If you are an Indian, then you will feel good to know that an Indian state chooses to use open source software for a long time. In Kerala, IT became a compulsory subject in 2003 which was followed by the phased adoption of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) in the year 2005
This Indian State Saves $58 Million Each Year By Using Free & Open Source Software
We already have seen the biggest developments in the open source section. This open source world had already impacted a lot in a technology world. Let me tell you about Open source first.
We use two types of software today. One is Open source software, and another one is Proprietary software. Open source is made available for everyone to use it for free. Moreover, open source software can be modified to suit everyone’s needs.
Well, now if I have to explain Proprietary software in simple terms then I would say that Proprietary software is closed software, that means they can’t be tweaked, and anyone for their needs can’t modify its source code.
Let me give you the example. Microsoft and its products are the part of the proprietary software, whereas Linux and its components are open source software. Well, there have been several stories that show that some cities have chosen to use open source software just to avoid the fees and limitation of the proprietary software.
Well, if you are an Indian then you will feel good to know that an Indian state chose to use open source software for a long time. In Kerala, IT became a compulsory subject in 2003 which was followed by the phased adoption of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) in the year 2005 just to replace proprietary software.
K. Anwar Sadath, executive director [email protected], said that they had been given the responsibility for the job for easy classroom transaction of chapters including customization of applications, teachers’ training, and video tutorials, reports, IANS.
K. Anwar Sadath Said “The proprietary version of this software would have incurred a minimum cost of Rs 150,000 per machine regarding licence fee. Hence, the minimum savings in a year (considering 20,000 machines) is Rs 300 crore. It’s not the cost saving that matters more, but the fact that the Free Software licence enables not only teachers and students but also the general public an opportunity to copy, distribute and share the contents and use it as they wish,”
Kerala IT News also reported that in school, Ubuntu Linux is loaded in all desktops and laptops. Tally has been replaced by GNUKhata and Microsoft Office has been replaced by LibreOffice.
So, according to you which is the best? Open Source software or Proprietary software? Share your views in the comment box below.