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The Financial Express: Kerala to be FOSS Destination

Jun 25, 2006, 21:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by M Sarita Varma)

"PC sellers, smarting at Microsoft for juggling them in a legal trapeze, are now looking upon an 83-year old crusader to settle their old scores with the IT behemoth. Kerala chief minister VS Achuthanandan is on a trip to develop the state as India's FOSS (Free and Open Software Systems) destination, with backing from National Informatics Centre (NIC).

"FOSS is a niche market but today's niche is tomorrow's mass market, and was a hardware seller's delighted quip to the Kerala government's move, hardly months after a Microsoft crackdown on free supply of pirated software by dealers. 'Offers of pre-loaded Linux operating system could yield good hardware sales margins,' says PK Harikrishnan, president, Kochi-based All Kerala Computer Manufacturer and Dealers Association..."

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