Speaking at the e-Governance Forum at the ongoing LinuxAsia 2006, where implementation of open source implementation was the highlight, Director E-Governance Government of Gujarat (India) Dr Neeta Shah informed that the state government had taken up a project called 'e-databank', based on open-source, which will integrate 100 plus different department web sites, on a single platform.
Intel Capital Senior Investment Manager Pradeep Tagare, announced that Intel would be starting an Open Source Incubator in the country that would pick up projects and ideas and build companies around them.
He said Intel was looking at funding 3-5 such projects in the next twelve months and would be willing to invest between 100,000 dollars and 2 million dollars in each project as seed capital.
He hoped the growing awareness of Open Source in India, supported by a government mandate, particularly in areas such as education, would throw up several such projects.
The highlight of the day was, however, a keynote address by the creator of Knoppix Klaus Knopper, who on his first visit to India, outlined the free software concept of ''copyleft'' as opposed to ''copyright'' – free and open source that promotes sharing knowledge as a Common Good, which should be freely distributable.
While supporting the commercial use of Open Source, he said that legally binding licences could form the base for working together and sharing resources as a ''creative commons.'' LinuxAsia, being held for the third consecutive year, is the premier open source conference and expo in the region.