Indian Government's Reported Move Makes News, Then Fuels Skepticism

Is India serious about Linux in education, or just setting the stage to ask Microsoft founder Bill Gates for a handout when he visits in November?
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Re: Indian Government's Reported Move Makes News, Then Fuels Ske

dmarti's picture

If this was the good old "act serious about Linux to get money from Microsoft" tactic,

it worked. (I'm surprised all Microsoft customers don't do this.)

Re: Indian Government's Reported Move Makes News, Then Fuels Ske

kmashraf's picture

The only hope for the masses in India as far as computing is concerned is Free Software. We cannot afford M$ at $ prices. But like a lot of the other comments, are our politicians up to it. In all these years our politicians have never provided the means for people to improve their lives. The IT power that we are is due to the people and not the politician or government. So we the people will adopt Free Software and eventually the government will have no choice but follow the people. A case in point. The 'cable' revolution. People took into their own hands to distribute and today it is one of the largest cable networks in the world. Catering to millions of Indians at prices that they can afford. Free software can do the same for the millions of India who currently cannot afford computing at all.

Long live the Free Software Revolution

Re: Indian Government's Reported Move Makes News, Then Fuels Ske

Anonymous's picture

Why is everyone so bent on what the "government" does or does not. This is the old extreme socialistic approach, government policies in a modern democratic society should be driven by the people and their capitalistic zeal!

Re: Indian Government's Reported Move Makes News, Then Fuels Ske

Anonymous's picture

Being a 27 year old indian and a GNU/Linux enthusiast, I can definitely tell that this is yet another "hoax" by indian politicians. If you look closer to the issue (as has been pointed out by one of the interviewed) , its clear that this comes out of the politicians fear of loosing microsoft contract and the bribery associated with it. Its a country where 99% of the politicians and beurocrats have just one "religion" called "correption". Any thing which is "free" (free as in beer ! ) and not associated with bribery is some thing they want LAST. Also, this particular government has surpassed all previous records of corruption and bribery. It is to be noted that some of the poerfull politicians like " IT state" chief minister Mr. Naidu have an excellent relation with Bill gates and micorosoft in particular.

The only ray of hope for the GNU/Linux and open source is the increase in user base and financial benefits associated with free softwares which might ultimately can force companies to think of free softwares. But still at government level , NEVER EXPECT ANY MIGRATION TO GNU/LINUX IN ANY NEAR FUTURE !!!!!!!

linux rules in indian univ and college

Anonymous's picture

we have no bill $$$ to pay!!!

Re: Indian Government's Reported Move Makes News, Then Fuels Ske

Anonymous's picture

Definitelly India should be serious about this(atleast from now), B'cause India has so many IT Universities and colleges etc.. being a developing country the GOVT does'nt have much fund for buying licensed Software for education field. So they should go for Open source software. In india we get 100's of thousands of people who has got expertise in Unix/Linux...SO it will be easy for everyone to switch to Open source.

corruption in ALL governments

Anonymous's picture

I live in the USA and detest claims of corruption as the plague of only '3rd-world' countries - here in the US, it starts in th white house. Mr Bush 'repaid' his debts to those who bribed him by appointing ex-enron crooks in his cabinet. Then he instructed the DOJ whose head HE appointed to 'settle' with m$, which was his biggest campaign 'contribitor'.

In fact, its alive and well in corporations, too. I have been in the IT business for over a dozen years and have seen m$ products foisted on IT depts against their wishes, with declarations of "edicts from above, to reduce TCO" right from the times of windows 3.

So far, only Europeans, esp. the scandinavians seem to put their money where their mouth is. m$ ( and intel, too) has too many tentacles wrapped around corporate floozies here in the US for linux to be adopted.

Re: corruption in ALL governments

Anonymous's picture

Ultimately it is respect for democracy that will be its saviour. If we cheapen it with corrupting influences that will only lead to its demise. Can anyone contemplate a world WITHOUT democracy.

When you know better, you should do better, for enlightenment and knowledge is truly the gift of God to man.

Re: corruption in ALL governments

Anonymous's picture

>>So far, only Europeans, esp. the scandinavians seem to put their money where their mouth is. m$ ( and intel, too) has too many tentacles wrapped around corporate floozies here in the US for linux to be adopted.

I don't necessarily agree:

www.ibm.com/software/success/cssdb.nsf/topstoriesFM?OpenForm&Site=linuxa...

Re: corruption in ALL governments

Anonymous's picture

Thank you for saying that. Just because the bribery in the US is more sophisticated does not make is less despicable. As far as I can tell, they are about to set up senate.ebay.gov and house.ebay.gov to make bidding on "favorable" bills more convenient.

Re: corruption in ALL governments

Anonymous's picture

Actually, MBNA was George W. Bush's single largest campaign contributor, according to www.opensecrets.org. Microsoft, if they contributed to his campaign at all, did not even crack the top 20.

For the record, Mr. Bush also has not been convicted of accepting bribes, and as far as my research can tell, no members of his current Cabinet are former Enron executives.

Getting your facts straight before you post is a Good Thing.

Re: cabinet position

Anonymous's picture

The poster probably thought Army Secretary was a cabinet position.

Re: corruption in ALL governments

Anonymous's picture

This is mis-informed debate. Please visit http://www.globalcorruptionreport.org/index.htm or the web site of Transparency International before commenting. Corruption is a subjective issue like human rights and countries can be graded. To say that all countries have corruption is like saying the Taj Mahal and the White House are both buildings. It is a simplistic view of a complex issue.

Re: Indian Government's Reported Move Makes News, Then Fuels Ske

Anonymous's picture

As far as I can tell, India has been a Unix shop forever...

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