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Indian State Switches to Linux

I agree 100% with this guy, for some of us is a question of Free
software, for us that have ideals, he have done the right thing.
He have show the community that he is not a mercenary. :-)


On Wed, 2002-11-20 at 11:37, Jerry Feldman wrote:
> We had been discussing Bill Gates in India last week. slashdot 
> ( references an article in the India Times 
> (
> 707422)
> Posted by michael on Wednesday November 20, @11:19AM
> from the low-cost-high-tech dept.
> pamri writes "In a pleasant and surprising move, the Indian state of Madhya 
> Pradesh, has opted to switch to Linux from Microsoft for its Gyandooth 
> (intranet in Dhar district connecting rural cybercafes catering to the 
> everyday needs of the masses) programme. What is more surprising is that 
> the state's Chief Minister Digvijay Singh personally conveyed this to Bill 
> Gates. A choice quote: 'For us it is not a question of Microsoft versus 
> Linux. It is just a matter of choosing between a free software and a 
> monopoly. We feel that when we are putting public information out in the 
> open, then it should not be through a proprietary software.'" 
> -- 
> Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
> Associate Director
> Boston Linux and Unix user group
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