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[News] National Agenda in Kerala and Elsewhere Shift to GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] National Agenda in Kerala and Elsewhere Shift to GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 03 Jan 2010 21:30:05 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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IT Dept to launch âFoster Keralaâ 

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| The year 2010 might see Kerala gaining its 
| status as one of the major FOSS destinations 
| in the world. Trusting in the great 
| potential, itâs youngsters have to cut 
| innovative paths in Free and Open Source 
| Software (FOSS) domain, the State Government 
| has decided to promote research works on 
| free software in engineering colleges from 
| the next academic year.
| The State IT Department is giving final 
| touches to âFoster Keralaâ- Free and Open 
| Source Technical Competency, 
| Entrepreneurship and Research Kerala- 
| project, in a bid to engage student 
| community to work on FOSS projects at 
| national and international levels.


Opening up opportunities

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| In a bid to cut expenses in the information 
| technology (IT) sector, the government has 
| adopted an open standards and open source 
| software (OSOSS) policy.
| This means that, instead of purchasing 
| proprietary software, which is usually 
| expensive and not open source, like 
| Microsoft products, government computers may 
| one day be operating on free software like 
| Ubuntu and OpenOffice. 



141 Kerala legislators get a laptop

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| Thiruvananthapuram: All 141 legislators of the
| state assembly were Tuesday given a brand new HCL
| laptop each.
| Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan handed over one
| laptop to Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy
| at the banquet hall of the state assembly.
| It is yet to be decided if the legislators would
| be charged for the computers, speaker of the
| assembly K. Radhakrishnan told.


Kerala adopts free and open source software in education

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| The Kerala government has adopted free and
| open source software (FOSS) for the state
| education department and for e-governance.
| The curriculum department Saturday has also | recommended extension of FOSS to higher
| secondary schools.
| The implementation of this has been
| entrusted to the IT@school Project, a
| mission mode agency under the stateâs
| general education department.


As it expands into virtualization, open source vendor upbeat on RP prospects

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| Red Hat, renowned for its open source
| solutions, is going head-long into the
| virtualization space and is hopeful that
| local companies would adopt what arguably
| is a double-barreled offering â open
| source-based virtualization.
| The tech firm said the new product
| offering, to be distributed and supported
| locally by MSI-ECS Philippines starting in
| late 2009, has the potential to benefit
| local enterprises who need a robust but
| inexpensive solution for their IT systems.


Kerala scores with open source training

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| IT Kerala has claimed success in its initiative
| to promote use of free open source software
| (FOSS) in the state, with the first batch of
| its FOSS-skilled personnel trained by the
| Centre for Advanced Training in Free Open
| Source Software, being fully placed in
| government and private organizations.

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