The Economic Times: MP Opens Windows to Linux
Nov 20, 2002, 14:30 (29 Talkback[s])
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"Madhya Pradesh has shut the door on Bill Gates. The state
government schemes will use Linux software. Chief minister Digvijay
Singh personally conveyed this to Microsoft boss Bill Gates during
an interaction last week in New Delhi.
"'For us it is not a question of Microsoft versus Linux. It is
just a matter of choosing between a free software and a monopoly.
We feel that when we are putting public information out in the
open, then it should not be through a proprietary software,' Mr
Singh told ET.
"Nor is it merely a public vs private ideological battle.
Germany and Latin American countries, particularly Peru and Brazil,
have opted for Linux rather than proprietary software to bring down
costs, which keep mounting with successive upgrades in the case of