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October 17, 2006

Open Source Goes Large in India

Filed under: Linux, News — rakeshvk @ 5:09 pm

One issue that has slowed the spread of Linux is counterfeiting. Since software is widely pirated in India, many users pay nothing for Windows. Also, since Linux is distributed free, it’s not always obvious whom to call for service. Companies such as Red Hat and IBM support the software — for a fee — but they’re having trouble finding Linux-trained engineers in India.

With 4,000 students and just 21 computers, the Cotton Hill Girls High School in the south Indian city of Trivandrum wouldn’t appear to be at the vanguard of anything related to information technology. Yet the 71-year-old school is abandoning Microsoft Windows software in favor of its free, open-source rival, Linux.

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