8/31/2006

India State to Dump Windows for Linux

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 10:37 am

A southern Indian state plans to switch all school computers from Microsoft Windows to the free Linux operating system, an official said Thursday.

The changeover on computers used in some 12,500 high schools in the state of Kerala is set for Friday, and teachers are being trained on the new software, said the state’s education minister, M.A. Baby.

The state is ruled by communist politicians and its top elected official, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, has long been a supporter of free software, railing against the dominance of Microsoft’s Windows when he was a state legislator.

However, Baby insisted that the state government has no grudge against Microsoft specifically.

Source: AP

 

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