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[News] Unanimous Claim About Linux's Huge Potential in India

  • Subject: [News] Unanimous Claim About Linux's Huge Potential in India
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 11:28:03 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Linux In Indian Market: Biggest Survey Ever 

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| The confident mood of the industry continues as the survey noticed that 100 
| per cent of the respondents believe that there is huge potential in the 
| Indian Linux/OSS market and the only challenge is building up resources to 
| tap as much market as possible.    


New conference as well (signs of growth all around).

Impetus to host Open Source Community Un-conference "OSS Camp"

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| For the first time in India, camps such as PHP Camp, MySQL Camp, Apache Camp, 
| Web 2.0 Camp, etc are being organized, as part of this OSS Camp. 



Linux makes inroads into Microsoft's domain

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| The cost of the PCs is Rs 21,600 each (includes OS and a 19" TFT monitor). 
| Linux, according to Umashakar, has helped ELCOT "reduce general hardware 
| costs by nearly 25 per cent. In the case of high-end servers, the savings 
| could be as much as 80 per cent."    


Linux becoming visible on desktops

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| The Penguin (named Tux) is finally making inroads as an operating system (OS) 
| on desktops too. While it has an over 20 per cent market share when we speak 
| of servers in India, the free OS called Linux has just around 5 per cent 
| market share in the country when it comes to desktops – the lion’s share 
| going to Microsoft Windows.    


Novell's SUSE Linux team on open source software.

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| What's your market share in the open source arena?
| This is early days in terms of defining market share for the Indian
| market. It is still evolving. We believe we have set the bar very high
| with the launch of version 10. In just the last 20 days, 360,000 people
| have downloaded our new version i.e. one person downloading this
| software every six seconds. 


IIT alumnus takes software to battlefront and beyond 

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| Singh said: 'We continue to see Linux and open standards gain
| tremendous momentum in mission-critical military systems. Linux is
| rapidly becoming the leading de-facto open standard embedded platform
| in systems that require a high degree of interoperability and
| software reuse.'
| [...]
| 'A few years back, the military was thought to be the last holdout
| against embracing open source, due to their specialised requirements
| for mission-critical applications. As it turns out, Linux technology
| is being widely used today in many military applications, including
| several weapons and battlefield systems. The adoption of Linux
| is growing.'
| [...]
| 'India is already providing many software services around both
| embedded application software and open source. There are a growing
| number of people in India who are very familiar with Linux and the
| embedded industry,' he said.


Intensified Battle Lines

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| Some years back Open Source Industry Australia (OSIA) spokesperson
| Steven D'Aprano had posed a most intriguing question, "If Microsoft
| has a problem with piracy, it shouldn't be blamed on OEMs who sell
| PCs with Linux pre-installed or no operating system at all. Should
| we discourage supermarkets from selling plain bread, because
| shoppers might steal butter from elsewhere?" 
| [...]
| For long now a tag has been associated with Linux. Industry players
| and resellers say Linux has become a smart, official, cheap and
| convenient form of piracy. The charge, is however, outrightly
| rejected by the Linux vendors.
| At their end, open source vendors will not miss an opportunity to
| assert that anyone who has benefited out of piracy is the
| proprietary vendors, like Microsoft. 
| [...]
| Partners are already moving close to Linux vendors for various
| reasons. The days to come will, therefore, offer interesting
| battle lines unfolding between MS and open source players.


I use GNU/Linux... and I am HAPPY with it!

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| Two-three months back, there was a news in rediff.com which said that
| the biggest girls school in Kerala has changed the policy and they
| use GNU/Linux for teaching. Those small girls learning computer,
| learn GNU/Linux only and they find it very easy. As they have
| never used MS Windows, they are unbiased.


Another $100 PC is here, but what is inside?

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| NetPC comes with a monitor, keyboard, mouse, a Linux operating
| system (and free open source software), an access device (for
| accessing the Internet), and connects to a server over a local
| area network and offers some free entertainment. 


HRD hopes to make $10 laptops a reality

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| So far, the cost of one laptop, after factoring in labour charges,
| is coming to $47 but the ministry feels the price will come
| down dramatically considering the fact that the demand would
| be for one million laptops.


Made in India PC for just about $100

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| While global computing giants like IBM and AMD are yet to give
| shape to their ambitious plans for a computer that costs 100
| dollars or less, an Indian company has already set its eyes on
| 10 million potential customers with its up-and-running PC
| priced at Rs 4,500 only.


CIO India: United & Open

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| FOSS is playing an increasingly important role in Indian e-governance.
| NIC has built several portals and applications using Plone, a
| FOSS-based content management system. CDAC-Chennai has developed
| BOSS, a GNU/Linux distribution that is aimed at government departments. 
| Many states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and also Delhi, are migrating to
| FOSS in small steps. FOSS is becoming politically mainstreamed. The
| Communist Party of India (Marxist) has asked the Centre to use FOSS
| in all its e-governance initiatives. The draft IT policy of the
| government of Kerala recommends the use of FOSS in e-governance.


OSS diversifies as it gains acceptance

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| The Linux operating system is already making inroads in Indian
| enterprises with huge deployments such as LIC with 2,000 desktops.
| 6,000 schools in Uttar Pradesh have adopted Linux in their
| curriculum.


Meet on free software demands policy changes

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| P.Madhu, MP, said the Free Software movement was gaining a lot of
| momentum across the world and it was a movement for freedom,
| independence and self-reliance.


Partners in Punjab unite against Microsoft

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| With Microsoft resorting to penalizing the channel community in an
| effort to curb software piracy, industry experts feel that it might
| induce channel to look at selling other options, including Linux


CPI(M) for free and open source software

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| West Bengal Minister for IT Debesh Das said there were strategic
| benefits with free and open source software as it would reduce
| imports, enhance national security and reduce copyright
| infringement. National Knowledge Commission vice-chairman P.
| M. Bhargava said the world was entering into an era of
| knowledge imperialism using software as an effective tool
| and there was a need to counter this.


Indian Policy Makers Call For Greater Use Of Open Source

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| A wide spectrum of policy makers called for the greater usage of open
| source to modernize India in the digital era and the re-evaluation of
| the laws pertaining to Intellectual Property. The event sought to examine
| the notion of intellectual "property," in the context of traditional
| knowledge, globalization and the growth of the open source movement
| worldwide.


Forum for Open Source Initiatives in India Formed

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| Sandeep Menon, convener of FOSII and director of Linux business for
| Novell West Asia, said, "FOSII members belong to various facets
| of the Linux/OSS (Open Source Software) ecosystem, which includes
| the industry, academia, government and the community. Though the
| initial members are all from India, some foreign members too are
| expected to join this forum to share their global experience and
| aid the initiative."


India can live without Microsoft 

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| More than 6,500 Linux systems have already been packed off to
| villages and another 6,100 Acer desktop systems with Suse on
| their way.
| Umashankar said that more than 20,000 desktop systems will be
| installed in schools that will only run on Suse. All ELCOT
| servers will run on Redhat. ELCOT expects to train 30,000
| government officials in Linux and Open Office too.


AP to forge ties with MIT for open source software

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| The Andhra Pradesh government is forging ties with the Massachusetts
| Institute of Technology (MIT), US, for collaboration in the areas of
| e-governance, data standards and service-oriented architecture.
| "MIT will provide funding and technological assistance for
| developing and promoting different software components
| including an open source platform," said state IT secretary
| K Ratnaprabha. 


Tamil Nadu (India) Shutting the Door On Microsoft

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| "The managing director of the IT procurement, consulting, and training
| agency for the Tamil Nadu government describes the reasons why he has
| chosen OSS, and also how he dealt with Microsoft executives."


Kerala On Linux Express Highway

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| The Linux slip-road that the state took is slowly becoming an
| express highway.
| [...]
| If we twist Napoleon's quote on China a bit, we can safely say, "Linux is a 
| sleeping giant, let it sleep, because when Linux moves the world moves!"


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