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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)

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"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 India’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...'"

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