It is not only in Kerala that free software exponents are seeing red
signal in government. Last year, similar developments took place in
Brazil and Argentina, the Latin American countries where free software
movement has made a major headway.
The ouster of M. Arun, special officer for International Centre for
Free and Open Source Software
(ICFOSS) and Joseph C Mathew, IT advisor to the Chief Minister, from
their positions can be read along with the ousters of free software
exponents from Brazilian and Argentinian governments. There were
allegations that the expulsion of free software proponents in those
countries was at the instance of Microsoft.
Any responsible politician should be encouraging a home grown Free
Software industry because it creates the basis for future jobs.
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