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The Economic Times: Linux: Government Seen Creating Monopoly

Jan 04, 2003, 04:00 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sudha Nagaraj)

"Linux enthusiasts can rest easy. They need no longer be disappointed by the government's flip-flop over crowning Linux as the platform of choice.

"Policies are not framed overnight. Also, adoption of technology is one thing, while mandating it is not as simple. Especially when you are talking open source software. And talk there is.

"Especially in the seemingly-empty Electronics Niketan, which houses the Department of Information Technology. After a series of closed door meetings with industry, developers and academia, the government is now faced with a dilemma.

"Adoption of open source software for governance and education is all right. But is it advisable to mandate it, locking out other sources altogether...?"

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