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Indian State Saves $45 Million As Schools Switch To Open Source Software (factordaily.com) 88

From a report: The Kerala government has made a saving of Rs 300 crore ($45 million) through introduction and adoption of Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) in the school education sector, said a state government official on Sunday. IT became a compulsory subject in Kerala schools from 2003, but it was only in 2005 that FOSS was introduced in a phased manner and started to replace proprietary software. The decision made by the curriculum committee to implement it in the higher secondary sector has also been completed now. "It's not the cost saving that matters more, but the fact that the Free Software license enables not only teachers and students but also the general public an opportunity to copy, distribute and share the contents and use it as they wish," K. Anwar Sadath, executive director IT@School said.
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Indian State Saves $45 Million As Schools Switch To Open Source Software

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  • 150,000 Indian Rupees are $2250 which sounds simply astonishing. I guess someone bought something which wasn't really needed, so color me unconvinced.

    Besides the article gives exactly zero information about the obtained commercial software. To me everything looks a little bit too fishy.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      So? "It's not the cost saving that matters more, but the fact that the Free Software license enables not only teachers and students but also the general public an opportunity to copy, distribute and share the contents and use it as they wish,"

    • It certainly doesn't "feel" right. The per capita income for Kerala is Rs100,000.

  • How could Microsoft let this happen? Didn't they bribe the right people?
  • "It's not the cost saving that matters more, but the fact that the Free Software license enables not only teachers and students but also the general public an opportunity to copy, distribute and share the contents and use it as they wish," K. Anwar Sadath, executive director IT@School said.

    Strange, because here I thought it was the quality of education that mattered more.
    I suspect that the extra time spent fidgeting with FOSS to make it work will ultimately lower that quality. The only silver lining I see is the "education" of fidgeting with stuff you don't understand until it works (which is how I got started on my computer interest).

  • So if I get this right, India is making a huge income off of outsourcing, H1B, etc, working for American companies developing software and then having that income funneled back into their country, but they won't buy that software even at reduced educational rates? Good to see they're doing their part.

    • So you want India to be patriotic to America?
    • Thank you for the fine example of something known as "false equivalence".

      So if I get this right, India is making a huge income off of outsourcing, H1B, etc, working for American companies developing software and then having that income funneled back into their country,

      It's not India the country or the Indian government getting rich. It's some Indian businessmen getting rich off gouging the workers they send overseas.

      but they won't buy that software even at reduced educational rates? Good to see they're doing their part.

      That's the government of an Indian state. Whose schools in all likelihood are not getting financed by the aforementioned businessmen.

      What you're suggesting is akin to suggesting that the public schools in North Dakota naturally have more money than they know what to do with because Micro

    • We don't pay Indians in Rupees... we pay them in dollars. They eventually HAVE to buy something that takes dollars and have it come back here... maybe just not as much in MS software.

  • by PPH ( 736903 )

    Now where will they learn "Try turning it off and then on again"?

  • by bayankaran ( 446245 ) on Monday February 27, 2017 @01:21PM (#53939417) Homepage
    They are talking about savings based on money they don't have.

    The linked report says the assessment is based on Rs 150K ($2200) per machine cost for using proprietary stuff. No government in India will spend that sort of money on software licenses, forget about the spent on educational sector. This is imaginary stuff.

    Here's the annual budget for the state of Kerala - https://kerala.gov.in/documents/10180/3793571/Revised%20Budget%202016-17_3 [kerala.gov.in] Go to page 4, and you can see a section for "Office Expenses" (which should include hardware, software, chairs, hammocks, water coolers, desks, fans and whatever else) for the whole state, including Department of Education - its Rs 220 CR, less than the claimed cost savings.

    Its like claiming "I saved $100 million when I decided not to purchase an Airbus."

    I am from Kerala. I have heard about the chappie mentioned in the report...a self aggrandizing fool.
    • Way to troll. How do you even know what the "Office Expenses" in a "Budget at a glance" head contains? FYI, it is just that - "office" expenses and no, that does not include software/hardware for schools. Kerala's expenditure on education is around Rs.15,000 crore in 2016-17 - refer page 25 of the detailed financial statement straight from Finance dept. You are either a fool or far removed from India and reality if you think just Rs.220 crore includes entire Kerala's education spend. You are two magnitudes

      • You are a class A moron and a liar. I did not say Kerala's education spend is Rs 220 CR, I said "office expenses" would include cost of software.

        Kerala's expenditure on education is around Rs.15,000 crore in 2016-17 - refer page 25 of the detailed financial statement straight from Finance dept.

        Yes, and what does that entail? Salary to teachers/staff.

        The 150k value per machine includes not just Office software but FOSS replacements for other highly valuable ones like Matlab, Animation software, Molecular modelling, Interactive geometric sketching etc.

        What silly nonsense! Add software costs which NASA uses to send rockets out of solar system and you will get a $5000 per machine figure. Then the cost savings will be even higher. And the idiots behind the PR release may get free PAZHAM PORI from the morons running the scheme.

    • by sad_ ( 7868 )

      Still valid, they may not have that amount of money to waste on licenses, but they would have used the software anyway (illegaly). The cost, when caught, could have been even higher than what is mentioned here. Going FOSS, this will not be an issue, ever, even after audits.

  • So so looking forward to "This is Ubuntu calling, we have detected your machine is running a virus......."
  • The most important thing about open source is you're free from all the BS in a proprietary license. You don't have to worry about swapping software or how you use it and all the other crazy BS that MS limits you with. Want to use it in a VM? No one cares! I migrated a friend to Linux after he upgraded his Windows box with a new hard drive and video card and it started bitching about verification. He called up MS and they gave him some crap and he got a little angry. I installed Ubuntu (this was before

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