03 September 2006

Linux beats MS-Windows in India

Tux swats moth

The penguin wins on security & price, which are two points in which MS would have to be swimming strenuously uphill to hope to match.

This mentions the Indian state of Kerala’s decision to fly with the penguin:

Running a Windows desktop PC has become increasingly annoying for users who must cope with spyware, adware, viruses, security patches, upgrades, crashes, reboots.

...and their education minister went on to say...

We have decided that we will use only free software for computer education in Kerala schools. We have implemented the Linux platform in high schools; it will be implemented in other schools step by step.

Another excellent micro-quote:

Kerala is following the footsteps of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Goa, West Bengal, and Delhi, who are also in the thick of bringing Linux to schools.

That’s a fair chunk of India named there, already.

I wonder if/when Australia will wake up and follow?


Anonymous said...

You sliced out the bit where Richard Stallman has visited very frequently over 5 years and obviously worked on the government very hard also. He in fact has adopted this Indian state to focus on. I am not saying it is good or bad but this was not an independant decision nor one done in isolation.

Pity Linus and Richard have very different views on GPL 3 and Lunix being licensed under it

Leon Brooks said...

One wonders about influence on the status in places like Redmond (Washington).