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Linux Journal: FLOSS Gives India a Boost in Many Markets and Endeavors

Jun 24, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frederick Noronha)

"From banks and hospitals to software houses and prestigious technological institutions, the charm of free/libre and open-source software (FLOSS) is casting a spell in India that is pushing many here to venture into uncharted fields.

"Stories of unanticipated efficiency, innovative solutions and slashed costs surfaced at a two-day seminar titled 'Enterprise GNU/Linux Implementation: Evaluating Non-Proprietary Software for the Enterprise,' held in mid-June in India's commercial capital of Mumbai (formerly Bombay). The seminar was presented by global business information company MarcusEvans.

"Participants at this most recent meeting included techies and executives from banking and finance, including Canara Bank, ING Vysya Life Insurance, Kotak Securities, Syndicate Bank; IT corporates, such as Blue Star Infotech, Micropro Software of Pune; giant Government of India companies, including Hindustan Petroleum, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd; academic institutions, such as KReSIT of the IIT Bombay; and others..."

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