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[News] Free Software in Government, India's Good Example

  • Subject: [News] Free Software in Government, India's Good Example
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:49:35 +0000
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What if politicians innovated the open source way?

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| I read an interesting post last week by 
| Morton Hansen (author of Collaboration: How 
| Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and 
| Reap Big Results) entitled Obama's Five 
| Collaboration Mistakes. In the comments 
| below the post, some folks interpreted his 
| words as an attack on the Obama 
| administration. Me? I'd probably interpret 
| Hansen's words more broadly. Perhaps 
| something like:
| Politicians are pretty darned bad at 
| collaborating a lot of the time.


The standard is open, almost

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| indiaâs draft policy on the software 
| platform for e-governance has made a 
| concession for proprietary software 
| businesses like Microsoft. Proponents of 
| open-source software called it a major 
| departure from the Union governmentâs 
| earlier stand, saying allowing proprietary 
| software in the standards will limit people 
| who can e-access the government. At the 
| heart of this controversy is a change in 
| the âRecommended Policy on Open Standards 
| for e-governanceâ.



Steps to adopt open source standards draw flak

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| Indiaâs open source software lobbyists
| allege that the countryâs proposed draft
| recommendations for adopting open
| technology standards and software for
| automating different government departments
| and functions, favours popular software
| solutions from large companies such as
| Microsoft.
| According to people familiar with the draft
| recommendations, a meeting of the apex body
| on Standards for eGovernance was held last
| week, and the policy is close to being
| approved. ET was shown a copy of the
| proposed recommendations by one of the
| persons who requested anonymity.
| [...]
| The most contentious point of the policy is
| that it includes standards which may be
| royalty free and non discriminatory (RAND)
| as compared to fair royalty free and non
| discriminatory (FRAND), which many experts
| had recommended.
| âThe entire standard should be royalty-free
| and not just the âessentialâ parts of it.
| In other words, All patent claims necessary
| to implement the standard should be
| royaltyfree. Also, royalty free on
| FRAND/RAND is self-contradictory. If a
| Standard is Royalty Free (RF) then it
| cannot be RAND,â says Venkatesh Hariharan,
| a blogger and expert on open source
| affairs.

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