FLOSS GAINS MOMENTUM/TRACTION IN INDIA

This is big news. India, one of the largest democracies in the world has a new state government, Delhi national capital region, committed to FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software). In particular they intend to ban monopoly in the retail space, the key roadblock to widespread use of FLOSS. They also have a lot of influence on the government of India. It’s about time.

This guy, Arvind Kejriwal, is young, energetic and in a key position to promote change.
“Delhi government is set to opt for free software. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held initial discussions with free software guru Richard Stallman. The meeting was facilitated by Joseph C Mathew, former IT advisor to the Chief Minister of Kerala V S Achuthanandan, before he was shunted out falling foul of the powerful official faction of the CPI {M} in Kerala. The first phase will be introduced in the education sector. Significantly, this new initiative follows close on the heels of Kejriwal’s announcement that monopolies will not be allowed in the retail sector. Stallman said that he shared the philosophy of the Aam Aadmi Party.”

See 'Delhi government for free software'.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to FLOSS GAINS MOMENTUM/TRACTION IN INDIA

  1. ram says:

    I highly recommend, if you have the opportunity, to attend one of Microsoft’s “channel” private tradeshows and “afterparties”.

    The show will have plenty of booze and almost naked women (dancing, walking the floor, …) The “afterparties” are not to be believed! — if the police showed up everybody would be put away 😉

    On the other hand, a few undercover (so to speak 😉 federal law enforcement agents would liven things up 😀 Perhaps that has already happened. 😀

  2. ram says:

    India is also implementing some tough crackdowns on corruption. Without bribes some company’s products don’t “sell”.

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