India State to Dump Windows for Linux
Thursday, August 31, 2006
COCHIN, India — A southern Indian state plans to switch all school
computers from Microsoft Windows to the free Linux operating system,
an official said Thursday.
The changeover on computers used in some 12,500 high schools in the
state of Kerala is set for Friday, and teachers are being trained on
the new software, said the state's education minister, M.A. Baby.
The state is ruled by communist politicians and its top elected
official, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, has long been a supporter
of free software, railing against the dominance of Microsoft's Windows
when he was a state legislator.
However, Baby insisted that the state government has no grudge against
But Achuthanandan was keen to develop the state as a"free and open
software systems destination,"Baby told The Associated Press.
"It is our stated policy that only free software should be used for IT
education in Kerala's schools. The government is introducing Linux
based software as tools to teach various subjects,"Baby told the
Associated Press on Thursday.
The decision to switch to Linux came after free software guru Richard
Stallman, founder of the open-source GNU software project, visited
Kerala two weeks ago, and persuaded officials to discard proprietary
software, such as Microsoft, at state-run schools, Baby said.
Despite the denials that Microsoft was the target, opposition leader
M.A. Shahnawaz, of the Congress party, said he believed the decision
was based on the communists'opposition to the software giant's
He cited the communists'opposition to a Microsoft-supported computer
training program that the Congress party enacted in 2002 when it ruled
"I think schools should be given the option to choose whether teachers
are to be trained in Linux systems or Microsoft,"Shahnawaz said.
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From: Edgar D' Souza
Date: Aug 30, 2006 3:19 PM
Subject: [ILUG-GOA] Indian state to bypass Microsoft 'monopoly'
In a new attack on multinational corporations, the Communist
government in India's southern state of Kerala is campaigning to
eliminate Microsoft from use in public institutions, just weeks after
it imposed a ban on Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
Naturally, Linux is the shoo-in replacement that the Kerala government
is encouraging schools to use.
the GNU/Linux distribution made for Schools can be downloaded from :
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Many of you attended the fourth GPLv3 Conference held at Bangalore.
We thank you for your interest and attending the conference which made
it a success. Many of you actively participated in the discussion,
which made the event even more interesting and useful. We continued
informal discussion till late evening.
Many of you opted not to attend the conference. As a registered
participant this meant several things for the event. Those who opted
not to attend the conference, and did not inform us in advance,
actually were squatting on the empty seats in the auditorium. We had
only 270 seats in the auditorium. Since the registration was
overwhelming, we had to inform the new registrations which were still
pouring in, 'to say sorry, we are already full.' So we said
registrations are closed. Your gesture of supporting this event by
registration actually turned out to be a way of disrupting the event.
FSF India, made 300 bags for each registered participant, we also made
300 peices of specially embroidered 'kurta' which were on sale at
Rs. 250/-. We expected this way we could make up for the expenses.
We had ordered for more food, and tea. You could understand how your
action of opting out of the conference added a lot of discomfort to
the organizers who were working hard for the last several days.
We apologize on behalf of the foundation for those who were denied
registrations, and could not attend.
Thankfully, the volunteers at IIMB and FSF India made efforts to
record the event. You will all get to hear and, most likely, see the
proceedings of the event.
If you had come, the event would have been more successful.
In the events to come, please give us more substantial support.
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