Free software and Linux in India

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India has proved to be one of the free and open software pioneers in Southeast Asia. The nationally coordinated policies aren't limited just to influencing adopting or rejecting industry standards but extend to a long-term strategy toward a solid adoption in free software. India has developed a successful, national languages-specific Linux distribution with BOSS Linux that has its main use in schools and agencies, but which will also gain increasing favor in the private sector.

The operating system works well on older and newer hardware alike and provides a few software treats that make it interesting in the Indian market. The "great new experiment" that Microsoft promised with its changeover from Windows XP has become a reality for Indian users thanks to BOSS Linux – which is not what Microsoft intended.

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