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Aadhaar software locked in with ‘Windows'

Nov 04, 2010, 14:05 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Vikram for this link. ]

"in its technology statement, Aadhaar, the massive Government of India project that seeks to enrol citizens, puts on record its commitment to using open technological standards. However, the government of Kerala — the only State that mandates the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in governance — recently found that the client enrolment software used is only compatible with Windows, the proprietary operating system owned by Microsoft.

"The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) mandates that all 'middleware' used in Aadhaar must be vendor neutral. However, by using software that is only Windows-compliant, UID applications have already established a clear vendor lock-in. In Kerala, which has embraced open platforms, this is a vexatious issue because Virtual Device Managers – that provide an interface for applications to devices such as biometric devices – are not Linux-compatible."

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