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Business Standard: Should the Government Adopt Open-Source Technology?

Aug 29, 2003, 01:00 (13 Talkback[s])

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From Red Hat's Javed Tapia:

"The first advantage of open-source software is the upfront price. A single fully-supported package costs less than any proprietary alternatives.

"Secondly, since Linux is under a general public licensing model, it can be installed on many computers without any restrictions.

"Thirdly, a typical Linux CD contains not only the operating system, but also a large variety of other software products. Thus, without buying or downloading anything else, the user has a simple office suite, all the software needed for Internet access, advanced networking capabilities and so on..."

From Microsoft's Shailendra Kumar:

"As pioneers in the e-governance space in India, we have been working with the various departments of the central and state governments and public sector organisations for the last 13 years. We recommend that every government department must weigh five basic considerations when evaluating software, which are:

"Total cost of ownership (TCO): The common perception is that an operating system that is free will also cost less to maintain and operate. However, for most open-source software additional costs cover training, services and support. This implies that in the final analysis, the summary of acquisition costs, application server software, management add-ons, deployment time and support costs in total exceed that of any commercial solution..."

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