Free Software Foundation India
Formation20 July 2001 (21 years ago) (2001-07-20)
TypeCharitable organization
HeadquartersKerala, India
Region served
AffiliationsFSF* network[1][failed verification]

The Free Software Foundation of India (FSFI) is the Indian sister organisation to the US-based Free Software Foundation. It was founded in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (the capital of Kerala) in 2001[2] as a non-profit Company.[3] The FSFI advocates to promote the use and development of free software in India. This includes educating people about free software, including how it can help the economy of a developing country like India. FSF India regards non-free software as not a solution, but a problem to be solved. Free software is sometimes locally called swatantra software in India.

In 2003, after meeting with FSF founder Richard Stallman, the President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam[4][5] urged Indian computer scientists and professionals to use free and open-source software[6] in research and development.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "::[FSFLA]:: Constitution for FSF Latin America".
  2. ^ FSF-I inaugurated in Thiruvananthapuram by Dr. Richard M. Stallman[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ The What, Why and When of Free Software in India
  4. ^ Stallman Goes to India
  5. ^ Kalam, Stallman discuss open source software
  6. ^ Indian President Advises Open Source Approach
  7. ^ Opt for open source codes for better software security: Kalam