Linux is making its presence felt in India, finally! Some 2,600 schools in the state of Kerala are shifting over to Linux. Over the next two years, Linux will totally replace Windows and be the sole operating system in schools. Linux is already being used in several government agencies, but I think this really takes the cake. Microsoft is trying to reach out to the Indian masses and reduce piracy by offering Windows XP for around $20. And this edition of Windows XP comes with 10 Indian languages.
As the race continues, hopefully the Linux enthusiasts will help as catalysts in promoting this wonderful operating system.
Just 3% of India’s PCs use Linux. Still, that’s about triple the level in the U.S. “We expect India to be the first country to use Linux extensively over a large user base across many sectors by the end of the decade,” says Deepak Phatak, an open-source evangelist from Bombay’s famed Indian Institute of Technology. Two years ago, he took a yearlong sabbatical to travel across the subcontinent and make a push for Linux.