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Open Source in India Today

Feb 11, 2009, 23:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alolita Sharma)

[ Thanks to Martin Michlmayr for this link. ]

"India has a diverse range of interest groups promoting the adoption of open source software. Major motivators for these groups include politics and special interests, government programs, outsourcing service requirements, and education as well as skills training. Global issues such as software patents vs. freedom of knowledge and adoption of open standards have also become pivots around which local organizations and activists promote free and open source software.

"An example where the national government has acted as a key motivator is its initiative to setup a National Resource Centre for Free and Open Source Software (NRCFOSS)[1] in April 2005. NRCFOSS is a joint venture between an university-based research lab (AU-KBC Centre) and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). This step recognizes the fact that free and open source software is here to stay and it represents a paradigm shift in computing that is poised to change the Indian IT industry."

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