"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..."