India’s Kerala state goes open source
India’s Kerala state government is counting on open-source software to boost its IT literacy rate.
According to a statement, the Kerala government has identified free and open-source software as a major strategic component in its efforts to build an inclusive information society.
“Kerala has always been a leader in literacy, and now we want to make Kerala a leader in e-literacy,” said Kerala Chief Minister V. S. Achutanandan. “We believe that free and open-source software is an essential component in our drive to democratize information technology and bring its benefits to all sections of society.”
The Indian state, located on the country’s southwest coast, is partnering with Red Hat to train the technical staff of various government organizations and school teachers on desktop Linux and other open-source applications. The Linux vendor will also work with the state government to promote Kerala as a global destination for developing open-source software.
Commenting on Kerala’s move toward open source, Nandkumar Pradhan, president and managing director of Red Hat India, said: “The freedom, flexibility and cost-effectiveness of open source helps governments maximize their IT budgets.”
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