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FreeOS.com: Open source movement key for Internet growth in India

Oct 30, 2000, 17:16 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Madanmohan Rao)

[ Thanks to Mayank for this link. ]

"Comparing the Indian Internet market to others like the U.S., net activist John Barlow said that countries which did not have deep ties to the industrial economy would be more unfettered to harness the Information Age. Indians have a particular strength in being able to deal with uncertainty, ambiguity and chaos, according to Barlow."

"Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (www.eff.org) and an outspoken proponent of free speech in digital media, gave an address at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, as part of a two-city tour in India which also included Bombay. Complex software is best developed when it is allowed to grow organically - there is a limit to how much top-down design you can do, Barlow said."

"He pointed to Apache's solid dominance in the Web server market as evidence of the power of the Internet-based open software model. Apache, a freely available Web server based on the Linux operating system, accounts for over half of all servers on the World Wide Web."

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