The Linux slip-road that the state took is slowly becoming an express highway.









God's own country Kerala is now closer to Linux. It has become India's first and the only state to have closed its doors to Windows and let Linux in. The drive was kindled by Richard Stallman's visit to the state, inspiring schools to switchover to Linux. As a result, 12,500 high schools in the state are working on Linux and not Windows, thus 'ctrl-alt-delete' the misconception about the complexity of working on Linux platform.

India's most literate state is now generating a 'generation' which will be not only linux-friendly but also its promoter. Adoption and propagation are key to increased penetration. Microsoft knew it well, now Linux is treading the path.

Linux players are now opening their cards, complementing the state's stand on open source. Yesterday, three Red Hat officials met the state's chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan and there are reports that the state government is ready to work with the company to promote Linux in the state, and Red Hat may set up a state centre, either at the Technopark or in Kochi.

According to ET, the Red Hat team was led by Nandu Pradhan, president and managing director of Red Hat India, and included Bhaskar Varma and Venkatesh Hariharan. Achuthanandan has been an avid supporter of open source software and the state government has a game plan to have free software usage across the board for school education in the state. They also discussed possibilities of faculty training, low-cost PC with Linux and Red Hat certification programmes in the state, reports the news paper.

With the adoption of open source increasing and more and more state bodies going for open source, the state's move will definitely boost the drive. Especially, the initiative to teach Linux from high-school level.

If we twist Napoleon's quote on China a bit, we can safely say, "Linux is a sleeping giant, let it sleep, because when Linux moves the world moves!"