Small step forward for FOSS in India

July 8, 2011 at 5:21 am (FOSS)

According to the latest draft policy on e-governance, all new projects must work on open source operating systems only. The draft Policy On Device Drivers For Procurement Of Hardware For e-governance says, “Government of India (GOI) endeavours to provide e-governance services, which are technology-neutral, cost effective, interoperable and vendor-neutral. GOI Policy on open standards is a step towards meeting this objective in the development of e-governance applications.” The policy shall apply to all the new e-governance projects as well as the existing ones. “

I eagerly await the day when FOSS will be given first preference for all Govt projects, and all Govt developed software is released as FOSS by default. It will save crores of Indian Rupees. It makes me mad to see Blue Screens of Death on the Delhi metro display systems. I would rather see a kernel panic!


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