Kerala logs Microsoft out of schools

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  1. pradipudhaya

    pradipudhaya New Member

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    1.5 million students in 2,650 schools will use Linux

    The Communist Party of India (Marxists)-led government in Kerala headed by Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan is not just against American cola majors -- Coca-Cola and PepsiCo -- alone.

    Nearly three weeks after the Achuthanandan government banned the sale and manufacture of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo products in Kerala, Microsoft has been logged out of the state-run schools.

    Here on, nearly 1.5 million students in the 2,650 government and government-aided high schools in the state will no longer use the Windows platform for computer education. Instead, they have switched over to the free GNU/Linux software.

    "We have decided that we will use only free software for computer education in Kerala schools. We have implemented the Linux platform in high schools; it will be implemented in other schools step by step," Kerala Education Minister M A Baby told rediff.com.

    He said an estimated 56,000 teachers in high schools are getting trained on the Linux platform.

    Asked if it is a deliberate decision to log out Microsoft from the state-run schools, the minister said, the plan is not targetted at any IT company. "Our policy is to migrate computer education to free software platforms. We want to make Kerala the FOSS (Free and Open Software Systems) destination in India. That is all," he added.

    But officials said two factors have influenced the Communist government to go in for the Linux platform by abandoning the Microsoft product.

    First, Chief Minister Achuthanandan has been a votary of free software. While in Opposition till May this year, Achuthanandan had sternly opposed the then Congress government's decision to join hands with Microsoft to launch the IT@School programme.

    Second, free software guru Richard Stallman is virtually the consultant to the Kerala government's IT initiatives. Two weeks, back Stallman visited the state and convinced the government to switch over to free software systems in the educational institutions to begin with.

    Stallman, in fact, gave a presentation as to how free software has been an exciting education and computing model in a Spanish province.

    Officials say political parties in Kerala have been using the Microsoft versus Linux issue to settle scores. "The Congress government had launched an IT literacy project with the support of Intel and Microsoft. Now the Communist government has abandoned it, and wants to migrate everything to free software platforms," an official at the Kerala IT Mission Secretariat pointed out.

    While in Opposition, Achuthanandan had strongly opposed the project saying the agreement between the Kerala government and the Microsoft for training teachers under the IT@School project was fraught with danger.

    "Microsoft boss Bill Gates wants to push his operating system using the services of software developers who had adopted it and this was made clear by several experts in the field. The government should, therefore, be very careful when dealing with Microsoft," Achuthanandan had then written to the government headed by Congress chief minister A K Antony.

    Political issues apart, the Linux PC dealers are excited about the government decision to promote Linux platforms in schools.

    "We are getting lots of enquiries and orders for pre-loaded Linux operating system. The hardware sales have gone up because of this," P K Harikrishnan, president, Kerala Computer Manufacturers' and Dealers' Association said.
     
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    Good... :)
     
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    It's a good thing that linux is gaining the attention, but i'm not sure it's the best way of implementing them (or anything for that matter). Change shud come with awareness and not by force.
     
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    Good atleast the children wont get to see and get their time wasted on BSODs! No maintainence problems, no antivirus, no antispywares........no unnecessary expenditure!
     
  5. QwertyManiac

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    Great news!

    But why the sad face thread icon ? :confused:

    Edit...
    Lol now that he has edited it it just reflects in the thread, but not in the menu... vB typically maybe? :p
     
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    Congrats to dear chief minister 4 that.btw already many schools have transferred to GNU/Linux and a program AKSHAYA is also gonna teach Linux.
     
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    Go Kerala! Great job :)

    I wish all schools and govt. institutions in India discover the magic of FOSS
     
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    Big hands to............. Kerala Govt.
     
  9. Vyasram

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    great, hope the indian govt does this too. I am sick of the tn board giving too much importance to windows and word. they even forget that those softwares are GUI and ask questions as if they are command based.

    kick payed software out of school
     
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    Gr8 step by the Kerala Govt. The earlier everyone is introduced to the FOSS philosophy, the better.
     
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    Kerala government has done the right thing. The Indian government should also learn
    a few things from it. I hope they also consider moving to Linux.
     
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    I totally agree
     
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    If it's good, then you can implement it with force. There's nothing wrong in that!!
    If you want people to have awareness, then you must educate people.
    Also educating a big country like ours takes a long time!!!!
     
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    Besides Kerala Govt, even Andhra Pradesh govt. has done this under Chadrababu Naidu. So at least some states are taking the lead and going in the right direction.

    Kerala has one of the highest literacy rate in India. No wonder, even those babus taking these decisions are aware of the technicalities involved in free software and proprietory software :)
     
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    Goood!
     
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    Aha, im not sure, how this will affect things in a broader spectrum, one thing's for sure, things will tend to turn sour in a while, im not against Kerala Govt using Linux or anything, trying to look at the long term aftereffects.
     
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    Kerala Govnmt Zindabad
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  18. Ramakrishnan

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    One of my relative is working in a court in Maharashtra, and one day I was pleasantly surprised to see Linux in the desktops which the court is using. There are already innumerable case like this going unreported but the fact is the Penguin is going places.
     
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    In stead of making Linux the de-facto standard, they should also introduce
    the children to other free and equally good systems like BSD and Solaris.
     
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    It makes economic sense, actually.

    Though I wish they found it useful to teach the revolution behind FOSS also :(
     
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