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IIRA Technologies (India) join hands with Xandros Incorporation USA

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| IIRA Technologies pioneer in the field of open source join hands with Xandros 
| Inc. for basic OS and mail servers. After working on varied Open Source 
| platform for long 8(eight) years, we found Xandros is most scalable, user  
| friendly and network savvy. Xandros is the only OS having facility to 
| communicate with almost all of the applications irrespective of platforms 
| whether proprietary or open source.    



Research centre for open source software

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| A research centre of international standard would be set up for the promotion 
| and development of free software, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan informed 
| the Assembly on Tuesday.  


Freeing software for users

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| GNU Linux distributions such as Ubuntu and free and open source software such 
| as OpenOffice have started posing a serious challenge to proprietary giants. 
| The ideology of free software can be explored more easily by encountering the 
| people using and popularising it.   
| Yet another organisation that is at the forefront of using cyber space for 
| local content is the non-profit organisation Society for Promotion of 
| Alternative Computing and Employment (SPACE). For four years, SPACE has been 
| promoting free software and encouraging local participation in using new 
| technology. SPACE works to popularise Linux and is the workhorse behind many 
| Goverment projects such as IT @ School.      
| [...]
| Adds Dineshan M, a teacher associated with IT @ School: “A teacher should 
| impart value to his students. Discouraging the use of pirated copies of 
| expensive software and promoting GNU/Linux comes naturally to me as a 
| teacher.”      


Microsoft influencing partner NGOs to support OOXML in India

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| Microsoft is encouraging its business partners to promote its Office Open XML 
| specification (OOXML) to the Indian Bureau of Standards (BIS) and Ministry of 
| IT. This move has incensed supporters of the rival OpenDocument Format (ODF) 
| who fear that the "soft" Indian state may not be able to stand up to 
| Microsoft pressure tactics.    


Microsoft India using NGOs to fake support for OOXML


Becoming a better company: Microsoft helps NGOs in India

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| Of course, there has to be some trade-offs, because there should never be 
| free lunch, even for the ones who starve: Microsoft, according to this 
| article, has conditioned its help to Indian NGOs to their support of OOXML. 
| What the NGOs had to do was to send letters of support on OOXML to the 
| federal government of India.    


Microsoft "persuades" NGOs to support OOXML

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| Our friends at Linux Delhi have put up a copy of the form letters that 
| Microsoft has been sending NGOs on the OOXML issue. Apparently, these NGOs 
| have been sending copies of these letters to the Ministry of IT and Bureau of 
| Indian standards.    


Using NGOs to Push Agendas

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| The extent to which Microsoft can go in its efforts to get OOXML is
| interesting. Microsoft has "persuaded" several non-profit organizations to 
| bombard the Indian IT Secretary and the Additional Director General of the 
| Bureau of Indian Standards with letters supporting its OOXML proposal. A copy 
| of the form letter they have been circulating to NGOs is given below. 
| Somebody should interview these NGOs to see how much they really know about 
| OOXML and open standards.      
| The sequence of events leading up to the spamming of GoI? is:
| Letter from an NGO thanking Microsoft (name changed to protect their
| identity) 

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