TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2003
THE TIMES OF INDIA
Oppn soft on Linux, wants no Windows
TIMES NEWS NETWORK [spacer.gif] [ FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2003 11:05:12 PM ]
NEW DELHI: In a sign that the cyber age has well and truly dawned
inside Parliament, the Opposition on Thursday warned the government
against the Microsoft monopoly over software.
It urged that open source software like Linux be given preference in
The government, they said, should not insist on proprietary software
while issuing tenders for computers, since open source software is
available at one-tenth or even one-twentieth the cost of proprietary
software like Windows.
Participating in the discussion on the working of the communications
and information technology ministry in the Rajya Sabha, Congress MP
Prithviraj Chavan referred to competition between proprietary and open
source software as a "clash of civilisations".
Referring to the recent developments in Iraq, Chavan pointed out that
cheap alternatives to Microsoft are available and that countries like
China, France and Germany are sponsoring the
development of this software.
He pleaded that the "user should have a choice" of
software and that the government should not restrict its procurement
only to proprietary products.
Replying to the debate on Friday, IT minister Arun Shourie said that
the government was not thinking in terms of a rigid policy framework
as the life of technology in the information technology sector is just
"It is not a good idea to have a detailed statutory framework" as this
could impede growth in this sector... Policy must be technology
neutral," the information technology minister said.