Dear Siji and group,
As a part of Government system, I defer with common assumption of favoring to CSS in
Government setup every often by exercising the exception clause. As the commitment for the
OSS by the individual who has some awareness of Open source will always support the
Probably my general opinion of the OSS solution support may be clarified that the support
for OSS systems is either expensive or nil, there is way out to carry out things on your
own by way of online guideline data but this will be a challenging task as not all of the
users or the experts if any are conversant with such practice.
Hope you will understand the spirit behind the same. We may try to arrange to develop such
skill set by way of involving the interested Government representatives like me, IT
students and general citizen interested for the same.
On Monday, 30 March 2015 5:38 PM, Siji Sunny <sijisunny(a)gmail.com> wrote:
The government has announced open source policy which is applicable to all
Government organizations under the Central Governments
and those State
Key highlights of government’s open source policy include:
– All future Requests for Proposals (RFPs) of eGovernance projects shall
include a mandatory clause for considering Open Source Software (OSS) as a
preferred option in comparison to Closed Source Software (CSS). Suppliers
shall provide justification for exclusion of OSS in their response.
- Government Organizations shall ensure compliance with this requirement
and decide by comparing both OSS and CSS options with respect to
capability, strategic control, scalability,security, life time costs and
– GoI shall establish suitable support mechanism for the available OSS
that includes Institutional Mechanism, Partnership with Industry, Academia
and OSS Community.
I afraid, the clause-7 (Exception) may can easily mis-used by organizations
influenced by $MS like preparatory software companies.
Clause 7 :Exception -
"However, in certain specialised domains where OSS solutions meeting
essential functional requirements may not be available or in case of
urgent / strategic need to deploy CSS based solutions or lack of
expertise (skill set) in identified technologies, the concerned Government
Organization may consider exceptions, with sufficient justification."
And I doubt, are we really lacking expertise and skillset, to identify the
right Open-Source alternatives and implement it ?