[Fsf-friends] Fwd: Govt Stand on Linux

pandarinathan raman raamanp@yahoo.co.in
Fri, 4 Oct 2002 14:07:49 +0100 (BST)

Well I am also Govt Employee and implementing Linux
in 500beded railway hospital. My point is, with
sketchy details
like given in the post let us not pass comments.

I think its time we teach software freedom than
Unless we make effort to show successful installations
we can never make inroads in any sector. I also faced
similar situations with few people in Railways. But
the attitude should be educating them than casting
aspirations. Well I too have very good bosses, who
have cut down proprietory softwares at my instance
without murmur. It is not the proposal or note that
matters in decision, but the people behind the

 It is imperative on our part to create awarness,
specifically in the top level and this can be done
only by successful installtions in existing computer

 We can achieve anything by emotional outbursts

--- Ajith Kumar <ajith@nsc.ernet.in> wrote: >
pandarinathan raman wrote:
> > It is highly irregular to pass comment about
> officials
> > without knowing full context. It could have been
> > rejected probably some existing applications have
> to
> > be ported.
> What is the present level of computerization in the
> govt. offices.
> Does it go anything beyond MSOffice.
> If a panchayat is capable of handling its
> requirements using GNU/Linux,
> preventing it by an order from Trivandrum is sheer
> misuse of power.
> Once I  had the following experience. We we met  the
> mayor of a corporation
> , that was computerizing some records, to talk about
> Free Software and  he
> directed us to  the officer handling it.  When we
> pointed out about the
> cost savings the curt response
> from the officer was "we have enough funds from the
> government".
> This is the prevailing mentality. If money is there,
> just spend it. If
> somebody
> under you come up with something better ,  reject it
> without assigning any
> reason.
> If  linux  is rejected due to the lack of some
> application, he should have
> point out that reason. Sending an order "strictly
> objecting to installing
> linux" is
> not a sensible thing to do. Such reply comes from
> the attitude  " I do not
> have to
> explain any reason since I have power"
> I am also a govt. employee and  working in a place
> where more that 100
> machines
> running GNU/Linux for word processing,
> communication,  databases,
> scientific computing and
> control applications. Fortunately it not under an
> official who rejects
> something without reason.
> >
> > We can progress by our actions and not by accusing
> > others or by emotional outbursts. For real success
> in
> > govt sector you should show some successful sites
> in
> > India entirely running on FS, which I think are
> > reallly rare.
> The decision makers in the govt. also should keep
> their eyes open.
> They should interact with academics in places like
> engg. colleges and IITs.
> At least they should see what is happening around
> the world.
> If they do not do any of these, at least they should
> not issue  orders
> "strictly objecting
> to something without assigning any reason" .  A
> nations fate cannot be
> decided by the
> information provided by sales representatives.
> If somebody does that,  one can always suspect the
> motive.
> ajith
> >
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