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India's Largest Linux Rollout Forges Ahead Despite Tremendous Odds

Jan 16, 2008, 16:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kanika Goswami)

"On May 26, 2006, Elcot (Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu) let in its first penguin. Things would never be the same again.

"That day, Elcot's managing director, C. Umashankar, walked into his office in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and was handed a brand new laptop. He recalls promptly giving it back to his PA. 'I asked him to load Suse Linux on it. I guess he was surprised. But when the installation--complete with drivers and wireless networking--only took 45 minutes and very little external effort, there was a new confidence in my PA.' That confidence spread quickly. And with it came more penguins. Within weeks, the Rs 750-crore (Can$192 million) Elcot was undergoing a enterprise-wide migration to Suse Linux. A year later, Umashankar and his team had moved 30,000 computers and 1,880 severs belonging to some of the state's schools to Linux--creating possibly the largest Linux rollout in India..."

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