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NewsForge: Linux provides cheaper alternative for schools in India

Jan 09, 2002, 20:13 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frederick Noronha)
"After struggling for years to get access to non-pirated software to run their computer labs, schools in the western India coastal state of Goa have hit a bonanza that seems too good to be true.

Red Hat India, part of a prominent global corporation dealing in Open Source and Free Software, has come up with an innovative plan, which was promptly seized by volunteers pushing for the speedy computerisation of schools in Goa. Under this plan, schools will get access, not just to all the software they need, but also to free training for teachers and volunteers.

What makes this project innovative and different is that it's based on GNU/Linux, an operating system.

"Free Software" means it is freely distributable and free of restrictions on viewing, using, copying, modifying and re-distributing the original source code or software based on it. This, in turn, makes the software moderately or affordably priced, even in countries like India, and legally able to be copied."

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