The Economic Times: Is Linux Really Happening in India, or Is It Just Hype?
Jun 03, 2003, 09:00 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sobha Menon)
"It's being billed as the solution that will deliver the masses
from computer illiteracy. And so it was hardly surprising when a
recent MAIT-organised seminar on 'Open Source Software: A New
Direction for India?' drew a larger-than-expected audience that
stayed on till the very end.
"The seminar did throw up some very pertinent questions on open
source software (OSS) and helped quite a bit in clearing the myth
that the immediate adoption of Linux may be the solution to
Indiaâ€™s problems. As V Chandrashekhar, global
head of s-governance practice, TCS, explains: 'Linux use has
increased as a result of the economic downturn and the decrease in
perceived difficulty in using it. Linux is the de facto standard in
embedded systems and in areas of high-end computing--but it will be
some time before it gets popular at the desktop level...'"