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