[News] Another GNU/Linux Installfest in India, Linux Advert

A meet to promote free software

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| FOR the first time in the city, a group of Free Software users are coming 
| together to organise an exhibition to promote the importance of Free 
| Software.   
| [...]
| The fest will be held at Kanakakkunnu on April 12. GNU/Linux Users Group 
| Trivandrum, Free Software Foundation of India, Space Kerala and Zyxware 
| Technologies are the organisers of the fest.  


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Initiative helps farmers in rural India using OSS

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| All the Web servers that enable Jagriti services are powered by Linux. The 
| reasons behind the choice are obvious. Jagriti is a small organization 
| venturing into an area where it has no precedents to follow. It has to keep 
| costs low without compromising on performance or security. And there is 
| another important consideration. J. S. Sandha, CEO and founder of the 
| project, says, "We Indians recycle anything and everything." Jagriti wanted a 
| platform that would make the most of available hardware and not favour any 
| particular vendor, since the bulk of computers in India are unbranded. Linux 
| fit the bill perfectly.        
| [...]
| Sandha says Linux has proved to be a viable choice for the project. "We are 
| not only satisfied, but have proved that Linux is most suitable for reaching 
| out to the masses -- whether you consider the TCO angle, reuse, or 
| localization." Realizing the need for quality software to fulfill the needs 
| of the Indian rural sector, Jagriti has developed applications like e-Khad 
| (to help farmers find the lowest-cost combination of fertilizers they need) 
| and e-Khet (to help analyze the soil of a farm) atop open source 
| technologies. "We are in the process of developing many more online 
| applications," Sandha says.        


Microsoft influencing partner NGOs to support OOXML in India

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| Microsoft is encouraging its business partners to promote its Office Open XML 
| specification (OOXML) to the Indian Bureau of Standards (BIS) and Ministry of 
| IT. This move has incensed supporters of the rival OpenDocument Format (ODF) 
| who fear that the "soft" Indian state may not be able to stand up to 
| Microsoft pressure tactics.    


Microsoft India using NGOs to fake support for OOXML


Becoming a better company: Microsoft helps NGOs in India

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| Of course, there has to be some trade-offs, because there should never be 
| free lunch, even for the ones who starve: Microsoft, according to this 
| article, has conditioned its help to Indian NGOs to their support of OOXML. 
| What the NGOs had to do was to send letters of support on OOXML to the 
| federal government of India.    


Microsoft "persuades" NGOs to support OOXML

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| Our friends at Linux Delhi have put up a copy of the form letters that 
| Microsoft has been sending NGOs on the OOXML issue. Apparently, these NGOs 
| have been sending copies of these letters to the Ministry of IT and Bureau of 
| Indian standards.    


Developers around the world, unite!

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| Monopoly and proprietary software have an advantage in influencing state and 
| governmental institutions because of their large market base and ready 
| capital. Unscrupulous ways of influencing state governments have persisted in 
| India, for example, where executives of proprietary software cajole 
| government heads to promote their brands in lieu of some form of charity 
| given. FLOSS activists must overcome this huge challenge in order to get 
| their philosophy accepted and model implemented for the good of people who 
| are still on the barren side of the digital divide.       


Using NGOs to Push Agendas

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| The extent to which Microsoft can go in its efforts to get OOXML is
| interesting. Microsoft has "persuaded" several non-profit organizations to 
| bombard the Indian IT Secretary and the Additional Director General of the 
| Bureau of Indian Standards with letters supporting its OOXML proposal. A copy 
| of the form letter they have been circulating to NGOs is given below. 
| Somebody should interview these NGOs to see how much they really know about 
| OOXML and open standards.      
| The sequence of events leading up to the spamming of GoI? is:
| Letter from an NGO thanking Microsoft (name changed to protect their
| identity) 

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