯಿಸಲಿಲ್ಲ ಆಗ ಅವರು ಮಾಡಿದ ಕೆಲಸ ಗೊತ್ತಾಯಿತು ಅದು ಅವರು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಲ್ಲ ಅವರು ಕದ್ದಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಅಂತ ಹೀಗೆ ಕದ್ದಿರುವುದು ಆಕೃತಿ ಆನಂದ್ ಅವರಿಂದ ಆನಂದ್ ಅವರು ಬರಹದಿಂದ ಬಳಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದರು ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಅವರು ಓಪನ್ ಸೋರ್ಸ್ಗೆ ಇಡಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ.
ಇಂದಿನ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಏನಾಗಿದೆ ಅಂದರೆ ನಿಧಾನವಾಗಿ ನುಡಿ ಬಳಕೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ, ಗೂಗಲ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಅನೇಕ ವರುಷಗಳ ಒತ್ತಡದಿಂದ ಕನ್ನಡವನ್ನು ಸೇರಿಸಲಾಯಿತು.
ಈಗ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗೆ ಸಮಿತಿಯನ್ನು ರಚಿಸಿದೆ ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ ಬಳಕೆದಾರರು, ತಂತ್ರಜ್ನರನ್ನ ಒಳಗೊಂಡಿತ್ತು. ಚಿದಾನಂದ ಗೌಡರ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಮಿತಿಯನ್ನ ರಚನೆ ಮಾಡಿದರು ಆದರೆ ಅದರಿಂದ ಯಾವುದೇ ಸಫಲತೆ ಕಂಡಿಲ್ಲ.
ಈ-ಆಡಳಿತ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಎಸ್.ಎಂ.ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಜಾರಿಮಾಡಿದರು ಯಾವುದೇ ಸಫಲತೆ ಕಾಣಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಈ-ಆಡಳಿತದಿಂದ ಜಾರಿಯಾದ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅದನ್ನು ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನದ ಮುಖೇನ ಹೊಸದನ್ನು ಏನನ್ನಾದರು ಬಳಸಬಹುದಾಗಿತ್ತು.
ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ-ಆಡಳಿತ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಫೇಲ್ ಆಗಿದೆ, ಈಗಿನ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಏನು ಗೊತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ ಬರಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರತಿಷ್ಠೆಯ ಸಾರುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಕಲ್ಪವನ್ನು ಮಾಡುವುದರಲ್ಲೇ ಮಗ್ನವಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಅವರು ಕಿಡಿ ಕಾರಿದರು.
ಹೀಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಇನ್ನು ಬೆಳೆಯ ಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ ಇನ್ನು ಕೆಲವು ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶಗಳು ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ, ಹೊಸ ಹೊಸ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ವೇರ್ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಆಸಕ್ತಿ ವಹಿಸಿ ಅದನ್ನು ಅಭಿವೃದ್ದಿ ಪಡಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿತ್ತು ಆದರೆ ಅವರು ಮಾಡಲಿಲ್ಲ.
ಖಾಸಗಿ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳು ಕೆಲವರು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಸ್ವಾರ್ಥ ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಇಂತವರನ್ನು ಬಳಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿಸಿದ ಅವರು ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಗಮನ ಸೆಳೆಯುವ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಇಲ್ಲ ಆದರೆ ನಾವು ಅದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಆಸಕ್ತಿ ಹೊಂದಿದ್ದೇವೆ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಮಾತನ್ನು ಮುಗಿಸಿದರು.
ಈ-ಕವಿ ರಾಜ್ಯಾಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಸಿ.ವಿ.ಕಿರಣ್ ಅವರು ಮಾತನಾಡಿ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕೆಲವು ಮಾತುಗಳನ್ನಾಡಿದರು.
ವೇದಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾ ಮತ್ತು ವಾಣಿಜ್ಯೋದ್ಯಮ ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಂಘಗಳ ಒಕ್ಕೂಟ ದ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರಾದ ಕೆ.ಪ್ರಭಾಕರ ರೆಡ್ಡಿ ಮತ್ತು ಕಾರ್ಯಾಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ನೂರಾರು ಕನ್ನಡ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು.
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ಈ-ಕವಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಗಣಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಯ ವಿಚಾರವನ್ನುಕೈಗೆತ್ತಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದು, ಅದು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಉಪಯುಕ್ತ ಮತ್ತು ಫಲಕಾರಕ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊರಬರುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ.
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KANNADA KANNADA KANNADA – what is going to happen ??
Dr. Chandrashekara Kambara’s Speech about KSD – ಕನ್ನಡ ಗಣಕ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ
Part one : http://youtube.com/watch?v=s01b4Z7l-aw
Part two : http://youtube.com/watch?v=UMmmomar7WA
ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರಕಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡವೆ ಸರಕಾರದ ಭಾಷೆ.
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Sada Kannada <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote onAugust 4th 2006
So what do you propose? What most of us would want to know is, if someone volunteers, where should he/she start? OK, if some Kannada implementation capability is to be provided at the kernel level, that may not voilate any standards (I am not sure), but if applications are developed without any standards, developers will be in a deep shit, surely.
If standards are not foreseen for later compatibility and are done by unprofessionals, then the whole effort of the invoved is in vain. This will be like a silent kill. Better people involved behave with atleast some accountability.
Since you have faced many a things, can you tell us what should be the right thing for KSD to progress at the right pace keeping in pace with the developments happening in English?
I am only interested in the technical matters, the legal matters, I am just not bothered. Better we do it now, or may never will be able to do it.
It is like saying in the words of our Poet Laureate Kuvempu “naDe muMde naDe muMde, nuggi naDe muMde…… masaNavaaali edeyu raNaraMgadalli”.
Let us put our most spirited effort to get Nudi as a FREE software and let us not stop until we reach our goal as a great saint and monk of India put as “Arise, Awake, stop not till you reach the goal”.
Let us be guided by such greats and derive inspiration to work for our language. Waiting for your plan and reply.
Monopoly of KGP – Prepared by Mr. N. Anbarsan
Through this press note, I briefly explain the facts related to the act of Monopoly of KGP, which has unethically monopolized the Kannada software development thereby causing irreparable damages to the development of Kannada on computers.
KGP has monopolized the Kannada software development in the following way:
1. by violating the standards prescribed for Kannada software
a. Using Non-Standard encoding.
b.Non provision of conversion utility to handle ISCII and standard encoding.
c.Non provision of any conversion utility to convert data using existing Kannada software.
d. Non issuance of certificates to the Kannada software developers to block their software.
e. Has developed Nudi without providing the standard manual typing method, which is being taught in polytechniques and is mandatory for recruitment of Typists and stenographers.
2. Bagged order to develop all the required software for Kannada.
3. Blocks the development of Kannada software by developing various software.
4. Acts as a middleman and gets the work done from the unrecognized developers.
5. Kills competition by forcing the users to use their uncertified, non-standard software.
Violation of Govt standards
I draw your attention to the item 1 of the G.O maa.tham.e 6 neesamvi 2000 Bangalore, dated 1.11.2000 QUOTE Kannada lipi thanthraamsha thayaarikaru, ee aadheshakke lagathisiruva anubhandhadhalliruva shishta mathu eaka roopa kannada aksharabhagagalu mathu ASCII sankethagalanne balasathakkadhdhu UNQUOTE which restricts the Kannada software developers to use only the standardized glyph codes and forbids to use any other coding in their Kannada software. However, KGP has devised a new non-standard proprietary encoding to take advantage over other softwares to monopolise Kannada software field.
In the same G.O, item 5 states that only those software developed as per the G.O to be included in the list of Govt approved software/software developers/software vendors are to be used QUOTE ee mele helalaadha ella nibhandhanegalige olapattu sidhdhapadisalaadha kannada thanthraamshagalu maathra sarkaaradha maanyathe padedha adhikrutha thanraamsagala / thnthraamsha thayaarakara / thanthraamsha maaraatagaarara pattiyallirabeku UNQUOTE. Eventhough, no one has certified Nudi for its conformity with the standard, Nudi is being distributed to user departments and general public.
The G.O in reference also insists the Govt departments and organizations to use only the kannada software which has been certified to meet the requirement of G.O. Item 6 reads as QUOTE karnaataka sarkaaradha ella ilaakegalu, karnaataka sarkaaradha swaamyake seridha nigamagalu, mandaligalu, praadikaaragalu, vishwavidhyaalayagalu, vidhyasamthegalu, sthaleeya samsthegalu, anudhanitha samsthegalu ee nibhandhanegalige olapattu pramaaneekruthavaadha kannada lipi thanraamshagalannu maathra balasabeku UNQUOTE.
Even after DIT directs KGP to issue certificates to those software which are in compliance with the stipulated standards, KGP has not issued any certificate but issued a report for having tested the software, probably with the hidden agenda of blocking the other softwares.
Govt of Karnataka elevated KGP as a sole Kannada software developer
The preamble to the G.O maa.tham.e 234 a.da.vi 2001 dated 27.12.2001 clearly outlines the role of KGP as a sole Kannada software developer. QUOTE sarkaradha kacherigalalli dhainandhina kelasagalalli kannadavannu sampoornavaagi balasalu agathyavaadha kelavu anvayaka thanthramsagalannu kannada ganaka parishaththu abhivrudhdhi padisi kaalakaalakke adhannu uththamapadisuva hagu innithara anvayaka thanthraamsagalannu abhivrudhdhi padisuva… UNQUOTE
Is it not an action of MONOPOLY? One must realize that when the end user is not having any alternate choice, he ends up with monopolized product. For anything and everything, healthy competition paves ways for advancement and creating new records. so also the same yardstick applies in the case of development of Kannada software. Unfortunately, this has been bypassed. In the instant issue any growth of technology is naturally to come through research, as it happened always in the past.
Blocks the development of Kannada software
KGP is also developing other software which is not covered in the list of G.O to sanction funds. Few examples of such software are Vethana to meet the accounting requirement and e-Adalitha to meet the office administrative requirement. Release of Vethana was also reported by some of the leading dailies.
KGP as a middleman
As is evident from Nudi software, the Copyrights of various components of Nudi rests with certain individuals. It proves that KGP is a middleman engaging certain select individuals and firms to derive the requisite results.
KGP Kills competition
KGP in nexus with officials in DIT has successfully installed Nudi software in all the computers of user departments. In order to achieve the goal of monopolized use of Nudi in every computers of GoK user departments, KGP and DIT jointly enacted the drama of “testing software”. DIT sent letters to all the user departments to use Nudi falsely claiming Nudi has been developed in conformity with the standards prescribed for Kannada software. KGP hired students to install the software in all the computers including the Secretariate network, which connects all the departments.
GoK has implemented its e-Governance projects using non-standard encoding by using the non-standard Nudi software. KGP also influences use its non-standard encoding through its SDK to implement various other Govt and non-Govt computerization projects.
In the name of standardization, KGP has messed up things. Grabbed the user bases in the name of standardization and forced the users to use non-standard encoding. As a result KGP achieved monopoly hold in Kannada software development.
As a result of this nexus NO developers could develop any innovative softwares or technologies to meet the growing needs of Kannada on computers.
1. We urge the GoK to immediately stop the usage of Nudi which does not meet the laid down criteria and which is not certified until it fully conforms to the prescribed standards and is certified by competent agency.
2. We urge the GoK to remove the unfair restrictive conditions imposed on the Kannada software developers and have level playing field for all Kannada software developers.
3. We seek the Govt to implement the standard typing method adopted in the courses conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education and various other institutions in all the computerization projects.
CORRUPTION, SWINDLING OF PUBLIC FUNDS & VIOLATION OF KARNATAKA TRANSPARENCY IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ACT.
Prepared by Shri Muthukrishnan, CEO, SRG Pvt Ltd.:
CORRUPTION, SWINDLING OF PUBLIC FUNDS & VIOLATION OF KARNATAKA TRANSPARENCY IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ACT.
Certain vested interests formed a group with a catchy name “Kannada Ganaka Parished” (K.G.P) and entered themselves in the books of Karnataka Govt. claiming to promote Kannada.
These vested interests hand-in-hand with the Corrupt Officials of the Directorate of Information Technology (D.I.T). hatched a conspiracy to swindle Public Funds by Violating KARNATAKA TRANSPARENCY IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ACT 1999.
CORRUPTION & SWINDLING OF PUBLIC FUNDS
After the “Classic Computers” deal, a Govt. Order was issued to make it mandatory for all the Govt. Dept. to buy Hardware or Software only from the registered and approved vendors. The K.G.P. is not a registered/approved vendor. Hence the purchase of Kannada Software from K.G.P. is a gross violation of the Govt. Order.
Another Govt. Order No. PD 121 CSS 97 Dated 08.01.1998 was also issued to decentralize the purchase of Computer Hardware and Software. Hence the centralized purchase of Kannada Software by the D.I.T. is a violation of the Govt. Order.
The then Director of K.G.C.C.( now D.I.T.) had issued, vide ref. GCC/TAP/385/97-98 Dated 18th June 1998, the “GUIDELINES FOR PURCHASE OF COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE BY THE DEPARTMENTS OF GOVERNMENT”.
Violation of all the above Govt. Orders has made this deal as another “Classic deal”.
The vested interests in K.G.P. would not have spent more than a few thousand rupees for the part-time programmer. But they had managed to siphon out several Lakhs of Govt. funds which was obviously shared by these vested interests with those Corrupt Officials of the D.I.T.
This has established the allegation of the Swindling of public funds jointly by the D.I.T. & K.G.P. In future it may run into crores of Rupees.
Violation of KARNATAKA TRANSPARENCY IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ACT.
The Karnataka transparency in public procurement act 1999 clearly defines the terms Procurement & Services. Procurement of Goods & Services without tender is prohibited.
The transparency was not maintained in this “deal” as no Tender was invited by D.I.T.
K.G.P. is a user group for Kannada Software like a group of Doctors for Hospitals. When it comes to the question of constructing a Hospital the contract can only be given to a Civil
Engineering contractor but not to a group of Doctors.
Similarly development of Software can only be given to a Software development Industry and not to user group like K.G.P.
Hence the Rules under the Act specifies the Pre-qualification Procedure.
The Act exempts only the projects under International arrangements. Hence the reason of Govt. aided project is wrong.
The Grant-in-aid is applicable only to propagation thru’ direct contact by established societies. K.G.P. is a DEFUNCT SOCIETY which is clear from the Letter from Registrar of Societies.
The Procurement of Goods & Services is very clear from the price list of Software and the G.O. is obviously a purchase order and not a Govt. aided project or Grant-in-aid.
These have established the violation of The Karnataka transparency in public procurement act 1999.
Date: Tue Jun 8, 2004 7:27am
Subject: SOME INNER DETAILS ON KANNADA SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
I understand that you all are eager to know something more on the Kannada software development that has taken place in the guise of developing Kannada. I would like to share some more information on the subject. I affirm that all the informations provided by me are factuals and based on the documents available with me.
GOK AND THE STANDARDS FOR KANNADA
GoK (Kannada and Culture department) has announced a Kannada keyboard layout as a uniform keyboard layout (which is referred as standard keyboard layout or KGP layout) without any study. The uniform keyboard layout was announced on 4-2-99.
It is to note that the typing method followed in the manual typewriter is based on the graphemic approach while the Uniform keyboard announced by the GoK is based on the phonemic approach. It means that these two methods of typing are completely different and a user has to unlearn the one to use the other.
The brutality is that all the typists who are now put into operate computers have to unlearn their typing knowledge and learn the uniform method. GoK is still appointing typists and stenographers based on the qualification of typing method based on the manual typing method which is followed in the diploma courses conducted by Directorate of Technical Education and various other institutes and Universities. This is a grave mistake of GoK and wastes precious study time of thousands of students.
GoK appointed KGP as a certifying agency on 4-2-99 to certify the Kannada software intended to purchase by the departments of GOK. KGP has abused its power to promote/favour some of the Kannada software.
Kannada software users were facing problems of Non-portable Kannada data created by using various Kannada software, which is based on the proprietory encoding adopted by various Kannada software developers due to various issues of Copyright and IPR. To ensure portability of Kannada data created among various Kannada software users GoK has announced a standard vide G.O maa.tham.e 6 nee.sam.v 2000 for glyph encoding and guidelines to be adopted in the Kannada softwares. As per this G.O certification is a must for any Kannada software for its use in GoK departments. Alongwith the standard glyphs, GoK has also listed further requirements for a Kannada software, such as conversion utility to convert the data created using the existing Kannada software. Through its G.O, GoK has restricted the Kannada software developers to use only the standard glyphs as announced in the G.O. However, GoK has adopted uncertified, non standard NUDI in its e-Governance projects. Use of non-standard glyphs has nullified the very purpose of standard and has made all other Kannada software as incompatible and forcing the GoK user departments to use only Nudi. Enforcing of Nudi is also ensured because of implementation of Nudi in the Secretariat network which connects all the departments of GoK.
DETAILS ON GOK FUNDING KGP
Eventhough KGP has certified some of the Kannada software, it didn’t disclose the number of certified Kannada software to GoK. On 31-1-2001 KGP got sanctioned funds to the tune of Rs2,92,000/- in the guise to develop a Kannada software to test and evaluate the Kannada software developed by other Kannada software developers. This software was released as Kalitha. GoK has started installing Kalitha in the computers of GoK’s user departments in the guise of helping the user departments to test and evaluate the Kannada software they use. Please note that as per the G.O user departments are bound to use only the certified Kannada software. As a first step to monopolise the Kannada software, KGP has twisted the requirement and acted on its self ambition to monopolise the Kannada software and guided the GoK to install Kalitha and to distribute FREE (but KGP sold Kalitha and sells Nudi for Rs.100/=. Nudi is not KGP’s property).
On the success of Kalitha, KGP approached GoK with proposals for Twenty two products. GoK accepts 16 proposals and sanctions funds to the tune of Rs.27.65 lakhs vide G.O maa.tham.e 234 a.da.v 2001 dated 27.12.2001. Following is the breakup of the cost and list of proposals for which GoK sanctioned funds.
1. To update Kalitha as per the requirements – Rs.90,000/-
2. Sorting as per Kannada alphabetic order – Rs.50,000/-
3. Indexing as per Kannada alphabetic order – Rs.1,00,000/-
4. Word check for Kannada office – Rs.50,000/-
5. Find and Replace – Rs.25,000/-
6. Additional fonts – Rs.1,00,000/-
7. Unicode version of Kalitha (Nudi) for MS Windows- Rs.2,00,000/-
8. Grammer check – Rs.6,00,000/-
9. Unicode version of Kalitha (Nudi) for Linux- Rs.3,00,000/-
10. Converter to convert from ISCII to Unicode and Unicode to ISCII and filters and converters to convert data from various software fonts – Rs.1,50,000/-
11. Kannada Office (StarOffice) – Word processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation, database – Rs, 5,00,000/-
12. LOGO software in Kannada – Rs.5,00,000/-
13. Address book – FREE
14. Kannada Kali – FREE
15. Akshara kali Ganitha kali – Rs.50,000/-
16. Accounting software – Rs.50,000/-
STATE OF KGP
Presently GoK is promoting only KGP. All the Kannada software developers have become jobless. The present situation is very grim for Kannada on computers as all the Kannada software developers have withdrawn from Kannada software development.
A need for a society was felt during 1995, As a sequel to this urge a seminar was organized at SBI training center near National college. GoK has organized a two seminar during 1997 at MS buildings to promote Kannada on computers. This event was a turning in the field of Kannada software development. The organizers have shown favouritism to some developer and ditched others. Further, Srinatha sastry and Narasimha Murthy fooled people around and consolidated their position and formed a dubious society during 1999 and KGP was registered with registrar of societies on 17-5-99. However, KGP has not bothered to file any returns with the registrar of societies.
Eventhough I don’t have complete list, the partial list includes the following:
Somashekar – NAL
Srinatha sastri – NAL
Narasimhamurthy – SBI
Shri Ganesh – HRD consultants
Sheshadri- System Analyst KSRTC
Prakash – MS Ramiah school of Advanced studies
Panditharadhya – Reader Mysore University
As my knowledge goes, now, due to internal differences some of the initial founder members are thrwn out of KGP.
Pavanaja – Vishwakannada
Anand – Cyberscape/Aces
Rajan – Ex Chief Scretary GoK
Sathyanarayana – Employed at KIDWAI
A programmer from Tally is involved in the development of NUDI. Pavanaja was also associated with the initial versions of NUDI.
Eventhough KGP has adopted K.P Rao’s keyboard layout, he (K.P Rao) doesn’t agree with the way the standard keyboard layout was formulated.
HOW DO KGP QUALIFY
In all its reality KGP is not qualified for developing Kannada software on the following grounds:
1. KGP was not existing for three years prior to sanctioning funds.
2. KGP has not developed any software prior to sanctioning of funds.
3. KGP is a certifying agency. A certifying agency itself can’t enter into development of competitive products which they are supposed to certify as it is most illogic like a referee, umpire or an examiner himself taking the competition by himself.
KGP doesn’t have any expertise in developing software. KGP has developed Nudi in a clandestine manner. As KGP is the certifying agency, all the Kannada software developers have submitted their software. KGP gained inner details by means of demonstration and discussions etc with developers (please note that GoK has not disclosed any details on developing their Kannada software Nudi). KGP pirated the fonts submitted to it by various Kannada software developers.
As per the G.O to sanction funds to the tune of Rs.27.65 lakhs KGP has been requested to develop all the required Kannada software and to maintain them from time to time.
KGP has monopolized the Kannada software field and the future of Kannada software is now waiting for the grace of KGP!
With warm regards,
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