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Linux Journal: Indian Government's Reported Move Makes News, Then Fuels Skepticism

Oct 21, 2002, 13:00 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Fred Noronha)

"Economic Times, India's most influential business newspaper, has dropped hints of government plans to push a 'countrywide drive' to promote GNU/Linux as the 'platform of choice;. But Indian enthusiasts of Free/Libre Software and open source are treating the promises with skepticism, if not downright suspicion.

"On October 9, the Economic Times published an article, 'Open IT--Government to Rewrite Source Code in Linux', which caused a flurry of interest and then doubt...

"The feature article ran on the front page of many editions of the paper across India, but some were quick to call it a lie. GNU/Linux groups were buzzing with comments on the report, largely critical. Their opinion is the claim is little more than a bargaining chip to extract a better deal from the dominant proprietary software player, Microsoft..."

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