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Another Indian State Moving To FOSS 119

james.infidel writes "The Hindu, a leading national newspaper, reports that the Communist government of Kerala (the state with the highest literacy rate in India) has announced its all-out support for FOSS in the draft IT policy announced yesterday. The draft also calls for preferential treatment for companies coming forward to work in the FOSS domain.
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Another Indian State Moving To FOSS

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  • commies? (Score:2, Funny)

    by liquidpele ( 663430 ) on Thursday January 18, 2007 @01:43PM (#17666186) Journal
    Commies supporting FOSS? I can just see the CNN headline...
  • by quixoticsycophant ( 729112 ) on Thursday January 18, 2007 @01:52PM (#17666362)
    While some may be concerned about the mass exodus of an entire Indian state to Foss [], on behalf of the people of Oklahoma I say welcome!
  • by Harmonious Botch ( 921977 ) on Thursday January 18, 2007 @01:54PM (#17666396) Homepage Journal
    1.1Developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are transforming the society in dramatic ways. These developments are creating hitherto unimaginable opportunities and possibilities, even as they pose new challenges for a society like ours
    Computers make a difference.

    1.2 In the production processes of today's world, information and knowledge mean a great deal more than material resources and physical inputs.
    Knowing how to use them is good

    1.3 ICT has opened up the possibility of radically different information exchange patterns by facilitating faster and more efficient dissemination of information. It can play a vital role in sustaining the democratic ethos of the Indian society and ensuring a high level of transparency in governance
    Nobody controls the net

    1.4 Having achieved high physical quality of life index and social infrastructure development, Kerala is ideally positioned to use ICT as a catalyst for the all-round economic prosperity and social uplift of its people
    We haven't completely exhausted the budget

    1.5 ICT and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) have by now turned into major sectors of economic activity in the country. Over the past one-and-a-half decades, these sectors have shown remarkable growth in the country, both in terms of export revenue and employment generation
    This is a good source of tax revenue

    1.6 In almost every sector of socio-economic activity ranging from industrial production to education and public healthcare, ICT now plays an important role in optimizing the processes, thereby improving the quality and efficiency of human endeavors
    The net is cool

    1.7 Growing importance of ICT in the present-day world leads to the emergence of a divide, which can be called the "digital-divide," between those who have access to sophisticated ICT infrastructure and those who do not. This is a matter of concern to civil society at large; and a challenge that has to be overcome through conscious intervention, both from the Government and the sections on the privileged side of the "digital divide
    Web junkies don't riot

    1.8 The Government has a comprehensive view of ICT as a vehicle for transforming Kerala into a knowledge-based, economically vibrant, democratic and inclusive society. By the term "inclusive," the Government means that the benefits of the socio-economic transformation possible through ICT should reach every single citizen of the State. This policy document defines the Government's vision, mission and strategy for achieving the same.
    We're gonna spend lots of money

  • Re:commies? (Score:2, Funny)

    by WindowsIsEvil ( 1052864 ) on Thursday January 18, 2007 @02:05PM (#17666606)
    It is obviously a Microsoft conspiracy to perpetuate their monopoly and keep Linux down.
  • I'm curious, when writing that post did you think about the potential double meaning [] in a comment about Indian states migrating to OK?
  • Re:commies? (Score:2, Funny)

    by hal9035 ( 827327 ) on Thursday January 18, 2007 @02:36PM (#17667246)
    Now, wait a minute. It is, or it isn't. With US, or against US. The Free Democratic Society or commie terrorists...... Which is it? Let's ask President Bush........
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 18, 2007 @02:53PM (#17667590)
    ...with $24 worth of beads. Ballmer threw a chair when he found out they were the wrong kind of Indians.

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