Beta: Kerala adopted Free and Open Source Software in 2005 in a phased manner and went on to replace proprietary software. As a result, Kerala annually saves $58 million (Rs 300 crore). Thanks to the Free Software license, people are able to freely copy and distribute the software.
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In Kerala, IT became a compulsory subject in 2003. It was followed by the phased adoption of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in 2005. This was done to replace the proprietary software.
K. Anwar Sadath, executive director IT@School, said that they have been given the job for easy classroom teaching, teachers’ training, and customization of applications, reports AINS.
Mr. Sadath said that the proprietary version of a software would have incurred a minimum cost of Rs 150,000 per machine in terms of the license fee. Considering the 20,000 machines, the annual saving is minimum Rs 300 crore ($58 million). He further adds that the free nature of FOSS allows the people to copy and share software without any restriction.
Kerala IT News reports that Ubuntu Linux is loaded in all laptops and desktops for school. Also, the revised textbook would include GNUKhata as a replacement for Tally and LibreOffice as a replacement for Microsoft Office.