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..."