February 12, 2004 11:03 AM PST
Linux makes inroads into India
Seven government and private entities in India plan to use the Linux operating system to run Oracle applications, the business software maker said this week. The agencies include the state-owned Central Bank of India, government telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam, the treasury department in West Bengal state and two private banks.
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A number of other Indian state governments are expressing interest in using open-source software, and Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has publicly supported open-source technology. Linux companies, such as Red Hat, are opening offices in the country.
Indian Railway Catering Services and Tourism said it has chosen Red Hat Linux to work with Oracle's e-business suite.
"2004 will be the year of Linux in India," Shekhar Dasgupta, managing director of Oracle India, said in a statement. "We see the banking, government and education sectors leading the adoption of Linux to run mission critical applications."
To counter the growing influence of open-source software, Microsoft is considering sharing source code for its Windows operating system with Indian government agencies, as it has done in China.